Quick Synopsis: Saving the World at $11.00 an Hour.
Long Synopsis: A twenty-something computer geek gets sent an email from an old college roommate. It turns out the roommate is now a rogue CIA agent that has stolen government secrets. Upon opening the email, Chuck’s brain is bombarded with 1000s of encrypted photos containing top-secret data. Government agents track him down to see why he was sent the email. One of them is a beautiful woman who pretends to be new to town, to get close to Chuck. The other a shoot first, ask questions later type. They find that the info has been downloaded into Chuck’s brain and different things seem to trigger memory flashes about people and things he doesn’t understand. They all find that they will need to work together and keep him safe, since they and he doesn’t know what or when the next flash will be triggered.
Review: Chuck is shaping up to be the TVaholic’s favorite new show. It has already provided me with my new favorite quote, “Working on my five year plan, just need to choose a font.” The show is a whole lot of fun to watch. It has much the same tone as this past summer’s Burn Notice on USA, as well as, the short-lived Jake 2.0 from a few years ago on the old UPN.
For this being the first episode, there sure seems to be a lot of chemistry between the main characters. Chuck has a smooth and polished feel to it. This is not the case with a lot of “Pilot” episodes. But, McG, producer of The CW’s Supernatural and director of the Charlie’s Angels movies, has directed an episode that flows very nicely from beginning to end. Although, I did see it via cable on demand without commercials, so with them, it could change things a bit.
Zachary Levi (Less Than Perfect) plays Chuck, the unwitting hero. He works for the “Nerd Herd” at the local “Buy More” and lives with his sister, Ellie, played by Sarah Lancaster (What About Brian, Everwood), and her boyfriend Captain Awesome. He spends his days fixing computer problems and his nights playing video games with his friend and fellow co-worker, Morgan, played by Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace).
The agents looking for him are the beautiful CIA operative Sarah Walker, played by Yvonne Strahovski and NSA agent John Casey, played by Adam Baldwin (Day Break, Firefly). Sarah was romantically involved with the rogue agent that sends the email to Chuck. She wants to clean up the mess that has been created. She feels some responsibility for not having seen what the guy was really about.
This show’s main demographic is the 18 to 35 geek gamer generation. But, it can and should be enjoyed by anybody that likes great action comedy. I for one can’t wait until next week’s episode, “Chuck Versus the Helicopter.”
What about you, what did you think NBC’s new fall series, Chuck?