by JASMINE ELSHAMY Editor-in-Chief
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” premiered with its third season on Wednesday, October 8 on FX. The hit anthology horror show revolves around one of the last freak shows in the country’s struggle for survival in 1952 Jupiter, Florida. T
his season includes many of the show’s past regulars (and favorites) like Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Emma Roberts.
“I absolutely love ‘American Horror Story’. It is one of my all time favorites, and I am so excited to see what the rest of the season has in store,” said senior Jordan Bussiere. “The first episode alone had me dying, and not just because of how gorgeous Evan Peters is.”
Peters is one of the main characters this season, playing the ever-charming Jimmy Darling, a member of the circus troupe.
Lange plays the ring leader of the show, an ex-patriot from Germany named Elsa Mars, who is looking for some kind of new act to bring the viewers back in. She comes across the conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler, both played by Paulson, who have a secret to hide and a reason to join Elsa’s group of freaks.
Each member of Elsa Mars’s show has some quality that makes them “a freak,” something different or disturbing about them that has a means to entertain. Some of these freakish qualities include having two heads, being a female with a beard, having three breasts, having no legs, having claw hands, being the smallest woman in the world, being “the tallest” woman in the world, and quite a few more. You can imagine how much fun the makeup department had with this, or actually get an idea of what goes into it here.
One of the very cool things about this season of AHS is that there are a few actors with these actual qualities playing these characters on the show, such as Jyoti Amge (smallest woman in the world) and Rose Siggins, a woman with half a body. Siggins plays Legless Suzi, and Amge plays Ma Petite.
As for the premiere episode itself, well, it involved clowns, cages, blood, Peters rocking a very hot, very 50s-esque hairstyle, and Lange singing a kinda weird, kinda cool, but mostly haunting version of “Life On Mars.” And all that basically culminates in one hell of a show.
“I can’t wait to see each character grow. They have all pulled me in, and I already want to know more and more about them,” says junior Katherine Alcala.
The writing was fabulous and very precise for each character, giving the viewers just enough to get a sense of where they think the season is going. Each character already seems to have their fair share of disturbing traits, secrets and distinguishing qualities. You can already see they each have something freaky to offer the motley crew (is that the name of a band?).
Even if you are really scared of clowns and women with beards, I would definitely recommend at least giving the first episode a try. It will be worth the tiny bit of pee that will inevitably escape your bladder.
What did you think of the first episode of “American Horror Story: Freakshow”?