Spies Meet Nerds: Checking Out “Chuck”   

NBC's 'Chuck' premiers Sept 24 @ 8/7cOne of the best reviewed new fall shows, and my personal favorite of the new crop is Chuck. I’ve watched the pilot episode twice now, and I loved it even more the second time. I was a little concerned that the atmosphere at Comic-Con where I saw the pilot the originally might have had a lot to do with how much I enjoyed it, but I watched it again in a quiet room with just one friend and it was just as well received. The aforementioned friend was laughing quite a bit, so I think it was a hit with her too.

Although Rae’s not sure if it fits the bill, I felt the Alias meets The Office description that they gave us at Comic-Con to be a pretty good one. (But since I don’t actually watch The Office, I may not be the best go-to gal for that!) She proposed Alias meets The Loop, and upon retrospect it might be an even better pick to describe the feel of Chuck.

Sarah Lancaster, Zachary Levi, and Joshua Gomez in NBC's 'Chuck'I don’t even know where to begin when trying to describe what I loved about this show… I guess first and foremost would be the cast. I’d never heard of Zachary Levi before the Chuck panel at Comic-Con, but let me tell you, I was in LOVE with him by the end of the hour. Every word he spoke made me love him more. And the rest of the cast is just great as well. Hello? Adam Baldwin in a suit as a tough-but-funny guy. Drool-worthy! Not to mention Sarah Lancaster in her best role yet, and newcomer Yvonne Strahovski is awesome. (I’m still laughing at the lust noise Seat from Seat42F made when she first spoke at the panel.) Joshua Gomez is hilarious as Chuck’s best friend. I even loved all the secondary characters as well! Captain Awesome is well… awesome! And Harry (the bald work place nemesis) is a fun foil for Chuck.

After the impressive cast, I think the combination of geek, err sorry… nerd humor, mixed with high-energy action scenes is what endears me to Chuck the most. It’s refreshing to see the lighter side of action. And to see a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Zachary Levi in NBC's 'Chuck'I’m beyond thrilled that Chuck has the same music producer (Alexandra Pastavas) as The O.C. did. I’ve bought countless new CD’s based on music I heard on The O.C., and judging from the pilot episode, Chuck will be another great resource for hot new tunes.

Last but certainly not least in my gushing for Chuck, is the fact that it comes from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. I’ve said this many times in the past, but The O.C. was one of the very best shows at continuity, and I have no doubts that Chuck will be the same. It’s very hard to provide evidence of this based on only one episode (for obvious reasons), but I’m actually giddy at the thought of how great the Continuity Crack could be for this show.

I’d love to be able to tell you something that I didn’t like about the show, to give this review a bit of balance, but darnit, I can’t come up with anything. It’s just fun TV.

Chuck premieres next Monday, September 24th, @ 8/7c on NBC.


2 Responses to “Spies Meet Nerds: Checking Out “Chuck””

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    Rae says:

    I was in bed last night, having trouble falling asleep and thinking about your post. You know something I haven’t really articulated is that this show really does hit all of my kinks. Spies. Check. Cute lead. Check. A lead I can relate to. Check. (He’s male but he’s also into a lot of the things I’m into so it makes it easier to identify with him.) Hot chick who kicks ass. CHECK. CHECK. CHECK! A sense of humor and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Checkity check check. Great action sequences. Check!

    Really, I love the spy genre anyway… especially when it’s done humorously and gives me just a bit of action to get my blood pumping. To make it about someone who is close to my age and also has similar likes and dislikes makes it even better. (I think that actually is something the show really has going for it… it’s not about a teenager or even a college student. It’s about a mid-twenties, working guy and there aren’t a whole lot of shows targeting that audience at the moment.) But adding in the strong female character just tips the scales over for me. It may be what makes this show so much better than “Reaper” for me. (Beyond the supernatural stuff that I disliked in that show.) The female character in that show is just a love interest. So far she’s nothing more than a romantic foil. In this show, however, the female is obviously intended to be that but she’s also tough and has a job besides being Chuck’s new love. She already has depth and I like that she’s the one who knows how to take care of herself. It’s a nice reversal of the typical roles male and females play… although it’s actually something Josh S.’s shows have in common (minus “Gossip Girl” which, contrary to popular opinion, wasn’t “created” by him). He often has female characters in “stronger” roles than their male counterparts. I am not ashamed to admit it’s something that I dig and never fails to draw me in. Even when I was annoyed at Marissa, I liked how strong the other females on “The OC” were.

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    Just Jody says:

    Hee. You were lying in bed thinking about my post. This is why I love you. Well, among many other things. :)

    I know, I still feel like I wasn’t very impartial, and have been trying to come up with things I don’t like about it, or that could be done better. But I just don’t ave anything. I’m just easy I guess. Hopefully the following episodes will be as strong.