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Angela Bassett shines as Ramona Royale in "She Wants Revenge," but her story arc feels forced this late in the season of Hotel.
American Horror Story is a show whose heart has started pumping again, back from the seeming dead, and it's worth our time to try to unravel its humanity from its silliness.
We are nominally in the home stretch of episodes -- the point of an American Horror Story season when the players on the final-act chessboard start moving into position.
"She Wants Revenge," casts the Countess as an immortal on a mission. Well, make that several missions.
"She Wants Revenge" returned to one of this season's most interesting themes - how love and hate can be bedfellows.
I love that everything is coming full circle, but after Freak Show, both Mr. Murphy and AHS are still on probation.
It's a battle royale between children and parents (and technically, grandparents) and since age over beauty really doesn't apply, it's a pretty good cliffhanger as we wait to see who gets the ultimate revenge.
If every episode of Hotel were as well thought out and entertaining as American Horror Story Season 5 Episode 9 just was, this season could go down as one of the best in series history.
"She Wants Revenge" was a tedious affair that doubled-down on the least interesting aspect of Hotel.
This. Effing. Show.
Everyone makes mistakes, but in American Horror Story's case, it seems like its own mistakes could have been solved with a bit more planning and foresight. There's a lot of holes left in this Hotel with not a lot of time to fill them up.
This week, we see Countess's true motives and her plans to enact revenge on those who've scorned her. Oh, and the escaped group of vampiric school children is still on the loose. But don't worry, they're doing just fine.
The plot that had me crying for real though was Ramona Royale's explanation of her whereabouts for the past 20 years... I already loved Ramona Royale, but that kind of vulnerable gesture-by an immortal no less-spoke volumes of her character.