Since the Powers That Be started rolling out teasers about this season of American Horror Story, and dropping hints about the freak show that is going to be this season, I was pretty stoked for the concept. There’s nothing creepier, in that “it’s supposed to be innocent, but there’s something kind of unsettling about this” kind of way, than a circus. This concept was always brilliant because there’s just so much to work with, but I have to admit, in the hands of Ryan Murphy, I had my doubts. Look, let’s face it, as far as being able to keep a once awesome show, awesome for more than two seasons, Murphy’s track record isn’t exactly stellar (*cough* Nip/Tuck *cough* Glee), and judging by the end of last season of AHS, I was certain this show was going the way of other Ryan Murphy shows, which was heartbreaking, because I’ve loved this show since day one. Still, when I was assigned to cover this show, I was optimistic, thinking that if it sucked, at the very least I could rip on it once a week in these recaps for a laugh.
I was still skeptical last night when the premiere started airing, with Sarah Paulson’s “Dear Diary” voice over, and the extremely saturated hues that looked like a knock-off Tim Burton film. But then, a milk man pulled up outside of a 1950’s Florida house and found the dead body of some poor old lady lying in a pool of her own blood and everything changed! Immediately after finding the body, the milk man started to explore the dimly lit house for the culprit, completely ignoring the fact that there’s some seriously sinister whispering going on down the end of the hall, and my thought process went from thinking, “Oh shit, maybe I shouldn’t be watching this alone in the dark” to thinking, “That’s one brave milk man” to thinking, “No, never mind, that milk man’s an idiot. Get out of the house, you dumbass!” and in the midst of all of those conflicting thoughts it struck me, that this season might just be extremely, extremely awesome!
Now, before we get too excited, we still have to wait and see how the rest of the season shapes out to be, but for now let’s focus on the positives of this episode, which are largely the characters. I think it’s only fair that we start our first grade of the season with our honorable, brave soul, the Milk Man…
For being a total dumbass who goes bravely strolling through the dark, creepy corridors of a house a gruesome murder took place in, in a horror show, and yet somehow managed not to get killed in some horrific, gory way by the end of the scene, there is only one thing to say: Bravo!