Title: Scream Queens (2015 TV series)
Creators: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan
Genres: Teen Drama, Horror, Black Comedy, Mystery
Rating: 3.6 stars
This TV show takes the typical lifestyle of young Americans and makes it satirically twisted and ludicrous that it becomes fascinating. In this 1st season so far, the episodes take place at fictional Wallace University, zooming into the lives of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority. The situation is that there is a murderer on the loose on campus, nicknamed the ‘Red Devil mascot’. The purpose of these crimes goes back to a murder committed 20 years ago, and now those involved are seeking vengeance against KKT.
There are some really good and/or attractive stars that have either starred or acted in this first season – which I feel is one of the reasons the show has attracted so many young viewers.
The main cast involves Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, the tyrannical bitch of her own minions of ‘Chanels’. I have grown up watching Roberts star in films such as Nancy Drew, Wild Child, and Scream 4, and having portrayed some of the cruelest characters before, she was the most annoying and superficial Chanel that could ever be. Now, her ‘nemesis’ who constantly threatens to shut down KKT is none other than Dean Munsch, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, again – someone really well-known. Like most characters, she is apparently oblivious to the danger that goes on around campus, and seems to be more focused on her personal love life.
Other characters include Lea Michele as Hester – her character is very juicy, Abigail Breslin as Chanel #5 (minion), Billie Lourd as Chanel #3 (minion) and Skyler Samuels as Grace – the ‘good’ girl of the show. Basically, the show seems very star-focused, as many of its secondary characters are none other than Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Niecy Nash and Chad Michael Murray. Most of them have had much experience in the spotlight though.
So overall, one of the ways the show keeps the action rolling constantly is by keeping, introducing and killing famous characters. For instance, Ariana Grande (one of the Chanels) was the first murder of the Pilot episode.
Cinematography and Aesthetics
One of my favorite things about SQ is the cinematography itself, and the settings. Alright – the scenes are mostly shot inside the KKT mansion or somewhere on campus, and as a girl, I can’t help but be awed by the mansion itself. And obviously, as KKT rich bitches and wannabes, the characters are couture-ly dressed or weirdly dressed in their own style. If you’re not in the rich club, then you’re your own self. Which is okay. Because everyone else around you is weird too.
However, I do applaud the cinematography. The shots are taken from different angles and slants, which heighten the dramatic scenes much more.
Personally, I did not find it as interesting as I thought it would be. After watching the first few episodes, I got tired of the constant drama and skipped to the end to get to the verdict. To some extent, I commend the show for its black humor, which I believe is something that can easily go downhill if not handled carefully. However, I usually cannot stand this form of fake drama, especially when the characters seem to deliberately make so stupid mistakes to drag the show even more. Like the fact that Chanel keeps pursuing Chad despite disagreeing with his public promiscuous behavior, and the stupidity of the officials/authorities themselves. For instance, when the ‘security guard’ Denise is hired to guard the KKT mansion, her irritable and blundering behavior could not piss me off more.
But it all has a purpose, though (at least I believe it does). When you look beyond all that ridicule, derision and lunacy, it makes you understand about what is reasonable.
Who would I recommend it to?
If you’re not into college/chick flicks, then you would probably find this show ridiculous. If you are very much into some hot spotlight stars, you might enjoy it. Oh, and if you’re a Taytay fan… well, let’s just leave it there 😉 Besides that, because the plot is not very developed itself, and is led more by the sparks of drama that come and go 24/7, I would give this show a limited audience range. I would say that you only need to see the first 1 or 2 episodes to get a taste of what the rest of season 1 is.
Thanks for reading! 🙂