“Scream Queens” Season 2 has been uneven at best, a hot mess at worst.
Chanel Oberlin’s (Emma Roberts) schtick has worn extremely thin, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) isn’t anywhere near as fun this season as the hospital administrator — and there was not nearly enough Zayday (Keke Palmer), Chad Radwell (Glen Powell) or Denise Hemphill (Niecy Nash) to go around.
However, the absolutely brightest spot has been Lea Michele as Hester Ulrich/Chanel No. 6. She was fun in Season 1 — but because she was playing it cool as the dorky neckbrace girl, her crazy-eyed freak flag didn’t get to fly until the end of the season.
In Season 2, there’s no pretending — Hester is a nutjob and watching her Hannibal Lecter it up with the hospital staff has been a delight.
In the most recent episode, “Lovin the D,” Hester called a “Green Meanie Summit,” which was one of the funniest sequences of the entire season, and then she proceeded to seduce Dr. Brock Holt (John Stamos) by appealing to his “Dexter”-like nature.
We wouldn’t blame if you still resent Lea Michele for her sometimes-annoying turn as Rachel Berry on “Glee” — but Rachel was annoying by design, whereas Hester is awesome… And Michele plays calmly psychotic very, very well.
We have no idea how this show pulls off a Season 3 — and the ratings make that seem unlikely anyway — but if it does return, we would follow crazy Hester anywhere. Perhaps they use what we thought for sure was the solution of Season 2: Hester and Grace (Skyler Samuels), on a half-sister psycho killing spree.