Critic Consensus: The dark themes of "Massacres and Matinees" are reminiscent of themes of season two, only more vibrant this time around.
as Elsa Mars
as Bette and Dot Tatler
as Ethel Darling
as Jimmy Darling
as Dell Toldeo
as Desiree Dupree
as Maggie Esmeralda
as Dandy Mott
as Gloria Mott
as Twisty the Clown
Critic reviews for Massacres and Matinees
But - again, compared to other seasons - they're letting this one take its time... We sense some confidence in the scripts this time, as if people know exactly where they want to go and how they're going to get there.
As early as it may be in the season, I'm enjoying the Freak Show characters and story.
In the early going anyway, Freak Show is more concerned with serving up a series of indelible moments than connecting them via a strong, compelling narrative. And that's okay for now.
This season is dark, dark, dark. Basically: It's "Asylum" with a prettier coat of paint on top.
Twisty is my least favorite part of the season so far, but the throat-clenching tension of "Massacres And Matinees"'s cold open uses John Carroll Lynch's character to marvelous effect.
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