10 Flaws Scream: The TV Series Needs To Dispose Of If It Wants To Survive The Sequel

When MTV announced that it was making a television series spin-off of the Scream franchise, many fans were excited to see the return of their beloved horror icon, Sydney Prescott as well as Ghostface. However, this never happened as MTV wanted to make it’s own loose adaptation of the movies that had entirely new characters and a new location. Sayonara Woodsboro, hello Lakewood (no resemblance there.) Unfortunately, when the show finally premiered, many of the original fans and critics were severely disappointed. While the show attracted a newer, much younger audience, the were all sorts of flaws that caused the shows already low ratings to plummet even further. Yet somehow Scream: The TV Series was renewed for a second season. In the words of Scream fan favorite Randy Meeks, “There’s a formula to it. A very simple formula!” And if Scream: The TV Series is going to survive the sequel, there are a few certain flaws it needs to give the ax to.

1.Pretentious Violin Music

Who composed the score of this show? Yo Yo Ma? I feel like I’m in a high class art gallery instead of watching a horror tv show. The only horror tv show that can get away with using pretentious violin music is Bates Motel because it’s a show based off of Alfred Hitchcock.  

 

  1. All The Music Actually

Seriously, what the fuck is it with the music of this show? It’s like the creators of the show were browsing through some basic teen girls Spotify playlist and were like “let’s put this in our show because white girls.” Is this supposed to be horror tv show, because it certainly doesn’t sound like it.

 

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Dear lord, it’s even worse than we thought!

 

  1. Social-media References

There are so many references to Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat ect. You would almost expect this show to have been written by Hillary Clinton. We get it, young people are shallow beyond repair and cannot live without technology. Easy there Grandma!

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  1. Bad Dialogue

To quote a famous playwright “Action walks, bullshit talks.” This show’s character spend way too much time telling viewers  what a horror show is supposed to look like rather than taking it’s own advice. Some of the line’s in this show are so awful

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Seriously, stop!

5.Being Cliched

The point of Scream was to subvert the cliches of the horror genre not become one. There is nothing fresh or inspired about this new installment to the Scream franchise other than it being a tv show. One of the worst mistakes in the horror genre is even made by episode 3… killing the “token minority.” Isn’t the point of the Scream franchise to subvert cliches? Guess not. Scream: The TV Series serves as poor remake of the original movie that just drags on forever.

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6.Basic Romance Drama

It wouldn’t be an MTV series without your basic romance drama.  At the beginning of the series Emma finds out her true love Will had slept with their best friend Nina (a month after their freaking breakup. So Emma decides her life is over because her boyfriend is a scumbag. So I guess you could say their breakup was a little messy afterwards and that’s what you missed last time on Glee!  Scream the Tv Series feels like a rehash of Dawson’s Creek or Degrassi what with all this on/off relationship bullshit. We’ve been down this road before and if you watch MTV’s Awkward, you’ve been down this road one…two…err eleven… fuck it I lost count. Hopefully MTV can ditch the typical romance plots and stick to horror because some of us are not as Noah would say “all watching the zombie show to see if the hick and the housewife sleep together.”

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  1. Rich Kid Problems

Yes, because rich white kids are such relatable characters in today’s generation. Why not have a plot where a character blames affluenza on their killing spree. If this show was any more basic it would be an Oprah Chai Latte from Starbucks. I have trouble feeling sympathy for characters who live in celebrity mansions and post harmful videos of their friends all over the internet.

 

8.Monologues

Most episodes will feature at least one scene in which geek boy Noah (aka New Randy) turns to the camera to tell the audience everything they already know. This is like subtitles for stupid people who can’t understand an already basic plot.

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  1. Stupidity

Example: Episode 7, Brooke: Oh you have a knife in your chest? Here let me pull it out without considering the fact that I could accidentally cut something important like an artery or your heart.

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  1. DAISY!

If the actress who plays Emma’s mother were anymore bland, she would be cauliflower or Elle Fanning in Maleficent. She’s supposed to be the former love interest of a deceased serial killer so the least she could do is have some facial expression when she receives a heart in the mail.

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Will Scream: The TV Series do better in its second season? Watch MTV this Monday at 11 PM EST.

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Scream: The TV Series Review

In 1996 horror guru Wes Craven introduced a horror movie that called all other horror movies out on their cliche b.s. This movie was called Scream, which has since become a horror classic over the years. Scream transcended the stereotypical slasher fair, bringing a new fresh spin on horror movies. The original film series starred Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, the badass final girl, who broke many rules of being a final girl like constantly screaming and being a virgin. Scream was all about subverting the tired out slasher fare. Flash forward fifteen years from 1996 where MTV has decided to make a TV spinoff of the film, Scream: The TV Series, an attempt of bringing Scream  to a fresh audience.

      Set in the town of Lakewood a new killer has emerged paying homage to another Lakewood killer, Brandon James . Instead of Ghostface, we now have the Brandon James killer who wears a similar mask to Ghostface.  The first episode opens with a scene very similar to the iconic Drew Barrymore scene in the first movie, with Bella Thorne as Nina, a spoiled rich girl getting chased down by the BJK. That’s all Scream: The TV Series is, superficial teens with superficial problems. The only difference between this show and other MTV shows is that the teenagers actually get murdered.

      Many fans of the franchise were happy to have a new installment to the series, however, many fans were also dismayed to learn that Wes Craven would not be involved and that this series would be entirely disconnected from the Scream movies. The show may not have characters like Ghostface or Sidney Prescott, but it still contains the spirit of Scream (not literally). This show sets out to tackle the horror genre again but instead of tackling movies, television shows are the target . Shows like American Horror Story, Bates Motel and Hannibal are all referenced in this horror tribute. What are the rules of a horror tv show? These questions are asked in the show, but have yet to be answered.

      Scream: The TV Series tries to make a statement about horror tv shows but falls short. Instead of exposing cliches, it just tells you about them with characters who give lengthy monologues boasting about how they are not cliches and then becomes one. The characters are one dimensional ,until later episodes, nothing deep or transcendental happens. The lead heroine Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) remains bland throughout the entire season, a weak protagonist indeed. However, the only characters that do manage to be remotely interesting are Brooke (Carlson Young) an eris who has her entire life fall apart and Noah (John Karna) the geeky guy obsessed with serial killers. Both these characters add life to show, whether it’s Brooke’s ferocity or Noah’s awkward antics, viewers will get some enjoyment out of this show.

Regardless of what Brooke and Noah bring to the table, Scream: The TV Series is lackluster. Most episodes drag on forever with meaningless subplots and bad acting. There is hope, for an ounce of what made Scream so good does begin to show in season finale, maybe this show can become good with a little more action and more wit.