Scream Queens Episode 1: I’m Not Impressed


Scream Queens, an extremely hyped up show by the over-hyped and always present in television somehow, Ryan Murphy. Now here is a fair warning for this post, as I have taken to issuing warnings during my Scream posts:

Warning: If you love everything Ryan Murphy has put his dirty little fingers on, you will not be happy with this post in the slightest. But you know, some people enjoy indulging themselves in something that would potential kill them. For example, cigarettes, alcohol, Steven Moffat’s run of Doctor Who…

Ah, sorry, I got a bit carried away there. This isn’t going to bash Moffat’s run of Doctor Who. That would take far too much time and quite honestly, I don’t think I have the energy to write that much criticism in one blog.The amount of comments I have about that could fill an entire book.

Now, usually these posts would discuss interesting plot points or just poke upon the character’s behaviors, trying to figure out who the person is and what in the blue hell they’re doing in this show. I was going to make an attempt at doing this, I really was! Grace goes from sweet girl one moment, to having a demonic face for no apparent reason at all. Then there was the appropriately named Chanel…how very fetch.

I just…I couldn’t take this show for over an hour, and the premiere was two hours long. Not worth it in the slightest.

If you’ve watched other shows of Murphy’s such as Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story, The New Normal, then you realize he has the same character in just about every show.Vulture shows us these ten character types in all of his shows–proof that I’m not a bitter, disgruntled fan.

Well, I am a bitter disgruntled fan, but I have a reason to be.

The characters are a sampling of Murphy recycling his own work. It’s overdone to the point where it’s just a bit pathetic that he can’t seem to stop copying his own work, no matter what genre he’s doing!

Then there’s his writing. Racist commentary under the guise that show is clearly supposed to be ‘satire’. Please, it’s not satire when damn near every single line coming from the show is sexist, racist, any stereotype cranked up to maximum capacity. This isn’t the work of brilliance, it’s not social commentary, it’s lazy writing. It’s lazy writing when you can’t think of any sort of joke or line that’s not racist or absolutely cringe-worthy.

It’s not pushing people’s comfort zones for the sake of addressing the issue, it’s done because someone clearly has no idea what to say.

Hell, the house maid is referred to as  White Mammy. Keke Palmer’s character is called a “hood rat” and is playing a stereotypical Black Girl. But that’s okay! Every sorority needs that one token Black friend, no matter how they’re portrayed.

Oh wait, let’s not forget the two Black security guards who seem incapable of doing their own jobs, being regarded as useless by the lovely sorority girls.

It’s blatant racism under the guise of social commentary when it’s really just an incapability of producing original content.

Let’s not forget of course, his show is all over the place. It seems like it’s paying an homage to classic horror movies–but I don’t think so. I feel like Scream Queens is just a way of patting himself on the back for finding another route to bombard the masses with his trite garbage.

Is the show funny? Serious? An homage? What the hell is going on here? It’s all over the place and not in a good way. There’s an art to adding comedy to something that’s meant to be serious. Anything too outlandish during a serious scene just doesn’t work. You’re basically beating a dead horse here.

Now, it’s clearly not American Horror Story….but what is it exactly? Not being able to figure out what on earth you’re watching doesn’t make sense. The contrast between comedy and horror feels like a person desperately trying to become your friend by growing obsessed with everything you like. In summary, it’s trying way too hard to be something different.

For example: a serious discussion between Grace and whatever that creepy-but-not-creepy-yet-kind-of-creepy-but-maybe-he’s-noble-barista boy turns into a make out session in the blink of an eye. What?

There’s far too much crap going on during this two hour premiere that could have been slowly planted throughout the season. Yet of course, he throws in the cliffhanger at the end of the episode, knowing that he’s lost people’s attention with how frantic and all-over the place his show is. Spoiler alert, a character who everyone thought was dead actually isn’t dead!

A perfect way of getting people to come back, to know just what the hell is going on.

This was not worth my time, I should have watched The Muppets.


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