Given the current tone of things on our favorite show, I thought it would be fun to remember what we all do like about it. I know this post will likely get buried quickly with the excitement of new episodes coming weekly, and all of us posting fast and furious, but here goes…
We have, on occasion, reminisced in a variety of scattered threads, about when we first knew we were hopelessly hooked on Chuck. Many new posters (and old friends from the NBC forums!) have found their way here in the last couple weeks. So, if you’re reading this, take a moment to post your own memory of when you first decided this was more than just another show.
For myself, I was hooked from the Pilot. In summer of 2007, it had been some time since my previous favorite show, Stargate:SG-1, had gone off the air. There were certainly other shows I watched and enjoyed, but nothing I got really excited about days ahead of time. In July of that year Burn Notice premiered, and I was one happy camper. It was fun, funny, and exciting; all the things I like most. It was my favorite show for six weeks. Chuck caught my attention with previews shown on Sunday Night Football, it looked like a good time. I was excited from the first 10 seconds of the Pilot. Sneaking out of one’s own birthday party was certainly something I could relate to, and things got better from there. Chuck was my new favorite show from the start. But it took a while longer for it to be my all-time favorite. I’m sure no one here will be shocked that I never like love triangles. So, although Truth was a very funny episode, my main reaction was a big groan. I was grumpy enough about it, that by the time we got to Crown Victoria, my wife and I discussed deleting it and being done halfway through. Of course, the ending of that episode is excellent and ended any such talk. And the next few episodes were very good. So, at the end of S1, I still thought Chuck was the best thing currently on TV; but a long way from my favorite ever.
That changed early in S2. It was the day after Cougars, I found myself thinking about the episode all day. I’m truly a sap for happy, warm and fuzzy endings; and that one really got to me. The next week, Tom Sawyer left me feeling the same way. I didn’t care for the preview, but they’d earned enough goodwill at that point; I knew Chuck was the best thing I’d ever seen. I’ve written at length elsewhere about all the things I enjoy about this show, the list is long. But the bottom line is, when things are working well for Chuck and Sarah, this show has a hook like no other!