Chuck

Recently i started watching a TV show called “Chuck”. The show itself has been airing in the US since September 2007, and was recently renewed for a fourth season, which will air in the US later this year. Presently in the UK Chuck is airing on Virgin 1, and is just getting into the third season so hopefully the fourth season will air close to the US as the show catches up over here.

Chuck is an action styled comedy show that follows an unlikely protagonist named “Chuck”. Chuck himself is presented as your everyday computer geek, working as part of the “Nerd herd”. The Nerd Herd being a tech help desk much like an Apple Stores genius bar, or the BestBuy Geek Squad.

Chuck receives an email from an old Stanford room-mate, which upon opening puts all of the governments secrets and intel into his head. This having previously been stored in a database called “The Intersect”, making Chuck the new intersect as he becomes capable of recalling government secrets and intel upon glancing at various objects, faces, or names which were stored in the intersect. This results in Chuck being used as a agent due to his ability to provide necessary intel for missions which is otherwise unavailable as a result of him being the only intersect.

Personally i think it’s amusing that they take the idea that the government would store all of their secrets in a single database with no possible back up in the event something like this happens…

Anyway the series intially follows Chucks attempts to have the intersect removed from his head. Throughout the series it frequently flicks between the humorous spy missions Chuck partakes in, and clips from his home store which presents a dis-functional¬† team of eccentric staff members adding to the comedy aspect of the show. The way it follows an everyday computer geek living the life of a spy alongside the CIA, and NSA’s finest just adds to the shows comedic aspect as it places the role of being a top spy into an everyman sort of position. Chuck being the everyman.

The shows writers are doing an amazing job keeping content new and interesting, whilst providing amazing cliff hangers at the right moments keeping you on the edge of your seat! Season 3 so far has shown this as they introduce a new set of bad guys, and add a new twist to how Chucks flashes work turning him into super-spy as he is able to flash onto anything granting knowledge, which so far has ranged from Kung Fu, Marksmanship, and Foreign Languages!

The mix between action and comedy in the show gives it a unique spin on spy styled action dramas which make it a show that is definitely worth checking out!

This will be the first show i give a rating to on this blog! For me it’s definitely a 8/10.

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is arguably the most anticipated film of the summer. It is without a doubt the one i am most excited for, having grown up with the films and often finding myself revisiting them on DVD .

I think the plot of the film is amazing in how it places the story line in the future of Andy as he is about to go to college, and illustrates what happens to toys as you grow up and it is suddenly frowned upon to keep them. This being something i have often found myself pausing over as i find old toys, or clearing a room and considering what to do with them.. often resulting in a trip to the attic as i can’t push myself to part with the things i’ve loved over years.

Another thing i like about the story is how Andy’s age in a way links in well with the years between the films. Which i think makes it more engaging for people like me who grew up on the franchise!
I for one am extremely excited to see the film as it comes out in the UK, and find myself extremely jealous of the USA who get to see it a month ahead of us!