TV SHOWS – SCREAM
You might ask yourself how is MTV’s adaptation series, a spin-off of a successful movie franchise turn out. Will it lose any of the familiar suspense and drama, as it usually happens with the by-products? The sad truth is, no one knows, and no one can predict what will happen.
The TV series is worth checking out, but mostly if you fall into the MTV’s target demographic. That is, if you are a teenager who was too young to remember the movies. However, if you are older and are looking for the good old adrenaline-fuelled action which we all know and love from the movies, you are in for a disappointment. There will be no blood-soaked streets either.
The only two people to die were the mean girl Nina and her boyfriend, who barely made an impression as a character. There were several fake-outs, but by the end of the episode, the suspense was just not there, as it was with the movies.
If you break it down, Scream is just the same as so many other TV shows that exist today. A bunch of high school kids, being young and reckless, with some sort of threat to their life. It also has well known, cliché characters- the queen bee, the most popular girl with nasty personality, the new kid that keeps to himself, the artsy type that is the outsider, a good girl, smart nerd, and even the girl who sleeps with her teacher.
To put it simply, this is nothing new that we haven’t seen before. But maybe that familiarity is why the series is worth checking out.
Just like the movie, the series also cleverly uses humor, playing with viewers’ expectations on who is the killer. The characters are developed to resemble the core cast of the original movie series. So, if you’ve seen the movies, you know what to expect. However, the difference is that the characters aren’t suffering the same fate as their originals.
This adaptation is a challenge, because it is hard to stretch what was a very successful movie with the suspense and horror into a 10 episode series. What is it that makes Scream different from all other shows about oversexed teenagers, who are bored, and continue to make bad decisions? One explanation might be that you only need to care enough to root for them, for the team who wins the game, or a pretty girl and her love woes. So, when they are murdered, you are hurt. Killing off the bitchy one was a great start – because everyone knows the type and she won’t be missed. But the other characters need to develop.
It is a relief to see that the makers and developers behind this project are aware of the problems that are ahead of them. It is commendatory that they weren’t just going on slashing pretty but dumb girls in bikinis. However, that might not be enough. How they choose to fight those problems will decide the fate and success of this show.