Welcome to the Freak Show. The fourth entry in the American Horror Story anthology premiered on Wednesday night. The season premiere showed what promises to be a superior season than the lackluster 3rd season. Ryan Murphy does have a reputation for half plots and convenient writing. Lets hope this season he has a clear focus on what the season should be. But enough with this chit chat, lets begin.
The episode opened to a milkman making his deliveries, (scary stuff here guys). Fast forward a bit and the milkman goes into one of his customers homes, because, why not? Whereas a normal person would run upon seeing a dead body, this gutsy milkman goes on to investigate a noise upstairs, because this is AHS and we wouldn’t be able to discover Sarah Paulson in her two headed splendor.
So whatever monster was lurking upstairs, (Sarah Paulson, duh) was taken to the hospital, freaking out the staff.
Making her grand appearance is
Constance Langdon,er, Sister Jude Martin, Fiona Goode Elsa Mars!!
Being the owner of a freak show, Elsa goes to the hospital upon hearing about its newest patient (seriously, it’s Sarah!).
Once past the candy striper, Elsa makes a quick costume change and goes into the hospital room to see (big reveal) a two headed Sarah Paulson, (seriously, we’ve seen the promos, we get it).
What’s unique for AHS this season is how Sarah Paulson’s character communicates and how the camera shows their point of view, splitting the camera frame, or the conversational inner monologue between the two sisters. Upon seeing the two head woman, Elsa got down to asking the really serious questions.
A regular Barbera Walters, that Elsa.
Next we are taken to Lake somethingicantpronounce, where two teens are about to get it on in broad daylight, because it’s the ’50’s.
Then this happened to Troy
Horror logic: When there is an evil clown about to murder you, the victim shall promptly forget how to use their legs or be weight down by gravity. Unfortunately, blonde didn’t escape.
Next we meet Jimmy Darling, Lobster Boy.
If you have two long fingers instead of 5, what do you do? Masturbate of course. Because money is money and if your fingers are shaped like a dildo, might as well use them.
Meanwhile, in Juniper, FL.
Twisty the Clown went all psycho killer crazy and started murdering folks. I don’t know about you, but maybe Twisty is not the type of clown that you would bring to kids birthday parties.
Turns out Twisty is keeping two hostages in a trailer, in the woods. At this point, there is no reason why he has the boy and the sex crazed teen. He doesn’t look as if he takes care of himself, yet he’s keeping these two alive.
Have fun kids.
Elsa has figured out Bette and Dot’s secret, they killed their mother. Their evening started out with a simple dinner, then Dot asked to see the movie “Singing in the Rain”
So Bette and Dot joined Elsa Mars at her freak show.
Once back at Elsa camping ground, we got to meet the rest of the freaks, like these guys.
Dot was immediately attracted to Jimmy, because Emma Roberts is also in this season and she can’t have Evan Peters all to herself.
We also meet Jimmy’s mother Ethal the bearded lady.
During Ethal’s flash back we got a glimpse of Elsa Mars, sporting the White Witch from “The Chronicles of Narnia” look..
In present time (their present time, which is the 50’s so its back in time for us) Elsa is watching some home movies
Then the candy striper shows up.
Elsa gave a speech on how the carnie folk are normal people, and that they are not monster, but really we just got a glimpse of Evan Peters butt. #ahsbutts
Speaking of Evan, a cop snuck in and handcuffed Bette and Dot, but Jimmy was close by to save the day, sort of.
Anyways, its time for the Freak Show. The show was sold out, unfortunately it was these two who bought out the tent, so they can see the freaks.
And what a show it was, first we had the bearded lady introducing the cast of “Freaks”.
Then we had Elsa Mars singing “Life on Mars”. TBH, what followed was pure eyegasm genius. Jessica Lange sang with a German accent!!
Last season’s musical number, “The Name Game” was an instant AHS classic, but her performance as a aging wanna be star, who’s opportunity is passing her by, trying for the last time to reach fame was brilliant. By the end of her number, Elsa’s face is saddened when she realized that the “packed” show is only two rich Floridians who wanted the show all to themselves.
The rich brat wanted to buy Bette and Dot, because all rich people in the ’50’s are able to. The twins decid to stay with the freak show because Evan Peters kept winking at them.
Unfortunately the two rich spectators were not the only ones at the freak show.
It’s time to get rid of the body! The freaks all join together to carry the corpse into the woods. Jimmy Darling proceeds to give a speech on how it’s time for them to have a normal lives.
All the freaks were surprisingly on board with the new Pro Freak movement, even Bette and Dot were on board, mainly because of Jimmy Darling.
Then to make it official, they all joined together to sing Kumbaya. J/K, they all chopped up the dead detective.
In the final scene, Elsa admitted to the bearded lady that the only reason she is continuing with the failing freak show was for her to rise to fame.
After Ethel leaves, Elsa turns on her tunes and proceeds to take off her legs!!
That’s right ladies and gentlemen; she is missing the lower portion of her legs. Elsa is also a freak. The scene was simple enough, but it was the great Jessica Lange’s expression of isolation and despair, of a woman who has to come to terms that her dreams are fading from reality that gave the scene the emotional punch it deserves. Someone give her another Emmy!
I knew there was something with Elsa, since they showed her with a slight limp earlier in the episode, but I was I was hoping from some of this to happen.
Someone give her another Emmy!
This is the beginning of a wonderful and twisted ride. Freak show, if it stays on course, promised to deliver the horror. It has already been confirmed that there would be more singing in the next episode and also that it will be 90 mins long.
Now that we entered the Freak Show, there’s no turning back now.
But seriously, how scary was that clown?