Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Colonel (2.21)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK AND SARAH RISK EVERYTHING TO FIND CHUCK’S FATHER— TONY HALE (“ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT”), CHEVY CHASE AND SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) GUEST STAR—When Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) go AWOL to rescue Chuck’s father Steve (guest star Scott Bakula), they discover that spending time together without any surveillance allows for unchartered chemistry. But as the two get closer, Casey (Adam Baldwin) zeroes in on their hidden location. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) becomes the pariah of the Buy More after mistakenly getting Emmett (guest star Tony Hale) promoted.

Chuck This Ranking: 1
Dave’s Ranking: Top Ten, but not Top Three

Full Write-Up: Chuck vs The Colonel (2.21) by Dave and Joe
Chuck vs The Colonel: “Chuck’s” Finest by Faith
The Colonel by Joe

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The First Kill (2.20)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK TURNS TO A SURPRISING PERSON FROM HIS PAST IN ORDER TO FIND HIS FATHER—TONY HALE (“ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT”), SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) AND JORDANA BREWSTER (“THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS”) GUEST STAR—After Chuck’s father Steve (guest star Scott Bakula) is kidnapped by Fulcrum, Chuck learns the only chance he has to find him is by putting his trust and life into the hands of the person he trusts the least—his ex-girlfriend Jill Roberts (guest star Jordana Brewster). Meanwhile, the Buy More team tries to sabotage Emmett’s (guest star Tony Hale) corporate evaluation.

Chuck This Ranking: 49
Dave’s Ranking: Much Higher

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The First Kill (2.20) by Dave and Joe

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Dream Job (2.19)

NBC Synopsis: THINGS ARE LOOKING UP FOR CHUCK WHEN HE FINDS HIS FATHER AND LANDS HIS DREAM JOB OR SO HE THINKS —CHEVY CHASE (“NBC’S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” AND SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) GUEST STAR—Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) life seems to be coming together: his long-absent father Steve (guest star Scott Bakula) has returned and he’s landed his dream job with his hero Ted Roark (guest star Chevy Chase). Unfortunately for Chuck, neither turns out to be quite what he expected.

Chuck This Ranking: 25
Dave’s Ranking: Lower

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Dream Job (2.19) by Dave and Joe

Arc Write Up: Reader’s Digest Re-Watch: The Search for Orion Arc by Ernie

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Broken Heart (2.18)

NBC Synopsis:  CHUCK AND SARAH’S RELATIONSHIP PUTS SARAH’S JOB IN JEOPARDY—TRICIA HELFER (“BATTLESTAR GALACTICA” GUEST STARS)—When Chuck (Zachary Levi) expresses his feelings about his complicated relationship with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), a heartless female agent named Alex Forrest (guest star Tricia Helfer) is sent to evaluate Sarah’s performance as Chuck’s handler. Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) try to weasel their way into getting invited to Awesome’s (Ryan McPartlin) bachelor party.

Chuck This Ranking: 33
Dave’s Ranking: just a little higher

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Broken Heart (2.18) by Dave and Joe

Arc Write Up: Reader’s Digest Re-Watch: The Search for Orion Arc by Ernie

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Predator (2.17)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK DOESN’T KNOW WHO TO TRUST ANYMORE WHEN HE FINDS THE CREATOR OF THE INTERSECT—TONY HALE (“ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT”) GUEST STARS—After Chuck (Zachary Levi) is contacted by the mastermind behind the Intersect Computer, he must decide who he can trust—Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) or the mysterious scientist who might be able to erase the Intersect from his mind. Meanwhile, a conflict breaks out between the Burbank Buy More and the more prestigious Beverly Hills branch.

Chuck This Ranking: 35
Dave’s Ranking: A Little Better

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Predator (2.17) by Dave and Joe

Arc Write Up: Reader’s Digest Re-Watch: The Search for Orion Arc by Ernie

Posted in Re-watch, Season 2 | 16 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Lethal Weapon (2.16)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK MUST DEAL WITH THE THREAT OF FULCRUM’S OWN INTERSECT AND LOSING SARAH TO COLE—Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) learn about a man called “Perseus” who is behind Fulcrum’s plans to build their own Intersect. While Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) are sent to find Perseus, Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Agent Cole Barker (guest star Jonathan Cake) are forced to stay in a safety bunker. When the mission takes a dangerous turn, their orders to stay out of harm’s way go out the window. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) tries to convince Anna (Julia Ling) that moving in with him would be a bad idea.

Chuck This Ranking: 51
Dave’s Ranking: I Agree

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs the Lethal Weapon (2.16) by Dave and Joe

Posted in Re-watch, Season 2 | 32 Comments

The Early Romance Alternative

One idea many Chuck fans, and fan fiction writers, have kicked around at length is starting a much earlier romance for the central couple of the show.
This idea is not necessarily meant to be critical of the canon story decisions, but just to see what could have happened if some different decisions had been made, or different situations developed in the first seasons of the show.
After the jump, Charah at an early date. Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives, Fan Fiction, Season 1, Season 2 | 20 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Beefcake (2.15)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK GETS TERRITORIAL WHEN SARAH GETS CLOSE TO AN ATTRACTIVE AGENT—Chuck (Zachary Levi) breaks up with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) after Ellie’s (Sarah Lancaster) urging, but jealousy strikes when Sarah must seduce a handsome agent in order to retrieve Fulcrum intelligence. Morgan (Joshua Gomez) deals with his mother’s relationship with Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) by crashing at Chuck’s apartment much to Ellie and Awesome’s chagrin. Meanwhile, Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) talk their way into hiring the new Buy More employee but decide to search for the “Buy More Babe.”

Chuck This Ranking: 79
Dave’s Ranking: Lower

Full Write-Ups: Chuck vs the Beefcake (2.15) by Dave and Joe

Posted in Re-watch, Season 2 | 43 Comments

Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Suburbs (2.13)

NBC Synopsis: WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD—Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) latest assignment forces them to pose as a happily married couple living in the suburbs. They meet some interesting characters including Brad (guest star Andy Richter), a cheerful next-door neighbor in the stationary business, and Sylvia (guest star Jenny McCarthy), a seductive and attractive woman who lives across the street and has her eye on Chuck. Meanwhile, Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is on a work rampage after his wife files for divorce, so the Buy More gang sets him up on a dating website to keep him distracted.

Chuck This Ranking: 37
Dave’s Ranking: Much Lower

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Suburbs (2.13) by Dave and Joe

Posted in Re-watch, Season 2 | 100 Comments

Category Sort Update

I don’t know how many readers make use of our category search function, but I just did a minor tweak.  It’s for my own use, hopefully this help some readers too!

I added an “Alternatives” sub-category to Fan Fiction.

Previously these had all been lumped together (Alternatives and regular Fan Fiction posts).  But I see them as different in some significant ways.  An obvious thing, Alternatives posts are more thematically linked to different periods of the show.  I also spend much more time discussing the canon story, and variations on that story.  To be clear, this is not always meant to be critical of the show itself.  Many things like bunker orders and secret relationships don’t need to be critical of the show at all.  These are just different ways the story might have proceeded.

The Alternatives posts DID start as a way of separating “pro” and “con” discussions of the Misery Arc.  But don’t be put off by that.  As the posts expanded they became more about those different possibilities and less about belly aching.

And they were always about fan fiction.  Every Alternatives post includes fan fiction that ties into a particular episode or period of the show.  The write ups are briefer than a full fan fiction post, but for any reader who wishes to look at a particular period this would be the better way to go.

~ Dave  

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