'Chuck': The Christmas that almost wasn't, but then was awesome


Here's how good this Christmas episode of "Chuck" was: The NBC promo department's unleashing a rather huge spoiler two weeks ago had only a negligible impact on how much we enjoyed it.Would it have been better not to have seen Daniel Shaw before he was revealed to be the mysterious prisoner the Omen virus released? Sure. The show clearly wanted it that way -- we saw his feet and body in the breakout scene, but his face was out of frame until he surprised Sarah in Castle. But it's a testament to the show that even though those of us who saw the promos could connect the dots and realize Shaw was the one pulling the strings, "Chuck vs. the Santa Suit" still managed to be full of holiday awesomeness.Appropriately, the return of Shaw echoed the last episode with Brandon Routh in a lot of ways: He went through Sarah to get at Chuck, he...



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