Chucky – Season 2, Episode 8: Chucky, Actually


So as we reach the finale of Chucky’s second season there’s a a question of what more story is left to cover. After all, the previous episode not only featured a massive cast of Chucky protagonists and antagonists from the entirety of the franchise, but also shoehorned in some seeming final arc closures (bye Andy and Kyle), closed out the School of the Incarnate Lord storyline, featured a spectacular exploding priest and may have even given Chucky himself a weirdly emotional send off. After this immensely satisfying “Avengers: Endgaming” of decades of continuity, where else is there that this season can possibly go?
The answer is actually simple… if the season started with Halloween, then where best to end it celebrating the yule time period where a random doll showing up in your house with no explanation whatsoever is somewhat normal. That’s right, Chucky’s doin’ Christmas.


After a quick spot of backtracking to reveal that Chucky isn’t dead but instead had switched his soul into the twisted Dr. Mixter who took that jaw shattering series of bullets from Andy – what, you didn’t really think he was dead, did you? Driving back to her office, Chucky reveals there’s one more Chucky doll left…
We jump ahead to the 22nd December where the harrowing events of the past few months is starting to fade and we find Lexy attending meetings for her drug addiction having put the worst behind her with Jake giving his support. As thanks, Lexy gives her partner in trauma a home for the holidays despite the photogenic scowling of her vapid, ex-mayor mother, Michelle, but as an extra surprise she’s invited Devon to in order to let him and Jake finally get some time together.
Meanwhile, as Glen slowly fades from their bullet wound in a hospital bed, Glenda cooks up an extreme plan with their on-the-run mother, Tiffany, in order to save their sibling’s life and the two Bond over murder and voodoo as the Glen/Glenda doll is finally put in play. However, when turning her attention to her own problems, Tiffany finds out there’s a rare Wedding Belle doll that she can dump her soul into and escape the law – and it’s owned by Lexy’s sister, Caroline. However, there’s still the matter of Nica Pierce, who still wants to avenge herself on the woman who cut off her arms and legs to keep her as sex slave.
But while this is all going on, something is stirring and it ain’t a mouse as Chucky plans his chainsaw wielding revenge on the three amigos as he literally drops down the chimney looking for some fuckin’ payback against everyone who’s wronged him – including the three amigos and even his own kids.


More than an epilogue to both seasons than a mere finale, Chucky, Actually, spared the need to end on an epic high thanks to the plot contortions of the previous episode, has the room to breathe and manuever itself into a place where it can not only tie up even more loose ends, but also set up new ones and even giving us even more callbacks to the franchise while setting up new status quos. Its yet another juggling act that this show’s become quite adept at now and while some of the endings are of the cliffhanger variety (God, I hope we get a season 3), it’s still a frightfully festive send off for what has been a high quality show.
So first, let’s address some of the more far-fetched plot twists such as exactly how Chucky comes back from certain death numerous times this episode. Whenever the series has ever written itself into a corner, Don Mancini has always either relied on voodoo or just plain silliness to bail him out and while the explanation that Chucky survived the opening hail of bullets because he’d somehow found the time to perform the entire Damballa ritual while Sister Ruth was getting a knife in the eye strains credulity impossibly thin (Chucky must have Damballa on freakin’ speed dial at this point), it gets a pass as we get some much needed posthumous backstory on Dr. Mixter as she dies. While Chucky is a series that’s so crowded, some characters don’t get their full story until after they’re dead, it’s pretty hard to forgive the show pulling yet another Chucky doll out of its arse to allow our antagonist to keep on trucking – especially when it was made clear that Good Chucky was apparently the last.
Still, thanks to the time jump, we not only aren’t given too much time to mull over this, but we get reaquainted with a couple of past characters with Barbara Alyn Woods making a triumphant return as Lexy’s punchable (and real life) mother and the show finally picking up the long dormant plotline of Caroline and her attachment to Chucky. In fact, it seems that the slightly unstable Caroline may be the key going forward and once again Chucky (in an even more implausible plot twist than before) has yet another young mind to twist and pervert.


However, the biggest surprise is the cumulation of the story of Glen and Glenda, with the former dying and both twins always stating that they’ve felt like two halves instead of one whole, the revelation that Glenda has saved their sibling’s life and cured their personality issues by putting both their souls into the Glen doll means that we finally get Billy Boyd back voicing the Seed Of Chucky! Finally at peace with themselves and changing their name to Gigi (genius move), as a Chucky fan it’s genuinely sweet to see this plotline finally resolved (for now) considering that Seed is often touted as the most maligned entry in the Chucky cannon and with yet another door seemingly closed on a legacy character, the showrunners manage to free up more room for the next season.
So that just leaves Tiffany, who’s desperate quest to avoid taking responsibility for anything in her life leads her to break into Lexy’s home in order to go back to the simpler life of a killer doll Jennifer Tilly’s been killing it this season, given full reign to expand Tiffany far beyond the glorified cameos she had in the past two film and for most of season one and while her arc is tantalisingly left open (Nica, having gone full angel of vengence, seems to be getting off on the notion of hunting her down – Jason Bourne style), it’ll be interesting to see where she’s goes now that Tiffany’s Jennifer Tilly cover us utterly blown.
That leaves us with Chucky and his continued assault on Jake, Lexy and Devon, which weirdly feels the most undercooked and rushed. Chucky simply orders the world’s quietest chainsaw online and then drops down the chimney on the night of Christmas Eve with not much preamble and while it results in Michelle’s jaw dropping exit (chainsawed in half, no less) and Chucky himself meeting his end by getting literally sliced into cubes, it’s starting to feel that it’s now Lexy and not Jake who’s now the focus of the show due to his continuing relationship issues with Devon kind of clogging up his plot threads.


Anyway, after we end with another ludicrous resurrection for out red-headed rampager (was he disguised as Wedding Belle the whole time?) and the now-standard roundup of all this season’s kills, it’s finally time to say a hopefully temporary farewell to a second season I believe has surpassed the first. No doubt all the annoying leaps in logic will be gradually explained (if the Chucky franchise good at anything, it’s cleaning up it’s own messes) and maybe we can pull back a bit on the legacy characters a bit to make Jake, Lexy and Devon resonate a little more again, but as it stands, Season 2 was a nicely gruesome present under the Christmas tree.


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