The Origins of Monstrosity
American Horror Story Asylum



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

"The Origins of Monstrosity" is not as engrossing as its predecessor, yet several plot machinations serve to fill in the gaps.

Episode Info

A sinister, murderous child is brought to Briarcliff. Meanwhile, Lana struggles to escape from her new predicament, we learn the history of Dr Arden and Monsignor Timothy's collaboration, and we delve in to the childhoods of Dr Thredson and Sister Mary Eunice.


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Howard
Mark Margolis
as Sam Goodman
Amy Farrington
as Mrs. Reynolds
Nikki Hahn
as Jenny Reynolds
Bob Bancroft
as Administrator Kirkland
Eugene Byrd
as Detective Perko
David Gianopoulos
as Detective Grayson
Kasey Mahaffy
as Father James
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Critic Reviews for The Origins of Monstrosity

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."

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 9, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 8, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The framing device returns, as a 911 call summons police to the ruins of Briarcliff.

Aug 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Defies conventional storytelling techniques and that it's going to gleefully keep throwing things in the air in order to keep our attention.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

"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.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 8, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 8, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

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