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CHUCK REVIEW

CHUCK Review
TV REVIEW
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CHUCK 8PM - 9PM EASTERN

EPISODE TWO; AIR DATE 10-1-07

'CHUCK VERSUS THE HELICOPTER'

Well, here we are episode two of Chuck. I really want to like this show, but for me there are so many problems on so many levels.

As this second episode opens we find mild mannered Chuck Bartowski still trying to adjust to his new life as a secret spy. Of course nothing goes as planned. Chucks handlers Sarah and Casey arrange for a Doctor to examine Chuck and see if he can remove the images and secrets from Chuck's head, thus returning him to his normal life. At which time he and his handlers would part ways. The old Doctor agrees that he can help Chuck and return him to his normal life. Of course you know that there is no possibility of that happening though because well it's only the second episode. So, it looses points from me there. There's no tension. We all know that everything is going to work out in the end.

From there the Doctor is killed and the tension amps up between Chuck's handlers Sarah and Casey. However for me it seems more like Chuck is handling them and less like these trained spy are handling Chuck. Things go back and forth as each Sarah and Casey tries to convince Chuck that the other is a double agent trying to kill him. What will happen? Who will he believe? Well, in case you happened to miss the episode last night, you really didn't miss much. The main characters all spent the majority of the episode running in circles. Until that is the final twenty or so minutes when it is revealed neither Sarah, nor Casey killed the Doctor. He is afterall very much alive and he faked his own death to get his hands on Chuck. Which he ultimately does. See what I mean, for trained super spies these handlers of Chuck's aren't very good. I'd be requesting replacements by now if I were him.

From there through a series of events, Chuck is taken hostage and loaded onto a helicopter. At which time he gets to play hero. Only he shoots the helicopter pilot with a tranquilizer dart and then has to take control of the helicopter and land it with no experience ever behind the controls. But wait, his worthless knowledge saves the day again, as Sarah asks him via a cell phone if he has ever played a flight simulator. At which time he realizes he'll just treat it as a game and he gently lands the helicopter safely and saves the day yet again. Exactly what I thought would happen. I mean these handlers and higher up's don't give this guy any credit and he's the only one it seems that has a brain in his head on the whole show.

Again, there are quite a few more comedic moments in this episode in which Chuck's best friend Morgan once again steals the show. Which, I have to admit are funny. But for me Chuck is just the same old, rehashed and regurgitated stuff we have all seen a million times before, only now it's not done as good as in other similar series. It's really nothing more than a guilty pleasure show at the moment.

I mean honestly this premise has so much possibility, if only they could tap into it. The cast seems competent and they seem to have a good comradiery. Let's start to see some of that promise realized. If things don't start coming together soon for this show, it will disappear silently into the night as an also ran. Let's hope that doesn't happen, because Chuck is a real gem, just covered with a lot of junk.

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