Chuck Season 3 (2010, Espionage Action Comedy) – 2/10 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
Sarah Lancaster: Ellie Bartowski
Adam Baldwin: Major John Casey
Creator: Josh Schwartz
Creator: Chris Fedak
Producer: Paul Marks
Executive Producer: Chris Fedak
Executive Producer: Josh Schwartz

Chuck Season 3

With the Intersect 2.0 inside him Chuck is all set to become a super secret agent. Or is that secret super agent? If he can stop whining, that is.

2/10

Firstly, this is a season review based on the first four episodes but that is because they are so broken that they have put me off watching any more. Now Chuck has always featured a broken premise, broken plots and a lot of unconvincing peril but, until now, it’s always had an endearing goofy romantic charm. That’s gone. Chuck whines endlessly for the first four episodes and fluctuates between considered professional (he has been doing this for three years now) and reckless amateur. The writers have attempted to reset everything in the undercover plot and the Buy More plots (by shooting Tony Hale’s Emmett Milbarge in the eye; I didn’t like him but I certainly didn’t want to see that) and they failed to convince the audience to go with them. I’ll take a look at Season 4 to see if the endearing nature of the first two seasons has returned. (It does. Yay!)

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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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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Chuck Season 1 (2007, Espionage Action Comedy) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Zachary Levi: Chuck Bartowski
Yvonne Strahovski: Sarah Walker
Joshua Gomez: Morgan Grimes
Sarah Lancaster: Ellie Bartowski
Adam Baldwin: Major John Casey
Creator: Josh Schwartz
Creator: Chris Fedak
Mark Christopher Lawrence: Big Mike
Bonita Friedericy: General Beckman
Tony Todd: CIA Director Graham
Ryan McPartlin: Captain Awesome
Producer: Phil Klemmer
Producer: Robert Duncan McNeill
Producer: Paul Marks
Co-Executive Producer: Chris Fedak
Executive Producer: Josh Schwartz

Chuck Season 1 (2007)

Chuck isn’t just a computer geek working for Buy More superstores: he’s also a critical CIA / NSA asset who has in his memory all the United States’ secrets. Unwittingly. By accident. Which is inconvenient.

6/10

Slight but charming spy caper.With the exception of the fairly strong, if largely bloodless and injury-free, violence, this feels like a children’s spy show. In fact, as much as I like Zachary Levi as Chuck, it would probably make more sense if Chuck was a child. The problem with the show is the premise; it never makes any sense (the whole Intersect in his brain thing and the fact that every major crim in the world parades through Los Angeles just so Chuck can identify them). However, the stars and characters are fine, Zachary Levi is terrific and the show has a simple charm that makes it nice to watch. So while it’s not exactly good, I have enjoyed it and that’s rather more important.

This Chuck episode contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and occasional strong violence and occasional sexuality.

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

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