I was so excited at the prospect of American Horror Story: Freak Show, and as the episodes have aired, I have felt more and more frustrated with the shows lack of ideas, and continuing downward spiral into rubbishness. Each and every episode (bar the odd moment of brilliance, ‘Orphans’ anyone) has confirmed my feelings that I do not want to watch this show anymore, and that upsets me a lot.
The first season was stunning, grounbreaking and full of really cool ideas, strong characters and some really incredible writing and directing skills. The follow up, Asylum, started a little rough around the edges, but built pace, menace and ended brilliantly. Coven struggled, and I mean really struggled, and never delivered on the promise of Witches and Voodoo fighting (not in a way I wanted anyway), and Freak Show has been one almighty bore from about episode four onwards.
Twisty (above) was an awesome creation, yet the writers felt it would be a good idea to remove him early on, leaving a more upper class psycho to take over, and I am sorry but he just didn’t cut it. Twisty will go down in history as one of horrors great creations, but Freak Show has just got worse, and worse and worse.
A lack of impact, a lack of passion, no sense of where the story is going (it just drags and drags) and no idea of an end game (it feels like the show is being made up week by week, desperate to fill the full length of a series). I couldn’t care less about ANY of the characters, and I am really struggling to find the will power to get excited about the finale (I am excited that this will finally be the end of it!).
I had made up my mind, and told myself I would most definitely NOT be watching this again next year.
However, clearly realising some serious issues, FX CEO John Landgraf told TVLine at theTelevision Critics Association on Sunday:
“I know what it is, but I can’t [say] (when asked about the theme of the fifth series). I have to let [series creator] Ryan [Murphy] do his thing on that… One of the things I love so much… is that it can be radically, radically reinvented in terms of tone, setting, period, characters, cast. I think there’s going to be an unusually large reinvention in between Book 4 and Book 5 relative to, say, between Book 3 [Coven] and 4 [Freak Show]”
No doubt fans will be excited to hear there will be a re-invention of the series, and it most certainly needs it!
So when asked if the new series will be set in present day, Landgraf said:
“That’s my hope, yeah,” he answered.
Jessica Lange stole the show in the first series, title Murder House, yet she has (wisely) said that Freak Show will be her last outing in the series.
Landgraf could neither deny, or confirm Lange’s return:
“Ryan is really, really independent in how he makes these shows and what he does. So I know the setting, I know something about the characters and something about the tone and the time period, but I don’t actually know the cast yet.”
If you are still interested in Freak Show, then here is the trailer for the seasons finale, and let me tell you I am very relieved to know this is finally ending!