‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Latecap 5×11: God Save the Queenie
American Horror Story has long teased out the idea that all its anthological seasons exist in the same weird universe, but it wasn't until last season's Freak Show that we saw how this concept would worm its way through Ryan Murphy's campy campfire series. And to be honest, the result was a little disappointing: Pepper, the "pinhead" from season 2's "Asylum" got a saccharine-sad backstory to explain how she went from Jupiter, FL all the way up to Massachusetts in time to witness the Bloodyface (R.I.UGGGGH.) murder spree and be granted extraterrestrial intelligence. I have a couple friends who feel differently--that Pepper's kitchen-sink maudlin tale was the zenith episode of the universally acknowledged worst season-- but personally, it made me long for the days when Rod Serling would just drop by to remind you that, yeah, you were still in The Twilight Zone, full stop.