July 2, 2015

Scream (TV Series) Pilot Review

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Written by: Joel Reaves
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You remember the Scream movies? The ones featuring The Ghost-face Killer? Yeah.. well we got a TV Series. It picks up pretty much like the original Scream movie; We meet a young girl by the name of Nina Patterson (Bella Throne). They have just filmed their fellow classmate Audrey Jensen (Bex Taylor-Klaus) making out with a girl in a car. Thanks to today’s technology Nina is immediately able to get the video uploaded and streaming on a video sharing site. Obviously all of their high school friends see it. Despite being a b*tchy move, Nina is proud of her devious actions, but her moment of glory is cut short when she receives a harassing text message from Tyler’s phone. Nina assumes Tyler is messing with her since she refused to let him in her house.

Moments later Nina finds Tyler’s decapitated head in her hot tub, screams and runs out the room. Just as you watch Nina make her escape she is slashed in the back by Ghost-Face and slits her throat to seal the deal. This is where we really get a good look at the new Ghost-Face mask… Cut back to school where we meet Nina’s fellow classmates. And much like Nina they are all horrible little brats. These “children” sit around and trash-talk Nina, discussing weather or not she got what was coming to her.

We got a new introduction on a new character named Brandon James (who was a serial killer twenty years ago), but I’m still on the fence about who the heck Brandon James is? They just said that he was a serial killer but they didn’t really explain any of his back story. Lets assume thats the over arching plot as of now.

Personally all I really liked about the pilot episode was the first kill and what I hope to see is more kills from the show, more violence and more guts. The first death was in my opinion the best part of the episode. Much like the original Scream franchise, the television series is definitely relying on the meta humor fans love, just stretched out over the course of a season, rather than 90 minutes.

As for the new mask.. my first opinion of The new Ghostface Mask is it is very, very silly. after seeing it in action I found it a bit creepier, but still not what I was hoping for.

Overall, I felt that Scream started on a pretty soft note. The good news is it can only get better from here. Let us know what you thought in the comment section below!

About the Author

Joel Reaves
Joel Reaves
Joel (Aka The LA Nerd) is an independent filmmaker and podcaster that loves comic books about zombies, really short walks to the bar, and redheads named MJ but he's definitely not Spider-Man so stop asking, okay? Jeez.



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