Scream 1×05 ‘Exposed’: The worst is yet to come

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Ah yes, the halfway point. The point of no return. When half a season ends and another begins. And isn’t it a shame when that halfway point doesn’t deliver as much as it should? Sure, it provides viewers with more information, new clues, and an annoying amount of kissing. But it doesn’t even have the oomph that previous episodes have had (yes, even last week’s). It also might be teetering on the edge of taking on way too many story lines then it can handle. Yes, this review will get a bit ranty.

Now I have been a Scream supporter for a few episodes. While it didn’t start of as strong as it could have, it increased in mystery and quality. But with reaching the middle episode of the season, I’ve come to the realization that maybe you really can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series.

This episode focuses on the aftermath of the sex video of Emma and Will being seen by everyone. While that’s all fine and dandy, the killer doesn’t select another victim in this episode. Instead, he plays more games with Emma, letting her know that he’s basically watching her every move (as proven in the candlelight vigil scene). And that’s pretty much it for the killer in this episode.  It’s also revealed exactly what Jake and Will have been up to (along with Tyler and Nina when they were alive). Somehow they have access to webcams, surveillance systems, phone cameras, etc., and use certain videos they find as blackmail. Big deal in the context of the show, but in terms of finding out who the killer is, there’s a good chance that it’s all just one big, useless red-herring. Oh, and it’s heavily suggested that Brooke’s dad, the mayor, killed her mother. You know, because we needed more proof that this town is messed up.

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Mr. Branson is also finally addressed as a suspect, to Noah and Audrey anyway, after they find out that he could be in on the video scam with Nina and the gang. Since the show made him a top suspect in this episode, it’s likely that he’s not the killer. Or at least he’s only one of them. This also happens with Kieran in the episode. His disappearance from last week is noted, making him a little too obvious of a subject as well. But they also amped up his creepiness; certain things he says just don’t sound right, and he and Emma’s new found relationship is more unsettling than romantic.

Let’s also address the weirdness that is Emma and Kieran hooking up with each other and then their parents hooking up with each other. No doubt it’s supposed to be a little unsettling. This mainly leads to the possibility that Kieran and his father could be the killers as well. They both are starting relationships with the two people that this whole thing is about and now know them on extremely intimate levels that they can now use to their advantage.

It also looks like that Audrey is going to become a suspect, this being suggested by Piper Shay’s comments about Audrey’s relationship with Rachel. Seems like something the killer would do; turning Emma and Audrey against each other so Emma has fewer people to trust. It would also make sense if the killer was more than one person. A possible alliance between Piper Shay and Kieran may be in play: Piper’s job is to convince Emma that she can’t trust her new closest friend, while Kieran makes himself the only person that Emma can trust. Mere speculation of course, but that’s all that this episode gives you. It feels like the show is trying too hard to make the viewers suspect everyone.

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While Piper Shay is clearly a callback to Gale Weathers from the original Scream, she lacks all of the qualities that made Gale such a memorable character. The writers’ construction of Piper doesn’t allow for any real character development (unlike with Gale in the films). Either she really is trying to help Emma, or she’s just using her for her own means (making it highly likely that she’s either the killer or at least in on it).

This week’s episode also suffers from mediocre writing. Sure the writing hasn’t been anything miraculous from the start, but there is a new awkwardness in the dialogue that throws off of the episode. It seems like the writers are trying a bit too hard to be edgy, and it is glaring. Also the mystery vibe that made last week’s episode so interesting is almost completely gone in this episode. That may be because Emma doesn’t join Audrey and Noah on their own investigation of the murders. Instead she has some bonding time with Kieran (which is totally bad news bears in my book).

The fact that major issues are stemming from the midway point doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season. The lack of murders and the feeling that things are being unnecessarily dragged out is finally showing. With five episodes left, this show is going to have to bring back its A-game (the self-awareness, the mystery vibe, the clever dialogue) in order for viewers to stick around, especially if there’s going to be a season 2.

 

 

Sarah Lord

is a college student in New York City. Her extreme knowledge of British comedians and TV shows almost surpasses her general love for film. When she’s not sitting in her apartment/nerd cave reviewing movies and TV shows, she sometimes makes time for long walks in the moonlight. Check her out on YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr as TheSplord.

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