Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen American Horror Story: Freak Show Ep. 9 – “Tupperware Party Massacre.”
I remember watching the first season of American Horror Story and being genuinely scared. In fact, I marathoned the first several episodes when my roommate was out of town and considered it a grave mistake as I then had to spend the rest of the weekend with a butcher knife under my bed. Now, if I’m mildly disturbed I consider it a good episode.
At this point AHS has devolved into a generic soap opera with slightly more psychotic characters. Its all mommy issues and Jessica Lange getting her All About Eve on with a little decapitation thrown in to keep us on our toes. But frankly, it’s not enough.
This season started out with such promise, but this back half of the season has proved that Ryan Murphy and Co. have learned nothing from their past mistakes. And I doubt they ever will. As long as people keep tuning in for these beautifully art directed messes masquerading as coherent content they’ll keep producing them. So I guess that’s my long way of saying that I take responsibility for my part in this shit-fest.
At least last season there was the (poorly executed) attempt to make statements about racism and sexism. This season’s theme of “who are the real freaks” has been all but abandoned. Plus it’s a pretty easily answered question. The guy creating literal blood baths is the real freak. Although, I will say, Finn Wittrock’s performance as Dandy is the one high point of this season.
Look, if you’ve come here because you just wanted to know what happened this week on Freak Show, well you’ve probably already stopped reading by now. But this is why it’s so hard to recap this season; it’s the same thing week after week. Jimmy was drunk, Dandy was creepy, Elsa was ruthless and Bette and Dot brought the heart. Lather, rinse, repeat.
And so, what I’ve taken 350 words to say, until Freak Show offers up something interesting to write about, I won’t be.
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