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

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”

Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Suitcase”

Though I enjoyed last week's Chuck premiere, there was some discussion Twitter about the series' storytelling desires. After the premiere, Daniel Walters wrote a nice piece about what he'd do to improve the series, particularly when it comes to raised stakes and less formulaic cases that involve Chuck and Sarah infiltrating a party. I can't … Continue reading Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Suitcase”

Season Premiere — Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Anniversary”

Watching the Chuck season four premiere felt odd. After wanting that third season so badly and then having to wait until January to get it, the season three premiere felt much bigger and more anticipated. Having the series back so soon with relatively little fanfare (nearly every other series on Monday, returning or new, seemed … Continue reading Season Premiere — Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Anniversary”