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.
- 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.
Dear lord, it’s even worse than we thought!
- 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!
- 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
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.
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.”
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Will Scream: The TV Series do better in its second season? Watch MTV this Monday at 11 PM EST.