Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Couch Lock (4.05)

NBC Synopsis:  CHUCK’S LATEST MISSION PROVIDES A LINK TO CASEY’S PAST — AND POSSIBLY TO CHUCK’S MOM — ERIC ROBERTS, JOEL DAVID MOORE , DAVE BATISTA AND MEKENNA MELVIN GUEST STAR — When Colonel Casey’s (Adam Baldwin) former team returns looking for him, Chuck (Zachary Levi) must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to find his mom. Elsewhere, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) works up the nerve to reveal a potentially dangerous secret to Casey.

Chuck This Ranking: 46
Dave’ Ranking: About 15 higher

First Impressions: Observation Post: Chuck vs the Couch Lock

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Couch Lock (4.05) by Dave and Joe
Couch Lock: Faith and Dave re-Watch by Faith and Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Coup d’Etat (4.04)

NBC Synopsis: Chuck AND Sarah HAVE A COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN AS AWESOME IS REUNITED WITH SOMEONE FROM HIS BRIEF SPY PAST – ARMAND ASSANTE RETURNS AS GENERALISSIMO GOYA – TIA TEXADA AND MEKENNA MELVIN ALSO GUEST STAR – Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) work on becoming better communicators as they join Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) for a getaway to Costa Gravas. There, the gang is reunited with Generalissimo Goya (guest star Armand Assante) who finds himself in a dangerous situation once again. Back at home, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) embarks on a forbidden romance that may put him at odds with Colonel John Casey (Adam Baldwin).

Chuck This Ranking: 47
Dave’s Ranking: About 15 places higher

First Impressions: Observation Post: Chuck vs the Coup D-Etat

Full Write Up: Chuck vs the Coup d’Etat (4.04) by Dave and Joe

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Cubic Z (4.03)

NBC Synopsis: Chuck and Sarah’s past comes back to “hunt” them when a prison transfer delivers old foes to the Buy More – NICOLE RICHIE, STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN AND STACY KIEBLER GUEST STAR — Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) romantic mission is canceled with the arrival of Hugo Panzer (guest star Stone Cold Steve Austin) and Heather Chandler (guest star Nicole Richie). But Chuck grows more interested when the manipulative Heather claims to know a secret about his mom. Meanwhile, as Morgan (Joshua Gomez) prepares the Buy More for a huge video game release, he gets a surprise from Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence).

Chuck This Ranking: 62
Dave’s Ranking: A little better

First Impressions: Observation Post: Chuck vs The Cubic Z

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Cubic Z (4.03) by Dave and Joe
Thinkling and Ernie Crawl Inside Cubic Z by Thinkling and Ernie

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Suitcase (4.02)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK AND SARAH TRAVEL TO FASHION WEEK IN MILAN TO RETRIEVE A HIGH-TECH SECRET WEAPON — KAROLINA KURKOVA, LOU FERRIGNO, AND ISAIAH MUSTAFA GUEST STAR — When Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) go undercover in Milan, Chuck realizes the “Achilles’ Heel” in their relationship, but must set personal issues aside for the mission. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) recognizes a fatal flaw that compromises the new Buy More. Elsewhere, Casey struggles to put down roots in Burbank.

Chuck This Ranking: 43
Dave’s Ranking: A bit higher

First Impressions: Observation Post: Chuck vs The Suitcase

Arc Write Up: Skinny Fear by Faith

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Suitcase (4.02) by Dave and Joe
Suitcases and Baggage by Joe
Dave and Thinkling Unpack Suitcase by Dave and Thinkling

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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