Four seasons in, ‘AHS’ keeps students locked in with new ‘Freak Show’

Every season, the recurring cast of “American Horror Story” return as new characters with new lives, names, and terrors. This year’s “Freak Show” takes place in 1952 in Jupiter, Florida. The characters are performers for the local circus and they all have their own unique differences and disfigurements.

“This season is pretty sweet,” senior Jon Rentz said. “Twisty the Clown is creepy, but he’s pretty cool looking. It’s just a good season so far.”

Members of the freak show are fighting to save their business, as their audience numbers are dwindling. The storyline takes unexpected turns when they interact with the people of Jupiter.

“This show isn’t like any other show out there,” senior Jordyn Katterson said. “It’s kind of twisted, so it’s creepy but still really good.”

Although set in 1952, some songs that are included in the show were released after that. Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of “AHS,” explained in an interview that he picked songs because they were made by artists who were known as, or called themselves, “freaks.”

In addition to unique music, “AHS” is unlike other shows because every season is a totally new storyline. From murder house, asylum, coven and now freak show, the creators come up with twisted stories for all kinds of different places.

“Freak show and asylum are definitely my two favorite seasons so far,” senior Marc Galui said. “‘American Horror Story’ is just all together very suspenseful and you never know what is going to happen next. It has very weird stuff that goes on in it, but it is really cool all at the same time.”

Since every season is completely different than the last, viewers have differing opinons about favorites.

“I only watched two of the seasons including this one,” senior Anna Braet said, “but this one is by far my favorite. It is kind of crazy that someone could have the mind set to write something like this and turn it into an actual TV show.”

The ‘ringmaster’ of this show is the same woman who has been the main character of every season, Jessica Lange. This season, Lange’s character created the freak show and took in the misfit performers who are a part of it.

All of the freaks in this season are extreme and unique, but somewhat familiar in the circus world, such as the strong man. This show also recruited the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. She is now two feet and .6 inches tall at the age of twenty, which made her perfect for this character setting.

“I think that “American Horror Story” is by far my favorite show,” senior Patricia Borycz said. “It is scary and sometimes gruesome, but it still makes a really interesting story and has twists and turns all throughout each season that you would never even guess.”

This season is still in full swing but still people are thinking about what could be next year’s storyline. Some viewers have seen several top hats throughout this season, and think they are clues to a season centered around “Operation Top Hat,” a secret US experiment that used human subjects in chemical, biological, and radiological testing and research.

“I just want to know what the next season will have in store,” senior Ashley Badalucco said. “You never know when it comes to ‘American Horror Story.’ It could be anything.”