First off, the season seemed to be more about shock and gore than anything else. I understand that the horror genre is wide and includes a lot of sub-genres, shock and gore being one of those genres; however, without an intriguing story behind it, gore for gore’s sake, and shock for shock’s sake will always fall short in my opinion. Shock and gore have their place, but they need to be used with a purpose. Perhaps they start explaining why a waxy-melty-man with a metal drill-bit dildo is sodomizing folks in the hotel later in the season, but at this point, I just don’t give a shit.
Secondly, the pilot episode felt very disjointed. It didn’t flow well and jumped around so much that I didn’t have time to develop an interest in any character. Combine both those aspects and I’m just not inclined to spend any more time with the season. I’m too busy with work and family that I have to be choosy with what I watch. This season didn’t make the cut.
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, there were some redeeming aspects. The hotel setting itself was intriguing and I loved the art deco style of everything. It gave a unique flair to the world they built. There were also a couple of very interesting characters, mainly Kathy Bates and Denis O’Hare. Their characters felt like they were the deepest and most developed of the episode. I have higher hopes for the current season, Roanoke, but only time will tell.