An all new season of the hilarious Scare Tactics returned to the Syfy channel with Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) as the host and executive producer. He utters the tagline “Watching us is hilarious, but copying us is dangerous. Don’t do it.” Scare Tactics gives friends and loved ones a chance to play the ultimate pranks on one another. The show is set up to be scary and funny. Featured on each episode is the victim, and their friend or family member who sets them up unknowingly with an elaborate prank.
The episode tonight starts with Pedro the Accomplice who sets up his friend Helder. He’s led into a museum setting by a curator who has him sign into the museum. Helder is rushed to sign in and get out as soon as possible and does not seem to be on to them yet. The curator provides him information about the brief tour he would go through and what he has to do. Helder asks how she acquired the job as the new curator and hears the old curator just disappeared, and no one seems concerned.
Helder does not seem to think much of this as he proceeds to move on to the interactive portion of the exhibit with Tracy playing the tour guide. Tracy introduces the legendary Blood King, a mummy that is kept in the museum and apparently related to Tracy. Helder is still game and ready to go as the curator asks him to rate Tracy’s tour guide performance. He gives Tracy four-and-a-half out of a five. (No wonder he is on Scare Tactics).
Helder and the curator walk toward a pile of maps and begin to open them, and while doing so, the large out-of-place crate begins to shake and everything crashes to the floor. Helder and the curator watch as the Mummy punches his way through the crate, because we all know that is something a Mummy would do. The Mummy leaps out of his crate as the curator starts screaming. Helder looks in shock as if he has never seen a Mummy before. Helder finally realizes that the Mummy came to life and chases him and the curator.
Tracy appears on the interactive screen that shuts off moments before Mr. Mummy made his appearance. Tracy smiles and asks Helder if he is scared. Helder looks in shock. It is official. He is scared. Pedro comes out to inform his friend that he just played the ultimate prank on him and scared the life out of him.
The show continues with Vikash or as we will call him, the victim, and Fardina, his girlfriend, who wants to set him up because of the way he acts at times. She is going to get him back by making him believe he works in a high risk secret government agency with a strange creature hidden in a government containing unit. (Where is the cast of Warehouse 13 when you need them?) Vikash sits at the desk watching the computer monitors as a makeshift security guard gives him instructions and tells him to just keep an eye on the monitors. The security guard tells Vikash he has to run downstairs and check on something.
A few brief minutes pass by, and the security alarm is going off. Vikash is trying to remain calm. The man is wearing a Batman shirt; it is going to take more than an alarm to get him up. A man dressed like a doctor appears at a glass door and tells Vikash there has been a security breach and he needs to get help. Vikash tells the man to remain calm and he will get help. I say run for your life, but I digress.
Vikash is trying to get the code from the man locked in the glass room. His fellow security guard returns to try and help Vikash. The man in the glass room is trying his best to provide Vakash with an escape code as his face is bubbling up and nearly peeling off. Vikash figures out the code on his own after the man provides him with four numbers and he only needs one more number. He figured it out on his own.
Vikash thinks he has saved the day, but now the toxic gas is leaking into their secure room. The security guard tries to hide the vent, and Vikash calls on the radio for help. He wants to get out now or he is going to bust the doors down and leave him. The security guard says he is going to die, then crawls up the desk and asks Vikash if he is scared. Poor Vikash looks confused as the security guard tells him he should be, because he is on Scare Tactics.
Vikash’s girlfriend Fardina runs out and tells Vikash she was in on the prank, which is true love. Vikash does not seem too happy, although he takes it in stride. It just shows how good they are on the show.
The next victim is Kaia, who is set up by her friend Karen who believes that Kaia runs away from any type of scary situation. Kaia thinks she will be appearing in a low budget slasher film called “The B*tch is Back,” about a murdered prom queen who comes back to life. (Hello Mary Lou, Prom Night 2 … maybe this is the re-make.) The actress playing the lead is a really good actress who goes insane after Kaia tries to instruct her how to perform her scream scene.
The guy dressed like the director tells Kaia to go in the back room and grab a sash and crown so she can take over the role, as Bridget the actress finds her in the back room, which sets her off. Kaia ignores her remarks and walks back to the set so she can begin filming her big scene, as she watches the already dead prom queen get murdered. Kaia and the director look in shock ,and the knife-happy actress comes in screaming at Kaia. She has the same stunned look on her face as she tries to explain her way out of being stabbed.
Instead of running away Kaia stands and looks stunned until she finally speaks up and tells the actress off. After taking a crazy turn, Bridget looks at Kaia and asks if she is scared, but Kaia looks more confused than scared. Bridget lets her in on the secret, and her wonderful friend Karen comes out to show some support, because that’s what friends are for.
Our final victim is Madeline and her prank-playing accomplice of a friend, Tyson. Madeline thinks she is being filmed for an animal documentary with a witty interviewer and a cameraman named Claudio. Madeline begins to explain the importance of nocturnal animals and discovers a dead animal. Claudio informs the interviewer that there are several dead animals (What a night, who has the urge to go in the woods and investigate dead animals? No way.)
Madeline discovers it is not just any animal out there in the woods killing off other animals and humans but a giant winged, flying creature (“Jeepers Creepers” anyone?). A man who is disguised as a park ranger walks out of the woods, and in his best scary voice, he responds to the questions regarding the dead animals. He tells them they won’t see any animals there, because they are all dead.
See why you should avoid camping? Large flying winged creatures, enough said. Madeline and the crew finally witness the wrath of the creature as it wreaks havoc on their documentary. Madeline, the interviewer and Claudio get in the car and start screaming. The winged special effects creature attacks the park ranger, and Madeline begins to scream and cry. The interviewer has seen enough and asks if she is scared. Madeline is nearly scared to death. The interviewer tells her she should be because is on on Scare Tactics.
Madeline goes from terrified to laughing as Tyson shows up to see his panicked friend and laugh with her. That meets along with the point of the series. Along with being funny, they episode also had several moments that make you want to jump out of your seat and wonder if they could really happen.
Make sure to watch next week’s episode of Scare Tactics, Monday at 9/8c on the Syfy channel and be afraid, be very afraid.