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TV Review: Scream 2.10 “The Vanishing”
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Season 2 Episode 10 “The Vanishing”
Directed by Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer
Written by Eoghan O’Donnell
Created by Jill E. Blotevogel, Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, Kiana Lede, Austin Highsmith, Billy Campo, Sean Grandillo, Santiago Segura, Anthony Ruivivar
Air date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, 10pm

MTV’s Scream season 2 is limping towards the finish line. Of the Lakewood 6, only Jake (Tom Maden) was killed through the first 9 episodes, and he died in the premiere. Only a handful of minor characters have been killed off after that, and I am actually clueless to what is going on. It took until episode 9 to get some backstory that Ms. Lang (Austin Highsmith) was orphan buddies with Piper Shaw (Amelia Rose Blaire), season 1’s killer, and the half sister of heroine Emma (Willa Fitzgerald). Emma and Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) found this out when a party at the old orphanage left Piper’s corpse set up for them, and a fresh body was hanging from the rafters. Noah (John Karna) and Zoe (Kiana Lede) sealed the deal, which may seal their deal if you know what I mean, while Brooke (Carson Young) is getting closer to troubled suspect Gustavo (Santiago Segura). That should have us caught up…

Spoilers below for this week’s Scream.

Piper’s body is re-autopsied by Maggie (Tracy Middendorf), who also happens to be her mother. She finds a pig’s heart inside her, which is an “Ah ha” moment for Sheriff Acosta (Anthony Ruivivar), except they’ve done a really bad job of establishing this whole farm-childhood-backstory that I’m left going, “huh?” Acosta thinks that maybe, just maybe, Brandon James is actually alive and the killer. That actually makes sense and could be a good twist, I just wish they weren’t debuting this theory so late in the season.

Audrey confesses everything about Piper to Emma. She brought her to Lakewood to do a Brandon James documentary, and was with her when Rachel died, so she never thought it could be her. She did know Piper was Emma’s half sister the whole time though. Emma is not impressed and leaves angrily. Noah, meanwhile, forgetting all the rules of horror movies, AND forgetting that this killer uses texting and phones to manipulate everyone, walks out of school at the behest of Zoe’s texts… this is the same kid who is the horror expert, the blogger, the super geek… I guess the sex was really good. Well, that goes predictably bad for Noah, and he ends up in a situation familiar with that of the main character of the movie this episode was named for.

Audrey figures there is something wrong, and goes to Emma and they have this exchange:

Audrey – “Noah wasn’t in class today and he hasn’t been answering any of my calls, I’m really starting to freak out!”
Emma – “I haven’t seen him, have you talked to him at all?”

NO, SHE JUST SAID HE HASN’T BEEN ANSWERING HER CALLS! Sorry but that is just laughably bad dialogue that totally removes me from the episode.

The killer sends streaming video of Noah buried alive to Emma and Audrey and sets them on a Scooby Doo-esque scavenger hunt, finding clues to leads to Noah. They follow the clues to the barn where Jake was gutted… and then stop to argue about the past… way to build that sense of urgency. They find him, but also a clue that Zoe is trapped somewhere. The three of them race to rescue Zoe while, while Acosta uncovers a gory tableau at the farm. They find the box with Zoe inside, but they are too late.

Noah is obviously devastated. Emma blames herself of course, after blaming everything on Audrey 5-minutes earlier. Maggie tries to assure Emma everything will be okay, but Emma blames herself. Maggie decides to test Acosta’s theory, and leaves a message for Brandon James the way she used to decades earlier… and that’s when Eli (Sean Grandillo) emerges from the bushes.

There were good moments in this episode. A death, (YAY!) of a semi-main character, that’s good and provides for some emotional moments down the stretch. I like revisiting the Brandon James storyline, but wish they would have started it sooner. The best sequels reacquaint the fans with the ghosts of the previous entries. These last two episodes have been good, and hopefully they steer the ship home with two episodes left to escape the sophomore jinx. Something that I like but have slight issues with was the minimalist nature of the cast this week. It was basically 5 members, Audrey, Emma, Noah, Maggie and Acosta. That’s cool and puts the focus on the important people, but again, this late in the season, it really makes everyone else look like fodder, and they spent a LOT of time delving into all these other characters. And Emma is still as annoying a final girl I’ve ever seen.

Scream returns next Tuesday night at 10:00pm ET on MTV.


Scream (Season 2) | ‘Behind Noah’s Obsession’ Official Sneak Peek | MTV

Audrey and Emma frantically search Noah’s room for clues to where he is – and Emma makes a shocking discovery. Watch brand new episodes of Scream, every Tuesday on MTV.

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