Cast & Crew
Bette & Dot Tattler
Twisty the Clown
My god, that "Life on Mars" number alone was worth the price of admission.
"Monsters Among Us" goes the unexpected route: It's a season opener with a sense of patience. There's still plenty carnage to be had, but that comes in between scenes that establish characters and explore relationships.
It's clear that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have returned ready to play.
The most innovative thing about this season so far is how it handles the visual language of depicting Siamese (question mark) twins.
Freak Show threw several balls into the air in its first hour-the nice girl from the Zodiac scene is being held captive by the clown, alongside a little boy; we haven't even gotten to Angela Bassett and Michael Chiklis yet.
We got off to an alright start with this premiere. It lacked the excitement of premieres past, but I'm thinking that this season may crescendo rather than fizzle out...
The art direction here is the best it's ever been and absolutely should win an Emmy.
Every season has been filled with problems, but "Monsters Among Us" feels like Murphy is starting with a clean slate and fixing the errors of the past. Step on up, cause this Freak Show is off to a great start.
Unlike the first season's incoherent opener, Freak Show's was elegant, beautifully structured, and frequently astonishing. Also it was insane, obviously. And brilliant. And sad. But mostly insane.
Freak Show already seems like a much more deliberate season than its predecessors.
The premiere certainly has a tremendous amount of energy, but it's hard to tell whether or not the narrative will provide an appropriate outlet to release that energy or if it will wind up scattered and squandered like certain AHS stories of the past.