… But Is Anyone Watching?
You ever wake up in the morning (no, not feeling like P. Diddy) and find out you have a shit load of government secrets in your head? No? Well, that’s the premise of Chuck, a show about a tech geek working at a Best Buy-esque store who gets an imprint of government secrets (called the Intersect) in his brain. Currently in season 3, the show has been a roller coaster ride from start to end, and it keeps getting stronger. Featuring plenty of memorable guest stars (Rachel Bilson in season 1 being my personal favorite), as well as a strong overarching story (can Chuck get this Intersect out of his head and become a normal person again?), the show strives to be quality television without resorting to any cheap gimmicks (as much as I love you, LOST, Chuck needs no time traveling to reinvigorate its premise). The show mixes a great dose of comedy (both from the main cast and the supporting characters) with some surprisingly good action and a lot of heart.
In fact, that’s what puts Chuck above every other show on TV: it treats its characters with sensitivity and a sense of reality that makes you care for Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (the gorgeous Yvonne Strahovski), Casey (Adam Baldwin), and the rest of the cast. The relationship between Chuck and Sarah is especially interesting, as the writers have been toying around with the day of them being together from the start, yet it doesn’t grow stale (Friends should have followed this path with Ross and Rachel) or unbelievable. Their relationship is a mixture of sexual tension, comedy, and love; it’s weird to say that about a spy show, but the two characters truly show care for each other. Props go out to whoever did casting, for every single main cast member is perfect in their role: the aforementioned three get the most screen time, but the supporting cast members provide their own doses of humor or drama (standout: Scott Krinsky as Jeff Barnes, the creepiest character I have ever seen, although in a relatively harmless way). As unrealistic as the premise of the show is, the cast does an excellent job of grounding it, and at this point, I’m more interested in where the relationships between characters go than finding out if Chuck will ever get the damn Intersect out of his head.
Chuck has been a hit with critics (TV IGN consistently gives scores of 8.5 and above to each episode, and Metacritic scores for the show have been in the 70’s, surprisingly high for a TV show), and has developed a strong cult following, yet it is always in danger of cancellation. Fans founded a “Save Chuck” campaign just to get a third season off the ground (NBC ordered 13 episodes, then upgraded it to 19), and it seems that ratings are still low, putting a fourth season in question. Why is it that Chuck is the best show nobody’s watching? Do your part to help out and watch Chuck on Mondays at 8 on NBC. You have my guarantee that you will find something to like.
Source: NYU Local