TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

Season Premiere review — Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Zoom”

Chuck is one of those series that has trouble with season premieres, or at least it has been recently. Because the seasons two and three finales have suggested big changes for characters and for the narrative as a whole, the subsequent S3 and S4 premiere have been forced to deal with those changes. And because … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Zoom”

Chuck Versus the List of Greatness: Chuck’s 15 best episodes

Chuck’s somewhat-anticipated final season begins tonight. And although I already wrote a piece to celebrate the series’ return, I thought it would be best to stray away from the negative and focus a little bit more on the good times. In that vein, I figured the best way for me to do that would be … Continue reading Chuck Versus the List of Greatness: Chuck’s 15 best episodes

Chuck Versus the Final Season: Four things the series needs to do to make the final season great

It is hard for me to say this, but Chuck has been a disappointment. I’m well aware of the high expectations everyone had for the series after fans, critics and randos on Twitter decided that they wanted to spread the word and eat a bunch of Subway sandwiches. When you feel like you personally helped … Continue reading Chuck Versus the Final Season: Four things the series needs to do to make the final season great

#TVFail Entry 8: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask”

The accused: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask” The crime: Delaying the eventual union of the series’ primary romantic couple even further by pairing them off with new characters, subsequently creating a fan panic/outrage Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 8: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask”

The TVS List: Three broadcast series that need to be canceled

Note: I'm hopefully going to have more time to write things here over the next few months, so I'll be trying to bring back the weekly list feature. Trying. Anyway, here's the beginning of that attempt. It's spring, which means it is the time of year that everyone takes to the internet to stump for … Continue reading The TVS List: Three broadcast series that need to be canceled

Chuck, “Chuck Versus The Fear of Death”

After a string of rock-solid episodes, "Chuck Versus the Fear of Death" feels more in-step with the earlier episodes of season four. Despite the episode's attempts to keep the stakes high after the Mama Bartowski stuff from the last few efforts, the value of the plot movement found within "Fear of Death" won't really be … Continue reading Chuck, “Chuck Versus The Fear of Death”