I must admit that I normally am not into these kinds of show, but my wife was already a big fan of the show and got me into it after the 2nd season. I have since gone back to the beginning and watched every episode and love every one.
For those that have not watched Chuck before, I would say that it is in the style of Charlies Angels or the Rush Hour movies, where there is a perfect mixture of action, women and humor to suit a large audience of interests. The humor is intelligent and farcical, which I love!
The storyline itself is slightly predictable, but there are definitely some twists in there to keep things interesting. That doesn't stop you from wanting to find out what is going to happen next at all. In fact it makes you want to keep watching to make sure your suspicions prove to be correct!
The great thing about Chuck as well is that while it is always great to see a show from the beginning, you can easily just watch a random episode and be entertained, which is a sign of a great television show.
Overall, I love the show and definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys comedic action.
*Extras not reviewed*
The beginnings of this series saw the nerdy Buy More worker Chuck (Zachary Levi) accidently download a super computer into his brain letting him in on government secrets. The fourth season of Chuck puts a greater focus on his family and a potential life away from the CIA.
Created by Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl) and Chris Fedak.
For those of you who haven't seen an episode of Chuck before, it is a light hearted spy drama moving swiftly between action packed stunts and cheesy one liners. Whilst Chuck may not be as dramatic as say a 24 type show and the humour is at times a bit too "American", the chemistry between the ensemble cast makes it an interesting watch and keeps you coming back for more.
It seems like the cast really enjoy filming the show which always makes a show more enjoyable to watch. Whilst I think Chuck isn't as good as it once was, season 4 has a nice arc running through it with the Volkoff family. I found the focus on wanting a family life a bit much at times; it got really repetitive rather quick. Chuck and girlfriend/fellow spy Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) go from really wanting out of the spy business to wanting to stay spies and back again too often.
As I mentioned earlier, the cast really make the show. The main roles are perfectly cast and they work off each other well. Zachary Levi (Tangled) stars as Chuck, the computer geek who becomes a super spy. Levi can pull off playing the bumbling nerd and the suave spy; the character has grown over the course of the series and Levi has adjusted well in his portrayal.
Yvonne Strahovski (Killer Elite) is Sarah Walker, who started out as Chuck's handler but is now his girlfriend. Strahovski is good at playing both the softer side of Sarah as well as the hard-nosed spy. There is great chemistry between Levi and Strahovski which makes them believable as a couple and it makes you root for them throughout the series.
Adam Baldwin (Firefly) is CIA agent John Casey. Baldwin's deadpan delivery is probably the best comedy this show has to offer. Casey's no nonsense attitude and annoyance with everything and everyone is one of the best parts of Chuck. The character softens up, especially in this season without losing the true essence of the character.
Chuck's best friend and wannabe spy Morgan Grimes is played by Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace). Personally, I preferred Morgan when he didn't know about Chuck being a spy. Although it was inevitable that he would find out, now that he is in the fold a lot of what they do with Morgan is the same as what the writers did with Chuck in the beginning of the series. Seems like they're covering old ground a lot of the time.
Sarah Lancaster (Everwood) is Chuck's sister Ellie and Ryan McPartlin (J. Edgar) is her husband Awesome. I find Lancaster quite annoying at times; she often seems on the verge of tears/a breakdown. But at other times I quite like her, I think it's more to do with the writing which at times can make Ellie seem a little pathetic. McPartlin is good as Awesome but quite often it seems like the writers don't really know what direction to go in with him.
Vik Sahay (The Rocker) as Lester and Scott Krinsky (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as Jeff are possibly two of the most annoying TV characters. They are idiot employees that work in the same Buy More as Chuck etc. I wish they would get rid of them, they are supposed to be the comic relief but I'm really not a fan.
Just a quick note on guest stars, Chuck has always attracted some big names in its series run and in the fourth season the main recurring guests are Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights) who are both brilliant.
I've picked out some of the best episodes of the season below:
- Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror (ep 6) - Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) guests as the team must stop a nightmare inducing toxin being released.
- Chuck Versus the Leftovers (ep 10) - Thanksgiving brings problems at home and at the Buy More.
- Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff (ep 20) - Chuck must work with Alexei Volkoff (Timothy Dalton) to reach a common goal.
Chuck isn't the best spy show in the world but it is good fun. Season 4 is pretty good although I did not like the cliffhanger at the end (which I won't ruin for you) although I will watch season 5 to see how it is resolved. Season 5 is going to be the final season of Chuck with only 13 episodes so if you'd made it this far you might as well see how they end it (hopefully by killing Jeff and Lester!). For those of you who haven't watched Chuck before, I would start from the beginning as it really is worth a watch.
Buy Hard: The Jeff and Lester Story
Spying on the Chuck Cast: Operation Gomez
Zachary Levi - Chuck Bartowski
Yvonne Strahovski - Sarah Walker
Adam Baldwin - John Casey
Joshua Gomez - Morgan Grimes
Sarah Lancaster - Ellie Bartowski
Ryan McPartlin - Devon 'Captain Awesome' Woodcomb
Vik Sahay - Lester Patel
Scott Krinsky - Jeff Barnes
Mark Christopher Lawrence - Big Mike
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