TV Club: American Horror Story: Freak Show: “Magical Thinking”

With only three episodes left in the season, it’s hard to imagine a satisfying resolution to all the remaining stories of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Introducing more characters at this point doesn’t encourage viewers to invest emotionally—or even voyeuristically—in the stories already established. American Horror Story: Freak Show doesn’t need more plotlines. It needs fewer.

But heck, the show was never going to wrap up those stories anyhow, so if Ryan Murphy is going to fritter away the last few episodes (and previous seasons indicate that he will), shoehorning in a Neil Patrick Harris arc is a fine way to fritter.

Or it would be, if it weren’t so heavy-handed. Just seconds into the episode, Stanley announces with hammy significance that “there are two sides to show business.” Not surprisingly—for there are few surprises left in American Horror Story: Freak Show—that …

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