Welcome back to Haunted MTL as we cover Chucky – S1 E7 – “Twice the Grieving, Double the Loss,” the latest episode of the ongoing series featuring America’s favorite killer doll.
This series of reviews will be spoiler-free for the events of each episode but will bring up plot points from previous episodes as needed to contextualize the current week’s events. For a spoiler-centric view, please turn to the podcast Kids’ Stuff for a detailed discussion.
Chucky – S1 E7 – “Twice the Grieving, Double the Loss”
Things ramp up in Hackensack over the dramatic deaths of two motherly figures as Chucky continues his secretive plan. Junior takes a dramatic turn, Jake and Devon come to terms with the reality of their situations, and Tiffany makes a move on the Wheeler family. Meanwhile, Andy makes a potentially deadly choice in his revenge mission.
How Was It?
“Twice the Grieving, Double the Loss” makes the case that Chucky might be the freshest horror series on TV in the last ten years with an incredibly effective vision for what it is. This episode does some important work in dealing with the fallout of episode six‘s shocking murders. Even worse, the kids find themselves isolated and subject to multiple schemes concocted by Chucky and Tiffany. We also get a reveal of just how large a scope Chucky seems to be working toward.
The episode is Samir Rehem’s second directed episode, and the action and storytelling move at a brisk clip with the appropriate pauses to let characters dwell on their relationships and tragedies. One case is a particularly gut-wrenching scene in which Jake (Zackary Arthur) and Devon (Bjorgvin Arnarson) find their triumphant moments from the previous two episodes completely pulled out from under them. This week’s script, by Mallory Westfall and Isabella Guitierrez is a strong one as it rockets one particular character’s trajectory in an exciting, terrifying direction. Junior (Teo Briones) had been a bit of a cipher for the first handful of episodes, but since the fire, his character has grown increasingly more important and agitated, revealing a bit of the internal darkness that seems to run in the Wheeler family. That ultimately culminates this week with one of the more shocking things the show has done. This is saying a lot considering how many large, shocking moments the show has had so far.
The story of Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) and Nica!Chucky (Fiona Dourif) also develops in some interesting ways, particularly bringing those two characters into the orbit of our main group of kids. The tension between the two killer characters doesn’t necessarily get revisited here, but we see that they are still enacting their plans. Whether they are unified or toward different aims at this point, given Tiffany’s preference for the perceived Nica, is the question. We also get Andy Barclay in Hackensack, just in time to have three generations of Chucky characters all present in the same geographical area – and given the reveal in the final moments – this is going to not end happily for several characters.(4.5 / 5)
Chucky – S1 E7 – Kill Count and Spotlight
We get three deaths in this episode. One we get to see, and the others where we see the aftermath. One of these deaths is particularly important and in the modern-day. However, the other deaths take place in the past through flashbacks, though they are less consequential and more bloody set dressing.
Seeds of Chucky
Some elements of this week’s episode are callbacks to previous installments of the series. They may hint at the return of key figures from the past. Some other references to other horror classics may sneak in as well. Here are some of the highlights.
- Tiffany drops a reference to the 1996 film Bound, not the first time the franchise has referenced this movie.
- 1931’s Frankenstein is directly referenced in the episode, much like Bride of Frankenstein in Seed of Chucky.
- The number of the apartment? “237,” a reference to The Shining (1980).
- The title card features the names of multiple victims across the franchise emblazoned on tomb stones. This includes Redman, Grace Poole, Sarah Pierce, and Eddie Caputo.
- The bloody pattern on Chucky’s face bears a resemblance to his scarring from Bride and Seed.
- One of the kill methods in this episode evokes a scene from the end of Seed of Chucky.
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