Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Anniversary (4.01)

NBC Synopsis:  CHUCK BEGINS A SEARCH FOR HIS MOTHER, WHICH HE MUST KEEP A SECRET FROM THE CIA AND HIS SISTER — LINDA HAMILTON GUEST STARS AS MARY BARTOWSKI — DOLPH LUNDGREN, HARRY DEAN STANTON AND OLIVIA MUNN ALSO GUEST STAR — Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) go on a rogue globe-spanning mission to find Chuck’s mom. Meanwhile, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) follow a trail to Russia as they investigate the mysterious Volkoff Industries and its operative, Marco (guest star Dolph Lundgren). Back at home, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) delivers big news to her family.

Chuck This Ranking: 50
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower

First Reactions: Observation Thread: Chuck vs The Anniversary

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Anniversary (4.01) by Dave
Joe and Dave Discuss vs the Anniversary by Joe and Dave

Posted in Re-watch, Season 4 | 23 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Ring II (3.19)

NBC Synopsis:  THE RING TARGETS CHUCK AND HIS TEAM–SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) GUEST STARS- The Ring is closing in on Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Operation Bartowski. Fortunately, Chuck’s dad Steven (guest star Scott Bakula) is working hard to save his son. Meanwhile, Casey (Adam Baldwin) must secretly protect his daughter from the Ring, and Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) receives some serious news about the Buy More.

Chuck This Ranking: 13
Dave’s Ranking: Middle of the Pack

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Ring II (3.19) by Dave and Joe
Love Suits by Faith
Summertime Top Ten: Chuck vs Subway/Ring Pt. 2 by Faith

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: 3-17-S3/S4 Break by Dave

Posted in Re-watch, Season 3 | 27 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Subway (3.18)

NBC Summary: THE RING TARGETS CHUCK AND HIS TEAM–SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) GUEST STARS- The Ring is closing in on Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Operation Bartowski. Fortunately, Chuck’s dad Steven (guest star Scott Bakula) is working hard to save his son. Meanwhile, Casey (Adam Baldwin) must secretly protect his daughter from the Ring, and Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) receives some serious news about the Buy More.

Chuck This Ranking: 16
Dave’s Ranking: Middle of the Pack

First Impressions: First Impressions Pt. Un!: Subway and The Ring Pt II!
First Impressions Pt. Deux! Subway and Ring II by Joe

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Subway (3.18) by Dave and Joe

Posted in Re-watch, Season 3 | 9 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Living Dead (3.17)

NBC Synopsis:   CHUCK TRIES TO KEEP HIS SPY LIFE SECRET FROM HIS FATHER – SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) GUEST STARS – After his last dream, Chuck (Zachary Levi) asks Morgan (Joshua Gomez) to help him on a side mission. Their investigation becomes complicated when Stephen J. Bartowski (guest star Scott Bakula) returns and learns that Chuck downloaded the Intersect 2.0. Luckily, Chuck’s father may be able to help his son.

Chuck This Ranking: 66
Dave’s Ranking: I agree

First Impressions: Chuck vs The Living Dead: First Reactions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Living Dead (3.17) by Dave and Joe
Living a Lie by Joe
He’s in Charge by Joe
S3 Revisited: Chuck vs The Living Dead by Joe, Dave and Ernie

Posted in Re-watch, Season 3 | 35 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Tooth (3.16)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK THE SPY NEEDS A THERAPIST – CHRISTOPHER LLOYD (“BACK TO THE FUTURE”) GUEST STARS – Chuck (Zachary Levi) struggles with disturbing dreams and now he believes his most recent dream predicts danger for a visiting head of state. General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy), however, is unconvinced and assigns Chuck to meet with a CIA psychiatrist Dr. Leo Dreyfus (guest star Christopher Lloyd). Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) gets surprising news and Anna (guest star Julia Ling) returns to the Buy More to talk to Morgan (Joshua Gomez).

Chuck This Ranking: 69
Dave’s Ranking: Maybe a little better

First Impressions: Observation Thread: Chuck vs The Tooth

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Tooth (3.16) by Dave and Joe
Tooth and Bone by Joe
S3 Revisited: Chuck vs The Tooth (3.16) by Ernie, Joe and Dave

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives 3.14-3.16 by Dave

Posted in Uncategorized | 38 Comments

Fan Fiction — Its Been a While!

This is the first Fan Fiction themed post I’ve done this year!  It remains, by far, the most popular subject for external links from this site.  But not surprisingly, things have slowed down a lot.  Slowed down never quite means stopped though.

So after the jump, a look at some of what I’ve been reading in the last few months. Continue reading

Posted in Fan Fiction | 6 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Role Models (3.15)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK AND SARAH TRAIN WITH A MARRIED CIA TEAM – FRED WILLARD (“ANCHORMAN”) AND SWOOSIE KURTZ (“PUSHING DAISIES”) GUEST STAR – Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are assigned to train under Craig and Laura Turner (guest stars Fred Willard, “Anchorman” and Swoosie Kurtz, “Pushing Daisies”), a married CIA team who, despite their impeccable record, hate one another. The Turners’ stormy relationship forces Chuck and Sarah to wonder if they’re doomed with the same fate. Meanwhile, Casey (Adam Baldwin) must train the newest member of the team – Morgan (Joshua Gomez).

Chuck This Ranking: 59
Dave’s Ranking: I agree

First Impressions: Mobs and Models and First Reactions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Role Models (3.15) by Dave and Joe
The Last Word on Role Models by Joe
S3 Revisited: Chuck vs The Role Models by Joe, Ernie, Amy and Dave

Posted in Re-watch, Season 3 | 16 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Honeymooners (3.14)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK AND SARAH GO ON A EUROPEAN ADVENTURE-While in Europe, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) realize they’re traveling on a train with Spanish spies. Even though they’re all alone, they decide to take on these rogue agents. Of course, this impromptu mission doesn’t go smoothly. Meanwhile, Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) orders her newest “unlikely” spy team – John Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) – to track down the missing couple.

Chuck This Ranking2
Dave’s Ranking: 1

First Impressions: Observation Thread: Chuck vs The Honeymooners

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Honeymooners (3.14) by Dave and Joe
The Honeymoon; Not Quite Over Yet by Joe
S3 Revisited: Chuck vs The Honeymooners (3.14) by Ernie, Joe and Dave
A Good Start by Ernie

Posted in Re-watch, Season 3 | 54 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Other Guy (3.13)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK QUESTIONS SHAW’S EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING-BRANDON ROUTH (“SUPERMAN RETURNS”) GUEST STARS-Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahvoski) and Shaw (guest star Brandon Routh) reunite to find the Ring operative behind the death of Shaw’s wife. Sarah has faith that Shaw is ready for the mission but Chuck is worried about his emotional stability. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) considers leaving the Buy More.

Chuck This Ranking: 14
Dave’s Ranking: middle of the pack

First Impressions: The Other Guy First Reactions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Other Guy (3.13) by Dave and Joe
The Other Guy – Second Reactions by Joe
S3 Revisited: Other Guy (3.13) by Ernie
Summertime Top Ten: Chuck vs The Other Guy by Ernie

Arc Survey: Was it Worth it? by Dave

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: Other Guy by Dave

Posted in Re-watch, Season 3 | 48 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The American Hero (3.12)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK IS DETERMINED TO GET HIS GIRL BACK-BRANDON ROUTH (“SUPERMAN RETURNS”) GUEST STARS-Chuck (Zachary Levi) has his pick of the best CIA agents for an undercover operation, but he has only one girl in mind for the job-Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). Casey (Adam Baldwin), Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) team up to help Chuck win her back.

Chuck This Ranking: 61
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower, not much

First Impressions: Post “Chuck vs The American Hero” Reaction Thread

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The American Hero (3.12) by Ernie and Joe
Message in the Song, Part 2 by Faith
The Last American Hero by Joe
S3 Revisited: The All American Fraud by Joe

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: American Hero by Dave (and Joe)

Posted in Re-watch, Season 3 | 33 Comments