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In a rapid rush to tie up its myriad of loose ends, "Show Stoppers" leaves almost nothing for the season finale.
A lot of weird s--- happened and ten percent of it made any sense whatsoever. That's when you KNOW American Horror Story has hit it's stride again.
For once, we're able to see this freak show as a community, rather than as a collection of isolated players alternately selected for tag-team set pieces.
For the penultimate episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show there's a whole lot of new things happening. It makes us feel like we've got about half of the season left to go rather than just one more hour next week.
This is one of my (many) problems with Freak Show: that no one faces any sort of serious consequences for their actions, and when consequences do come, they are totally random.
In hindsight, a better title for this season would've been American Horror Story: Emma Roberts' Intestines.
The most shocking thing about American Horror Story: Freak Show is how enthusiastically it squanders its potential.
"Show Stoppers" actually worked as a decent season ender in its own right. You could actually quit watching Freak Show after tonight and be okay, I'd imagine.
What an episode! At least one big death, a reenactment of Tod Browning's Freaks, and more amazing Angela Bassett moments than any of us possibly deserved! No complaints here. Let's talk about it!
Can we get a toast to American Horror Story: Freak Show? After a seemingly aimless middle part of the season, it does, in fact, seem like the show is on track to go out strong, as dubious as that prospect seemed going into the brief hiatus.
Remember when Twisty the nightmare clown was the scariest thing on this show? Ah, the good old days. Welcome to "Show Stoppers."
The hour hits as many beats as it can, eliminating threads instead of ending or resolving them.
"Show Stoppers" goes to some compelling places for the final episode, but it also gives Freak Show the problematic rushed feeling that every other season has suffered from.