Here Are the 5 Biggest Surprises from the 'Scream Queens' Premiere
Unplanned bathtub births. '90s flashbacks. 'Scream Queens,' we've been waiting for you.
Straight from the creators of American Horror Story and Glee, horror comedy Scream Queens is a pleasantly predictable product of its predecessors: funny, well-timed, clever, and casually horrific.
On Tuesday the show had its two-hour premiere, and was (equally as predictably) subject to a cacophony of dissent amid its many fans.
While the majority of reception looked like this...
Scream Queens is "needlessly spiteful," another headline by The Verge claimed.
But what critics are missing is that this outrageous vibe is what the show needs. It's a satire, and thus far, a very good one. Queens is exactly what one would expect — fun, quality scare with a few small surprises tucked in.
Here are our top five moments from the premiere.
1. Emma Roberts' Chanel Oberlin is surprisingly different from AHS: Coven's Madison Montgomery
When we first heard of Roberts' involvement in Queens, we were skeptical. After all, it was her performance as witchy mean girl Madison Montgomery on American Horror Story: Coven that convinced creator Ryan Murphy she was meant for this role in the first place. Would Roberts' character, Chanel, be a carbon copy of Madison, who just so happened to favor pink over black?
It's true that Chanel is reminiscent of Coven's Madison, but Roberts has you forgetting the former ever existed after the first ten minutes.
While jaded and vitriolic like the Coven character, Chanel comes off like a little girl; her priorities, distinct lack of maturity, and even her stride, are all her own.
2. Ariana Grande was actually amazing as snobby minionette Chanel #2 — but don't get too attached
Pop star Ariana Grande is one hell of a singer, but there were some who questioned her acting chops. Fear no longer, though, as tonight Grande stole the pledge with her performance. Air-headed, short-lived Chanel #2 was believable and genuine in her vapidness.
That said, RIP, #2. We'll miss you and your sparkly crop tops.
3. We see Chanel's vulnerable side in the very first episode
It's generally a rare occurrence that our main antagonist bears all on day one. However, Chanel's eagerness to know just how nice girl Grace is capable of confidence without meanness (a novel concept) says a lot about her right off the bat.
4. Despite preppier appearances, it might be just as gory as American Horror Story
In the first hour alone, we see Chanel's mentor, Melanie, burned to oblivion via hydrochloric acid-infused spray tan, the maid's face melted off in a deep-fryer, and "Deaf Taylor Swift's" head chopped off with a lawn mower.
It's not for the faint of heart.
5. Several characters are actually seriously likable
Sweet-faced actress Skyler Samuel's Grace Gardner is our main protagonist, the sole individual calling for "empowerment and mutual respect" after the heads have rolled. We're excited to see what the future holds for her — and could she be the bath tub baby? Only time will tell.
In short, if American Horror Story fans are expecting another AHS with more mini-skirts, they'll be disappointed. We see Glee fans jumping on Queens more quickly, as even the scary moments are LOL funny. Yes, Queens is missing the raw fear and anticipation that AHS inspires, but again, it's not meant to be AHS. It's meant to be its prettier, funnier little sister.
If Heathers, Pretty Little Liars, American Horror Story, and Glee had a preppy, creepy, tongue-in-cheek baby, it would be this show.
Welcome to the world, Scream Queens. We've loved you since before you (and your mysterious bathtub baby) were born.