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Chuck: Inside a Freakish Bubble of Handsomeness

Okay so this is Chuck:

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He's got all these government secrets in his head and now he's got to deal with shit like gangsters and international terrorists and spies and crap because his old buddy from college, Bryce Larkin, felt that getting him kicked out of Stanford and stealing his girlfriend wasn't enough and decided to send him an e-mail containing said government secrets right before Bryce got himself killed by this guy:

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Major John Casey of the NSA. And not only that, but the NSA and the CIA both managed to track down where the e-mail was sent, so he had to deal with people breaking his computer and pointing guns at him for reasons he wasn't even sure of. Luckily, the CIA sent their best Agent to deal with the situation in a manner that involved less bullets being fired at Chuck:

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This is Agent Sarah Walker of the CIA, Bryce's old partner (and lover :shock:), and probably Chuck's best hope for survival. Through her ties to the CIA and Chuck's demonstration of his ability to defuse a bomb with a porn virus, she manages to spare Chuck's life. But now his life is filled with missions and lies and such, although he does manage to strike up some kind of romantic connection with the new dame in his life, although it's technically only a cover relationship. Because now Sarah and Casey have been assigned to protect their new "Asset" and follow up on any intel his mind spits out.

Meanwhile, Chuck attempts to balance his new secret job with his civilian job at the Buy More and tries to keep on good terms with his sister (the only real family he has left), her boyfriend (the appropriately dubbed Captain Awesome) and his best friend/"soul mate"/sand worm costume buddy Morgan while trying to save the world.

Chuck is an excellent show. I'm pretty sure this summary is terrible though. Oh well! The cast is fantastic, the guest stars this season seem to be picked for more than just name recognition, the show is slowly building its own mythology that actually kind of makes sense (I know!), and it manages to balance drama and comedy better than most shows that bill themselves as dramedies ever do. Plus, even though the main character is a geek, it doesn't fall into the trap of making shitty jokes that are nothing but references to nerdy things, which is amazing.

The first season of thirteen episodes just came out on DVD last Tuesday (buy it but keep in mind that the first two episodes are easily the weakest of the series), and though the second season doesn't officially premiere until next Monday at 8/7 Central on NBC (before Heroes!), you can catch it on Hulu and NBC.com a week early. And watch it! This show is great and deserves more viewers than it gets.

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  • TenTen Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Further proof that Australia's best export are our women

  • HacksawHacksaw J Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Chuck is pretty good. I really only watch it because Adam Baldwin is in it.

  • FedoraFedora Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Chuck has one of the dumbest main plot hooks i've ever heard. A wierd looking hot girl, and incredibly predictable plot points.

    And yet I've watched every single episode. Why? Cause it's disarmingly charming. You'll sit there, you'll see something stupid happen, and they'll give a "Hackers"-esque type explanation and a little voice in the back of your head will say "that doesn't make any fucking sense what so ever". And then you'll keep watching.

    Chuck is like the Matthew Broderick of the TV world. It's just likeable.

  • the best part is that she can actually act and hold her own in fight scenes

  • Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I love you for this Geebs. I really do

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  • TenTen Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    the best part is that she can actually act and hold her own in fight scenes

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    Sorry, can't say I'd noticed her acting...

  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Fedora wrote: »
    Chuck has one of the dumbest main plot hooks i've ever heard. A wierd looking hot girl, and incredibly predictable plot points.

    And yet I've watched every single episode. Why? Cause it's disarmingly charming. You'll sit there, you'll see something stupid happen, and they'll give a "Hackers"-esque type explanation and a little voice in the back of your head will say "that doesn't make any fucking sense what so ever". And then you'll keep watching.

    Chuck is like the Matthew Broderick of the TV world. It's just likeable.

    this is exactly how i feel. i'm never quite able to explain to people why i like this show, i just do.

    although now i have to start downloading it since my roommate has claimed that timeslot in the name of gossip girl already. compromise blows.

  • TheBlackWindTheBlackWind Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I can't wait for more of this. I really liked the Season 2 Opener.

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  • Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Also this is my favorite show right now

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yeah, the plot is a bit hokey but it's a fun show and everyone is great in it.

  • It is really tough to describe this show to other people and not have them think it's stupid. I'm all like "but it's awesome! It has...jokes!"

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    It is really tough to describe this show to other people and not have them think it's stupid. I'm all like "but it's awesome! It has...jokes!"

    Yeah, exactly

    although Rachel thought the plot sounded interesting

    I've shown it to my parents, though, and they like it and I'm sure Rachel will enjoy it

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    And seriously guys, listen to Geebs on this

    pretty much every show he's recommended to me (Veronica Mars, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, and now Chuck) has been fantastic

    dude's got taste

  • I'm going to stop recommending shows to maintain that perfect record

    also I'm out of shows to recommend

  • Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Have you recommended Breaking Bad yet. Cause if not you could recommend that next

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This show really does have a great soundtrack

    also, Chuck's sister is pretty cute, but in a weird way

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Fedora wrote: »
    Chuck has one of the dumbest main plot hooks i've ever heard. A wierd looking hot girl, and incredibly predictable plot points.

    And yet I've watched every single episode. Why? Cause it's disarmingly charming. You'll sit there, you'll see something stupid happen, and they'll give a "Hackers"-esque type explanation and a little voice in the back of your head will say "that doesn't make any fucking sense what so ever". And then you'll keep watching.

    Chuck is like the Matthew Broderick of the TV world. It's just likeable.

    except that I hate Matthew Broderick with a burning passion

    and I love Chuck

  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    have you seen wargames?

    i submit that you have not seen matthew broderick's crowning achievement

  • Have you recommended Breaking Bad yet. Cause if not you could recommend that next

    well I'm going to have to watch that and mad men I think

    I also am going to have to figure out a way to watch those

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    have you seen wargames?

    i submit that you have not seen matthew broderick's crowning achievement

    War Games was okay

  • I think "I've got a single white female pining for the Beastmaster" may be the best line in the history of the show

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Have you recommended Breaking Bad yet. Cause if not you could recommend that next

    well I'm going to have to watch that and mad men I think

    I also am going to have to figure out a way to watch those

    And Pushing Daisies.

  • Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Hmm it looks like only the pilot of breaking bad is on amctv.com but I guess you could start from there

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  • I'll figure something out. The problem I have with watching a lot of shows online at places like ABC.com and such is that I always get distracted

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    So I'm watching the first episode

    Casey winking at the Regan picture was great

  • HacksawHacksaw J Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    This show really does have a great soundtrack

    also, Chuck's sister is pretty cute, but in a weird way
    I firmly believe that Chuck's sister is hotter than the blond.

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The only problem with Sarah is that her front teeth are freaking huge

  • HacksawHacksaw J Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    She's also hella short.

    EDIT: No, I guess she's not. Huh.

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I loved the end of this episode.

    "90 twinkies! Jeff might die!"

  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    I loved the end of this episode.

    "90 twinkies! Jeff might die!"

    casey just got so excited

  • HacksawHacksaw J Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Those were fantastic.

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    God it almost seems inevitable that Chuck is going to die at the end of the series

    I'm sure they'll find a way to get around that but man I feel bad for Casey since he actually kinda likes Chuck now

  • SchrodingerSchrodinger Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yessss I love this show so much.

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  • You can download the Season 2 Premiere for free on iTunes right now, which is a deal!

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    you can watch the season 2 premier on Amazon for free too

    which I did earlier today because I missed it the first time

    Thunderdome was the best part

  • TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Chuck is pretty good. At the very least, I do catch every episode. It's not my favorite but it serves as a bit of a guilty pleasure, if you will.

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  • SkankPlayaSkankPlaya Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    hulu has this seasons 1st episode early. should I watch it now?

  • yes

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