Scream Season 1 Episode 4 â€œAftermathâ€
Directed by Brian Dannelly
Written by Erin Maher, Kay Reindl
Created by Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Amadeus Serafini, Connor Weil, Carlson Young, Jason Wiles, Tracy Middendorf, Tom Maden, Bobby Campo MTV
Air date: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 10pm
YES! This is what I want from an episodic horror series! After a disappointing third episode, which felt like a bad episode of the OC, MTVâ€™s Scream hit all the right buttons this week. The show encapsulated everything youâ€™d expect from something called Scream. And in an odd twist, the acting wasnâ€™t bad either!
Last weekâ€™s victim was Riley (Brianne Tju), who was left for dead on the police precinct roof. With a victim in plain sight in public, we ditch the subtleties and dive right into the â€œaftermath.” The cops try to say that the killer is dead, as suspect Tylerâ€™s car fled the scene and crashed leaving his headless remains. Even sex-kitten bitch Brooke (Carlson Young) is broken up about Riley. This sounds horrible, but I liked Rileyâ€™s death. She was a kinda nice, geeky, girl on a show filled with stereotypical female characters. She certainly gave a vibe of a character whoâ€™d be around longer. With her gone, Noah (John Karna) is now mourning buddies with Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) as both their significant others were murdered. They have an awesome back and forth discussing their mutual sadness:
Noah: â€œIâ€™d rather channel my sadness into something productive, maybe vigilante justiceâ€
Audrey: â€œWe could team up â€˜Bi-Curious and the Virginâ€™â€
Noah: â€œThatâ€™s the worldâ€™s saddest crime fighting duo.â€
It almost reminded me of my favorite teenage film in recent years, Perks of Being a Wallflower.
We donâ€™t wait too long for the mystery to start again. Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) receives a package containing a yearbook from the year Lakewoodâ€™s infamous massacre happened. Pictures are missing, and Emmaâ€™s dad face is scribbled out with a message â€œThe truth lies where the mask was made.â€
Kudos to the abandoned hospital that â€œclosed down 6 months ago!” I loved this part, and felt it was the best executed segment in the entire series thus far. It was a pure horror scene. Huge, dark, abandoned building, trails of blood, shots through a camcorder, noises from down the hall, falling heads! Sure, some of it is cliche, but I always say that sometimes cliches are cliches because they work.
There are still some minor annoyances. There is a side plot dealing with Will and Jake (Connor Weil and Tom Maden) being part of a blackmailing scheme. Theyâ€™re obviously trying to make them suspects to the audience, but itâ€™s dreadfully obvious theyâ€™re being lined up for the slaughter. The podcaster, Piper Shay (Amelia Rose Blaire), doesnâ€™t contribute much, and it feels like she’s only there because someone felt they â€œneededâ€ a Courtney Cox character. Aside from the quibbles, I really liked this episode. It was fast paced, actually had some tense and creepy moments in the hospital, and Iâ€™m digging the whole Brandon James angle. The weird deformed kid who becomes a killer is very Jason-ish, but works best here as the backdrop to this round of killings. Iâ€™d like to see more of the killer toying with the victims instead of silently pursuing them, but weâ€™re only 4 episodes in. This was exactly the rebound show the series needed, and Iâ€™m excited to see where we go from here.
On a totally separate and random note, I donâ€™t watch any other MTV shows, but during Scream, MTV sticks ads for other MTV shows in an almost subliminal messaging way, seen transparently through the screen. Itâ€™s really annoying and distracting, and for two weeks I thought I was hallucinating.
Scream returns with a new episode next Tuesday night at 10:00 pm ET on MTV.
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