Friday, January 22, 2016

TV Series Review: American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5)

The fifth Season of FX's horror series had some interesting shock factor scenes but overall it suffered a similar fate as the previous four. The plot became so convoluted and the horror so repetitive that the last few episodes didn't hold my interest as the first few did.

The new setup of a hotel had potential for a lot of frightening scenarios. Many of the characters introduced would later have great character arcs that I found more enjoyable than some of the previous series' characters. I especially like how they began to tie everything together with the other seasons, and it makes me want to go back and check them out. 

An intriguing plot line that I find did not follow through was the Ten Commandment Killer and the investigation by Detective John Lowe played by a brooding Wes Bentley. The mystery started off exciting but the payoff was lackluster. Chloe Sevigny played Lowe's wife with a passion that she has brought to all of her characters. 

Sarah Paulson had one of the most engaging characters with Hypodermic Sally. She has really shown her range throughout the series, and this character was exceptional. I look forward to seeing what she puts on next.

Denis O'Hare also came through with a great performance as Liz Taylor, the hotel's bartender. The character had one of the main stories and a great few scenes of sadness and redemption at the end.

Other cast members including Angela Bassett, Finn Wittrock, Kathy Bates, and Evan Peters all brought their A-game to the show. Peters had an amazing accent as the murdered James March. Bates and Bassett both held a grudge against the most prominent and popular role of the show Lady Gaga's Countess.

Stepping into the shoes of Jessica Lange is no easy task but Gaga did the best possible impression and ended up with an Golden Globe as a result. I hope she continues to lead this show as she provides a much needed celebrity center. 

Overall, I got what I expected from this season and will continue to tune in to these bloody, gory, and spooky episodes when it returns in October 2016!

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