Damn it Scream! I said no more opening narrations done as Noah hosting his podcast! It’s not a good podcast! His writing is overly dramatic and clichéd and his delivery is low key and boring. Nobody would listen to this unironically, except for his best friends who would continue to tell him how good it is. Which actually has happened a lot this season so maybe they really do all know it’s bad and don’t want to be the ones to tell him. I hope so because my god.
We kick off with a reminder that Gustavo is a huge sketch bag that Audrey is 100% correct about being suspicious about. As the core group sits around at school discussing the teacher who was injured in the last episode, Gustavo says it doesn’t fit the MO of the killer, who is “far too talented” to have done this. Who the fuck sits amongst his peers, all of whom have had near death encounters with an associated killer in the last year, and speaks in admiration towards them? This creepy motherfucker that’s who! Also he’s wrong because this killer seems very bad at killing and has a modicum of talent at best.
Emma is back in my winning book again though, so that’s nice. After making it look like her and Eli were going to keep the fire from the end of the last episode a secret, she surprised me by going to the cops almost immediately because she “isn’t keeping secrets anymore.” I kept waiting for the moment in her scene with the sheriff where she reverted back to her defiant, pouty ways but it didn’t happen. They told her Eli is fucked up, she agreed. They said she should probably stop giving Kieran a hard time, she agreed. Also later in the episode when Audrey presents a pretty damning theory as to why Eli could be the killer, she is immediately on board instead of going into “No there’s no way he could do something like this” mode. Granted this whole episode serves up a lot of evidence against Eli (enough that at this point there is no way he is actually the killer). Anyway, these are baby steps but any semblance of a personality for Emma is a huge victory in my eyes. She does lose some common sense points though for running into a situation with the killer alone when she is in an amusement park that we have seen is literally full of cops and security.
Brooke continues to head in the right direction too and during a POV shot of someone watching her, I realized that I genuinely don’t want her character to die. Up until now, Audrey is the only person I was actively rooting for to come out of all this ok, and maybe Noah (though I almost guarantee you they are saving him as the big “surprise” death before the end of the season). I was surprised to find out how much I’d come around on Brooke in these last few episodes. She has what is easily the spotlight scene of this episode, giving a drunken speech at the annual carnival where she starts by missing Jake (I still can’t get behind that sentiment because fuck that guy) and ends by screaming about how everyone needs to wake the fuck up and start taking this whole serial killer thing seriously. She even ends the speech with a mic drop. I mean, she’s not wrong. A whole lot of people have died and people seem generally ok with things. As far as I know no curfew is in effect and outside of the police, nobody seems to be talking about how insane it is that more people in this small town are being murdered. I never realized how isolated this show feels until now. A few peeks into how the overall town is reacting (perhaps a clichéd town hall meeting) would go a long way at this point.
While I may be growing attached to some of the characters, the killer really needs to up the ante this late in the season. We get another kill but this time it’s for a nameless cop character who is introduced and then dispatched moments later. The rest of the killer’s actions are the usual phone calls and cryptic wall writings. He does also tie up Kieran and force him into the costume, but it doesn’t lead to anything. They really make it seem like this mistaken identity business is going to lead to him getting shot by Emma/the police (the former would have made for an INCREDIBLY ballsy ending) but nope. All is well. No suspenseful moments or chase scenes. It can start to become pretty easy to forget that Scream is technically meant to be a horror story.
For who was previously my favourite character, Audrey’s plot line sure is starting to become tedious. The last few episodes have all focused on how she needs to confess everything to Emma and every time it looks like she is about to do it, she cops out. She finally goes to do it at the end of the episode and of course, she walks in on Emma listening to her recorded confession from a few episodes back (likely provided to her by Zoe who continues to resent Audrey for reasons that are not well defined). I will give the show a lot of credit if Emma is understanding about all this. She will not be. So I look forward to an episode of her constantly making snide comments to Audrey. Weeeee…
Village of the Damned feels like another episode that is treading water. We do get a bit more insight in the backgrounds of Eli and Kieran, but outside of that the plot hardly moves forward and doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere fast either. Oh and they get almost no mileage out of having an episode taking place almost entirely during a carnival. It’s the perfect horror setting and nothing comes of it. Bah.
Killer prediction - At this point I still hope it’s Eli because seriously, fuck that guy. But no it’s probably Kieran since I see no other reason for him to have been tied up in that costume other than to make us believe it’s definitely not him.