AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 3 Edward Mordrake (Part 1)

Edward Mordrake (Part 1)

Wes Bentley stars as Edward Mordrake in AHS Freak Show

So here’s what got my freak on (and off) about Episode 3 (entitled Edward Mordrake, Part 1) of FX’s American Horror Story Freak Show:

Freak On:

  • It’s Halloween in Freak Show – and what better way to celebrate it with the old carnie urban legend of the two-headed Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley)? He’s a tortured character who ended up taking his own life rather than fight between his two faces – are you getting scared now Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson)? But now, as a result, no freak show can perform on Halloween unless they want to release the Mordrake.
  • Which Elsa (Jesisca Lange) totally did with her version of the Lana Del Rey tune, Gods and Monsters. As a result, one carnie will die…
  • Episode 3 entitled Edward Mordrake Part 1 of FXs AHS Freak Show 4But let’s get back to Bette and Dot, shall we? Seems Bette may have flipped it and killed their mother, but it’s really Dot you need to watch out for on account of her wanting to find a doctor who will cut off Bette’s head. Or did Dot make Bette kill their mother? *confused*
  • Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett) in that maid costume. Seriously, between that and the Viking helmet worn by Mr. OMGIsThatADick’s (more on him later) paramour, I think we have Halloween costumes and kinky just about cornered.
  • Now, for the aforementioned Mr. OMGIsThatADick. Say hello to Denis O’Hare playing Stanley. Not only does he have a very long penis, but he wants to covet freak show body parts on the black market.Episode 3 entitled Edward Mordrake Part 1 of FXs AHS Freak Show 3
  • So, enter Maggie Esmerelda (Emma Roberts). She is Mr. OMGIsThatADick’s assistant who is also a very good fraudulent fortune teller. But that’s okay because Elsa is happy to believe any cock-a-ninny story pulled off by freaks wanting to enter her show. So now she has her foot in the freak show, it’s anyone’s guess as to who her boss will want to kill first.

Freak Off:

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  • The bearded lady, Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates), goes and gets all terminal so suggests to I-nearly-murdered-our-child Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis) that it was time for him to step up to the plate and look after Jimmy Darling Penishands (Evan Peters).
  • Clowns. Yeah, we all hate ‘em now thanks to this show. I just can’t work out who is scarier, Twisty (John Carroll Lynch) or wannabe serial killer Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock)?

What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Just on those flashbacks Ethel. Really? You’re going to leave your precious darling boy with a man who used his live birth as an event at freak show? Seriously woman?!

What did you think of Episode 3 (entitled Edward Mordrake, Part 1) of FX’s AHS Freak Show? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

And here’s the obligatory YouTube video of this week’s tune:

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 2: Strangers

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Sorry I took so long for this recap – I had a bit of a jogging mishap :-/ But, now that my ankle is bandaged and rested, let’s what went down in Episode 2 (entitled Strangers) of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 5!

This episode starts miles from Terminus and it is very much a meandering journey in which we get to see everyone catching up with each other. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is busy apologising to Carol (Melissa McBride), who is seemingly in the midst of some Lizzie-inspired PTSD. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is determined to get her out of her rut, but, seriously, all Carol needs is probably just a bit of Pookie lovin’! Tara (Alanna Masterson) is laying her cards on the table by letting Maggie (Lauren Cohan) know about her ties to the Governor (David Morrissey).

In fact everyone is in the process of catching their breath – except for Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) who is determined to head straight on through to DC – with or without food. Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are all ‘lay some sugar on me‘. In fact, so are Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie, so it is at this point I start wondering which couple is about to get split up…

Episode 2 entitled Strangers of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

Now we can’t have a fully quiet episode, so enter Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) who Rick’s group meets as he is cowering atop a rock while zombies barter for his ankles below. Right away we can tell Father Gabriel has some shit he’s not dealing with so well and Rick is not ready to trust him, no matter what his son, Carl (Chandler Riggs) says. but at least the group have a safe place to stay for a while. If you just ignore those noises in the woods…

Probably just Morgan (Lennie James) anyway…

So Father Gabriel is out of food, but lucky he was in the middle of a food bank run before the shit hit the fan, so Rick takes him and a small group into town to get some supplies. Enter a tribute to Season 2 of The Walking Dead when they encounter a whole pile of swimmer walkers:

We have swimmer walkers again in Episode 2 (entitled Strangers) of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 5

“Hey Glenn, we have a job for you…”

But this time they don’t just send Glenn down into the water, they all go – Father Gabriel included. Which is really a bad idea and we all know it, but Rick is stubborn like that and when Father G freaks out at a walker that used to be someone that he used to know, it comes as no surprise. In the chaos that ensues, Bob gets dragged under by a walker and I am starting to get an idea where this is headed…

So, back at the church and Carl shows Rick some scraping on the outside of the church that may or may not be knife marks. He also finds this:

The writing is on the wall in Episode 2 entitled Strangers of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

You’ll burn for this

 

Yeah, what the fuck have you done Father G?

Meanwhile, there is the issue of transportation. Father Gabriel has a bus they can use – if they can get it running. Carl and Daryl, however, find another car and are determined to get it going as a ‘back up’ vehicle. But not to worry about that right now, because there is a banquet to be had from all the tinned supplies Rick has bought back…

So people are happy and laughing and eating up a storm. The decision to travel with Abraham’s group on the DC is also made. So much happiness, feels a lot like the CDC all over again if you ask me…

Which means Bob has to go outside and have a cry about something which I suspect, but won’t mention here. If you want to my theory on why Bob was crying, then check out the Season 5 conspiracy theories page, otherwise, just keep reading. So, Bob is outside by himself sooking about something when he gets bashed over the head…

But enough on that for the moment because Carol has escaped the frivolities as well and is trying to start up that car she found. Totally a good thing she did too because when Daryl comes out to check up on her a car drives past – and it’s the same one that Daryl saw when Beth (Emily Kinney) was taken back in Season 4! So they jump right in their conveniently newly working car and follow that vehicle. So now three of Rick’s gang are split up. Because having them all back together for more than one episode is SO Season 2…

Hello there Bob. Seems it wasn’t Morgan trailing behind Rick’s group but Gareth (Andrew J. West).

Hello shishkaBOB! That’s right, Bob is now the main menu on their BoBQ (so many puns, so little time).

But don’t worry, it seems Bob will be alive for a while longer yet since the Termites group is small now and cannot afford to kill and store a whole human in one sitting.

Bob becomes a shishkaBOB on Gareths BoBq in Episode 2 entitled Strangers of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

MMmmm…tastes like chicken…

What did you think of Episode 2 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts (especially about Bob being so zen in this episode) by commenting below!

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BOOK BLITZ, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Ghost Heart by Ripely Patton

Ghost Heart by Ripely Patton

Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3) by Ripely Patton
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Blurb

In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren’t enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman’s personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.

They are scattered.
They are devastated.
They are ruined.

Their only hope is Olivia’s stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?

And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?

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***GHOST HEART Excerpt from Olivia’s perspective – some strong language.***

When I came to, I wasn’t back in my cell. I was still handcuffed to the chair in the interrogation room with Dr. Fineman and Anthony. I was slumped over the table, my hair wet with blood from the blow to my ear. It wasn’t crusting though, which meant I’d only been out a few minutes.

“Welcome back,” Anthony said, grabbing my hair and lifting my head up, leaving a brownish-red smear on the table where it had been. “No time for naps. We’re not done with you yet.”

My head was spinning, and I felt like I might throw up. If I did, I would aim for the doctor.

And that’s when I noticed the new guy in the room. He was a CAMFer soldier, an older guy I didn’t recognize with a prominent scar across his right cheek, running from eye to chin. I did the best I could to pretend he wasn’t intimidating, but he was. I had a bad feeling the torture was about to ramp up a notch. Great. Something to look forward to.

“This is Major Tom,” Dr. Fineman introduced him, smiling.”And he has somewhat of a bone to pick with you.”

Really? Major Tom? Was that his real name or was he just a huge David Bowie fan? Either way, I was pretty sure I’d never met the guy. And if he was out to get me, he should probably get in line.

“You see,” Dr. Fineman said, “The Major had a reputation as one of the best knife fighters on this continent. I say ‘had’ because it was somewhat ruined when you stole a knife from his person and used it to stab three of his men.”

Shit. This was the guy who’d been carrying me the night of the Eidolon. I hadn’t seen his face because I’d been slung over his shoulder. But I had reached straight into his back with my ghost hand and pulled out a knife, the same knife that was now sitting on the table in front of me. My eyes flashed to it.

“Yes,” Dr. Fineman said, smiling at me. “Now you understand.” He turned to Anthony. “Let’s have the other hand for this,” he directed.

Anthony fumbled at my flesh hand, unlocking the handcuffs. Then he yanked my left arm onto the table, pinning my hand palm-up.

I didn’t struggle. It wouldn’t do any good. Anthony had proved many times he was stronger than me. Still, sometimes I could outsmart him if I was patient enough. He wasn’t the brightest crayon in the box. For example, he’d just forgotten to recuff my other arm to the chair, and my ghost hand was now tucked in my lap, hidden under the table.

Dr. Fineman picked up the knife, turning it in his hands. Then he lowered it gently, setting it in my open palm, handle-first.

I was never willingly going to do what they wanted me to. They were going to have to force my hand every inch of the way.

Anthony squeezed my wrist even harder as Dr. Fineman closed my fingers around the knife.

Suddenly, I was standing at the door, huge and looming, looking at the pitiful, bloody, minus girl. No, at me. I was looking at me.

“She’s in my fucking head,” I—he—Major Tom said, stumbling back toward the door. “I can feel her there. I can feel where she is.”

“Hold your ground,” Dr. Fineman barked at me—no, him. I wasn’t him.—and I held steady at the door, remembering my training and honoring my rank. This little bitch wasn’t going to embarrass me a second time.

What the fuck? That hadn’t been my thought. It had been his thought in my head.

I looked down at the knife in my hand and tried desperately to unclench my fingers, but Dr. Fineman squeezed them even harder around it.

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Ripley PattonRipley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn’t smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

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AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 2: Massacres and Matinees

Massacres and Matinees

Episode 2 entitled Massacres and Matinees of FXs AHS Freak Show 1

I’m completely behind in my recaps again, so, without any extra fanfare, let’s find out what got my freak on about Episode 2 (entitled Massacres and Matinees) of FX’s American Horror: Story Freak Show:

Freak On:

  • Music that is totally current and not in the time frame of AHS Freak Show. Seriously, that version of Fiona Apple’s Criminal was just delicious! And so glad Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) picked this over shooting ping pong balls out of their vajayjays! (Yeah, that was nearly a thing *shudders*)
  • The complicated mess of Bette and Dot in general. Whether is coming to the realisation that Bette can’t sing and goes all ‘I’ll put put you with yo mamma’ eyes on Dot or the burgeoning love blossoming in the prudish heart of Dot towards Edward Penishands (AKA Lobster Boy, played by Evan Peters), I am relishing this character for more than her ‘look at my two-headed CGI’ I was expecting this season.
  • The hate I have for the strong man Del Toledo, (played by Michael Chiklis). There are all sorts of complications with his arrival. He brings with him a three titted hermaphrodite (played fantastically by Angela Bassett), a past that included fathering Edward Penishands (seems he has a thing for blokey women) and a bad mood that resulted in him having to move along quickly after killing a man. Elsa (Jessica Lange) hires him on the spot (of course) and then we find out what a control freak he really is. No one can tell him what the fuck to do and he begins to run the freak show any old way he likes. This results in Penishands trying to frame the death of the snoopy cop from Episode 1 (entitled Mosters Among Us) on him. Of course cranky pants sees this coming and double crosses Penishands in quite a manner. At first I am all ‘why didn’t he just plant the cop’s badge in Penishands’ trailer?’ It becomes apparent though that his need for sick revenge goes deeper than an eye for an eye. By planting the badge in Meep the Geek’s (Ben Woolf) trailer, we get to see a freak that will rip the head off live chickens but doesn’t fare so well in the local lock up. Poor Penishands is gonna feel mighty guilty for getting Meep killed like that…
  • Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) gets a bestie. I kinds like the fact we are getting under the skin of the clown. I really want to know WHY he seems intent on building a happy little family in the woods. Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock), however, falls totally into my Freak Off list today…)
  • Speaking of Twisty, we got a sneak peek under his mask in this episode. And let that be a stern reminder to all you kiddies out there that dental hygiene is REALLY important!
  • Pepper (Naomi Grossman) wanting meatloaf – no matter what’s going on around her!

Freak Off:

  • Totally  thought Twisty the Clown would turn out to be Dandy Mott. It’s a shame that didn’t happen…
  • Speaking of Dandy – could he get any more annoyingly overacted? Ditto for his mother. And I really hate to say that since I am such a HUGE fan of Frances Conroy :-(
  • So a serial killer clown can walk along a road in broad daylight during a murder spree and not get noticed by the police?
  • Bette and Elsa are chatting about Dot while she sleeps. Apparently telepathy doesn’t count here?

What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Twisty’s family escaping. Has that woman never watched a horror movie? Make sure that shit is dead before fleeing the scene. It might have given her half a chance of escaping Dandy’s advancements…

So, what did you think of Episode 2 of FX’s AHS Freak Show? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

And, just because I LOVE the song so much, here’s Dot’s rendition of Fiona Apple’s Criminal:

You can read my Episode 3 recap here.

(Photo Credits: FX)

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BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Dead New World by Ryan Hill
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 13th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult, Zombies

Blurb

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

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    Disgusted with myself, I let go of Nancy and walked, alone and with a heavy heart, to Ambrose’s room. I could see him through the window, asleep on a twin bed.
“Push the red button to talk into the microphone,” Nancy said.
I pressed the red button on the control panel next to the door. “Hey, man, wake up.”
Ambrose slowly stirred from his sleep. “Who is it?”
“Your mother.”
“Ha.” Ambrose stood, draping bed sheets over his white scrubs. The days of being stuck in this small room seemed to have sapped his strength. He leaned against the wall, too tired to stand on his own for long. “Nice to see you on your foot.”
“Funny. I could say the same for you. I hear you got one hell of a hickey. Didn’t your mother teach you to stay away from strangers?”
“I never did mind her like I should have.”
I tried to get a good look at him, but the lack of light made it impossible. “They said most people don’t last a day after being bitten. You’ve made it four. I guess I should congratulate you.” Surviving this awful disease longer than most. What a terrible silver lining. I bet he wished the virus would get it over with and turn him.
“Yeah, lucky me.” Ambrose coughed into his bed sheets. “Maybe they’ll give me a prize, like some bacon or something.”
“What… what does it feel like?”
Ambrose shrugged. “Kind of like being sick. Had a fever at first, then some numbness over part of my body.”
“Is it getting any worse?”
“No.” Ambrose sniffed. “Some parts still feel like me, others… like these gray parts, nothing.” He pointed at his arm where the skin had turned a sickly gray. “They’re dead, I guess.”
Nancy loudly cleared her throat. “We need to get you back to your room. They patrol this place pretty regularly, especially when we have… guests.”
I nodded to her, then turned my attention back to Ambrose. “I have to go. I’m sorry. I wish it was me in there, instead of you.”
Ambrose stepped up to the window. The light from the hallway revealed his face. For the first time, I got a glimpse of what his loyalty to me cost him. I froze, unable to take a breath for a long beat. One of his eyes remained normal, but the other took on that awful redness. Patches of dead skin were all over his face. The guilt rising up seemed almost too much to bear. What kind of hell had I sent my friend to?

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Author Ryan HillGrowing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.

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SEASON PREMIERE: The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 1: No Sanctuary

Andrew Lincoln stars as Rick Grimes in Episode 1 entitled No Sanctuary Season 5 of AMCs The Walking Dead

No Sanctuary

Yay! It’s FINALLY the premiere of Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead! *does a happy dance* Here’s what went down in Episode 1 (entitled No Sanctuary):

We start with a little backstory into the mindset of the inhabitants of Terminus. It looks like they truly were a sanctuary – once. And then the raping and pillaging began…

Enter the present day and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his gang are busy making homemade weapons out of any spare sharp thing they can lay their hands on. Go Rick – so long as everyone’s pants don’t fall down as soon as they get a chance to attack! We hear Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie (Lauren Choan) chatting about Beth (Emily Kinney); it seems Maggie finally remembers she has a sister. Then Daryl notices people arriving and they are all prepared to attack – except the Termites throw some tear gas in overhead and it is all over red rover.

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Rick, Daryl, Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) are hogtied and taken to a room with a very large stainless steel trough. Four other men are bought in also. Hang on a minute, why is that blonde dude eyeballing Rick? Took me a while, but I finally remembered where I had seen that face before – remember Sam (Robin Lord Taylor), the male part of the couple Rick and Carol (Melissa McBride) bumped into in Season 4 right before Rick sent Carol on a one way roadtrip? Yeah, it’s totally that guy! But not for long…

This next bit is horrendous. But at least I now know that I could never, EVER be a cannibal – no matter how hungry I am! That’s right, those four random guys get their throats slit and they are bled out. Glenn is up next (remember that part in the Season 5 promo trailer with Glenn and the guy with the baseball bat?) but Gareth (Andrew J. West) arrives and demands a shell count from the butchers behind Glenn. Bob takes this opportunity to drag out the suspense and beg for his life. It doesn’t work, but luckily there is a perfectly timed explosion outside…

Hello Carol, Judith and Tyreese (Chad Coleman).

Yeah, it’s okay, we totally don’t want to know how Rick’s gang escapes…

It seems they are on their way to Terminus but thanks to a horde that is following the sound of gunfire from Terminus (which means Carol and Tyreese’s storyline is a little behind Rick’s, placing them back in the Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead), they are sidetracked and end up bumping into Martin (Chris Coy). Martin is setting up fireworks as a walker decoy, which is totally lucky for Carol when she leaves Tyreese in charge of Judith and Martin (because Tyreese is totally kill shy now after what happened to Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) in Season 4), while she goes on a reconnaissance mission into the heart of Terminus – dressed in walker guts. So glad to see this happening again, it’s been a long time since we saw Rick and Glenn do this in Season 2!

Walker Carol gets to see Rick, Daryl, Bob and Glenn hogtied, so they are nearly together in the same timeframe now. She also sees a huge gas tank that just begs to be blown up with fireworks:

Zombie explosion in Episode 1 (entitled No Sanctuary) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Yeah, welcome back bad arse Carol! Here Rick, have some humble pie…

So Carol then just walks into Terminus with the horde she road in on – like the mother-fucking-bad-arse-machine that she is and takes back what is hers!

Of course, Rick’s group help a little in that they take advantage of Carol’s exploding zombies and stab the butchers with their homemade weapons. But, first, let’s just look at Maggie’s gratuitous cleavage while we check on the remainder of Rick’s group still trapped in the shipping container:

Maggie Lauren Cohan gets some cleavage in Season 5 Episode 1 entitled No Sanctuary of AMCs The Walking Dead

Moving right along now, Rick’s man-arse group manage to get their hands on some meat cleavers and hack up some walkers. Next they take over a small band of Termites and turn on them with their own guns. Yay! They are weaponed up now!

What about Carol? Yeah, she totally finding Daryl’s crossbow and scrag fighting with Mary (Denise Crosby). Once Mary starts monologuing about the Terminus backstory, Carol finds she has no time for that shit, shoots Mary in the leg and sets the walkers onto her.

Seriously, I wanna marry Carol by this stage! If she could just gut Gareth, my happiness would be complete.

So we need to catch our breath, don’t we? Nope, ain’t got no time for that shit either! Back at the hut, Tyreese and Martin give up on chatting when walkers come knocking. Martin takes his opportunity and runs with it (because they totally didn’t think tying him to some furniture would be a good idea) and threatens Judith. Tyreese does exactly what Martin predicts, which is drop his weapon and jump when Martin says so – except his jumping involves being outside with the walkers. What Martin didn’t expect was that Tyreese would dispatch the undead with his bare hands and waltz back in to kill him (and thus working through his minor kill shy plot).

Back in the shipping container everyone is trying to get Dr. Mullet Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to spill the beans on the cure. He uses a lot of big words but essentially tells them nothing. but that’s okay because it’s time for Rick to show up and rescue their arses. In the midst of a whole heap of flannel-wearing-I’m-sure-I’ve-seen-that-walker killing, they manage to escape Terminus and flee into the forest.

That’s when Carol shows up:

and every Caryl fan out there cried like a baby.

After this, Carol and Rick make up, mainly because Rick has to on account of Carol and Tyreese keeping Judith safe. But there are a million feels to be had when everyone (except poor Beth) are reunited. They decide against finishing off Terminus and head away from cannibal central, but not before Rick changes the sign:

No Sanctury Episode 1 Season 5 of AMCs The Walking Dead

and leaves a few circled crosses carved into the trees as they leave the train tracks and head on into the forest again. Which is totally a good thing for Morgan (Lennie James) who was heading on into Terminus…

On a side note (since it was totally a walk down memory lane for this episode), did anyone else notice that the crazy Charles Manson dude Rick released from that shipping container was the same guy who was raping and pillaging in the Terminus flashbacks?

So, what did you think of Episode 1 of The Walking Dead? Let me know in the comments below!

You can read my Episode 2 recap here.

(Photo/Video Credits: AMC)

 

 

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AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 1: Monsters Among Us

AHS Freak Show Season 4 Episode 1 Killer Clown

Because nothing says freak show more than a clown with a Hannibal Lector obsession…

Monsters Among Us

Okay, so I’m a bit slow in getting out my recap for the premiere episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, but it’s not because I didn’t like it, it’s just because my life has been a bit hectic this week! As a result, I will not be doing a full recap of Episode 1 (entitled Monsters Among Us), instead I will be be doing some Freak Show Quickie lists:

Freak On:

  • This episode captured me in a way AHS Coven never did and, hence, feels more like Season 1 (Murder House) than Season 2 (Asylum) ever did.
  • Some of the actors have the actual conditions on display in the circus. Kudos to the AHS crew for going all equal opportunist on a show that could very well end up being a bad place for perverts to go to and perve on the freaks.
  • Sarah Paulson stars as Bette and Dot in AHS Freak Show Episode 1 (entitled Monsters Among Us)Sarah Paulson. Seriously, this woman is awesome. Not only is she playing two different women, she is playing them while they are co-joined to each other! And the guys that did the SGI on her, please come and collect your awards now.
  • Right from the very first scene the creepy in this show is just fantastic. We start with a classic horror movie faux pas of having the lone stranger venture further into the house that has been the scene of a horrific murder.Next we are introduced to the main cast, some of which currently work at the freak show, and some that are being recruited to it. Then, wicked pause to let us all catch our breath and then the mother-fucking-Hannibal-Lector-face-transplant-killer-clown arrives. So shit gets real and people are murdered and the viewer is left peeing in their pants.
  • Pepper (Naomi Grossman) is back! Looks like those suggestions of Pepper (from AHS Asylum) getting a backstory are actually true :-)
  • Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) singing David Bowie’s Life on Mars. It was the classic ‘train wreck that you can’t look away from’ scene.
  • Elsa has prosthetic legs. Just get the fuck out!

Freak Off:

  • That long intro where we are introduced to Bette and Dot as a two-headed lady. Dude, you totally let us know that Sarah Paulson was going to be a two-headed lady in the million promo videos you released leading up to the AHS Freak Show premiere. There was no need to draw it all out like we were supposed to be surprised about it. What, do you think the audience are goldfish?
  • I can see this turning into a voyeuristic ‘look at the freaks’ train wreck if not done properly. It was scenes like the one where the world’s smallest woman, Ma Petit (Jyoti Amge) is presented to us in a birdcage that made me cringe. Yes, I know AHS are continually going to have to walk that line between titillation perversion to get the story told, but I can just see them falling off the rails into territory that will offend more people than it will excite. Jumping right in and asking Bette and Dot about their sex life was another moment when I was left thinking I’m not perverted enough to be watching this show…
  • Evan Peters stars as Lobster Boy AKA Edward Penis Hands in AHS Freak Show Episode 1 (entitled Monsters Among Us)

    Completely this awkward to watch as well…

    Edward Penis Hands. Yep, they totally went there with Lobster Boy (Evan Peters). Not even sure why they did, it added nothing to the storyline what so ever other than perhaps for more of the titillation that falls into the point above’s category.

  • The Bearded Lady’s accent. I love Kathy Bates to bits, but, seriously, I found I didn’t hear a word she uttered from trying to work out that accent! At times I even wondered if she was trying to pull off an Australian accent :-/ It turns out what she was doing (apparently) was a very authentic Baltimore accent. And if you have been scratching your head and trying to work out where you’ve heard it before. Think John Travolta in Hairspray (where, ironically, he is a man playing a woman).
  • Elsa telling us in every scene that she could have been famous. Yeah, we get it AHS writers…
  • Let’s kill the cop because he was trying to do his job. Now I am already completely in love with Bette and Dot and I want to see them free along with the rest of you, but, seriously, that cop has a job to do. There’s no reason to hack him up into pieces. Plus, won’t they just send another cop?

What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch). Just needs to belong in his own category. He honestly scared the shit out of me! And I’m not even one of those ‘clowns-freak-me-the-fuck-out’ types of people. While many people were loosing their shit when the clown first appeared, for me, the scariest part was when you got to visit his decrepit bus in the woods. Watching him torment that woman and child was just. UGH. *shudders*

What did you think of AHS Freak Show Episode 1? Let me know in the comments below!

And just because I’m a sucker for a freaky song, here’s Elsa Mars’ version of Life on Mars:

You can read my Episode 2 recap here.

(Photo Credits: FX)

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