10 best moments from Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego series

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Chief’s introduction

Growing up, I don’t remember watching the original television series, but I do remember playing the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego CD-ROM game in my aunt’s blue iMac G3. Those were the good old days. I can’t recall much of the game, but there was one character who stood out to me the most: Chief.

At the time, the character was portrayed by Lynne Thigpen. She would occasionally send a transmission informing us of Carmen Sandiego’s last misdeed, and we’d have to go to the scene of the crime to find clues. It’s been 20 years since I last played that game, but I remember the strict and fierce tone in Chief’s voice.

Those qualities definitely carried over into this new animated series, and I couldn’t be happier. There’s something about Chief that makes you not want to fail her. Maybe it’s because she will not hesitate to reprimand you in front of your colleagues or because she’s leading a good cause. Either way, the woman commands and owns whatever room she stands in.

She’s also just as iconic as Carmen Sandiego, so it’s extremely exciting to see a modernized version of her as she and her ACME agents work to track down VILE.