American Horror Story Ep. 2: “Chutes and Ladders”

American Horror Story Episode 2: “Chutes and Ladders”

A recap and review of American Horror Story Episode 2: “Chutes and Ladders”

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Sullywood Rating: 8.5/10

What We Learned:

  • Sally is an accomplished sewer
  • Holden is the fastest kid alive
  • The measles are not to be trifled with
  • Sally clearly doesn’t want to drink alone, heck, she might be a bad influence on others
  • Holden is pretty happy playing video games and eating candy, weird coming from a kid
  • Selfies don’t work well if you are taking one with a ghost
  • We meet Tristan Duffy (Finn Wittrock), a model with a major rage problem
  • The Countess is not wanting to spend her evening watching House of Cards
  • Will Drake enjoys himself a fashion show or two
  • The Countess is officially a vampire with her own rules, including no fangs
  • We also have the pleasure of meeting Mr. James Patrick Marsh (Evan Peters)
  • He has an extremely disturbing hobby
  • We learn of another ghost, Miss Evers is most definitely not alive
  • Tristan replaces Donovan as the Countess’s mane squeeze
  • We get the full backstory of Mr. Marsh, the builder of Hotel Cortez
  • A whole bunch of crazy shit went down at Hotel Cortez
  • Mr. Marsh died young, via himself, and also assisted Miss Evers in her death

My Thoughts:

Holy smokes that was a good episode.  It was also a really long episode, no complaints here.  It was great bringing in more characters and actors from the past.  I love that we get the weird (everything), with the normal (the hotel’s connection with a serial killer).

The flashbacks revealing the history of Mr. Marsh were fantastic.  So was our view of his relationships with Miss Evers, which was amazingly strange to behold.  If this backstory intrigued you, do some Googling and you’ll find that Mr. Marsh’s backstory might sound very similar to a certain hotel builder in LA back in the day as well.

The whole episode had great pacing, while also able to continue introducing us to the various characters.  It’s still very early on, but who should we hate, who should we love, and who should we watch our for?  Guess we’ll find out next week.

In case you missed our review of last week’s episode, click below to read:

American Horror Story Episode 1: “Checking In”