Kim Kardashian shines in 'American Horror Story: Delicate,' making it worth the watch despite its flaws
After almost ten years of practically incomprehensible "American Horror Story," the mega-producer enticed us back into his macabre, gimmicky world with Season 12 of FX's anthology series "Delicate," which starred none other than Kim Kardashian.
The most recent episode (Wednesdays at 10 EDT/PDT and streaming on Hulu) features a big part for the actress and reality TV celebrity from "PAW: Patrol." The story revolves on Emma Roberts, a young lady who may be carrying Satan's offspring. However, even Kardashian's brilliant casting choices are unable to turn around this terrible new season, which ends abruptly with a tired parody of "Rosemary's Baby."
Hollywood beauty Anna Victoria Alcott (Roberts), who is unable to conceive with her husband Matt Czuchry, heads to yet another fertility appointment shortly after the season premiere begins. Naturally, though, things seem dangerously wrong from the start: following the egg retrieval, Anna awakens in excruciating pain. "There's never anything easy to wait for," a nonchalant nurse reassures her. Additionally, there are some dubious medicines, an eerie doctor, and a worried woman who could or might not be Anna's stalker.
Precisely what has been done in countless other horror films, or even "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," which left us permanently traumatised with its horrific delivery scene. Roberts and Czuchry's one-note performances are further undermined by bland writing, and it doesn't help that they have all the spark of a monsoon campfire.
The rare moments of energy in the first episode occur when Kardashian is on screen. The shapewear guru's detractors have long referred to her as shallow and vacuous. Here, though, she deftly adopts the character of the Valley girl, portraying Anna's worried publicist Siobhan. She creates Waldorf out of word salad and scathingly dissects everyone, from Hilary Swank to the creators of "Everything Everywhere All at Once." Being both Anna's confidante and walking exposition, Siobhan remarks, "You have a peculiar penchant for turning dreams into nightmares."
When Anna secures a lucrative late-night slot on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," the vicious one-liners don't stop coming, and Siobhan is left to console her rapidly degenerating client. "Don't weep, honey. For Andy, your face cannot get swollen.
Of course, there are some cheesy jokes about "Bravolebrities" like Tom Sandoval. In addition, it's possible that Kardashian's acting is more People's Choice than Emmy-caliber. However, similar to Jessica Lange and Lady Gaga, two previous "American Horror Story" alumni, she is the only one who has yet to live up to the high-camp potential of the season.