No matter how you feel about “American Horror Story” and all the mental anguish and abject terror it puts us through, we should all at the very least agree that Jessica Lange is amazing. Complex, raw, beautiful, horrifying, damaged and crazy crazy crazy. When she is on screen, not much else seems worth watching. And that’s no small feat considering costars James Cromwell, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe are absolutely no slouches. But something about Jessica, that face and its gorgeous cunning, that demands we pay attention. Like this week, when the show returned and we were all spellbound for a few minutes by the simple “Name Game.” Look, I was worried not so long about Jessica after she’d clearly done something not-so-subtle to her face. But the grace of age has managed to creep back in and make her just so much more interesting and no less stunning. Plus, the lady can just act. Be she is playing a crazy former nun, tragic country star, an up-and-coming soap opera star, a gorilla’s object of affection, Jessica grabs out attention and makes us watch. Happy weekend, all.
UPDATE: Oh, just watch the trippiness yourself.