This doesn’t even need a preamble: this is probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen on TV. It’s a show about awful sorority girls and a group of misfits who pledge the elitist KKT, where a series of murders occur and the person responsible is wearing a red devil costume and prefers to text his victims about his intention to kill them.
Okay, one victim; the second murder is more gruesome and involves a lawnmower (Pete Jackson throwback, anyone?) but the Ariana Grande death scene was the most ridiculous piece of crap I’ve ever seen. Seriously:
Yep, Ariana Grande stars in the pilot as one of Chanel’s minions, and we’re all mercifully spared her presence for the rest of the season, even though I won’t be watching. Abigail Breslin is also a minion, and Little Miss Sunshine she’s not. The cast also features Lea Michele (she of Glee fame), but oddly enough, she doesn’t sing a single note. Nope, all singing references in this episode are delivered by way of a deaf Taylor Swift superfan who, fortunately for everyone, also bites it by the end of the pilot.
Speaking of Glee and pop idols, it’s no wonder Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are responsible for this horrible mish-mash of TV genres. Is it a black comedy? Is it a slasher flick? Is it a whodunnit? Is it a parody of each genre?
It’s probably supposed to be all of the above.
In actuality, it is :
- part Scream, as blatantly evidenced by the title, the addition of scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis in the cast, and the fact that there’s a whole lot of screaming going on.
- part Glee, which, again, is no surprise; anyone who’s ever watched Glee will recognize the familiar cadence and monotonously fast speech pattern of every single character.
- it is even part Nip/Tuck (yet again from the same creators), in terms of how quickly every situation escalates from slightly absurd to downright ridiculous.
- [I’m pretty sure it’s also part American Horror Story, but I never got past the pilot episode of that one, either].
- Finally, it’s part Mean Girls, and this is where the show fails horribly. Instead of witty dialogue and funny lines, we get the worst representations of two dimensional, horrible sorority bitches.
Okay, so it’s not all bad.
Emma Roberts is beautiful and can definitely pull off the mean girl attitude as Chanel. Skyler Samuels as Grace is also good as the wholesome, sweet girl teaming up with nice guy Pete (an ‘investigative reporter?’ really?) to expose Chanel. The opening scene, taking us back to 1995, bad outfits, TLC soundtrack and all, was completely over the top, as is pretty much everything else in this show, but somehow far more enjoyable than the rest of the episode. And that’s about it for the positives.
Verdict: No, no, NO. With so many good shows out there, I’m not wasting my time on this one.