Welcome to mediocre hell, bitches!
Scream Queens is back – but not necessarily better than ever. After this season premiere, Season 2 may still have potential – but so far, it’s a sorry sequel to the perfection that was Season 1. They are following the exact same formula as last season, but the only change seems to be that it’s just not as interesting.
Spoilers to follow.
The new season also starts with a flashback – but instead of an awesome early 90’s sorority party, we get a 1985 employee Halloween party at a local hospital (called Our Lady of Perpetual Suffering). A pregnant lady shows up at the party and is looking for a doctor because she thinks her husband is going to die. A nurse finishes up her table dancing and then takes the lady to find Dr. Mike (aka Jerry O’Connell), who is in the storage room looking for Quaaludes. Rather than helping to save the man’s life, they decide to give him a sedative and dump his body in the swamp so they can get back to the party. Dr. Jerry O’Connell takes off his green cape and mask and uses them to cover the body as it sinks into the water. Here, we are introduced to this season’s villain – the Green Meanie.
Flash forward to present day. Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) is fresh off her book tour as the face of new new feminism, and now – equipped with an honorary Doctorate degree that she received after it was stripped from Bill Cosby – runs CURE, a hospital that hopes to cure incurable diseases. Her main employees consist of two hot doctors (John Stamos and Taylor Lautner) and a hard ass head nurse (Kirstie Alley). Munsch decides to make this new hospital a teaching hospital, so she enlists the help of fan favorite Zayday Williams (Keke Palmer) as her new first year resident. Zayday requests that Munsch adds more girls to the mix, so Munsch picks up none other than – you guessed it! – The Chanels (Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd & Abigail Breslin).
The Chanels – now exonerated because of an award winning Netflix documentary series (Entrap a Kappa Kappa: Murder on Sorority Row) – are trying to work their way back to the top of the hospital social totem pole as if they were back in their old sorority house. The dynamics haven’t changed…Chanel and Zayday are still competing with each other, Chanel #5 always gets the short straw and Dr. Dean Cathy Munsch lights up a joint and controls all.
After what seems like a lot of filler, the episode ends with Chanel #5 locking herself (along with another patient) in a steel tub. Naturally, this leaves her defenseless when the Green Meanie FINALLY makes an appearance and beheads the annoying patient, causing Chanel #5 to scream in that way that only she can pull off. We have our first – and only – death of the episode. I’m sure more ridiculous deaths are to come, and like last season, the killer could be anyone – the more ridiculous, the better.
While the first season of Scream Queens dazzled us with its perfect mixture of horror and hilarity, the second season (unfortunately) fails to live up to its predecessor – so far. However, it does have great moments (like the John Stamos shower scene and the Hester Ulrich confession tape) and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for us. Will the Chanels defeat the Green Meanie? Will we get to see more footage from their award winning Netflix series? Will Hester finally understand the meaning of double jeopardy? WHERE IS CHAD RADWELL?
We miss you, Chad.
Scream Queens airs on Tuesdays at 9pm on FOX.