Show Stoppers – Episode 12 – The American Horror Story Fan Podcast Freak Show

For the twelfth episode of Freak Show, Show Stoppers, Neal Patrick Harris completes his two-episode guest spot as Chester, a mixture of a traveling salesman, a magician and one twisted individual. After taking ownership of Freak Show, his time in the spotlight is short lived. Marjorie is not pleased with his relationship with Dot and Bette and pushes Chester to the limit with murderous results. In the end, yet another new owner takes over the Freak Show. All this an more…

Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Freak Show. This the unofficial podcast about the hit FX Horror Television show American Horror Story by fans for fans as brought to you by and Now in its fourth highly anticipated season, the award winning genre show is set to push even more boundaries and break even more unimaginable taboos with Freak Show. The theme this season is a carnival struggling to survive in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Returning to co-host the fan podcast are Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani.

The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Freak Show
Episode 12 – Show Stoppers

Things to look forward to after the recap each episode are Doc providing his favorite Crazy Moment of the Week of the week and Thomas shares his favorite Outrageous Theory of the Week. Out of all the nutty things that show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk could possibly shove into a single episode, what could Thomas possibly settle upon? And what theory could possibly come out of Doc’s warped mind to shed any light into the Freak Show’s visual treats of wonder and horror? Listen to the podcast and find out.

We also want to hear from you! The American Horror Story Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Doc and Thomas your thoughts. What are your theories? What was the craziest moment of the show? Who’s your favorite character? Which character do you despise the most? The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

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Doc Rotten

Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.

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  • Mick St John

    Another great podcast with Show Stoppers. Doc and Thomas really got me thinking. Did this episode work for me?? If it was a stand alone episode of a show, I would say yes. However, it is one episode out of 13 designed to tell a story; in this case, I’d have to say it didn’t have a great impact for me. I did enjoy the beginning when Lange’s character talked about the movie “Freaks” to exact revenge on Stanley. I think the telling of the movie was necessary and worked. But the remainder of the show was predictable, not very horrific or as satisfying as I had hoped. Why? The connection between characters had been lost, underdeveloped or misused.

    Part of the problem, as I see it, is that Asylum had everything Freak Show is lacking. For example, in Asylum when Dr Arden prostrated himself upon the corpse of Sr Mary Eunice and went into the fire of the crematorium with her, I found it amazingly disturbing, horrific and satisfying. Gore was implied but not seen. Nonetheless, that scene remains one of the best murder/suicide scenes I’ve seen. But in the 12th episode of Freak Show when Chester saws Maggie in half with blood and entrails falling out of the magician’s box, I wasn’t at all disturbed nor satisfied (the scene actually reminded me of Andy Warhol’s movie Frankenstein). Again that goes back to the lack of continuity of story, character and thematic elements.

    Part of the storyline contained gay themes that felt very preachy. It was as if I had to be told about them (i.e. Freaks and GLBT individuals as outcast) or else I wouldn’t get it. That I found insulting. I think the GLBT elements work more effectively if they are coded or just below the surface. And I can see this happening in Show Stoppers, where Margerie is the effeminate (or GLBT) side of Chester that he needs to kill off in order to see himself as a real man. Yet in doing so, he looses the very thing he wishes to keep. His madness would be more frightening in this context if the character of Chester as well as this thematic element had been introduced earlier, and the show had maintained its earlier psychosexual elements.

    A great (and bonus) ending to this season’s podcast is to add another episode (following the rap up) comparing and contrasting one episode from a season Doc and Thomas found compelling (Anne Frank, Part II, perhaps)! to one episode from Freak Show. That would be cool.

    But anyway it goes, I stand by Doc and Thomas and this podcast. It is the best out there. It not only makes AHS more interesting and exciting, but these guys give an accurate and invested view of the show. And that is why I like it.

    • Wow! Mick, thanks for the thorough feedback and the compliments.
      I love the comparison to Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein.
      I also liked the reminder of Dr. Arden’s final moment – wow, that was powerful.

      The best moments in Freak Show remain Pepper’s with the Pepper-centric “Orphans” episode. That one really got me.


      • Mick St John

        I have to agree with you there. I mean, it goes without saying, Pepper being the best thing to happen this season….I am still blown away by Naomi Grossman’s performance. Amazing! I’ve watched that episode 4 times.