'Chuck': Piranhas and hack-offs and Abed, oh my


For about 55 minutes on Friday (Dec. 9), "Chuck" was rolling through a very satisfying, mostly stand-alone episode. And then the last five minutes changed that, a lot."Chuck vs. the Hack-Off" was still very satisfying. But the switch that flipped with those final scenes set up what feels like a great launching pad for the final episodes of the series -- which, incidentally, is not taking a break between now and the series finale on Jan. 27.I say "stand-alone episode" because the mission Decker offered Chuck and Sarah, in exchange for clearing Casey's name, was a pretty straightforward one: Find virus, recover virus, hand over virus. Since Decker was involved, it was natural to expect something more might be in play, but the mechanics of the job weren't all that complicated.*(*Given Decker's track record, though, Chuck and Sarah probably should have been a little prepared for his swerve at the end.)That relative simplicity made room...



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