TV Review: “Scream Queens” – Bloody Hell

Written by Danielle Sing November 04, 2015

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The small screen duo of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk must have realized that Ian Brennan would get bored after “Glee” came to a close in March of this year, because it seems like there was only one thing for them to do…create a new television series! Wait several months for this television baby to develop and grow, and out comes “Scream Queens”. But this television baby was premature, I mean it’s only six months between March and September. I will admit, “Scream Queens” has some high points. I am entertained, some-what offended, scared, and rolling my eyes all at the same time.

“Scream Queens” takes places at the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house of Wallace University. KKT dictator Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) and her army consisting of Chanel #2 (Ariana Grande), Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd), and Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin) go against Dean Munsch (Jaime Lee Curtis). Dean Munsch forces the KKT to accept any pledges into the sorority, including Grace Gardener (Skyler Samuels) and Zayday Williams (Keke Palmer). At the same time, the mystery of 20 year old death and a birth that occurred at the sorority rises and the Red Devil starts to kill members of the sorority.

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“Scream Queens” has a few main plots, if creatively killing people can be considered a plot. Discovering who the Red Devil is is a simple plot driven by a few characters. Even though almost every character wants to discover the identity of the Red Devil, only a few characters are actively searching for him while the others do a whole lot of nothing/dying. Honestly, I care more about the baby that was born in Kappa house in 1995, and it deserves more screen time. This plot in infinitely more interesting than the stupid sorority banter of KKT.

“I’m gonna be honest. I hate sororities and I hate you.”

From the first few episodes, you get the impression that “Scream Queens” is supposed to be a friendlier version of “American Horror Story”, but there are way too many similarities without actually achieving the same height. Chanel Oberlin feels like she was created to use the leftover dialogue for Madison Montgomery from “American Horror Story: Coven”. It also seems that it will follow the same model as “American Horror Story”, in which every season is completely different and separate. If you’re going to have a new television series, make sure that it does not resemble your other current show. In the past few years, fraternities and other Greek societies have received a lot of controversy, including racism and deaths from hazing. I’m not sure if Murphy is trying to be controversial or if “Scream Queens” is supposed to be a social satire.

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“Scream Queens” is trying to be a tasteless, offensive, dark comedy while also appealing to a younger audience – hence Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande being part of the cast. Since the target audience is younger, the comedy feels watered down and even apologetic. Other television shows, like “South Park” and “Family Guy”, are famous for their offensive, dark comedy and the jokes are successful, but “Scream Queens” falls short. If you’re going for tasteless, offensive, dark comedy, you need to commit it. Because “Scream Queens” seems to apologize for its comedy that’s already watered down, it makes the viewer notice and feel more offended. Chad Radwell (Glen Powell) talking about having sex with Chanel’s corpse is hilarious and the joke is fully committed, but the Deaf Taylor Swift character (Whitney Meyer) wasn’t humorous and was way too obviously offensive. Nothing is wrong with the acting in “Scream Queens”; the actors cannot not help save a script when they’re given flat, stereotypical, and potentially offensive characters. It makes it hard to care about who lives and who dies on the show.

“What fresh hell is this?”

Remember Ron Weasley constantly saying ‘bloody hell’? Yeah, that’s me as I watch this show because I was expecting so much more. It could have been a rival show of “American Horror Story”, but now I just watch it for the trashy entertainment that I expect from MTV mixed with shock horror. At least I appreciate all of the references to horror films. But can the Red Devil just kill Kappa Kappa Tau already?

My Rating: 6.5/10

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