Tuesday, January 12, 2010

All Aboard the 'Chuck' Wagon

I like Chuck.

Not enough to have participated in the "Save Chuck" campaign that successfully brought the NBC dramedy back for a third season (that started on Sunday, although Chuck's regular slot in Chicago is Monday at 7pm), but I am glad it's back.

For the uninitiated, the show is about a geeky guy named Chuck, who works in a big retail store (a la Best Buy) but has oodles of secret intelligence information stored in his brain. Working with his CIA-type handlers, Sarah and Casey, Chuck helps thwart global mayhem while maintaining relationships with his co-workers, sister and brother-in-law. Along the way, mutual romantic feelings have developed between Chuck and Sarah, but for one reason or another, have not yet come to fruition. This season, Chuck now has the Matrix-like ability to instantly "download" kung fu and other operative expertise, so he is becoming a full-fledged spy in his own right.

Although there is certainly some linkage between one episode and the next, this isn't a series in which you have to see every episode or else feel like you shouldn't even bother. Chuck isn't a show I've always DVR'd, but most episodes are pretty good and in sum it's one of the better "non-essential but enjoyable" shows on television.

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