Alright Scream fans, I’m angry. While watching the premiere just two short weeks ago, I never thought that the show would actually succeed in making me care about its characters. And now that it has, it of course goes ahead and kills one of my favorites. Some of you may be thinking, who cares if Riley dies? She didn’t have any secrets, and her story arc was basically limited to romancing Noah. But she was a loyal friend, a lover of the weird, and a sweet girl who deserved a fighting chance before meeting her maker. Her lack of a developed story line is what makes me miss her even more. She had the potential to be someone great, but her time was cut much too short. And while it’s also extremely important to mention that Riley was the only ethnic character on the show, we probably shouldn’t start that line of conversation. That’s a necessary debate for another day.
This week’s episode begins with two murders back to back, but no one from our generation of characters are the victims. Instead the story is just a flashback of Brandon James’ previous victims told by Noah to Gale true crime podcaster Piper Shaw as they discuss the psychology and plan of Brandon James and whoever is serial killing now.
Emma walks in on her mother and Sheriff Hudson unofficially ruling Rachel’s death a homicide in order to give the family one more day to have her wake and grieve her death before launching a murder investigation. And while that is important information Emma immediately shares with Audrey — who was about to test the limits of Rachel’s supposed suicide before Emma walked in — what’s more important is that Emma finally discovers her mother’s big secret: She is the Daisy that made Brandon James go crazy. Well that news sure broke quickly.
Emma’s love triangle between Will and Kieran continues its slow burn after the one-two punch provided in the pilot (when Emma discovered Will’s affair with Nina and then she kissed Kieran), but thankfully Emma’s main focus of the episode is all about her connection with the killer in the Brandon James mask and their frightening, bloody game. After Emma discovers that her mother might be a part of Brandon James’ backstory, she receives a Direct Message taunting her about big reveal. And the messages just get creepier and more dangerous as the episode goes on. This serial killer is clearly taking his notes on how to be a modern-day villain from Pretty Little Liars’ big bad “A,” considering his dependency on technological communication. (At this point on that ABC Family series, the only way the “A” reveal could live up to the hype is if “A” were Scream’s Brandon James killer. Teen show cross-pollination would definitely bring in the viewers.)
Will and Jake’s story line gets even weirder as they fight over buried money that only two of them and the currently missing Tyler knew about. Apparently the money has to do with some kind of blackmailing scheme run by Nina and potentially Tyler as well. Fellow Scream watchers, do you guys know what the heck is going on with these two creeps? Can we assume that Nina caught them in some kind of Peeping Tom business and wanted a cut? How do they even have enough cash that would require them to bury it underground and be overly paranoid of each other? As I’ve stated before, it doesn’t pay to be the school “doosh,” but apparently it pays to be the school creep.
Emma tells Audrey about her stalker messages from Rachel and Nina’s killer and explains that she’s not sure who she can trust. Her mom has lied to her and this killer seems to know her and is clearly showing her things that no one else is willing to reveal. Audrey suggests she continue the line of communication the killer opened with Emma and see if they can get any answers. I’m genuinely excited about this team up, because it provides a reason for these previous best friends to start to reconcile and allows two women to potentially kick a whole lot of ass, but at the moment Audrey and Emma are way over their heads. And that fact is clearly shown by Riley’s death.
NEXT: Emma has a Sophie’s Choice