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"The Origins of Monstrosity" is not as engrossing as its predecessor, yet several plot machinations serve to fill in the gaps.
Thredson tells Sarah Paulson he wants her to be his new mother. ("GET IN LINE!" - everyone.) She eventually plays along to avoid being murdered, and he delivers the dialogue of the Episode/Decade: "Baby needs colostrum."
The problem of evil is a tricky little devil. There is no single or simple answer to explain wickedness. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't ask and explore the question.
It's easily the most boring episode this season, and it spends lots of time offering origin stories for characters who either already had them or didn't particularly need them.
The framing device returns, as a 911 call summons police to the ruins of Briarcliff.
Though not nearly as visually engrossing as last week, tonight's episode did give some interesting reveals as to the nature of these disturbed characters.
Despite the amazing set up it was given from last week, The Origins of Monstrosity doesn't quite live up to the preceding episode. That's not to say it's a bad episode, especially since I've yet to see a bad outing from this series.
Defies conventional storytelling techniques and that it's going to gleefully keep throwing things in the air in order to keep our attention.
In "The Origins of Monstrosity," we find out that both are most likely true with Little Jenny and Oliver supporting the two differing cases. We can't forget the third option of evil: being possessed by the devil.
"The Origins of Monstrosity" seemed to be more about filling in the gaps and delivering information. Which is fine and noble. There were definitely cracks that needed caulking.
Even in a good, but not great, episode of American Horror Story, there's some interesting content to be mined, and some clever plot machinations at work.
After five episodes of extremely dense storytelling, we got a breather episode in which the writers decided to fill in certain backstories to prepare us for a turbo-charged endgame.