[Warning: Spoilers ahead]
I can deal with anything except clowns. But apparently, that is something I will have to get over, if I expect to be able to sit through this season of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
Let’s dive right in.
Jupiter, FL – 1952 | The build up to the 2-headed twins was almost 10 minutes long. We all knew it was coming Sarah Paulson in her double headed role as Bette and Dot Tattler, conjoined twins who murder their mother. So I’m not quite sure why the build up was needed. I will say that her playing two distinct personalities is incredible to watch. Their back and forth – the serious, religious one vs. the silly, flirty wants to break all the rules — I’m going to go ahead and put this out there, that she’s going to win an Emmy for this role.
So they kill their mom and then one stabs the other. After their discovery by the neighborhood milk man are rushed to the hospital where their deformities make nurses vomit — really? this is the grossest thing they’ve ever seen? okayyyy….. In walks Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars in her German accent — who sees these two as her meal ticket. They’ll be the headliners to her circus freak side show attraction. She blackmails them into coming with her — they killed their mom and Miss Mars knows it.
We meet the Freaks | Aside from Bette and Dot Tattler, we’ve got Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters) who has Syndactyly. But that doesn’t stop him from hooking up with all the ladies.
Then there’s Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates) who has a beard, Pepper, a large woman, a man with tiny arms and the smallest woman in the world. And… Elsa Mars – she’s a freak because she’s an amputee. Which is beyond sad that is considered as such. They’re all actually seemingly kind and sweet people who protect each other and have formed a family. We’ll have to wait and see though.
The clown | I’m not going to spend much time on the scariest freak of them all — a clown who has a twisted face and “smile” — oh, and did I mention he likes to murder and kidnap people?
Okay — so here’s my take on the 90 minute episode, I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it the way I have every other season of “American Horror Story.” There was no horror, there was no really big scare. Just a lot of Freakishness — which I guess, this season is going to be all about. I’ll just have to wait and see, but I’m all here for it!
So what did you think of “American Horror Story: Freak Show?”