Critic Consensus: "Chutes and Ladders" adds welcome backstory to Hotel's growing mythology while still packing plenty of shock value.
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Critic reviews for Chutes and Ladders
It was a pleasant surprise to have a good bulk of the hotel's backstory spelled out for us so early on.
Don't count on any of it making sense because clearly that's not what we're here for. The gore is necessary because the shock value is what keeps us coming back. We're as twisted as some of these characters.
Forget binge-watching a season, we feel like we've just binge-watched an episode - and we haven't even mentioned the part where Lady Gaga rides into a disco on the back of a horse.
For The Countess and other characters driven by vital dependency in the enjoyable, yet stout "Chutes and Ladders," it was addiction that made a body feel more alive than others, while at the same time trapping the addict in a prison of pure need.
"Chutes and Ladders" has what "Checking In" didn't have: a story.
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