In the first new episode of the year, I'm joined by Wes Ambrecht for an extended conversation about all things Chuck, from the final season and the finale to what went wrong along the way. Don't forget, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, if that's your kind of thing.
"Chuck Versus The Balcony" is a weird episode. It's built around the most anticipated moment of the season, but seems interested in sucking most, if not all of the tension out of that moment. This is an episode and moment that the fans have been waiting for and even though the first half of "Balcony" … Continue reading Chuck, “Chuck Versus The Balcony”
Last week, I said that the nonsense with Rob Riggle and the sketchiness of how the Intersect wouldn't totally be a loss if the makeshift part two of that story was effective and satisfying. Well, even though "Chuck Versus Phase Three" didn't do a few of the things I hoped it would last night, it … Continue reading Chuck, “Chuck Versus Phase Three”
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”
If Chuck isn't going to take many risks or strive for its season two levels of awesome, fine. I'm over it. I guess it's just time to watch the series, enjoy it for what it is and move on. With that in mind, "Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror" still feels like an improvement over … Continue reading Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror”
I don't have much to say about this week's Chuck, but just a few tidbits. After I spent last week's Chuck post talking about how I probably wouldn't write-up the series too often in the future, the NBC spy comedy had to up its game in "Versus The Coach Lock." Of course, if you're Chuck … Continue reading Chuck, “Chuck Versus The Couch Lock”
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”
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”