If at first you don’t succeed, attempt, attempt once more. The adage thematically sums up the penultimate episode of “Chucky” season one. The final episode provided up a whirlwind of reveals, converging paths, and a meanspirited dying as well. “Twice the Grieving, Double the Loss” slows every part right down to meticulously place the gamers on the sport board, setting the stage for what might solely be a wild finale.
Simply as Jake Wheeler (Zackary Arthur) lastly discovered happiness, Chucky rips it away. The dying of Detective Evans (Rachelle Casseus) leaves Devon (Bjorgvin Arnarson) an orphan with no secure house. Logan (Devon Sawa), reeling from his spouse’s passing, follows in his twin brother’s footsteps by turning to the bottle in his grief, additional alienating a livid Junior (Teo Briones). Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) and Kyle (Christine Elise McCarthy) nonetheless haven’t made it to Hackensack but, leaving loads of room for Chucky and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) to fire up hassle and set plans in movement.
Episode seven brings “Chucky” full circle in a particular approach. Chucky preyed upon Jake’s grief and isolation, making an attempt to groom a younger killer in his picture. Then Jake misplaced his abusive dad and located real friendships via Devon and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind), who held him to process for his function in her tried homicide. Not a straightforward mark for Chucky’s manipulations, Jake and his buddies set about making an attempt to cease the assassin. Now, Junior finds himself in Jake’s footwear; he’s left alone with a dad he’s unable to speak with and deep within the throes of loss. In contrast to Jake, Junior should take care of each Chucky and Tiffany’s meddling.
That symmetry between Jake and Junior’s previous and current doesn’t simply shut the hole between two cousins that couldn’t be additional aside in school or character; it brings the whole season into focus. Why has Chucky returned to his hometown, and what has been his finish recreation? The penultimate episode lays the groundwork in lastly answering these questions. Simply sufficient to tease what’s forward with out exhibiting its hand.
The flashbacks proceed to flesh out extra of Tiffany and Charles Lee Ray’s previous, with out a lot in the best way of surprises when it comes to backstory. The purpose as an alternative gives up a clue for the longer term. Episode six already established this extra successfully, although.
This episode additionally serves as a shining instance of how the season underutilized Sawa. As soon as Lucas was out of the best way, Logan was relegated to the background with most of Hackensack’s adults, save for essential relationship-building when vital. “Twice the Grieving, Double the Loss” sees the character struggling to keep up management regardless of the crushing wave of loss, giving Sawa loads to do.
Extra efficiently, the episode highlights simply how far Lexy has come as a personality. She skyrocketed from probably the most loathsome instance of privilege to a grounded ally holding Crew Good collectively on the very second they threatened to unravel fully. Lind transforms Lexy from the character you would like would die to 1 you’re actively rooting for in such swift and genuine order.
With only one episode left this season, “Chucky” nonetheless has so many free ends and dangling plot threads left to deal with. It’s arduous to fathom the way it’ll have the ability to cowl all of it. “Twice the Grieving, Double the Loss” lives as much as its title, driving emotional wedges left and proper because it begins a gradual ramp up for the insanity forward. Regardless of some implausible momentum for its characters, the episode works extra as a method of catching your breath earlier than the all-out struggle. It’s additionally a stable instance that Don Mancini and the crew constantly ship the surprising.
“Chucky” airs on USA and Syfy on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET.