American Horror Story has been a strong show since the beginning. Each season seemed to get stronger. Freak Show though? Hopefully, it’s too early to tell.
This week was a strong episode, simply because there was so much Dandy. We find out why he’s so rich and the things he’s willing to do for his own entertainment. He’s a charming, well groomed individual who is clearly quite intelligent. The juxtaposition of his character is fascinating and leaves you wanting to know more. Currently, he thinks he’s a God and is above the law. The jagged, rough camera editing really shows the state of his mind.
Emma Roberts acting has not been good and she really hits a flat note in Tupperware Party Massacre. Sara Paulson, on the other hand, has been playing such infuriating characters as Bette and Dot, but her showcased some of her best, most open and honest acting all season. It was a pleasure to watch Dot opening up to Jimmy, baring her soul (quite literally) and bonding with her sister. The music in the scene really tied this all together.
Dell is having issues of his own as he fights his guilt over murdering Ma Petite, and his disgust at his yearnings. There’s almost another death within the show, giving the feeling of something being not quite right, in the supernatural sense. What is suddenly causing everyone to want to give up on life? It’s highly depressing watching everyone but Dandy being tormented by their issues for an hour, with little or no conclusion. Bette and Dot reached a long awaited decision, finally, but now that that is basically resolved, what else is there for them?
Dandy seems to be in the process of making his own Freak Show at home, after having made a life size version of Bette and Dot, albeit with a few changes. What is his fascination with them in particular, when there are so many different types of freaks at the show? He is the most interesting aspect to the season as he is so unpredictable, crazy, and yet oddly sane. He is not an idiot and can come across as a normal member of society, until he turns. Sadly, he shows just how easy it was to corrupt the law. After offering a large sum of money, all morals are thrown out of the window, without even a second thought. What would Dandy be without his money?