Chucky is back for a third season, time to rejoice. After the events of last season, it sure seems like Chucky is dead and gone, but we all know that’s not the case. There is yet another Good Guy doll out there with the spirit of Charles Lee Ray, except this time, they’re in the White House.
The ambition and scope of Chucky season three, at least in this premiere episode seems much bigger than previous seasons. Chucky isn’t just trying to exact revenge on Jake (Zackary Arthur), Devon (Bjorgvin Arnarson), and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) for stopping him previously. He’s interested in politics. He wants power and lots of it. It’s an interesting turn after the first two seasons focused more on those kids and their interactions with Chuck. He now resides with Henry Collins (Callum Vinson), the youngest son of President James Collins (Devon Sawa) and First Lady Charlotte Collins (Lara Jean Chorostecki). Henry trusts Chucky like a brother, because he’s lost his own brother. What better way than for Chucky to worm his way into another family, only to show himself as a horrific killer.
This first episode doesn’t really show off the characters outside of the series like Tiffany or Andy. The episode instead focuses on that first family and how they’re dealing with world events, and some disturbances (caused by Chucky) at the White House. It’s only until the last third of the episode that we get a look back at what Jake, Devon, and Lexy are up to.
The only gripe I can have with this first episode is that we don’t see Chucky as much. They do have to set up a new set of characters and how they all interact with one another; but it felt like there could have been at least one more scene with Chucky. By the end of it though, the motivations and push for the three kids is there. They know that Chucky is back and in the White House. Lexy is trying to find her sister and Chucky might know where she is. Jake and Devon just want to get rid of him once and for all. It’s a simple premise that springs us forward for some more hopeful action in the White House.
There are some kills in the episode, with a particularly grisly one involving Chucky and a Secret Service agent. It’s pretty awesome how far this series has been able to push the boundaries of cable with the gore and violence.
Longtime fans of the series will eat this episode up and even those hopping on for the first time can get a kick out of it.
The first half of Season Three of Chucky airs this October on USA/SYFY and the next day on Peacock. The second half is coming later in 2024.
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