A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some interesting talk here and there about grief and trauma, but show's main purpose is to spook.
Positive Role Models
It's hard to know who to trust in Sasha's world; plenty of characters (stalkers, drug addicts, cult members) give us reason to doubt their motives. People lie, cheat, steal. But others are generous, kind; Sasha has close bonds with boyfriend TJ and BFF Yvonne -- her Uncle Frank is also a concerned, caring influence, and even when he makes bad decisions, it's usually in effort to keep her safe. Series is centered on Native American and black characters, mostly women. Yvonne takes a caretaker role with her mother, who is suffering from dementia.
Violence & Scariness
Sasha has hallucinations and flashbacks, many gory. Body parts are cut open; wounds drip with blood (and, in one surreal instance, rodents). A mouse has its tail chopped off with a kitchen knife. Some punches are thrown, someone is electrocuted in the shower. Guns are seen, someone is attacked with scissors. Talk of suicidal ideation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sasha's heart attack happens while she is attempting to lose her virginity, there's a partially nude makeout scene beforehand. A few shots of bare female breasts. Characters tease each other with raunchy jokes.
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Language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," and more.
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Products & Purchases
A Prius plays a major role in the plot, a few brand names (Cheetos, Cookie Crisp) are mentioned or seen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen character is a recovering heroin addict. He is shown attending a support group and performing community service; rehab is referenced. Some characters drink alcohol and smoke in dinner and party settings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chambers is a horror series centered on a teenage girl who goes through an unexpected medical trauma with strange and scary aftereffects. There are lots of hospital-based scenes, scenes of blood being drawn and medication being administered. Mental health issues portrayed and discussed include anxiety disorders, hysterical pregnancy, panic attacks, and suicidal ideation. Alcohol is consumed in party settings by adults and teens, and substance abuse issues (a character is a recovering heroin addict) are discussed. A character has frequent hallucinations and dreams (or are they?) of graphic and gory things happening to herself and others: ripping away her own skin, people dying via electrocution, some animal cruelty including a mouse's tail being chopped off. The lead character has a heart attack while getting ready to lose her virginity; there are several makeout scenes and some scenes featuring a female character topless.
Is It Any Good?
The "possessed organ transplant" subgenre of horror isn't a new one; from Body Parts to The Eye, it's well-trod ground, and this series doesn't offer much in the way of surprises. It's a shame, since the contrast here between the haves (the LeFevre family in Crystal Valley, with their daily yoga sessions and private schools that boast a "nap room" students can go to when they feel "triggered") and the have-nots (public-school attending "bad student" and aspiring nail salon owner Sasha, raised in dingy Cottonwood by her Uncle Frank, who scrapes by running a pet store) should have lent itself to some interesting explorations regarding privilege, family bonds, and grief. Instead, Chambers mainly offers a gloomy tone punctuated by occasional gory freakouts, and way too slow a pace. This story easily could have been condensed to five or six episodes instead of 10 and would have been much the better for it. The show does serve up some pleasing cinematography -- it was filmed in New Mexico, which features refreshingly different scenic vistas than your typical horror series -- but between the spotty writing and the sluggish pace, it mainly feels bloated and blah.
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