“Scream Queens” premiere showcases laughs, superstar cast
By Kailyn Evans
Fox’s “Scream Queens” is hilarious. The show comes from Ryan Murphy, the writer and producer of hit series “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” and it shows in the fine mixture of both horrific and comedic plot points in the show’s pilot episode, which premiered in the form of two back to back episodes on Sep. 2.
The series centers around Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, a member of which died during a sorority-hosted party twenty years prior while the other girls left her to bleed out after giving birth in the bathtub. Her death was covered up and never spoken about again until the time shifts to present day at the university, and a string of murders have led to questions about the sorority’s past.
The show stars “American Horror Story’s” Emma Roberts and “The Nine Lives of Chloe King’s” Skylar Samuels. Stand-out performances include “Glee’s” Lea Michele as the nerdy, death-obsessed pledge who wants to be like Robert’s “queen B” character. Keke Palmer plays the cheeky roommate of the main protagonist, and “Clean House’s” Niecy Nash as Denise Hemphill, the unmotivated cop hired to protect the KKT girls who offers comedic relief in the face of the horrific events taking place on campus.
Other well-known names with main or guest roles in the show include Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin, Nick Jonas and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Even though “Scream Queens” gained most of its following from the big names attached to it, the pilot episode is the reason why the audience stayed.
The show is witty, comedic and a little twisted. A large number of characters are completely nonchalant about the idea of death and murder.
With a superstar cast, a compelling plot and seemingly nonstop opportunities for uncontrollable laughter, it seems that “Scream Queens” will be around for a long time and can only get better from here.