My love/hate relationship with Scream Queens

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I look forward to every episode of Scream Queens because I think it is exciting TV, it is a perfect combination of horror, comedy, cheese and parody and has an amazing cast. Yet, after most episodes, I’m left feeling a bit letdown because it fails on so many fronts.

I love Ryan Murphy’s writing and you see the wit/sarcasm of Santana Lopez in Glee being funnelled into the Chanels. Some of the lines they come out with are so close to the bone sometimes I’m actually shocked network TV cleared them (conversations about spitroasting, hello?) I have rewound the show several times just to listen to some of the genius lines again.

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It is very easy watching. I don’t feel particularly invested in any characters yet but I guess that’s because everyone is a suspect as either the Red Devil and/or the baby of Kappa House (if they’re not the same person) and anyone can be easily killed. I loved the death of Ariana Grande in the pilot, that was hilarious and such a send-up of 1990s horror movies – although I would liked to have seen her in more episodes.

There is a lot of throwaway stuff. They have a death every week (until this week) but we don’t care when they are people that have been introduced THAT WEEK – e.g. Coney, Mandy etc etc. I don’t think I would even care if any of the main cast died to be honest – I want them to keep Chanel (Emma Roberts) because her putdowns are freaking awesome, I quite like no.3 (Billie Lourd) for her indifference and Zayday (Keke Palmer) is very sassy.

I know it is all very surface-level, fluffy stuff but I wish we had more of an idea who these people are. Okay, they all need an air of mystery but none of their characters are fully realised. I have NO idea who Chanel #3 and #5 are, and Hester (Lea Michele) has done a total 180 compared to who she was in the pilot. Though I am loving her sick, psychopathic side (her telling Chad Radwell to “attack my crack” was a highlight), she is like a completely different person. I thought she couldn’t be without her neck brace?

There are a lot of crappy characters though. Niecy Nash’s Denise Hemphill is a bit too OTT on the clichéd black type – “oh hell no” etc – Chad Radwell (Glen Powell) is so inconsistent and has literally slept with everybody, Grace (Skyler Samuels) is just damn nice and boring and never gets anything properly interesting to say or do (ditto for Diego Boneta since the pilot). I have no idea who Gigi (Nasim Pedrad) is and Chanel no. 5 (Abigail Breslin) changes every week.

So I have a love/hate relationship with it. It is fun and it makes me laugh but I don’t really get it or feel involved in the plot or characters. It is a great parody on 90s horrors, has some fab pop culture references and some of dialogue is truly hilarious, but it is so messy and all over the place. I really hope some strong story arcs are put in place for the rest of the series, because at the moment each episode feels pretty disposable.

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