American Horror Story: Freakshow Review
If you didn't think haunted houses, a twisted asylum or a mysterious coven were enough to send shivers down your spine, FX released Freakshow – complete with a two headed woman, bearded lady and lobster boy, to name a few!
This season explores a 'troupe of curiosities' that has landed in the quiet town of Jupiter, Florida in 1952. However, all is not as it seems when a strange dark (can I add terrifying) presence descends on the town that is ravaging the lives of everyone. While there are several sub-plots ultimately this season tells the story of a group of performers and their journey of survival through oppression and their desperate attempts at rekindling the slowly diminishing world of the american carnival.
At this point I really didn't know what to expect from this series – one of the things that I find most refreshing about the show is it's ability to keep you on your toes. The sinister twists in the story arc and the horror of the characters worked so well in a more concealed manner – surely having 'freaks' was too obvious? I couldn't have been more wrong.
FX stepped up the horror this season, with a scary habit of getting us close to the most visibly disfigured characters while developing the others to be truly disturbing on the inside. Sadly this season saw us say a final farewell to Jessica Lange who has starred in key roles in each season of the show and has been phenomenal – though I can't quite imagine her in a goody-two-shoes role after seeing what her characters have been capable of! I've gotta say though, perhaps I was just a bitter fan in a huff that there are fewer episodes in this show than in others I watch; but the story seemed to come to a rather abrupt finish. I'd have loved for the story to progress further later in the season… however, I still couldn't recommend it enough!
So yes, Freak Show was incredible and definitely one of my favourite seasons of the show. Don't judge a book on it's cover took a whole new level this year and its absolutely incredible.