From the very first episode, this show set up a season that would be filled with brutality, sex and an interesting, and unpredictable premise. However from that spark of a first episode came along a series of events, much like a domino effect, that made this season so boring and dull that it felt like a chore to watch, that spark that made me invested in this season was nothing but a distant memory.
However this episode redeemed that spark as it fulfilled a satisfying turn for the plot and each of its characters.
Performances from this episode were also top-notch especially from Denis O Hare, Kathy Bates and surprisingly Lady Gaga as doubts from the start of the season were replaced with comfort knowing that she perfectly fits the role of the Countess.
This episode was fun and refreshing and a much, much long awaited improvement from the previous dull episodes.
I did not score a perfect score however as it did struggle with finding a balance of tone throughout the episode as it juggled between horror, romance and at times, comedy.
However despite that this episode was well worth a watch. So even if you are at the brink of wanting to quit this season, simply watch this episode, then decide afterward. Because as for me, I will not be checking out of Hotel Cortez just yet.
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