Tuesday, August 16, 2016

TV Show Review: Scream (Season 2)

The teenagers of Lakewood mostly survived another season of the slasher series with some heavy revelations coming in the final episode. The second season picked up a few months after the first season's finale with Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald) coming home from recovery to a party with her friend. Audrey Jensen (Bex Taylor-Klaus) has been caught in her previous involvment with last seasons killer and works definitely to cover her mistakes as the bodies begin to pile again.

Several other characters are going through their own method of recovery including Noah Foster (John Karna) who hosts a podcast and Brooke Maddox (Carlson Young) dates Jake Fitzgerald (Tom Maden). When Jake goes missing plenty of suspects and excuses arise but the gruesome murder sends the whole town into a frenzy as the new sheriff Miguel Acosta (Anthony Ruivivar) tries to hold it together while taking care of his teenage son Gustavo (Santiago Segura) who has a penchant for drawing creepy pictures.

Emma's boyfriend Kieran Wilcox (Amadeus Serafini) tries to help his girlfriend readjust but has his own difficulties when his cousin Eli (Sean Grandill) arrives in town. The mystery takes off as the killer challenges each character and secrets are slowly revealed throughout each episode. Many of these leads turnout to be false and misdirections for a final reveal that was quite shocking. The show has to fill several hours of television so it lacks the fast pace of the movies but it only paused momentarily.

Mixing the already dramatic nature of high school and the advancing of technology, Scream the TV series utilizes update smartphones and social media to stalk the teenagers and terrify viewers. The acting is hit-or-miss at points but it doesn't hold back on the gore despite being on television and the mystery is intriguing enough to power through two seasons so far and set up a possible third. 

The show pays homage to the movies with Noah spouting of metaphysical implications of each episode though it hasn't taken on the challenge of addressing clich├ęs in horror tv show primarily, I believe, because horror in television is still rather unprecedented and only a recent growing phenomenon, a trend I can wholeheartedly get behind as an avid horror fan. Scream left just enought open that I am interested in what happens next and will tune in a year from now for season three. 

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