‘Scream Queens’ is the perfect guilty pleasure horror show

“Scream Queen” is a deadly combination of hilarity and murder

Back in 2015, Fox premiered a show that would change the way we looked a horror shows. Created by the minds behind “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” this show combined comedy and horror in the way that most figured “Scary Movie 3” through “Scary Movie 5” ruined.

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Scream Queens” starred Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”), Lea Michele (“Glee”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Freaky Friday”), as well as many other all-star actors. The show was originally pitched as an anthology series, meaning that each season would be separate from each other and feature everything new. The anthology part never happened as most of the main characters appeared in both two season while the setting changed. 

“Scream Queens” is about a group of people who get terrorized by a serial killer that is out to get. The first season took place in a college and the second season took place in a hospital. The show’s main character is Chanel Oberlin and her clique called “The Chanels.” Each member of the group adopted her first name and a number like Chanel #2, Chanel #3, etc. Picture the Plastics’ from “Mean Girls” on steroids. They are pretty much everything.

The writing on the show is extremely well done. It is clever, witty, and isn’t overly complicated to where you won’t get confused if you miss something. The show is also self-aware and will make a joke at its own plot holes. In addition to the writing, “Scream Queens” is also well produced. From the shots to the music, everything fits whatever the scene needs beautifully. 

The first season of the show is simply the best. If I was to just rate the first season, then we would have it be a 4.5 out of 5. It’s the most iconic and felt the most entertaining. All the stuff that made season one amazing was all there in season two, but it just felt a little off. It was just missing the magic that the first season had. It could have been the budget. If you view each season as separate shows, then the second season is fine. It’s only when looked at as a whole series that the first season is superior.

The verdict

“Scream Queens” was ahead of its time. While the show peaked in its first season, it was still a quality show that anyone could enjoy over the age of 13. The characters were all extremely well written and likable, the plot was sometimes too wacky but you were still invested in the show. I highly recommend watching “Scream Queens” if you are just looking for a good time. It’s a good guilty pleasure show. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Pop Project Explains: ‘Glee’ and how ridiculous it was

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Don’t Stop Believin’…I didn’t know what else to put here

With the new show “Rise” bringing back a television show that focuses on musical theater, I thought it was time to reminisce and talk about the OG show.  No, I’m not going to discuss “Fame” because frankly, the only good part of “Fame” was the 1980 movie that starts it all. We are going to discuss “Glee,” or as I will be calling it “The Lea Michele Show.” Welcome to another edition of “Pop Project Explains.”

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If you are new to how “Pop Project Explains” works, I pretty much just tell it like it is. I honestly look at something and just make fun of the ridiculous that it is. Click the link above to read more about them. If you are looking for my past “Glee” articles, click here because I did a lot of them. So let’s dive into it now.

What is Glee?

“Glee” follows an overly pushy Jewish girl with two gay dads named Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele. She has big dreams and is a borderline sociopath While she does get better and more likable as the show goes on, it’s all about her and what she wants. She steals the head cheerleaders boyfriend, only helps people in order for her to shine, sends a girl to a crack house because she’s worried about getting the spotlight over her; the list just goes on.

“Glee” takes place at William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. Apparently, no one on the show has ever been to Ohio because I’ve never seen a show less like Ohio. Like they have outdoor hallways and lunchrooms. How does a school have outdoor hallways when the weather is unpredictable like Cardi B? Also, how does a Ohio public school afford this?

The show is pretty much just built around Rachel. There’s plenty of other character but they just there. Sure, sometimes they get the time to shine but it’s not as much as Rachel. They even point this out repeatedly through the series but nothing happens about it. And the best part is that the teachers just let it happen. Sure, Rachel is extremely talented but let others shine. Even after she graduated it was still all about her.

The true stars of the show were the McKinley High Jazz Band and their Pianist. They must be a bunch of musical geniuses because they could play any sort of song or genre at a drop of a dime. They would literally just walk up to the front of the classroom and then start singing. The band just knew what song to play. Why are they wasting their talents on playing for a show choir?

For the majority of “Glee” existence, they complained about the budget they had but yet they did overly beautifully produce numbers that they never performed at any of the competitions. They did a mashup of the theme from “Singin’ in the Rain” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” It was full on raining on stage while they were performing. How can you not afford buses to sectionals? Also, where is the school board stepping in to look at this? There so much more money going toward useless performances that could have gone towards something else. 

I hope this helped explain “Glee” more to you. I also hope you realize how ridiculous this show was. Good show, just a bit too much. If you haven’t seen “Glee,” I highly recommend it.

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Album Review: Lea Michele slay on ‘Places’

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After weeks of ballads, Lea Michele’s second album “Places” is finally here. “Places” is a departure from the poppy dance music that Lea featured on her debut album “Louder.”

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As I’ve stated in my multiple reviews of the songs she’s released, click the link about to read them, I’ve been worried about this album. Most of the songs she released early all sounded the same with the piano medley and the tunes pretty much being alike. I was also worried about the fact that it seems like she is given us an album complete made up of ballads. I’m happy to say that yes, the majority of songs are ballads but it’s probably the best album she has released so far.

The songs on the album are spaces out so well that when you do get to the songs that sound similar, you really don’t notice. The songs are listed in a way where it just flowed. There are no filler songs and each song holds it own. There weren’t any songs carrying the album. The production of each song was done so well. There’s a nice mixture of pop and broadway style ballads. While the broadway ballads are good, they don’t hold a candle to the epic pop ballads that are borderline power ballads. It really should be the other way around but either way, I’m not complaining.

The songs on the album will have you shook. The depth in the lyrics is amazing. She’s very transparent on the album and it’s so wonderful. It’s her most personal album and it really shows. All the lyrics are relatable and honest. You can even tell in her vocals, which are amazing. Her vocals slayed the entire album. The rawness in her vocals on certain songs added more depth and layers to the amazing songs.

Because the songs are mostly ballads, there really isn’t any high replay for the entire album itself. There are certain songs that you make your favorite but other than those, you probably will just skip over the rest of the album. Don’t get me wrong, the album is an enjoyable 40 minutes, but there’s not really anything making you want to listen to the songs you the other songs. If there was a mixture of non-ballads, then it would add some replay value. Another issue with the album, and it’s a strange one, but it left me wanting more. Sure, there are two exclusive bonus tracks from Target and if you live in Japan, but “Places” just needs an actual deluxe version. Having a standard and deluxe version just makes the album seem longer and makes you feel more fulfilled by listening to it.

Favorite songs:

  • “Tornado” is vocally superior than anything on the album. The acapella to start off the song and then it goes into the instrumental.
  • “Hey You” is a love letter to the late Cory Monteith and it’s just so touching and amazing. It just flows so well that you will be surprised by the end.
  • “Believer” is a fight song that is just addicting. It well produced with powerful lyrics. The probably the least ballad like ballad on the album.

Overall, this was an extremely enjoyable album. It’s an album that you can relax to or if you just want an easy listen to while you work. The replay value and the wanting more song from the album hurt the overall album but won’t ruin the listening experience. It should have had a deluxe version.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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New Song: Lea Michele releases ‘Gateway Car’

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Oh, it’s been a busy weekend so far in the music world. Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth decided to release two singles in what I’m calling a musical “who’s dick is the biggest?” contest. Well, Lea Michele also decided to release a new song in order to hype up her latest album “Places” release on April 28th. And yet, we are still waiting for the music video for “Love is Alive.”

“Getaway Car” is another ballad because we can never have enough Lea Michele’s ballads…until now. The song is not a horrible song but rather one that overdone. If we didn’t have the other songs, then it would be fine. But it just blends into the “Love is Here” and “Run to You” because they sound the same. Sure, they are little differences that make them difference but it’s not that noticeable. So far, the only song that stands out is “Anything is Possible” and that’s because it’s different.

Like the songs before it, Lea’s vocals are killing it. Especially at the end when she and the backing vocals are just killing the song. At this point, it’s the understanding of the world that Lea Michele is the voice of a generation. The lyrics are about driving around town with your crush. It’s the simplest meaning but probably one of the most relatable topics she has sung about. Everyone has done it

Overall, It’s not a bad song and actually one that is beautiful. But because it sounds like the other songs we’ve heard so far, it just gets lost in the shuffle of the other songs. The fact it gets lost in the shuffle is a horrible thing.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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