Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chuck is more than just a flash of genius

     Having just watched last night's latest Chuck on NBC, only two words spring to mind: Mind Blowing. Ok, I guess I can write a few more.  When I say Best Episode Ever, it is not something I take lightly, as Chuck has had a number of amazing events, from Chevy Chase and Scott Bakula, to Ellie's (Sarah Lancaster) wedding, to her husband Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) discovering that Chuck (Zachary Levi) is a spy. All of that pales in comparison with the events in "Chuck vs. The Beard".

      Morgan found out. That's right, Chuck's best friend, Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) found the CIA base under the Buy More and now knows everything. It could not have come at a more opportune time, with Chuck breaking down and losing his skills due to pent up emotion. He had to spill his secret, and only to Morgan could he spill it fully. Their scenes together in the bunker sent chills up and down my spine, and I still can not adequately express the elation it evoked.

      That in itself would have been enough to earn this episode a perfect rating in my book. But the ante was upped even more by a spectacular Buy More sub plot, wherein the employees revolted in an attempt to keep their jobs. Buy More has always seemed like it's own country, something of a unique world, separate from outside reality. This was reinforced even more. The Guitar Hero was all part of the charm.

      Where does Chuck go from here then? We are only nine episodes into a nineteen episode season. In fact, that is six more stories than originally ordered for this year, and for the first time in it's three season history, it will not take a miracle to save Chuck from certain cancellation. In fact, it looks solid. Further drama will surely erupt as Captain Awesome faces a breaking point. He is not handling keeping all of these secrets from Ellie well, and it looks like he will either have to spill the beans, or the two may go into witness protection, or both. Other than Ellie, though, there are no other characters that need to eventually discover Chuck's secret.

      Wholly satisfying storytelling. Amazing performances. Edge of your seat action. Chuck started life as a nervous nerd, and is shaping up to be a hero of a tale. Chuck airs Monday nights at 8pm on NBC.

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