That Childish franchise occupies a fun position in terms of “blissfully simple” and “fun overcomplicated”. Chucky is a doll. He kills people!
I’m not sure you need more than that to jump straight into the franchise, though “He’s a Doll Inhabited by a Serial Killer’s Soul Through a Voodoo Ritual” is adequate embellishment for the most casual fans.
The bottom line
Ably fulfills the basic mandate of the Chekhov Killer Doll.
On the other hand is Childish The franchise has expanded into increasingly loopy and increasingly direct to video (or whatever kids watch movies these days) sequels involving other dolls, other killers, more voodoo and Jennifer Tilly.
There are hints that Syfy and the United States Chucky can eventually enter the extended and bizarre meta-world of the extended Childish universe (I really did not know that a movie was called Cult of Chucky existed). But through the four episodes that were sent to critics, it has a pleasant tendency to the simple side of things. Coming from Don Mancini, author or co-author of the entire franchise and director of the last three installments, Chucky hits the small screen in a slightly padded form. It’s easy to focus on clumsy dialogue and a wide range of flat characterizations, but if all you need in one Childish TV shows are the basics – a doll that occasionally creatively kills people – so it delivers on the promise and also offers small bursts of non-obligatory inspiration.
The pilot wastes very little time getting down to the only business that matters. Middle school student Jake (Zackary Arthur) stumbles upon Chucky, a Good Guys doll, at a farm sale in his New Jersey neighborhood. He pays $ 20 for it, which makes no sense because he has no apparent job – he’s 14 – and his father, Logan (Devon Sawa), is so financially strapped that his twin brother, Lucas (Sawa again), keeps offering him money (as he keeps falling).
Also Jake pays $ 20 for a doll he plans to get rid of right away because Jake is a budding artist who makes spooky sculptures of doll parts. His father rejects that persecution and rejects Jake’s completely factual sexuality, which is defined by falling in love with classmate and true crime podcaster Devon (Björgvin Arnarson). (The casual treatment of his gay protagonist’s sexuality is definitely the most interesting aspect of the show.)
Jake’s father chooses him, but he’s hardly the only one. Cousin Junior (Teo Briones) and Juniors gentle boyfriend Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) bully Jake aggressively. If there’s a plus side to buying a farm sale of a doll inhabited by a serial killer, it’s very soon that the people who bully you end up dying.
It takes very little time for Chucky to reveal his true nature to Jake, and since Jake is a teenager with truly distorted artistic impulses, it is not surprising that his immediate reaction is far more tolerant than your own reaction may be under similar circumstances. . With a hitherto long steady speed of about one corpse per. Episode Chucky comes to work, albeit with limited motivation.
You would think that a show about a doll who piles up at a wonderful clip would have a feel for the escalating efforts, but Chucky really not. Although people soon begin to suspect Jake or Chucky’s connection to the rising massacre, there are whole episodes where, apart from the one mandatory killing, little else happens other than people googling “Good Guys Doll Murder” and what not. The show is never boring or sluggish, but it is often slack and slingy and makes time for what Chucky does to residents of Hackensack. The flashbacks to the origin story of Charles Lee Ray, Chucky’s malicious obsession, are often more intriguing than anything that happens to Jake today.
Anyone who sees Jake’s art would probably assume he’s a budding serial killer. After four episodes, I’m still not sure if we should find him sympathetic or disruptive. Arthur’s performance, at times strangely intense, perhaps points more to the former. Or maybe Mancini just enjoys starting his characters in extreme places – see also Lind’s Lexy, whose introduction is harmful enough to make the audience calm down after a little doll to slaughter surprisingly young children.
It’s a strange thing that the main characters have been placed in middle school, where their approach to drugs and sex plays differently than it would for grades two or three years older. The teenage characters talk as if they are living in the 90s and behave as if they are living in a paranoid corner of the brain of a 50-something screenwriter. In a series about a killer puppet, does it make any sense to complain about the lack of teenage vertebrate imimitude, a hospital with strange Virgin Airlines mood lighting, or all the flat adult characters? Nah. But I definitely need Jennifer Tillys Tiffany show up soon because Chucky needs at least 15 percent more chaos of the kind she delivers.
Honestly, someone is running for office Chucky is there for the doll. In that respect, the series delivers solidly. Brad Dourif is exemplary at capturing Chucky’s self-reflexive snoring, and there were several lines of dialogue that made me guffaw, including a wide-ranging attack on Westworld that I had to rewind several times. Chucky is still disgusting, and the series provides an interesting case study in which words you can say on basic cable today, where the border appears to be a doll calling someone the C-word. Good to know!
The violence is bloody, but not bloody. I’ve always found the franchise more fun than scary, and it continues here. The series is a little nervous when it shows how people interact with the doll, but when it’s just Chucky who stabs people with sharp objects – his versatility gets caught up in the various sharp tools that play out the series’ title in the credits each week – I’m more inclined to just giggle.
And that’s basically the show’s intention. Chucky with a butcher knife is there Childish what mastiff saliva is for Turner & Hooch: the primal nostalgic trigger. The Good Guys doll that Jake buys has a high price because it’s a retro collector’s item, and I think if the show has a theme, it’s that you need to be careful about the things you’ve nostalgic about. after because they can just kill you. I take that honesty over Fuller House a weekday.