I've watched the premiere three times now, and each time I like it a little better than before.
I love Elsa Mars. If she continues to be written well, I think she'll become the best character they've ever had for Jessica Lange. I knew there was going to be some reveal regarding her legs, and until the end I kept thinking she might be transexual, too. I especially like that she's a bit of a Marlene Dietrich clone, but she hates Marlene Dietrich. However, the only part of the episode I haven't warmed up to was her "Life on Mars" number. I get that it was partly fantasy and all, but I would have appreciated a more subdued, cabaret tone. What I did find interesting during that song was Elsa dressed up in a Pierrot costume in that one shot. I read once that Jessica Lange had trained with a professional mime artist early in her career. Perhaps we'll see some of that training in this season, maybe through flashbacks in pre-WWII Europe or something?
Sarah Paulson is pretty fantastic as Dot and Bette, although I'm a bit worried that I can already guess the way their character arcs are going to end. I really
hope I'm wrong, though. I like Evan Peters this season so far-- he's pretty sexy. As for Kathy Bates, at first I was confused by her accent-- turns out it's a Baltimore accent, which makes sense because I thought she sounded like John Travolta in "Hairspray." I think Kathy Bates' character is in love with Elsa.
I never had a fear for clowns, but Twisty might just do it. He's very creepy. I'm excited to see his story line merge with the freaks a bit more. Speaking of "the freaks," I thought the people showcased this episode were really great. I hope The Illustrated Seal gets more screentime, and I'm fascinated by Meep the Geek. You're right that Ma Petite is very cute-- yeah, that's probably insulting, but so far that's the only function her character plays on the show, to be "cute."
As for the mother and son who saw the performance, I've read some spoilers and I don't think they'll be killed in the next episode. Apparently the son, Dandy, wants to join the Freak Show. ...Maybe Twisty will make that more feasible for him?
Disney's Divinity wrote:
- I honestly didn't know two people attached together could hear one another's thoughts, so I was freaked out by that, too.
Is that true? Can real conjoined twins actually hear each other's thoughts like that? I thought it was the show using poetic license, and was definitely surprised when the first voiceover happened.
Disney's Divinity wrote:
- Perhaps the killer clown is Lange's character's son?
I didn't think about that. Maybe he could be a spurned lover, even?
Anyway, definitely loved the premiere and I can't wait until next week's 90-minute episode!
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