Now that the season is over and I’ve had a little bit of time to compile my thoughts on the matter, I want to
whine about rehash the latest season of American Horror Story. (Freak Show, for those of you who don’t watch it.)
Since here there be spoilers, I’ll see you after the jump…
First of all, let me say that no, I STILL haven’t watched AHS – Coven. It just hit Netflix a few weeks back, and I’ve been busier than a…well, really farking busy. So busy I’m so brainfarted that I can’t even come up with a slightly decent/funny/snarky simile to say how busy I am. (Busier than Dandy at a Tupperware party. How’s that?)
What did I love about this season?
I loved the visual effects, the diverse cast, the way they wove Pepper’s origin story into AHS – Asylum, how they tied Elsa’s friend into Dr. Gruper/Arden (again, AHS – Asylum), loved how they took a page from the The Walking Dead screenwriters’ playbook (meaning beloved character=dead character in most shocking and disturbing way possible), and that they didn’t overly focus on supernatural elements this season (it was mostly disturbing from a “what man can do to fellow men” aspect).
And if you are an avid fan of the show, you cannot in all good conscience deny there weren’t a few shortcomings this season.
It seemed like this was the season of the Bermuda Triangle of side-stories. Meep and the dead cop, Lizard Girl, Lizard Girl’s dad being tarred-and-feathered, Pepper, Dot and Bette MARRIED Dandy (so did they inherit his money?), did Dandy kill Stanley, too, when he murdered all the other freaks, did the police no longer care about Dot and Bette apparently killing their mother, Dora and her Daughter, Chester and his backstory, why were the cops so fast to turn on Jimmy when he was hailed as a hero by the whole town before, where are Jimmy and Bette and Dot living now and how did they just walk away from a massacre like that with NO ONE NOTICING? What happened to all the freak show’s gear, etc. etc. etc…
…Aaaaaand then those side-stories flounder and disappear and leave us scratching our heads.
In one episode, the cops are searching the camp for Jimmy, and Elsa makes a comment about sure, tear the camp apart AGAIN…and yet shortly thereafter the cops are just..gone? No one was taken in to be questioned? The cops killed Meep in custody, yet will just leave a camp there not once, but twice?
The whole thing about the property’s landlord in the beginning, too, where he was trying to run the freak show off because a church group was coming through to rent it…yet they’re still there? You’re telling me after the first round of murders committed by
Crusty Twisty that someone in that town wouldn’t have been saying, “Um, helloo, you will vacate immediately, do not pass go, do not stop until you hit the Georgia state line.”
Not. Buying. It.
There were soooo many missed opportunities to not follow meaningless side-stories down the rabbit hole, and instead give us GOOD solid side-stories involving the existing cast, some of whom seemed to be there for little more than their physicality. Soooo many missed opportunities. (Can you hear that casting session? “We need a few token little people and a seal boy…”)
Really? They could have kept the shock factor intact and used some of those useless side-stories instead to build excellent character studies while still advancing the plot and let us feel and get to know the other characters and make us feel they weren’t just there for set dressing.
So yes, I loved the season. There were a few times both Hubby and I gasped and even did the whole covered mouth thing as shit. Went. Down. (Dandy’s payback? PERFECTION. And too damn quick for him. And hello, never saw Maggie getting her comeuppance like THAT.)
What did you think of the season? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.