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Though too many characters lead to extraneous subplots in "Room Service," one of Hotels best backstories emerges with Denis O'Hare's portrayal of Liz Taylor.
This constant cycle of extinguishing one light for another is what keeps the characters of American Horror Story: Hotel going, but it's one not everyone is strong enough to sustain, especially not Lowe. A blackout is inevitable.
This season is both a cautionary tale and a resentful reflection that youth is, after all, wasted on the young.
Bet you'll think twice before ever ordering pâté from hotel room service.
I might be almost, maybe, kinda, sorta, a little bit prepared to say that American Horror Story is good again. Almost. Maybe.
She then gives Liz a makeover in his hotel room, bestows on her a new name and traipses off to kill Liz's coworkers in order to poach him for the hotel's staff. It's exactly like Transparent, except, you know, not as good.
This season has a cast bloated beyond belief and feels required to tell us the details of the lives of everyone who is now trapped and/or voluntarily living within the walls of the Hotel Cortez and it's tiring and boring and bad writing.
Denis O'Hare and Kathy Bates are magic together.
The gap between how these characters are handled is made incredibly clear, as two of the biggest pawns in this show become two of the most interesting characters, which really highlights just how much substance has been missing from the rest of the cast.
On to my FAVORITE part of the episode - Liz Taylor's backstory. Originally Nick Pryor, a man living in a loveless marriage in Topeka, Liz Taylor said her marriage was based on necessity and matching dress size.
Sure, Hotel pandered a little bit this week for its Halloween episode by throwing in two next-level douchebags for Iris to slaughter as her inaugural kill, but it was still enjoyable.
For all of American Horror Story's flaws, something that has to be respected is Ryan Murphy's fearlessness in tackling social issues.
We're not entirely sure how this'll play out once The Countess finds out about Max's misadventures, but one thing is certain - American Horror Story: Hotel remains full of surprises, gore and supernatural power.