Over halfway through the series and the first big twist of the season is promised to change everything.
The whole set up of the series changes from a real life talking heads story to a reality “lost footage” story. Sidney (Cheyenne Jackson) the producer of My Roanoke Nightmare comes up with a follow up after MRN becomes the biggest TV show of 2015, he wants to put all the actors and their reenactors into the house for three nights over the blood moon and record them.
All the stars shine in the episode. Sidney is the perfect bad guy for a modern world, the producer that doesn’t give a damn about the feelings or safety of the people he’ll be filming. He ended up with a hit TV show and now feels he’s invisible. The best moment for him was when he was upset that they’d get into more trouble giving Monet Tumusiime (Angela Bassett’s characters real character) a drink then if Lee, who he truly believes killed Mason, killed anyone. He tries to act like he wants to get to the bottom of Mason’s death but its very obvious he only wants that so that he can have it on tape and make The Return to Roanoke Three Days in Hell even more popular.
The reenactors are all kinds of crazy. Audrey Tindall (Sarah Paulson) and Rory Monahan (Evan Peters) are married in a whirlwind marriage along with a over the top wedding video and another weird British accent this time by Audrey. They managed to be extremely unlikable and annoying which was very much the point of them, they along with Monet just seem to see the actual Millers as being crazy and covering up the murder of Mason. Monet and Lee coming face to face was amazing and Bassett and Porter look like they can have one hell of a explosive relationship going forward. Lee makes a wonderful point that the reenactors don’t actually know the Millers they played the part as they saw it and then made their minds up on their guilt or their truthfulness based on their portrayals.
On the other hand I don’t really get why the Millers return. Maybe Lee who comes across as a extremely strong woman and knows that the show has put her on the back foot basically calling her a murderer but Matt shows up and acts like he’s lost his mind and Shelby only goes to see Matt. After everything they went through it just doesn’t feel right that all three would end up right back where they started.
By the midway point the ghosts started to pop up and unlike the reenactors these ghosts looked the part. Diana (Shannon Lucio) was wonderful in the episode but became the first when the real Piggyman showed up. There were flashes of ghosts in the background of a lot of shots. We got told just before the last part of the episode that everyone but one person died in mysterious circumstances and that started right away.
I’m still not 100% sold on the way they’ve filmed it but if I’m honest the series has actually built up this sense of uncertainty that now does make me wonder what is going on. We don’t know how much of the Miller’s story is true, they told the story themselves and the reenactors acted it the way they saw the story so we don’t actually know what is true or not. Do I believe in the Millers? Matt certainly portrays a man who has given up and knows that coming back to the house will kill him, whether he’s there to find Scathach (Lady Gaga) who he was all ready to run off with according to himself or just because he thinks he’ll die I don’t know. Again you have the question of if this IS fake and the first miniseries MRN is also fake could the big final twist be that this is like any other found footage film. Its hard to tell what is going on.
It was the first time this series got seriously scary and whether or not it turns out to be a fake found footage story or actual reality the series looks like its going to get so much more interesting.