We’re weeks into our stay at the Cortez Hotel and it’s looking like we won’t be checking out for a while now. But now that we know the building’s history, will our beds feel as comfortable as they once did?
Here’s the best and worst of Episode 3.
Mr March And His Laundress: Sure, the mustache and the accent are grating. But these two are a cute pair of murderous ghosts. The relationship is surely one dimensional, but in a charming cartoon-y way.
Chloe’s Monologue: While voiceover is widely considered a narrative taboo, Chloe delivers a relatively powerful monologue about motherhood and loss at the start of the episode. Spoken in a careful monotone, the montage shows a decent amount of restraint in a series otherwise lacking subtlety.
Kathy Bates Ugly Cry: Yeah, girl! You get that ugly cry! You GET IT!
Angela Bassett Is Everything: There are no problems with this vampire Pam Grier character or her absolutely ludicrous backstory. This is the kind of over-the-topness this show needs way more of.
Naomi’s Death: Tyra Banks must have loved this scene — but how they gunna bring the Queen of the Runway on to your show and kill her off without even giving her 5 minutes of screen time? (Hey, at least she wasn’t raped.) (I can’t believe I even had to write that.) (But maybe we’ll get to see more of her as a ghost?) (That’d be fun!)
These Two Idiots: Have you ever seen two people with less chemistry than this duo? The poorly written cop dialogue (“How’s this for an invitation! You’re under arrest!”) ain’t helping either.
Bernie Madoff: Wait what? Bernie Madoff? Is Bernie Madoff seriously a character in American Horror Story? What?!
The Ten Commandments Killer: This isn’t so much an homage to Se7en as it is a pure rip-off. There isn’t even a mystery here, considering the audience already knows that March is to blame. So what are we even getting at with this side-story?