Critic Consensus: "Flicker" is an especially enjoyable and tightly scripted episode of Hotel, presenting an intriguing backstory for Lady Gaga's Countess character.
Critic reviews for Flicker
One would think getting some answers in an American Horror Story season would be as elusive as sighting in real life any number of the mythical monsters the show portrays, but here's lucky episode seven to disprove that.
This time, there's something creepy trapped in the walls... But, more importantly, we finally get an extended flashback focused on the Countess' origins, which confirms some intriguing connections.
A shorter, flashback-heavy episode made for an enjoyable installment of Hotel this week as the story connected the Countess to Mr. March while also having some fiendish fun with Hollywood history.
Seven episodes in and, as 'Flicker' shows, [AHS] still has secrets to share - as the gory cold open reveals a pair of new monsters in a bricked-up prison hidden deep within the hotel's walls.
A season full of blood-sucking immortals who feed on unsuspecting travelers wouldn't be complete without a nod to F. W. Murnau and his film masterpiece, Nosferatu. And, if course, Countess has ties to the original vampire story.
I would take a whole episode of American Horror Story that was just every member of the cast stepping into the spotlight on a darkened stage, clearing their throat, and intoning: "I couldn't pick my butthole out of a lineup."
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