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In the season opener, Freak Show sets the template for a compelling character-driven narrative with thoughtful pacing and creepy scares.
My god, that "Life on Mars" number alone was worth the price of admission.
Freak Show threw several balls into the air in its first hour-the nice girl from the Zodiac scene is being held captive by the clown, alongside a little boy; we haven't even gotten to Angela Bassett and Michael Chiklis yet.
The most innovative thing about this season so far is how it handles the visual language of depicting Siamese (question mark) twins.
It's clear that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have returned ready to play.
"Monsters Among Us" goes the unexpected route: It's a season opener with a sense of patience. There's still plenty carnage to be had, but that comes in between scenes that establish characters and explore relationships.
The art direction here is the best it's ever been and absolutely should win an Emmy.
I enjoyed the "back to basics" elements here with regards to home invasions, abductions, and murder being the core scary elements. Especially the fact that they're being committed by nightmare clown.
Freak Show already seems like a much more deliberate season than its predecessors.
Unlike the first season's incoherent opener, Freak Show's was elegant, beautifully structured, and frequently astonishing. Also it was insane, obviously. And brilliant. And sad. But mostly insane.
Every season has been filled with problems, but "Monsters Among Us" feels like Murphy is starting with a clean slate and fixing the errors of the past. Step on up, cause this Freak Show is off to a great start.
The premiere certainly has a tremendous amount of energy, but it's hard to tell whether or not the narrative will provide an appropriate outlet to release that energy or if it will wind up scattered and squandered like certain AHS stories of the past.