So I just watched the last episode of this season's American Horror Story, Freak Show. It was a mess and all over the place, but I really liked the ending.
Then I realized why. It was the same ending as Life on Mars, second season. Which, yes, at the time annoyed a lot of us, but in retrospect holds up for me. Or here it works. Or something.
The freak show's proprietor is named Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), and for some reason the show uses music anachronistically (it shares its creator with Glee, enough said?), so that even though it's set in the 1950s, Elsa uses Bowie's "Life on Mars" as her theme song. (They also use Lana del Ray and Nirvana at other moments in the series; you just have to kind of go with it.) Lots of spoilers follow: ( Read more... )
That's it for me and AHS, though. I hear the first two seasons were excellent and might catch up on them. Unfortunately, I joined in progress with season 3: Coven, which I kinda liked because it was very female-centered, but was a mess. This season was an even worse mess, and there were a lot of non-disabled actors who'd been made up or digitally altered, so that was problematic. However, there were some real performers as well, who seemed to be sidelined at first but who came into the forefront more and more as the season went on. I totally have a crush on Mat Fraser, who played Paul the Illustrated Seal. He's a Brit with that London accent that always does it for me -- who was a thalidomide baby and IRL is a Coney Island sideshow revival performance artist. The reviewer for the New Yorker
, by the by, clearly had a crush on him as well . . .