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Chuck Season 2 Eps 9 – 16 Reviewed

Chuck Versus The Sensei

Terrific, an episode that focuses on the less socially aware Rambo that is Casey. Casey’s trainer Ty (Carl Lumbly of ‘Alias’) has gone bad for never explained reasons. Casey fails to deal. Meanwhile Devon’s parents, played by Morgan Fairchild (of ‘Phantom of the Mall’) and Bruce Boxleitner (of Babylon 5’) visit.

This was an awful, awful, awful ep. Casey is a dislikeable jerkass, Chuck’s an idiot, there is annoying product placement, boring Buy More stuff and Ellie’s just plain rude. This was boring, dull and I guess we’re supposed to care that Chuck is looking for their deadbeat dad.

Best Lines:
My father always said a terrible nickname builds character.”

“Those seven years of ‘MacGyver’ finally paid off.”

Chuck Versus The DeLorean

Sarah’s con artiest father (Gary Cole of ‘American Gothic’, ‘Crusade’ and ‘Dodgeball’) shows up. Morgan is a jerk after Devon unwisely lends him money. Chuck stalks Sarah. Chuck and Sarah are dumb. Why is Chuck friends with Morgan? He’s pond scum. This was awful.

Best Line: “I’d like to report a stolen ’81 DeLorean. License plate is D-E-M-O-R-G-A-N. No this is, this is not a prank call.”

Chuck Versus Santa Claus

It’s Christmas and there is a hostage situation at the Buy More. The entire cast held hostage. Chuck tries to be a hero. A negotiator (Michael Rooker) negotiates. The frozen yogurt place never seems to have any customers. The ongoing Chuck/Sarah UST is just tired. Fulcrum show up, apparently it took until now for them to learn who Bryce Larkin’s college roommate was. It all ends on a downbeat note. But doesn’t the other Fulcrum agent also know about Chuck? Why do TPTB think we’ll feel sorry for Morgan? This was okay.

Best Lines:
“This has beat down written all over it.”

“It’s an electronics store Major. Not Basra.”

Chuck Versus The Third Dimension

It’s in 3D, like we’re supposed to care. Rock star Tyler Martin (Dominic Monaghan of ‘Lost’) is in peril for no clear reason. Morgan is stupid and a jerk. There is more Buy More rubbish. What is the point of the 3D gimmick? It gave me eye strain. Sarah and Casey are jerks. Chuck’s dumb. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“I’m sure you’re wondering why someone would want Tyler Martin dead.”
“Not really. I mean have you heard his music? It’s overproduced, the lyrics are completely banal. I mean Facebook even has a group called ‘I want to kill Tyler Martin’. Not that I’m a member.”

Chuck Versus The Suburbs

It’s Valentine’s Day, another excuse for Chuck to mope and sulk. Sarah and Chuck go undercover in the burbs. Didn’t ‘The X Files’ already do this plot? Anyway in-between sporting sweater vests and having BBQ’s, Chuck and Sarah learn that their neighbours (played by Jenny McCarthy of ‘Scream 3’ and Brian Thompson of ‘The X Files’) are Fulcrum.

Soon Chuck and Sarah learn some things: Fulcrum is building their own Intersect and they’ve greatly underestimated the number of Fulcrum agents on their street. This was dull. The somewhat interesting Fulcrum plot was undone by endless Buy More scenes populated by lazy slackers. Who cares if Big Mike dates Morgan’s mother? The increased focus on the Chuck/Sarah relationship is too much.

Chuck Versus The Best Friend

Morgan and co stalk Anna and her new boyfriend. Devon and Ellie plan their wedding. Devon is sort of character who on a show like ‘Criminal Minds’ would be revealed as someone who makes hookers into man-vests. Nobody seems to care that Chuck now has two Intersects in his head. Morgan is a jerk. Sarah fights a Triad inside a car. What does Anna see in Morgan? Chuck’s dumb. Sarah’s cold. I don’t care about the Buy More, Morgan, Ellie, Devon or Chuck and his superiority complex.

This was appalling from start to finish. What have TPTB done to this show? Storylines are wasted to show more scenes of Chuck and Sarah’s continued bickering. This series has lost its way. Every cliché is thrown into the pot. It’s cringe worthy at times. The Buy More scenes are just plain nonsensical and the Chuck/Sarah stuff is suffocating. Even Bryce’s appearance earlier in the season was a let down, with him playing the disappointing role of love rival to Chuck. The Jill plot was overshadowed by frustrating, poorly executed storylines. Season 2 is comparatively poor. Chuck overacts at every opportunity. Morgan shows no maturity. There is unrealistic character interplay and abysmal, predictable, stereotypical hammered home metaphoric connections. ‘Chuck’ has lost its way and the villains of the week are mostly bad jokes. The Chuck/Sarah UST has become increasingly annoying. The show is drearily unimaginative. Bryce’s absence is painfully obvious. The inter character relationships are so contrived now, it’s frustrating. Nothing is genuinely amusing anymore. It’s too lightweight.

Best Lines:
“Bartowski, you’re like the poster child for friendly fire.”

“I’ve been thinking.”
“Stop that.”

Chuck Versus The Beefcake

Events from ‘Chuck versus the suburbs’ come back to haunt the gang. Cole, an English secret agent assists the team. Chuck whines. The Buy More has horribly sexist scenes. Cole and Sarah drool over each other. Chuck’s an idiot and puts himself, Cole and Sarah is peril. There is an interesting villain of the week and TPTB kill her off. Has the show ever explained who Fulcrum is and what their motives are? This wasn’t that good mostly due to Chuck’s endless sulking.

Best Lines:
“Everyone talks.”
“I know.”

“Fulcrum wins.”

“Ellie, Awesome. I have made a very important decision. I’m moving out.”
“And moving in with Morgan.”

Chuck Versus The Lethal Weapon

Ellie nags, Cole escapes Fulcrum, Chuck’s a jerk. Anna and Morgan have more tedious unfunny issues. It’s never a good thing when TPTB make you dislike the lead character. Chuck comes across as pathetic and you just want him to shut up and die. An obnoxious scientist gives Chuck info about the Intersect. Chuck pines for the pencil shaped Sarah. Cole the cut price Gerard Butler leaves. It is revealed that Chuck has a font of information about all the Intersect goings on hidden behind his much derided ‘Tron’ poster. Where did he get all the photos? Why is the ‘slept with Jill’ comment still beside Bryce’s name? Who is Orion the creator of the Intersect? It’s a nice visual and the only good thing about this ep.

Best Lines:
“I’m going to die underneath a yogurt shop.”

“Someday you’ll thank us. Not you, you’ll be dead.”
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