Chuck Season 2 (2008, Espionage Action Comedy) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Zachary Levi: Chuck Bartowski
Yvonne Strahovski: Sarah Walker
Joshua Gomez: Morgan Grimes
Ryan McPartlin: Captain Awesome
Mark Christopher Lawrence: Big Mike
Scott Krinsky: Jeff
Vik Sahay: Lester
Julia Ling: Anna
Sarah Lancaster: Ellie Bartowski
Adam Baldwin: Major John Casey
Creator: Josh Schwartz
Creator: Chris Fedak
Scott Bakula: Steve Bartowski
Morgan Fairchild: Honey
Bonita Friedericy: General Beckman
Tony Hale: Emmett Milbarge
Bruce Boxleitner: Woody
Chevy Chase: Ted Roark
Matthew Bomer: Bryce Larkin
Producer: Lisa Cochran-Neilan
Producer: Corey Nickerson
Producer: Paul Marks
Executive Producer: Chris Fedak
Executive Producer: Josh Schwartz

Chuck Season 2

The CIA are finalising a new Intersect after which Chuck won’t be needed anymore. Won’t be needed alive, that is.

6/10

Chuck is a show that is getting by on charm. The dialogue is fine, the actors are terrific, but the plotting is endlessly awful. That said, the writers have done really well this season in maintaining interest in all the ancillary characters with every episode containing some kind of fun distraction at the Buy More. The full twenty-two episode length has made the already transparent formula verge on irritating as family, old girlfriends and old school rivals are unconvincingly dragged into the plots and Chuck whines and endangers almost every mission before saving the day that probably didn’t need to be saved before he blundered in. But, as I said before, the charm and fun is there and we are always suckers for a forbidden / doomed romance, especially when it’s portrayed so wonderfully by Zachary Levi and, particularly (because she has less dialogue and screen-time to work with), Yvonne Strahovski.

Chuck contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and strong melee violence, very unpleasant and gory scenes, graphic gun violence and sexuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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