By Alyson Jurgovan
Season five of American Horror Story checks into Hotel Cortez. In the arguably least scary season we have seen thus far, writer Ryan Murphy makes sure to lay the sex and violence on thick.
This is to be expected considering the content of previous seasons, however this time around we’re left with our jaws on the floor wondering how things escalated so quickly. One minute the audience is introduced to Max Greenfield’s character as a junkie checking in to Hotel Cortez, and the next minute they are watching a drill-bit rape scene.
There is something to be said about having a jaw-on-the-floor moment as a viewer. However, this time it was without an apparent rhyme or reason. It seems the writers are drawing at straws and are throwing in gruesome and unnecessary scenes for shock value.
More importantly, the plot is hard to follow and continues to jump from dead bodies sewn into mattresses to zombie children (one of the multiple nods to ‘The Shinning.”)Undoubtedly, the most hyped aspect of season 5 is the addition of Lady GaGa to the cast. It is clear that mother monster brings along some of her signature camp; and now that fan-favorite Jessica Lange is no longer, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have gotten much more camera time which is proving to be an opportunity for plot growth.
Hotel Cortez is still in the introductory phase of the season and could still live up to its expectations. Hopefully by next episode we find out why all of the white men in this season look identical.