A Chuck Thanksgiving: 'Chuck vs. the Gravitron'

I've already made my plea for giving Chuck a chance if you haven't already during our Cancellation Danger Zone week, but I must plea yet once again after the unofficial cancellations of a few other sophomore shows, Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, and Dirty Sexy Money which are amazing like Chuck and they all don't deserve to go! But sadly these others don't have much of a chance - but Chuck does, so watch, watch, watch!


But all non-fan preaching aside, this week's episode, 'Chuck vs. the Gravitron' was packed full of everything I love about Chuck. Chuck was caught between his desire to trust people and have a happy, normal life, and having to deal with his new inner-spy and Intersect that tells him truths he doesn't wish to know or be a part of. Also, we finally got back the wonderful Chuck-Sarah tension as Sarah tried to coach Chuck in his personal-now-professional dilemma of having to deal with knowing Jill was a Fulcrum agent, plus we had some fantastically hilarious Morgan moments as he fought for the Bartowski Thanksgiving he knew and loved - and yes, that's right, he cared so much he'd dive head-first into the garbage to retrieve that delicious turkey Ellie deemed too dry for Captain Awesome's family - would you expect any less of Morgan?


I was heartbroken for Chuck at the end of last week's episode as he finally got away with Jill and was getting some time to be happy, free, and in love with a real girlfriend, but then Casey and Sarah discovered that Jill was among the Fulcrum agents! We then got the dramatic scene of Sarah and Casey racing to Chuck's house, only to discover they had sneaked away for a romantic getaway!


So it's a little over-the-top that Chuck, his college best friend, and his ex-girlfriend would all be spies, but I love how the show pokes fun at things like that as Chuck said this week that maybe he should check next time he meets someone - "oh, hello, can I get a Big Mac... and oh, are you secretly a spy?" Yet while Chuck's jokes make the over-load of spies a point of humor along with all the drama, it also isn't really that strange considering he went to Stanford, one of the breeding grounds for the smarties of our nation, so it would be likely it's somewhere agencies would look for people intelligent enough to be spies, plus Chuck only got involved in this because Bryce sent him the Intersect, so it's not all coincidence.


Plus having Jill as a spy has made for some excellent episodes - especially this one in which the entire time Chuck was fighting between being suspicious of her, trusting her because she did something to show she couldn't kill him, and then being fully suspicious again because shooting her fellow agent and not killing Chuck was all part of a scam to trick Chuck into letting her free so she and her fellow agent could trap Chuck, Casey, and Sarah and get the info they needed from their computers.


Chuck pulled some awesome nerd tricks to get them out of the bind, and then best of all, while Casey was fighting the scary Fulcrum guy in Buy More, Big Mike came flying in after receiving the security breach notification from Morgan sneaking out to get Thanksgiving food, and Big Mike was the one to take out the Fulcrum agent, thinking he was a Buy More thief - classic!


But with all of this, it looks like the best that came of it was that Chuck got over Jill and realized she wasn't all he'd thought she was.


So maybe it'll be no romance for Chuck for a while, but plenty of good times with Morgan, and of course Casey and Sarah... how... romantic.


I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for Chuck's survival as I've become very attached to these characters and I can only hope all of our love can keep this show growing instead of lost to the cancellation zone this season!


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Nov 25, 2008 4:06PM EST

I love Chuck. It has a naive innocence that keeps me watching. The whole cast is brilliant and strong in their own roles. Really first rate show.

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Nov 25, 2008 4:25PM EST

great show so much fun to watch. Big Mike taking down the agent was the BEST! so funny. I really hope this show gets another season so badly. Losing Daisies is bad enough but not Chuck too.

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Dec 2, 2008 2:51PM EST

you know, I watch a lot of shows that it would be dreadfully hard to watch get canceled. Pushing Daisies certainly hurt. But Chuck would be so much more painful. No show makes me smile as much as this one, or has a better soundtrack or ensemble comedic cast.
The loss of Chuck would be a loss indeed. It would be evidence of television's obsession with ratings over quality.

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