Ugh....I mean......I don't know. There was some good stuff but it was all just a case of too little, too late and I think it came across as good as it did because it came on the heels of two episodes of complete gutter trash and a largely convoluted season where much of the pre Apocalypse was inane, inadvertent or rendered irrelevant. The actors playing multiple roles is most likely a result of this slapdash, hodge podge narrative style where so many characters and story elements are thrown into the pot that casting different actors would culminate in the Leads having minimal screen time. God forbid that Sarah and Evan only be in five of the ten! (can we get emoji's? I need an eye-roll emoji right here)....Better story telling could solve that issue. Honestly, other than Gran/Bubbles, whom I thought might have been the same person until that went nowhere and both characters became essentially pointless, I had no issues telling the characters apart. The problem lay in the ultimately underwhelming story that facilitated the show getting it's money's worth for all those actors pulling double plus duty. I would still put it slightly above Roanoke but... if I were to ever bring myself to watch them both again, I can see a future where that could possibly get flipped; I doubt it, but maybe.
It had some really good laughs, I'll give it that. I absolutely loved that Coco was given Madison's personality for her memory wipe/cover, that was hysterical. Also, I think I'm in the minority but I loved Micheal's multiple hit and run death as well. There was something deeply satisfying and darkly comical about seeing someone who got zero development between confused, weepy, whiny demon baby and all powerful Son of Satan being mowed to death by SUV.
@oompa: That was great too; I got the Alien reference but I was wondering what the Daisy song was from. I've not yet been able to get through 2001:ASO, so thanks for that! ;)
Having Angela Basset return was a nice surprise for me too, I had forgot hearing something about her coming back. I don't have any real hate for Adina Porter but, with the exception of her True Blood role, every one of her characters seems to be very similar, regardless of the show. I don't remember caring very much for Madame Leveaux on Coven but AB created a unique character from what was on the page, or at least fleshed her out with some true personality, and it was really fun to see that again. Probably because she was one of the "good guys" this time, but still. Having her kill "Adina the talk show host" (See, Ryan Murphy? Viewers STILL not remembering character names at the end of a season is a sign of shitty writing!) was deliciously good.
I'm not sure there's too much more I can say. My ultimate take away is how much I miss Jessica Lange. Her scene in the bedroom with Satan's sperm and Vivien's egg elevated the entire episode above mediocrity and was arguably the highlight of the season. It may be too soon to say for sure but I think I might be done. I have absolutely zero interest in a season where the Mannequin Twins are unwittingly responsible for enabling The Apocalypse 2.0 through no fault of their own. I've just lost all faith in Ryan Murphy's ability to craft a cohesive, intelligent and interesting story, let alone new characters with any growth or substance. Whatever is next will have to sound pretty fantastic if I'm to watch at all...we Shall see.