Characters of the Scream TV series…why do you continuously not have your cell phones on/readily accessible? I feel like there are 1-2 moments each episode where one character is frantically trying to call another to warn them about some impending danger, only to have the cell phone keep on ringing as they yell “Come on ___, answer!” I’m pretty positive teenagers have their cell phones at the ready at all times so you would think that would certainly apply to a “any one of us could be murdered any time” situation.
This episode, as predicted, heavily deals with the fallout between Emma and Audrey once Emma finds out the truth about Audrey’s involvement with Piper in the first season. I knew Emma was going to be upset since that is really the core essence of her character, but she took it far worse than I ever could have expected. In their first scene together, Emma straight up tells Audrey that everything is in fact her fault (no it’s not) and then shoves her into a locker. Unfortunately, this means that plot thread isn’t going to be tied up anytime soon so we likely have a few more episodes of angry Emma to deal with. Although she would have found something else to be angry about so maybe it doesn’t matter.
Let’s skip straight the most spoilery part of this review – the killer actually killed somebody! I know I can hardly believe it either! And it was an actual named character! Was it one of the major people?! Eh, not really. It was Hayley. Yes, she has been featured in more scenes than most of the people who have been dispatched so far this season (aside from Jake, but fuck that guy), but I still wouldn’t call her much of a character. She was a huge bitch for reasons that were not clarified at all. We do get one interesting piece of information about her right before she’s stabbed – that she could very well be dating the killer. As for the kill itself, it’s once again underwhelming. It’s getting redundant to keep saying how the lack of chase scenes is detrimental to this show, but the lack of chase scenes is seriously detrimental to this show. For Hayley’s death scene, the killer walks into the room and just stands there until eventually he/she pulls out a knife and commences stabbing. That’s it. So while the body count has risen, this has very little bearing on the plot outside of removing one of the prime suspects.
Guys…I’m starting to not trust Zoe. There are a few too many coincidences at this point for her not to be involved. We already knew she was out of town for a while during the events of last season for reasons she has not yet revealed (I really think at this point people would be pressing her on that). I figured it was a given that she emailed Emma the sound clip of Audrey confessing to Noah about Piper (that’s a lot of character names in one sentence, to think there was once a time where I couldn’t remember any of them), but the possibility Noah was hacked is mentioned here. Ok, maybe that’s plausible that it wasn’t Zoe but some outside third party. Then later on, following Noah and Zoe’s surprisingly raunchy sex scene, the killer calls Audrey to let her know that now that Noah is no longer a virgin, he has to die. It seems pretty obvious that only Zoe would hold this knowledge since the event literally just happened. However, Noah then discovers the room is bugged. So once again, a third party could have been listening in and therefore have this knowledge. Maybe. The deck is starting to get stacked so much against Zoe that it feels too obvious for her to be the killer. But then, the deck seems completely stacked against everyone at this point.
That same logic applies to Gustavo, who just becomes more of a creep as we go along. Here we find out his tragic backstory, about how he and a friend were playing with his dad’s gun when it went off, killing the friend. Apparently Gustavo took a very long time to call the police and instead just sat there, not seeming to give a shit and also drawing pictures of his dead friend. So Gustavo’s sole characteristic continues to be creepy and he manages to drag down Brooke (who is quickly becoming my favourite character) as her only purpose this episode is to wait around for Gustavo to come bang her.
The Orphanage is a decent episode that I’m having trouble mustering much more enthusiasm for. It’s another reminder why many of the characters on this show are simply not interesting, while not driving the plot forward in many meaningful ways, which is getting more and more important as the season winds down.
Killer Prediction – I’m really starting to wonder if this show is ballsy enough to have Emma be the killer. I don’t think it would be a good idea, but it would certainly be a brave one. Wait…if Hayley is dating the killer then shouldn’t that mean the killer is whoever that guy was who helped her play the joke on Audrey in the season opener? That might be an even braver decision actually, making the killer a character who we saw once and since then has not been featured at all in any of the episodes.