Scream Queens Recap: Season 1 Episode 1 'Pilot'
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From the creators of Glee comes a brand new horror comedy show Scream Queens. Already started in America the show debuted in the UK last Monday night.
Wallace University is ruled by Chanel (Emma Roberts), the leader of the elitist and racist Kappa Kappa Tau sorority. However, her reign is under threat when Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) forces her to accept anyone who wants to pledge at the sorority, putting the Kappa’s reputation at risk. Oh and there’s the small matter of a Red Devil killer murdering people at the sorority house.
Scream Queens is over the top and silly, but it’s also entertaining. High on melodramatics and comedy the show aims big and mostly pulls it off. The Red Devil’s kills are interesting from the world’s most dangerous spray tan, to an unfortunate lawnmower incident. Even the dialogue of a mere stabbing is played out over text – realism is not a major player in this series.
There appears to be two main mysteries on the show. Who is the Red Devil and who was the baby born in the 90’s at the Kappa sorority house? The two must be linked but are they the same person? Freshman Chloe seems like a frontrunner for the baby but an unlikely Red Devil-or is that what we’re meant to think? As for who is the Red Devil-it could be anyone. One would think you could discount the other pledges during the lawnmower incident but what if two people are working together?
It’s a shame that some aspects of Scream Queens are a bit predictable. The bitchiness of the Kappa sorority and the mole working to expose it is a cliché as is Emma Robert’s mean girl Chanel. Hopefully there will be some subversion later on in the season. But it would have been great to see some of the actresses playing different roles, like if Emma Roberts and Lea Michele (as geeky pledge Hester) had of switched parts. Roberts is a good actress but I’ve seen her play this role too many times. The stand out though is Jamie Lee Curtis as the Kappa hating Dean. Let’s hope the Red Devil doesn’t set its sights on her anytime soon.
The ongoing mystery, black humour and inventive kills are enough to keep me thrilled for another week. But hopefully, the series has a few curveballs to throw the audience’s way to keep us really on our toes.