By Dr. Zaius
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Scream Season 1 Episode 6 “Betrayed”
Directed by Julius Ramsay
Written by Jaime Paglia
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, August 4th, 2015, 10pm
Last week MTV’s Scream made me… well, very angry. Main character Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) who is being both physically and technologically stalked by a masked killer (who by the way has killed 3 of her friends already), AND who just got exposed on the net, as her first sexual encounter went viral decided to… you guessed it… HAVE PUBLIC OUTDOOR SEX IN THE DARK WOODS!!! If nothing else, that should lessen her chances of survival in a show based off a franchise known for its adherence of horror movie “rules.” Then again, Neve Campbell’s Sid did have sex with one of the killers in the original, and she survived the whole series.
And less than 2-minutes later… SHE’S DEAD! Nope… they start with the cliched dream sequence beginning… ARGH! So Emma and Mom are both having sex with/dating a father/son combo which would be unintentionally weird if they didn’t reference it later in the episode to get a laugh. Meanwhile, in “As Lakewood Turns,” disgruntled ex-boyfriend Will (Connor Weil) forms a team up with podcaster Piper (Amelia Rose Blaire), to both boost her ratings and get him redemption for being a jerk.
Noah (John Karna) and Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) continue to suspect Mr. Branson (Bobby Campo). His computer was used for some shady behavior, and his name appears to be fabricated. As usual, their quirky dialogue make up the bright parts of the show for me:
Noah – “We could just be looking for the garden variety psychopath.”
Audrey – “Branson is Manson… I don’t buy it”
Noah – “Yeah well neither did the victims of the BTK Killer before they were staring down the business end of a boning knife.”
Noah even gets to use the “everybody’s a suspect” line from the original Craven film. Jake (Tom Maden) and Brooke (Carlson Young) are BFFs, and are investigating whether Brooke’s dad killed her mom. This leads to some laughable dialogue as they search their house.
Jake – “It’s like Stephen King says, murder is like potato chips, you can’t just stop at one.”
Brooke – “I’m hoping my dad never opened that bag of chips”
If that reads bad, imagine how it sounded. And I would love clarification and a source that supports Stephen King said something that lame.
The main plot advancement this week was that the cops suspect Audrey as the killer, as they found her DNA on the mask found in the hospital. She had motive to kill Nina, and maybe Rachel if she feared Rachel would talk. Emma and Noah proclaim her innocence, and this leads Emma’s mom Maggie (Tracey Middendorf) to confess the truth about what happened years ago with Brandon James. In an interesting twist, turns out deformed, masked Brandon might not have actually been the crazed obsessed killer. Maggie aka Daisy claims he would never hurt anyone, and was misunderstood. So who the hell was the killer 20-years ago? Will Brandon James make a return from a watery grave a la Jason… or is the entire character just a MacGuffin? Whatever happened then, someone stalks Will and Piper to the garage, knocks her out, stabs him, and drags him away.
It might seem like I’m dumping all over the show, but there are aspects I like. I really like the Audrey/Noah dynamic, and I’m getting interested in the whole Brandon James background story from 20-years ago. But there are so many annoying supporting characters, and subplots, and 20-minute spans where it feels nothing is happening. What I initially liked was how self referential to the source material the show was. They even asked in the first episode if a slasher movie would work on TV. I feel like now, the answer is leaning towards no. I’m a bonafide horror supergeek watching slasher movies since I was in single digits. This is 4-straight episodes of show called Scream without a kill! The show needs to up its kill count, and end these side-track storylines. I mean we didn’t even get a Scream-voice phone call this week (and NO I’m not counting the dream sequence). I keep hoping next week will get into gear, but I’m losing patience, quickly. I need blood, and I need it now!
Scream returns next Tuesday night to MTV starting at 10:00 pm ET.
Scream (TV Series) | ‘Interrogating Audrey’ Official Sneak Peek (Episode 6) | MTV
Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) is questioned by Detective Lorraine about snooping around the hospital. Don’t miss a new episode of Scream every Tuesday at 10/9c on MTV!
Scream (TV Series) | Official Teaser (Episode 6) | MTV
See what’s to come on Episode 6 of Scream, airing Tuesday at 10/9c on MTV!