This season deals with the Countess, the owner of the Hotel
Cortez, and her lust for power, as well as a dangerous serial killer.
American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5)
Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk
Starring Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson,
Evan Peters, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloe Sevigny,
Denis O'Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Angela Bassett
After the disaster that was last season's Freak Show, my expectations were quite low for the hit show. Much to my delight, however, Hotel was a step in the right direction. While it still lacked some of the tight storytelling from earlier seasons, this iteration proved to be a fun, depraved world that only American Horror Story knows how to do so well.
As stated earlier, AHS suffered in the storytelling department last season, and this one is no different. The season starts by introducing a huge cast of characters with seemingly little connections to each other, causing the first half to seem a bit disjointed. Luckily, it all came together in the second half, with the characters' storyline connecting and creating an engaging end for the season. As for characters, Hotel features another round of intriguing characters with a cast more than ready to deliver. Lady Gaga was a surprise as the Countess. She perfectly portrayed a tragic, sexual creature whom you never knew if she was truly good or bad. I hope to see her again next season. Denis O'Hare played one of his best characters as Liz Taylor, a cross dresser with tons of sass. Evan Peters also excelled as serial killer, James Patrick March. From his attire and speech pattern, he flawlessly adopts the persona of someone from the 1920s era. The rest of the cast was great as well, but these three truly stood out from the pack.
Hotel was a solid return for the show; properly restoring my faith after losing it last season. It also proved to be the show's darkest, with some of its most depraved characters yet. Aside from the story taking a while to get going and several overly long episodes, Hotel was quite a bit of fun. Bring on another dark, grotesque season, I say.