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Is There Salvation for the Freak Show?

Halfway through the fourth season of [American Horror Story](series:206668), and the plot has so far failed to stir up a lot of mystery and intrigue. The one thing I am anxious to know the answer to is, ‘where is the horror?’ When we learned that this season would be about the Freak Show, a killer clown, and god only knows what else, my expectations were high.

Then, the killer clown was killed off. The Freak Show turned into a soap opera and the scariest thing about the show was Dandy’s fashion choices. I don’t think it is too late for American Horror Story to get its groove back. I know there are still six episodes left in season 4, so I am holding out hope that things pick up in this second half.

It may seem silly to think about next season, but I think that with a few tweaks here and there, AHS could be as good as the first two seasons. I want them to scare me again. I want to be afraid to watch it with the lights off.

Five Quick Fixes for AHS Season 5

Purely opinion and, of course, it all depends on what next season’s theme will be. But these are just a few things that I think could give American Horror Story a much needed kick in the butt:

1 – Switch it up.

Nothing against the cast, because I love each and every one of them. But I feel like it is time to inject some fresh blood into the show. It has been rumoured for a while now that Freak Show will be Jessica Lange’s last season, and that may not be the worst thing.

For the past four years, Lange has played pretty much the same character type each season. Having her out of the mix allows for a whole new dynamic among the other cast and the characters they could play.

2 – Take time out of the occasion.

Each season seems to go back and fourth between current day and the 50’s and 60s. Then, within those seasons, there are leaps of time – flash backs, flash forwards – it can be an overused tool.

I love a good mystery birthed from a past of unfortunate circumstances, but I think it would be a nice change to see one of these seasons take place completely in real time. No flashbacks, no time leaps, no Doc Brown and his Delorean.

3 – Scale Down a Smidge.

The ensemble for American Horror Story is fairly large. Sure, there are key characters, but there is always extras and side characters that can be extensive. On top of which, throughout the season parts are written in for guest stars, friends of Mr. Murphy and sometimes it is at the expensive of story.

It worked from time to time, but I am a firm believer that sometimes (most times) less is more. Besides, it leads to my next point, which is to…

4 – Simplify It, Condense It and Control It.

With a few less characters, I think the story can stay much more straight forward. Too many characters, force too many branches of the story. If you are a follower of my fan site, then you know that Aslyum was [for me] the best season yet. Even that had a bit too much in the way of different stories, and at times I was finding it hard to follow.

But, 13 episodes is a perfect amount for a unique story arc, focusing on a few characters with a strong story and vision of where its going from episode 1 through to 13.

5 – Untwine the Fact from the Fiction.

It has been long rumored that all these seasons are connected, which is pretty cool. Even though there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of consistency in any season of American Horror Story, one thing they have done each year is bring a bit of true life into each theme.

Murder House had the Black Dahlia, Aslyum told a unique tale of Anne Frank, and Coven brought Madame LaLaurie to life. Sometimes its the right amount of fact to the fiction, but othertimes, it seems forced and oddly out of place.

Let’s just promise to tell a story that is either one or the other. There are plenty of horrific stories that happened in the history of our country, and I am sure that the creators could craft one, completely unique and just as terrifying.

Freak Show WAS Freaky… at First

Yes, I miss the crazy killer clown, Twisty.
Yes, I miss the crazy killer clown, Twisty.

When Twisty the Clown made his on screen debut, my hopes were high for AHS‘s season 4. But as quickly as they rose, they were dashed. Twisty is gone, and we are left with Dandy, who has the potential to be pretty scary, even more so than Twisty, if they could just tone down is tantrums and his over-the-top antics.

So tell me, am I alone here? What’s the general consensus about the direction of American Horror Story: Freak Show? I love a good chat about television and am very open to differing opinions. Just remember to play nice with others before hitting the comments button below.

AHS Freak Show is currently airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.


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