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“Little Little Lies” – The Geekiary


Little Little Lies Chucky Season 1 Episode 5 review
The teens realize they couldn’t stop Chucky in ‘Little Little Lies’ (Screengrab: Chucky Season 1 Episode 5)

Chucky Season 1 Episode 5, titled ‘Little Little Lies’, connected the current TV show to the film series big time and I can’t wait to see the chaos that will unfold during the final three episodes.

‘Little Little Lies’ was all about Jake, Devon, and Lexy trying to find a way to kill Chucky. I get that our protagonists are young teens, but I think they should have still realized that their plan to stomp Chucky to death wasn’t going to work. The trio knows they are up against a supernaturally possessed doll. In what reality can such a doll be stopped by simply stomping on it?

‘Little Little Lies’ also allowed the young teens to go through some relationship developments. With Lexy hanging out with Devon and Jake, it’s understandable for Junior to feel left out. In a way, Junior’s being pushed out of his social space due to Jake. Lexy’s ignoring Junior. Devon’s focused on Jake. And Junior’s not handling his father’s commanding attitude well. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chucky’s able to coax Junior into harming Jake or someone else.

I liked how Junior tried to be part of Jake’s group by mentioning how he’s into Westworld. If I remember correctly, this was the second time Westworld‘s been mentioned on the show. It reminded me of how the Child’s Play movie reboot decided to make Chucky a deranged robotic doll. The concept didn’t work. When it comes to scares, the paranormal will always triumph over evil AI, in my opinion.

In positive relationship news, Devon and Jake finally revealed their feelings for each other. The scene where Devon helped Jake share his emotions and then proceeded to hold Jake’s hand at school was cute. I also think their first kiss was handled quite well. With Jake being bullied by his father over his sexuality, it was nice to see Jake get such a moment with Devon. Also, it could just be me, but I think having two queer teens kiss each other with a giant cross behind them was a deliberate creative choice. Creator Don Mancini‘s been very open about how Jake’s inspired by his own childhood as a queer person. I’m here for Mancini giving Jake such positive moments while also making certain important statements through the show’s narrative.

While I’m happy for Devon and Jake, of course, Devon’s mother’s worried about their budding relationship. As far as she’s concerned, Jake’s a suspect connected to the killings in Hackensack. I’m looking forward to seeing Devon standing up to his mother because of Jake and possibly helping her realize that a possessed doll is the real threat.

We also got more scenes with Lexy’s mother Michelle. It’s been interesting to see the series slowly reveal Michelle’s true nature. The way Michelle interacted with Lexy does help one understand why Lexy was all about being the popular girl at school and was willing to bully Jake. Even though I’m not a fan of redemption arcs, I’m kind of impressed by how this series has made me root for Lexy in just a couple of episodes. I don’t want her to die anymore.

Michelle, on the other hand, is another story. Even her husband was tired of her attitude and she got called out during the town meeting. Michelle seems to be more concerned about maintaining appearances as the Mayor of Hackensack instead of actually doing something to protect her people.

The flashback in ‘Little Little Lies’ involved an adult Charles Lee Ray getting to meet Tiffany for the first time during the 1980s. I have to be honest, I had no idea that it was actress Fiona Dourif (who also portrays Nica) playing the role of Charles. I think the makeup, lighting, and camera angles were deliberately trying to confuse the audience. If you head on over to Twitter, turns out I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t recognize Dourif.

In the present, having Nica (possessed by Chucky) and Tiffany (possessing the body of an in-universe version of Jennifer Tilly) staying at a hotel in Hackensack made me very excited. With those two already in the area, I would assume Andy isn’t far behind. I can’t wait to see Andy and his sister Kyle teaming up with the young teens to stop Chucky.

An interesting surprise involved the reveal that Nica’s not really gone. Even though her body’s being controlled by Chucky (after the events of Cult of Chucky), there’s a psychic battle going on between them. Due to a certain trigger, Nica was able to regain control of her body and tried to help one of Chucky and Tiffany’s victims. I’m looking forward to seeing how such a dynamic will come into play down the line. You just know Nica’s going to try and assist our teen trio while Chucky wants to kill them.

As of now, Chucky seems adamant about keeping his psychic struggle with Nica a secret from Tiffany. I think such a decision will backfire soon. Tiffany’s not going to be pleased about Chucky lying to her about something so important. Even though the two are back together again, their relationship’s still toxic. They have tried to kill each other many times before (and have succeeded). So, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them decides to off the other in an upcoming episode.

Some other thoughts and questions:

  • Instead of having a secret affair, it’s revealed that Bree’s dealing with cancer. Here’s to hoping she accepts the advice to allow her loved ones to support her. I think she should be truthful about her condition with Logan and Junior.
  • Speaking of Logan, seeing him be aggressive toward Junior was expected. His outburst understandably worried Jake due to Jake’s history with his abusive father.
  • Do you think Junior’s got what it takes to kill his father or Jake if he’s urged by Chucky to do so?
  • Yes, the voiceover during the flashback sequence was weird. But I think it worked because the decades-long Child’s Play franchise has always been weird.
  • Chucky transferring his soul into Caroline’s new Good Guy Doll was a smart move. He simply couldn’t continue to move around with half a melted face.
  • Apparently, there’s going to be a curfew in Hackensack which will likely make it difficult for Jake, Devon, and Lexy to get together. Lexy’s also grounded. At least they have functioning cellphones.

What did you think of ‘Little Little Lies’?

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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