Some minor spoilers for Scream Queens.
I’m not going to lie, Scream Queens was not at all what I expected and I’m still not sure if that is a good thing or not.
I was both skeptical and excited over Scream Queens. I was skeptical because the show is from the creator of Glee, Ryan Murphy, and I HATED Glee. I was a choir nerd in high school (and super proud of it!) and I thought Glee would be perfect for me. Nope, I was wrong. The smuggy look-I’m-so-clever-ness of it just got on my last nerve. I was excited for Scream Queens because Murphy also created American Horror Story which is really enjoyable and this new show sounded like it was going to be a better written and acted version of MTV’s Scream.
Scream Queens is much darker with both the humor and the kills. While Scream features a more realistic look at teens (or as real as MTV knows how to do) and concentrates on the relationships of the characters, Scream Queens features nothing more than a group of caricatures of the extremely unlikable personas inhabiting college campuses today.
Almost no one on the show is likable and I actually don’t care if they live or die. The only persons I like are Zayday Williams, Gigi Caldwell, Wes Gardner, and Denise Hemphill. I like Zayday and Denise mostly because I think Keke Palmer and Niecy Nash have some great comedic timing and they have me laughing anytime they are allowed to just go. Wes Gardner and Gigi Caldwell are the only two people on the show that seem like they are somewhat real, normal people. And that is saying a lot considering on any other show, they would be the caricatures.
Wes is a father who would do what it takes to protect his only child and that includes blackmailing his way into a teaching position at the college his daughter goes to, checking her course schedule, and teaching one of the classes she is signed up for. He gets extra bonus points for thinking Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a cinematic masterpiece because it totally is.
Gigi is the Kappa House lawyer who is perpetually stuck in the 90’s (I feel her cause so am I). She is sweet and completely awkward and Nasim Pedrad plays it with such heart that it makes her enduring and not annoying. Wes and Gigi have a bit of a romance blooming and it is so adorkable that I actually want to keep watching the show just to see them together.
No one else is likable or worth watching. The “main” girl we are supposed to sympathize with is so bland I don’t really care about her character’s name is or her will she won’t she with the weird, barista-reporter guy.
There were only two moments in the show so far that did not feature any of the four I care about that had me laughing. The death of Channel #2 at end of the first episode and the Coney vs. The Red Devil fight in the beginning of episode three. The death of Channel #2 was not particularly funny or clever with the whole texting the normal slasher movie dialogue back and forth between the two characters and her tweeting out that she was being killed. I know it was supposed to be a satirical commentary on how we no longer speak to one another, but it just felt tired somehow. Like someone else already did it way better in something else. No, what was funny about it was there was going to be no more Ariana Grande on the show and that made me happy. I’m not really a fan of hers and she just looked like she showed up just to collect a paycheck. The Coney vs. The Red Devil fight and killing was funny as hell. Another blogger wrote about how this one fight actually turned him around on the show. It kinda did for me as well, or it made want to keep watching to see if more of that kind of wackyness happens again.
All and all, I think that Scream Queens wants so bad to be a slasher version of Heathers which is a much smarter black comedy about teen social structure, murder, and suicide.
There is even a bit about homophobia in Heathers which (again) Scream Queens attempts to ripoff.
Channel Oberlin wants to be Heather Chandler and Emma Roberts does a decent job, but the whole FCC language regulations get in the way of her fully taking on that persona. And the lack of a certain red scrunchie.
I’m going to keep trying, but I don’t know if I will be able to stick it out for too long if things keep going the way they do.
What do you guys think of Scream Queens? Do you like the show? Or are you a little disappointed by it so far? Let me know in the comments section.