By Clint Morris
Somewhat a spoof of ”The Bourne Identity” (and half-a-dozen other films that take the piss out of the bumbling secret-agent genre), TV hit ”Chuck” tells of a lowly computer geek (Zachary Levi) who becomes the CIA’s most important agent when he accidentally opens a top-secret email full of government secrets, which somehow downloads into his brain. Now, whether he wants to or not, Chuck, who works at an electronics & computer store, has to team up with Agent Sarah Kent (played by Australiaâ€™s Yvonne Strahovski) to solve crimes on a daily basis.
”Firefly” favourite Adam Baldwin plays career killer Major John Casey, who initially is sent to retrieve the â€œdataâ€ from Chuckâ€™s brain any way he can, but ultimately agrees to simply mentor Chuck.
To protect our reluctant hero (or the data more like it), the agents get jobs at the computer store and “Weinerlicious” (a hot dog stand) as cover. Sarah also becomes Chuck’s “fake” girlfriend at the merriment of Chuck’s sister (Sarah Lancaster, of “What about Brian” fame).
I enjoy “Chuck”. I think it has a terrific premise (Even if has been done a few times before), a great cast (Levi and Strahovski’s stars will rise considerably in the coming years), and obviously, enough of a budget to see it looks punchy and pretty. It’s not, unlike say “Entourage”, the kind of show where I’d want to sit down and watch back-to-back episodes, one after the other, but one-or-two in a row is a fun, tolerable time-passer.
Accompanying the first 13 episodes of the first season, is a rather thin set of extras including, deleted scenes, sit-down chat with Jachary Levi, Joshua Gomez, and the show’s creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak, and interview clips with the core cast and crew.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.