Ah the episode titles are all going to based around much better horror movies. Got it. Well done show. Congrats on consistently reminding me of things I should probably be watching instead of this.
I guess I should throw out there that I’m going to be putting some spoilers into the mix here so if you want the secrets of Scream to remain a mystery, tread carefully.
I will admit that certain aspects of the plot are becoming intriguing to me. Well, mostly the Audrey stuff. Ok only the Audrey stuff. They are hinting more and more at her involvement in the events of the first season and I have to say I’m starting to become a little interested to see where all of that is heading. The cat and mouse stuff as she tries to stay one step ahead of Noah, who is unknowingly right on the cusp of discovering her role in all of this, is definitely the best thing the show has going for it so far. It’s got a good “how is she going to get out of this one” thing going. I kind of dig it. So my opinion that Audrey remains the only good character is only further solidified here.
The rest…well it’s the usual soap opera-y nonsense. Emma continues to be bland although my opinion of her dropped even further after she used the phrase “epic fail”. That can’t still be a thing right? No really, please tell me that teenagers, or any human being for that matter, aren’t still saying those words right? Even if they are, it’s use here is so forced that it all goes back to how the dialogue feels like a bunch of middle aged people, trying desperately to write clever teen speak and repeatedly falling flat on their faces. Epic fail. Jesus.
Also I think I would like to officially put an end to the trope of a character bringing someone somewhere to show them this insane thing that they just saw, only to have it gone when they get there. “No no no I swear it was right here!” Then everyone thinks they are crazy until way later when oh shit you were right and now I’m probably dead! The only time I can think of where the insane thing was still there is the movie The Mist, where Thomas Jane brings people to the storage room to show them a tentacle and sure enough, there’s a god damn tentacle sitting there. No more of that. Give yourself a challenge and actually have the insane stuff still be there! Oh in this episode it’s a bunch of pictures of Emma that she finds on the wall of this old house. No matter how much the show rallies for me to care about Emma, I can’t muster up even the slightest bit of enthusiasm for her. Gun to my head, I don’t think I could name one defining character trait for her.
In this episode we are also introduced to a couple of new characters who so far exist solely to pad out the list of potential suspects. There’s this Eli guy who immediately creepy for no reason other than I guess he knows he’s in a slasher show and needs to look suspicious? Also Emma’s dad is here, though I guess he appeared in season 1 and I just don’t remember. It’s cool to see Tom Everett Scott though. Glad he’s still getting work. Would Dead Man on Campus still hold up you think? Something to look into perhaps. Anyway, we’ll see what they do what these guys as the season progresses, but right now they fit in perfectly with the rest of these one-dimensional walking mounds of fleshy blandness.
Once again the killer has very little to do in this episode. I mean yeah he did kill someone in the last episode, but here he’s back to lots of texting and the occasional phone call. I don’t need a murder every single episode, but there’s just nothing going on here that is even slightly suspenseful. I’ll settle for a chase sequence or even some casual lurking, but there’s nothing. You could trim 5 minutes out of this show and it would immediately cease to be a horror show.
Though as I’ve touched on, even a chase scene can only do so much for the suspense on this show because its hard to have a lot of tension when I truly don’t care about any of these characters. I continue to be astounded by how nothing of a character Emma is. The show is trying incredibly hard to make her tragic, but it is not working. “But her dad left her! She almost got murdered! She’s having trouble re-adjusting to normal school life! Come on! It’s way sad right?! Come ooooon!” Sydney Campbell may not have been an incredible character but she was easy to root for and had an actual personality. Emma just is … there. Also I keep forgetting she’s even in a relationship. Her and...boyfriend…have maybe one scene per episode and they could be brother and sister with the lack of chemistry happening there.
At the very least I have the Audrey storyline to grab on to. There’s some potential there and it allows me to look forward to her scenes as I slog through all the rest of this nonsense. I can’t wait to see how they botch her story up!
Killer reveal prediction – I mean why bring the dad back if he’s not murdering some fools right? I know in the first Scream movie they really wanted us to think the dad was the killer, but he wasn’t, so now they’re going to really want us to think he’s the killer, but we won’t think he will be because of the movie, so that’s exactly they will. Boom! Logic!