Opening a television show with a close up of bloody hands can almost set the mood of the entire series; It’s 1995 in the middle of a house party, and this girl looks traumatized.
“Did you just get your period all over yourself?” one character asked.
Here it goes: the writing styles of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. Murphy and Falchuk co-created “American Horror Story,” but all three have worked together on another hit Fox TV series, “Glee,” where they cross boundaries of racism, gay jokes and inappropriate behavior creating comedy out of awkward situations.
“Scream Queens” is no different, except it’s not in the style of a cheesy musical. The humor is just the same with racist remarks, fat-shaming and homophobia galore.
After the opening scene about how the girl got blood on her hands (due to another girl giving birth in a bathtub and bleeding out since no one wanted to stop the party to get help), it jumps forward 20 years to the same college (Wallace University) and in the same sorority (Kappa Kappa Tau) that the death occurred at.
The question is: What happened to the baby?
Never mind that when audiences are presented with many famous faces such as Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas who are credited as guest stars on the show. Part of the main cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Skyler Samuels, Nasim Pedrad and Lea Michele (who previously worked on “Glee”).
Roberts plays Queen Bee and sorority president of KKT, Chanel, who has a “Mean Girls” type of posse (with Grande appearing as Chanel #2).
Curtis portrays the dean of the university, who suspects that Chanel had been behind the death of a former KKT president and now needs to keep a watchful eye on the sorority. Instead of closing down the sorority as she had initially planned, Dean Munsch implements the rule of allowing anyone to join KKT regardless of race, weight or disability, and this infuriates Chanel.
This is where the story truly begins, an angry sorority president who seeks revenge then “accidentally” murders the housekeeper, whose body disappears, which triggers more deaths to happen by a mysterious person in a Red Devil costume (which is later revealed to be the school mascot)…and everything spirals downhill.
While the storyline is intriguing, there are scenes from part two of the season premier that just scream “boring!”
So many deaths happened during part one, including Chanel #2 (sorry Grande fans!) that part two just seems to drag on until closer to the last half hour, that is.
Things pick up again when the baby from the opening scene is addressed–where is that baby now? Through the story, it’s hinted that one of the characters may very well be that same baby, and now the murders are coming to life since the baby has returned to the original “crime scene.”
More deaths occur at the hands of the Red Devil, including Jonas, who portrays Boone, a student on the verge of coming out as gay by joining KKT.
However, the very last scene shows a twist–the Red Devil walks through a morgue and pulls open a cabinet where Boone’s body is kept. A close up of his body shows the slit on his throat and his eyes closed… until he wakes from his slumber and peels off the “wound” with a evil smirk on his face.
A nice cliffhanger, indeed.
Overall, it’s similar style to “Glee” is more for those who find that sort of humor funny. What’s also well done is the spot-on portrayals of cliches of society today with their obsession with social media (as Grande’s character is dying, she is trying to send a Tweet for help instead of calling 911) and Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
The story is quite interesting, though, so viewers will definitely keep watching to find out what happens next, especially after that very last scene. Another reason to watch is due to the up and coming guest stars such as Chad Michael Murray, Alan Thicke and Julia Duffy.
In a story that is similar to the “Pretty Little Liars” who-done-it drama, with Glee-like comedy, and “American Horror Story” thrills, this show has great potential. It caters to a specific type of crowd, but really, the actors on the show are truly worth watching.
As another character mysteriously gets killed in each episode, it’ll leave audiences dying for more.