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Welcome Scribbler AHS fans! Old Man Feind is a little late with this one but that just means I shouldn’t be able to spoil this one since you’ve had ample time to watch. Since I was late this week I’ve decided to put up my AHS thoughts on the newest episode every Wednesday ahead of the next coming up that night. This should prevent me from spoiling anyone’s enjoyment of the show but in case you don’t get it, WATCH THE SHOW BEFORE CONTINUING!
Feind’s Thoughts on Episode #2
Well Scribbler fans by now I hope you’ve seen last week’s episode of AHS: Freakshow or heeded my warning because there will be spoilers mixed in here as there is no way to express my opinion without at least a few. I was left, shall we say, unimpressed by the season opener so I hoped episode 2 would be an improvement. It sadly wasn’t as I find I am still underwhelmed so far this season and if I’m being honest a little annoyed or perhaps irritated is a better word. I’m finding the episodes difficult to watch just with the damn background music. Perhaps some of you out there enjoy it but it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me so much so that I find myself getting angry as I watch which maybe is making me more biased against it than it deserves but let’s see what ground my gears in the latest episode...
Episode 2 begins with the fuzz showing up looking for the disappeared Detective Robert Bunch who the freaks chopped to pieces at the end of episode 1 to save Lady Two Heads. This leads me to Problem I Have #2 (the soundtrack being #1) “Jimmy”. Perhaps some of you out there like Lobster Boy but I’m finding that I just want to punch his whiney “I just want to fit in” ass straight in the face. You’re in a fucking Freakshow! Normal people suck but in about 20 years of carnie life annoying Jimmy hasn’t learned that yet. So either he’s stupid, not good, or being a whiney cunt is just a part of his DNA, also not good. Seriously someone snap Jimmy’s neck so I don’t have to hear him whine for the next 20 episodes.
Then we come to the even bigger Problem I Have #3 – the spoiled rich twat. I’d like to toss this annoying twat in a blender and turn it up to high. Seriously he drinks cognac from a baby bottle, whines incessantly, is never satisfied with anything and is really just an all around spoiled fuckhead. The family maid knows he’s an incredible twat and possibly a very disturbed one observing that she found a dead cat mutilated behind the shed. Gee I wonder if somehow he’ll hook up with the psycho clown? Oh, look he does. *did you feel me roll my eyes there or do I have to tell you everytime? It’s gonna happen a lot in the next few minutes.
This brings me to Problem I Have #4 – The overdone & boring Psychotic Clown. In episode 1 you see him kill a couple at random as well as another family just to give the show some bloodshed. The bloodshed is welcome but the killer clown thing is just Zzzzzzz. Oh and I’ve seen some of the news stories how this is somehow upsetting clowns. Really?!? The ten bazillion killer clowns in film didn’t bother you but this one does? Fuck off! While I enjoy the blood & gore I couldn’t be more bored with this character. Having him hook up with the rich twat psycho boy wasn’t surprising and more importantly wasn’t interesting.
I think my least favorite part of episode 1 (though the clown is a contender) was the musical number toward the end by the otherwise excellent Jessica Lange which again wasn’t so much bad as just out of place. Enter episode 2 with Problem I Have #5 – this week’s musical number by Lady Two Heads. The conjoined twins are at odds in just about all ways as first shown in episode 1 continuing in episode 2 with the singing. One head wants to sing badly but can’t carry a tune in a bucket while the other is afraid to sing but has a shockingly beautiful voice. What a shocker! (*Yes, that’s sarcasm in case you didn’t recognize it) All of this leads to episode 2’s out of place musical number. I have enjoyed the work the writers have done prior to this season but seriously you’re putting modern musical numbers in a show that is supposed to be taking place in the 50s. If you enjoy crap music maybe you’re enjoying this but I find it out of place and annoying. And no, for the record, I wouldn’t be happier if instead of pop they worked in some metal. It isn’t the type of music that is annoying me it’s how out of place it is though admittedly I hate pop music in general.
So did grumpy old fuck Feind like any of the episode? Well actually yes or I’d just stop watching. If I found last season AHS: Coven to be about a 7-8 out of 10 overall this season is in the 4 (at worst of times) to 6 (at its best). I do like the little bit of mystery surrounding Jessica Lange’s character Elsa Mars. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she lose her legs? Why did she start a freakshow? Then there is the, will anyone find out the freaks killed Detective Bunch plot line which could be interesting especially with the developments in episode 2. Poor Meep is dead but will the town’s people be satisfied with just Meep or are the pitchforks about to come out? Will Jimmy (Please for the love of all things unholy!) be discovered as the mastermind of the murder and suffer a similar fate as Meep? Please Satan, YES! Also a three tittyed Angela Bassett finally arrived on the show and I usually like her too so there’s that to look forward to though as I said last time I’d prefer her not to have a third tit but apparently she is playing a full blown hermaphrodite so there’s a another appendage that doesn’t belong on beautiful Angela.
In the end episode 2 actually impressed me less than the season opener so if episode 3 doesn’t capture my attention better I may stop watching this season altogether. I’ve seen fewer clichés in B movies which at the very least aren’t trying to disguise those clichés as quality television. Unfortunately I think the writers are trying to be too cute by half and they’re losing me fast and I know I’m not the only one. Freakshow needs to show some serious signs of improvement and not just attempt to dazzle with the freaks themselves (I do agree with Jimmy’s sentiment that they are “just people” even though he whines about this far too much) or I’m gone until maybe they do something more interesting next season. The background soundtrack may force the decision for me. Holy fuck balls does it grate on me!
So what do you think of Freakshow so far Scribbler fans? Are you loving it and think I’m off my rocker or do you agree and maybe think I’m not hating on it enough?
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