Review: Scream Queens Season 2 Premiere

The Chanels are back in all their gory glory as the season two premiere kicks off much like the very first episode of the series did: at a party. This time it’s a big Halloween bash at a hospital and special guest stars Laura Bell Bundy and Jerry O’Connell play a not-so-brilliant doctor duo. A pregnant woman is in need of help as her husband’s health begins to plummet on the night of the party. In true Scream Queens fashion, no one really wants to help but instead just want to party. As the doctors look over the dying patient they decide to dress him in a costume and dump him in the toxic swamp in the back of the hospital. Makes sense right? This kick starts what I’m sure will be the big mystery of the season.

Flash forward to present day and Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a new new feminist who has created a hospital named CURE which specializes in created incurable diseases. She enlists Zayday (Keke Palmer) to be on of her medical students as well as two doctors Cassidy Cascade (Taylor Lautner) and Brock Holt (John Stamos). Two big aspects of these character were revealed in the first episode of this season. Cascade is “as cold as ice” and Holt had a hand transplant, which was explained in a hilarious bloody scene.

 

But where are the “idiot hookers”? The Chanels (Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourd) were released from prison thanks in part to Denise Hempfield (the always delightful Niecy Nash) who got Hester (Lea Michele barely seen in this episode) to confess to the murders from last season. Naturally, Dean Munsch recruits the Chanels to be med students at her hospital and the killing starts happening again. This time the masked culprit is wearing the exact same costume the patient who was pushed into the toxic swamp was wearing many years ago. Hmmmm….

Does any of this truly make sense? No. Do we care? Not really. The cast is so game to jump on this crazy train that it makes it almost impossible not to enjoy the ride. New comers Lautner and Stamos are fine, if somewhat boring compared to the characters that surround them. The best stand out newbie is Kirstie Alley as the head nurse. I could listen to her insult the Chanels every episode and be content. Emma Roberts is Chanel, she will probably always be Chanel and that’s fine. She nails her biting humor with so much zest that it is impossible not to laugh. Palmer and Curtis appear to be having so much fun that smiles come on your face the second they come on screen. As well as Lourd and Breslin who just embrace the crazy of their roles. The mystery is intriguing: who is in the new costume? Why? And is it tied to that pregnant woman’s baby in the Halloween party flashback?

 

You know what to expect from Scream Queens. While this season is far out there as far as logic, it’s fine because in the Scream Queens world, it doesn’t have to make sense as long as it is over the top and fun! All hail the Chanels and the return of Scream Queens.