by Christie Stelly
This season, creators of American Horror Story: Cult, focus the plot around the current political tension in the United States. In typical AHS style, Producer Ryan Murphy, and delivers viewers with horror, gore and nightmare inducing scenery.
The first episode starts off by introducing us to the two main characters, complete opposites when it comes to political beliefs. First, we meet liberal Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson), who is devastated about the election of President Trump.
Next, we meet Kai Anderson (Evan Peters), a blue-haired Trump fanatic. “The revolution has begun!” was his reaction to the announcement of Trump as the next president.
The two parallels of these characters show the split in our country between the more liberal and conservative sides. It’s legitimate to say that people are currently in fear of our country. People are in fear of being deported, mistreated or having certain rights taken away.
This season, the crew of AHS acknowledge that fear and display it in a more playful way. In the first episode, Ally begins to experience objects and people that actually aren’t there.
She goes to a grocery store late at night, when a group of clowns begins to torment her. One of the clowns chases her around on a scooter with a knife in his hand. When they looked back at the store tapes, there were no clowns seen.
We are left to wonder whether the clowns are actually a figment of Ally’s imagination or whether they are actually real. As usual with past AHS seasons, it will take a few episodes for them to reveal the truth.
Ozzy, Ally’s son, begins to have nightmares about Twisty the Clown, who we remember from AHS: Freak Show. Something we don’t see often with AHS actors and actresses is the reoccurrence of a character in more than one season, but Twisty is an exception to that.
We see Ozzy reading comic books about Twisty, which leads us to wonder whether he is a figment of imagination, like the group of clowns.
I can describe Kai’s character in one word: insane. In some scenes we see him acting legitimately insane, humping his TV and covering his face in Cheetos paste. Evan Peters has played a plethora of strange characters during past seasons; and this is just another to add to the list.
Peters seems to play the type of character where you want to hate them, but secretly feel bad for them deep down inside. I do not want to like his character this season, as a crazed Trump supporter, but his loneliness and isolated life makes it hard not to.
However, Sarah Paulson’s character is over the top and the way she lets politics run her life with her family is disturbing.
I wish Sarah Paulson was not playing the main character again this season, because I’m bored of watching her whining, moaning and pity-me party she has all the time. I do not think I’ve enjoyed her character since the second season, AHS: Insane Asylum. I think that others might agree that her character does make the show a little difficult to watch.
If AHS casted her in a different type of character, where she was not the victim, it might be a bit better.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out, with Ally sabotaging her own happiness and life with her family. We will see just how extreme Kai is about his support for Trump and will find out if that clown posse is actually real.
AHS succeeded at making this season gruesome, but satirical. As usual, there are some pretty graphic scenes, and lets be real, the clowns are pretty freaky. AHS airs on Tuesday’s at 10 p.m. on FX.