At the very least, the title of this episode reminded me that I haven’t seen the movie Vacancy in a while and that I should probably give that one a rewatch.
Alright, it’s not easy for me to admit this but I have to say – season 2 of Scream is slowly starting to peak my interest. I know I simply keep singing the praises of Audrey, but her arc is single-handedly carrying this season and making me interested to see where all of this is heading. It’s like the writers have clued in to the fact that the character, as well as the actor, are the best things they have going for them and have really put her at the forefront this time around. The more she gets pushed forward and Emma gets pushed back, the more I am on board with this thing.
No more is this clearer than right from the beginning of the episode. Emma calls Audrey to give the update that her dad has come back because Audrey is the only person who remembers the time before her dad took off. Audrey says that she should be careful because he already flaked out once and who knows why he’s back or whether or not he will just bail on her again. Emma responds to this by being angry at Audrey the rest of the episode, repeatedly making snippy remarks about how she shouldn’t have called her, etc. Audrey is just speaking the truth Emma! You really should watch that shit! I’m not sure if we’re supposed to be against Audrey’s attitude in this episode as she is pretty shitty to just about all of the other characters, but I was way into it. Having her tell Emma off was deeply, DEEPLY, satisfying to watch. Finally, someone other than me who is tired of her nonsense!
The stuff with Emma and her dad plays out exactly as you would expect. She finds out her mom was keeping him away from her, she gets mad at mom, turns out mom was right, etc. The reveal that the dad (I don’t know his name, have they even given him one?) might be an insane person is interesting, even if it does still come off as nothing more than another red herring in a show that is made up of nearly nothing but red herrings. I look forward to many more episodes of Emma going back and forth about which parent she is mad at for stupid reasons!
So you remember that movie Mindhunters? No because I’m the only person who has seen Mindhunters? That’s too bad, you should really check out Mindhunters. Christian Slater’s legs are frozen and then they break in half. In slow motion I’m pretty sure. Anyway, that’s another whodunit story and there’s a part near the end where suddenly LL Cool J’s character starts chasing around the main girl, making all these threats and just generally acting like the killer. Then moments later, it’s revealed he actually is not the killer. So what the fuck was all that nonsense a second ago LL? They never explain why he was doing that, other than the script needed you to think he could be the killer. That’s what Scream is like all the time this season. Characters are constantly acting shady for seemingly no reason other than padding out a suspect list. Nearly every new character this season has one defining character trait – they are shifty as fuck.
Oh hey the killer actually does something in this episode! He or she absolutely kills a dude! So that puts our death count at two for the season, which honestly isn’t that bad considering we’re only three episodes deep at this point. Though the characters don’t even realize the first victim is actually dead, and most don’t even seem that concerned that they haven’t been around for the last while. …I don’t know why I’m being so vague about it. It’s Jake. Jake’s dead. Jake sucked so I’m cool with this but it’s strange how little his death has affected the other characters. Except Brooke I guess but that relationship was even more of non-thing than Emma and…Kieren?...I have no fucking clue what Emma’s boyfriend name is. Not a good sign show!
Anyway, the kill sequence in this episode suffers from the same issue I’ve been harping on – there’s no tension or suspense. This isn’t an important character so you know as soon as the camera starts following him that he’s going to die because the camera always knows what’s up. The killer appears behind him, stabbing happens, dude is dead. End of scene. Come on guys, you have to be capable of more than that right?! This is anti-horror! It’s like they are making a concentrated effort to ensure this thing has no fright factor whatsoever. Teens can handle it guys! Maybe. I did once work at a movie theatre where we had to talk a teenager girl down after she freaked out during the remake of Prom Night. Hmmm, maybe Scream is right about this one then.
We’ll see how long they are able to sustain the Audrey storyline because they got a good thing going with that. Her trying to hide the truth could start to get old so I do hope they switch things up in the near future. For the time being though, I will take any bit of interesting content that I can get out of this thing!
Killer reveal prediction – Audrey is actually the killer and she has simply been imagining all this other stuff. That seems like something they would be stupid enough to actually do!