I watched Pumpkin Patch this afternoon when it was far too hot, then I had a nap and I’ve been busy since then, so I don’t remember too much about it. There were some good things in there, but largely has the same problems as last week, although without the feminist speech made by a character who doesn’t actually care about what she’s saying. We have some progress on the Red Devil mystery, and Hester’s plans to overtake Kappa House are getting into motion. My biggest problem with this show is that I don’t care about the Chanels. At all (although Chanel #3 is hilarious). Emma Roberts is first billed on this show, but Chanel Oberlin only cares about how things affect her, and I’ve seen enough television show that are about rich selfish people. It’s a shame, because there were some really good things in this episode, but the Kappa house stuff seems like much more of a distraction than it should be.
Next week we’ll be a third of the way through Scream Queens, and while it’s fun in an empty calories kind of way, there’s still not much there. LaToya Ferguson does a great job reviewing the show over at The A.V. Club (she also reviewed Scream, which became some kind of personal torture for her), and I read it after I write my own reviews, because I learn from reading other people’s writing. When I saw last night that it had been given a D+, I was intrigued, because D+ is usually the “well at least we’re going to have fun watching this even if it’s bad” kind of grade. “Haunted House” is just fine.
I had to look up the title of tonight’s episode of Scream Queens, but given all the chainsaws it really should have been obvious. I record this show and watch it the next day, usually when other people are in the house, and my mum asked if I was hooked. I’m vaguely interested, but if I’m being honest, I’m mainly watching this because it’s a zeitgeist show. And it’s much more interesting than season two of True Detective – yes, this is already a better show, even though it is… not great. But it knows what kind of show it is, and I respect that.
What’s going to happen in a Best Buy parking lot?
This quotation probably isn’t word for word, but it’s what I laughed the most at in the first two episodes of Scream Queens. It’s a reference to the podcast Serial, which you’ve probably listened to. I think Adnan was supposed to have called Jay from the Best Buy parking lot or something like that, I can’t remember exactly. It’s just telling that the thing I laughed at the most in this particular comedy-horror anthology series as a pop cultural reference. Scream Queens isn’t bad, and I’m intrigued enough to keep watching until the end of the season, but it has all the signs of a Ryan Murphy show that could go off the deep end at any point. I get that bitchy women is what Murphy, Brennan and Falchuck enjoy writing, but this is so over the top that it’s gone past the point of being funny. There is a lot of screaming though, so it lives up to its name. This post has spoilers I guess (it premiered nearly a week ago now), but I’ll try to keep them in the bullet points and be vague until then.