American Horror Story Freak Show Premiere: Life On Mars Genius

American Horror Story Freak Show Premiere: Life On Mars Genius

Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story season four premiere of Freak Show showed a glimpse of genius three quarters through the opening episode when Jessica Lang’s character sang David Bowie’s Life on Mars. Of course purists will shout that the Bowie ballad, which is the best way to describe the song, does not fit the time period. Freak Show takes place in 1952 Jupiter, Florida so of course the song is an anachronism in the old time 1950’s southern setting.

American Horror Story Freak Show: Opening Night Trailer (Video)

American Horror Story Freak Show: Opening Night Trailer (Video)

On October 8, FX will be bringing American Horror Story Back to fans with season four’s, Freak Show and the latest trailer has been released, entitled Opening Night. This video, along with the sexually explicit opening credits which was also released, where a naked female figure has what appears to be a booted leg jutting from her genitalia, will whet the appetite of every AHS fan out there.

American Horror Story Freak Show: People Are More Than Strange

American Horror Story Freak Show: People Are More Than Strange

Fans of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story have known that in Murphy’s world people are more than strange, even before season four Freak Show premieres the proof existed in the first three iterations of the show. It is a tad disturbing that the same man who created Glee also came up with a verse full of the odd, quirky, scary and deadly with no singing/dancing teens in sight. A show with diverse storylines for each season and the only real constant between each one being the oscar winning actress Jessica Lange and Evan Peters although Frances Conroy and Sarah Paulson have also been in enough episodes to be considered runner up “constants.”

Michael Chiklis in American Horror Story: Will He Be the Geek?

Michael Chiklis in American Horror Story: Will He Be the Geek?

The news that Michael Chiklis is now a member of the regular cast in American Horror Story season four, titled Freak Show, brings one question to mind; will he be the geek? Of course, the type of geek being portrayed in a television show about a freak show, will not fit the modern “definition” of the word. Being a geek now entails being a cross of eccentric overly intelligent individual and an expert in any given area.

Conjoined Twins Reality TV Show?

Reality Television
Reality Television (Photo credit: badjonni)

So Abby and Brittany Hensel are getting their own Reality TV Show on TLC. In case you missed the short video on Huff Entertainment, TLC is the Channel that also features 19 Kids and Counting and the channel doesn’t really strike me as producers of ‘quality’ television.

Am I the only person in the world who feels like this is the 21st century version of the old fairground freak show?

With the deepest of respect to both Abby and Brittany who, I am sure, have felt like the world has been staring at them for years; I don’t feel like this is either a good idea or tasteful television.

Okay, they will be making money from this venture to be sure and I can’t think of anyone who would turn that down. But a Reality TV show, really??

Of course folks are ‘snake fascinated’ by the spectacle of these girls who share the same body. One controls the right, the other the left. I am also sure that their lives have been very interesting.

I know from the video that both girls seem well adjusted and happy to be taking part in this business venture. Because that is what it really is, business. I can imagine both TLC and the shows ‘new’ sponsors rubbing their hands together gleefully at the anticipation of viewers that this program will get.

But, if you’ll pardon the pun, the reality is that this program should really have been a ‘one off’ to show how well the twins have adjusted to, what must be, a nigh on impossible life style.

I cannot begin to even try to imagine what life must be like having another ‘head’ conjoined to my body. One that has it’s own working brain, personality, opinions and, God help us, bad breath.

Ludicrous, but, you would have to have such a good sense of humour and an almost inhuman ability to laugh at yourself, or selves I suppose. So yes, it is fascinating to see how the twins have coped and how they have grown to accept their situation.

I can imagine, again, what the shows producers were thinking. I mean how do you cope with dating? If one of you completely dislikes or cannot stand one twins choice how does that resolve itself. I cannot begin to think of how the reality of the birds and bees could be worked into the equation!

Sure it’s fascinating television but it still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I am sure that the older folks out there can remember the big jar with the ‘corpse’ of the two headed baby that was displayed in the ‘Freak Show‘ tent. Along with the Frozen Ice Man and the Bearded Lady, the Human Skeleton and the Pin Head. For the price of about half-a-buck you could go in and stare at the unfortunate people who made up the exhibit.

I can only assume that TLC is looking at the show as an addition to the one-off programs that feature unfortunate people from all over the world. Yesteryears JoJo the Dog-Faced Boy is now the boy who is covered in hair.

But despite the lovely window dressing of politically correct phrasing, the end result is the same.

Someone who doesn’t fit into ‘normal’ life is trotted out and displayed. Some folks will watch because, truth be told, it is fascinating. Some will watch to laugh and make fun of the twins. A lot of people will only watch the ‘pilot’ and never tune in again.

It would be nice to think that in this day and age, people would not be fooled by the trappings of a reality TV program that is in reality a travesty. I hope that the twins make a good sum of money from this cynical venture and can live their lives as they see fit.

In the meantime, I’m waiting for the next Reality TV Program to come up with an even more distasteful theme.

So what do you think? Have a look at the trailer here:

Abby and Brittany Hensel

Do you feel that this is ‘tasteless’ TV or do you think that it is harmless entertainment?

Like I said earlier, this leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth, not too dissimilar to how I felt after watching The Elephant Man.

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