People don’t believe me when I gush at the brilliance of CHUCKY. Even fellow horror fans admit they’ve heard good things but still haven’t watched. So I’ll repeat it: “WATCH CHUCKY!” The show has practically mastered the balance between maintaining the franchise’s lore/cannon and pushing the boundaries of what’s believable within the CHILD’S PLAY universe. Episode 3 is no exception, bringing us an unexpected version of Chucky (still voiced by Brad Dourif) we’ve never seen before.

Jake (Zachary Arthur), Devon (Bjorgvin Arnarson), and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) can’t seem to stay out of trouble in their new Catholic-school-for-wayward-children setting, and their new friend Nadine (Bella Higginbotham) is a bubbly breath of fresh air tagging along for the ride. (Now that I think of it, the cast names of this series sound like Hogwarts alums.) An experiment on the Chucky doll they captured in episode 2 has bizarre results that are guaranteed to make you feel uneasy and laugh simultaneously. Aside from its talented young actors mixed with iconic legacy characters, the show’s greatest strength is its ability to maintain scare while keeping its audience in stitches.

The only thing I missed this week was Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany…pretending to be Jennifer Tilly. She’s lowkey the secret weapon of this show, her chemistry with Nica (Fiona Dourif) is a delight to watch, and I hate having her so far away from the action, though I’m confident it will pay off pretty soon. I’m still waiting for more Glen/Glenda—I think we all are.

CHUCKY is available on SYFY. (I’m watching it on SLING TV because I don’t have cable because the year is 2022, and I’m an elder millennial.)

Ricky J Duarte

[He/him/his] Ricky is an actor, singer, and writer in New York City. Passions include: theme parks, Disney villains, and watching horror movies with his cat. He's also the host of the Rick or Treat Horrorcast podcast. www.RickOrTreat.com

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