Chuck Season 4 – Initial Thoughts

One again we find ourselves at the the Buy More with Chuck & co. However this time round the previously blown up store has returned as a CIA operations base cover. I think the Buy More coming back is great as it would have been like destroying the fortress of solitude in Smallville if they got rid of it for good. If Superman can’t go without a fortress, Chuck can’t go without a Buy-Moretress!

The current season of Chuck has got off to a good start, with the plotline immediately shifting to Chucks hunt for his mother (Linda Hamilton), and her involvement with a new organisation (Yes… Another super powered secret organisation capable of controlling the world that they somehow NEVER heard of before…) going  by name of “Volkoff”. I’m hoping Volkoff doesn’t become  a reflection of Fulcrum and The Ring, and  just try to nab the secrets of the intersect over and over again. If that happens if will just send this series down hill and add far too much repetition.

Season 4 still sees Chucks mastery of the intersect with his flashes  still being held as a key running theme in the show.  This season however is not seeing as much use of Chucks intersect abilities as previous seasons have, which is arguably a good thing as there is less of the BAM! – INTERSECT! – PUNCH! – KNOCKOUT! stuff going on, which made things a bit repetitive.

The season also throws in various side stories about its characters that give the show a bit more variation, however this in some cases makes it a bit confusing as you can go ages without thought of Caseys daughter then POP she’s there! I also find that the whole Sarah and Chuck love drama is a bit last season… they need to move on from it!

All in all i think this season of Chuck has got off to an awesome start! However i’m not too sure if i’d like another season.. it’s not something i can see dragging out too long without killing itself off! So fingers crossed they end on a high rather than a low!

Also… Subway….Why is it always in Chuck?!

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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.