The second last episode in a television season often falls victim to the trap of having to do a lot of set-up without much pay-off. It needs to lay out all the pieces for the finale and that is where you will get your hopefully satisfactory conclusion to everything. Heavenly Creatures does not break that trend. Some of the ideas it presents are at least interesting, though with only one episode left I’m concerned there won’t be a lot of time to fully flesh them out.
This episode deals heavily with the fall-out of everything Noah went through in the last episode. Primarily it focuses on Zoe’s passing, not the fact that he was buried alive and almost died. He wants to give-up everything he’s doing relating to the killings. He wants his murder board taken down and all of his findings burned, and he is planning on quitting his podcast after recording a final episode as a tribute to Zoe, who was of course a big fan of the show. He is eventually convinced, by Gustavo of all people, to keep the thing going. When he finally finishes recording his Zoe tribute, he goes to upload it but instead, the killer highjacks it and instead uploads a video that implicates Emma and Audrey in all of the killings. I really hope they aren’t dumb enough to insist Noah did this purposefully. That dude has been through enough as is.
Framing Emma and Audrey is an interesting angle, and the season has been hinting that that’s where it’s going with stuff like the teacher’s secret recordings and the video the killer has of Audrey with Jake’s body. I just don’t think they have enough time to run with that idea with only the season finale remaining. The episode ends with the two of them being arrested after they are found standing over the body of Brooke’s dad, holding the very weapon (a pitchfork) that was used to kill him. Oh and at this point I probably don’t need to mention that his death was the standard fare of the killer appearing and immediately stabbing him with no resistance or fight or struggle. You would think at least one person on staff would look at Scream 1-4 and realize “Oh shit you guys. These have a lot of chase scenes. Maybe we should give one of those a try.” This late in the game, I’m guessing that is wishful thinking. Anyway things look bad for Emma and Audrey, but I’m concerned that they are saving a lot of that fallout for a third season instead of a nice tidy conclusion in the finale. No matter what, it’s going to seem rushed I’m guessing.
My biggest issue with this episode though is how much effort it’s putting into making us think that Eli is the killer. Eli is a bad character. He has been a bad character since his introduction and that has not changed. He is only here to be creepy and make us think he’s the killer. The problem of course is that there is absolutely no way the writers would put this much effort into showing he’s the killer if he was in fact going to be revealed as the killer. At least, god I really hope there’s no way they would do that. If it really is Eli behind that mask, it will be one of the worst slasher reveals in the history of the genre, and there have been some doozies. Remember Scream 3’s killer reveal? Or in Final Exam where the reveal is that it’s just some random dude? That is not company you want to keep Scream the Series. You best tread lightly. If the killer is Eli, the characters wouldn’t even be surprised. He’d lift the mask and get a bunch of blank stares. “Well…yeah of course it’s you idiot. Try harder not to be a huge fuckin’ creep bag next time.” This late in the season there must be better ways to spend your time than setting up someone who is obviously not responsible.
We do get a pretty major death with Brooke’s dad/the mayor and between that and Brooke watching the video of Audrey with Jake, I’m very curious to see her role in the season finale. She had such a good run there but for the last few episodes she has had nothing to do except lie around with Gustavo, a relationship I care almost as little about as I do Emma and Kieran. Hopefully she is given something further to do as we wrap up the season.
There’s not much more to say about this episode really. I have no idea if there are plans for a third season of this show so I would hope we get everything wrapped up in a nice tidy package by the end of the next episode. I’m sure they will leave a few plot threads dangling just in case, but I really hope this is all leading somewhere satisfying. Onward to the finale!
Killer Prediction – Kieran! It’s totally Kieran! In the opening scene when the killer sneaks into Emma’s house (I will say that I was happy this didn’t turn out to be a dream sequence), he pauses to look at a photo of Emma and Kieran together. He seems like the kind of guy who would pause to be like “Fuck yeah look at that hair of mine. Killin’ it!” So yep. Kieran. Here we go.