CHUCK Season 3, Episodes 1&2 Review - Featured

Chuck returned January 10 at 8pm on NBC after what seemed like the longest hiatus ever. It was double the fun with a two hour episode premiere titled "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip" (9 pm) and "Chuck Versus The Three Words" (10 pm).

I had an opportunity to watch both episodes and wanted to share a few thoughts on them. But first, here is the story so far:

Chuck is transformed into the Intersect 2.0 after another data download into his brain. This time around, he not only knows government secrets, but he also is well equipped with deadly fight skills. Chuck has the potential to become a real agent, but he has one problem -- his emotions. Now he faces the battle of keeping his emotions in check in order to protect himself and the people around him.(

Well, as much as I loved watching the first two Chuck episodes, I had some really strong mixed feelings about them. It's kind of a good news/bad news situation.

The good news is that I think that giving Chuck spy abilities was a genius move. Now it's like a whole new series that we are experiencing. Plus it's cool to see Bartowski kicking some ass instead of cowering in fear. It's also fun that they gave Chuck an impediment whereas his new abilities can't get triggered if he is under too much stress.

The bad news is that, even with this very strong premise, the writers don't really weave a story that makes a lot of sense. I don't want to give away too much but suffice to say that there are some major issues regarding the storyline and character inconsistencies that are hard to overlook.

For example: In "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip", Chuck falls into a depression because the CIA does not think that he can become a spy. Essentially they fire him and don't want to stay in contact with him. Now how does that make sense when they spent the past two seasons acting like he's the most important person in the world? Now suddenly they don't care about him? They don't even protect him from any potential bad guys.

An example of poor character development is evident in the second episode "Chuck Versus The Three Words" where Chuch is really putting a mission at risk because he wants to talk about his feelings in the middle of an operation. I mean come on, how moronic is that? Even old Chuck wouldn't do stupid stuff like that.

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Jan 11, 2010 7:49PM EST

I agree, I thought the first episode was not very good, I did not see any point in having Chuck get fired and left in the wind, he has all of the government secrets in his head, someone like that doesn't get fired, if he became unoperable they would put him in some dark hole which would be heavily protected, not just say, alright see ya. That didn't make a whole lot of sense, and I also did not care for the whole sarah/chuck wishy-washy dance. It seems like a regression, and one that was just presented all of the sudden. I think it would have been better to have the whole first episode be about his Prague training not just cliff-notes followed by him getting fired then the sarah flashbacks. I didn't care for that. Another thing I thought was just glossed over was Morgan as the kobeashi chef, it was handled very weak and everything just ended right back where it started. This happens in shows a lot where the last season finale changes things, but then the first episode of the new season put everyone and everything right back where it started. I like Chuck its a good show, and the second episode was better and more along the lines of what I was hoping for, but the first episode really fell flat.

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