To some people a new television series premiere is like a first impression. The viewer tends to pick out what they do and don’t like about what’s in the episode. If it’s pretty good, the viewer comes back for more, but if it isn’t then they usually just move on to their other beloved shows. Scream Queens was pleasantly entertaining from start to finish. It was one of the first series premieres that actually gave viewers two whole hours worth of show time. It wasn’t hard to quickly fall into a trance with this show, because they start out with a gruesome past scene. I thought to myself, “If this could happen in the first five minutes, then I can’t wait to see what happens in the episodes to come.” They then fast forward and reveal that the rest of the show will be taking place in the year 2015. Which makes it that much more realistic and easier to connect to as a viewer because it’s the year we’re currently in.
Whoever picked the cast did a phenomenal job. As you watch the episode you see one familiar face after another. Some main actresses stole the show like Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, etc. This means that not only do you get to see some of your favorites in this show, but you also see them explore a role they may have never had to deal with before. However, just like any horror/comedy show, you can’t get too attached to the characters, because you never know when it’s their time to go.
Although Scream Queens has a vague resemblance to shows like the new Scream series, and Murphy’s other series, American Horror Story, this show has plot twist after plot twist. This gives us multiple suspects, and different ways to analyze who the murderer could be. It’s just like a giant game of Clue. Just when you think you have an idea of who it could be–surprise they’re dead. Or are they?
After watching the two hour premier of Scream Queens, I have so much going on in my mind that it’s hard to put it all into words.
We first see a sorority sister die after giving birth during a party in 1995 and we don’t know much after that. Then it jumps to 2015 and we’re greeted with Chanel (Emma Roberts) and her posse of numbered Chanels (Abigail Breslin, Ariana Grande, and Billie Lourd) living an extraordinarily prep life style and having no qualms about insulting anyone they encounter. At first I was a little skeptical because of the outlandish portrayal of a sorority but then realized that this show would live in the same comedic reality as Glee which was also created by Ryan Murphy. After I accepted that this show would have some ridiculous aspects as well as some pretty scary moments, I was able to enjoy it more. It’s like if someone took your favorite romantic comedy parody (think Not Another Teen Movie), and added a murderer. It’s got humor mixed with terror and everything in between. I appreciate especially the large cast of girls, college age, that are not consumed with romance but are strong and working towards things they want. They are developed characters and you begin to sympathize even with the “mean girl” types.
I found myself on the edge of my seat (or dorm bed rather) as the mystery began. We see one murder and we know who did it but after that people start dying and are killed by a mysterious Red Devil (who may be the school’s mascot?). I am already trying to figure out who this could be! A friend of the girl who died? Her child who was born twenty years earlier? Could it be completely unrelated? I need to know! I’m already analyzing this in a Pretty Little Liars-like craze, so I can be sure that I’m going to be hooked on Scream Queens.
Favorite quote from the episode: “I didn’t know I was pregnant. I thought it was just the Freshman 15!”
Did any of you catch the series premier? Have you already got some theories going? Share your thoughts and impressions in the comments!