Let’s cut to the chase, this episode wasn’t as good as the premiere. It isn’t a shock with how well they started the season, but episode 2 suffered from major pacing issues which came as a surprise after the lraise we gave the last episode for how well balanced it felt. That isn’t to say there weren’t other issues, or to take away from the succesful choices made, but we have to call it how we see it.
The opener with the snakes that come back to life? Smart symbolism and a good taste of the more supernatural elements to come surrounding Langdon, and having them climb out of the food after being prepared was a nice tinge of horror. What lacked was the suspense they tried riding from the premieres cliffhanger of Langden “assessing the survivors to see who will survive” which went at such a slow pace we lost the excitement about it. Also, we don’t find Michael Langdon partoculalry intimidating which is making the najority of scenes awkward? We don’t know if it is the direction they went, the Lestat styling, or Cody Fern warming up in the role, but something is amiss and all he has going for him in our book is how enigmatic he is. We came close to the edge of our seats as he did his interrogation of Venable.
Points to the unknown character in the rubber suit, because that’s what has kept us speculating and waiting for the new episode. That and what exactly is the deal with Langdon having a working computer and our survivors imnediately breaking the rules when learning the truth of their captors. Things got a little wild at the end, and we would prefer for Langdon to save Kathy Bates because we want more of her, but we aren’t exactly invested in the genral “who lives and who dies” as much as learning more of the truth keeps us going! That and the hold out for the Coven callback, although we speculate they’re holding down fort at the Sanctuary, whic we want to see sooner rather than later.