And Now For Something Completely Different

This is a test.

No, not really.  I’ve been poking around some of the tools available on WordPress and I ran across one that creates polls.  It could be fun.  I thought I’d test out both making the poll and the interest with a simple one.

Just to make it more in depth than  finding out everyone loved Operation Awesome you can pick two choices.  Have fun.

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About Ernie Davis

I was born in 1998, the illegitimate brain child and pen name of a surly and reclusive misanthrope with a penchant for anonymity. My offline alter ego is a convicted bibliophile and causes rampant pognophobia whenever he goes out in public. He wants to be James Lileks when he grows up or Dave Barry if he doesn’t.  His hobbies are mopery, curling and watching and writing about Chuck.  Obsessively.  Really, the dude needs serious help.
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15 Responses to And Now For Something Completely Different

  1. NoWayOut says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out why this season, as a whole, has left me so disappointed.

    And I come back to what atcdave or Gord said more than once on this blog: When Chuck and Sarah are not in a good place together, the show just doesn’t work.

    That’s was never the show I expected. (I said several times, I expected off-beat spy buddies from the pilot.) It wasn’t even the show I particularly wanted.

    But I just don’t care about the show Chuck if they can’t give these two characters joys. Ernie Davis has used the beating the dead horse metaphor for this year.

    It’s worse than that. It’s watching someone pull the wings off flies. It’s cruel. It’s wrong. And even the potentially joyous moments (say when Sarah sees Chuck’s protestation of a higher form of love), they can’t help but add some vinegar to it.

    IT’s beyond tiresome and trite. It saps my joy and my energy and I don’t want my television to do that.

  2. NoWayOut says:

    Sorry if that post sounded maudlin. But I’m feeling about Chuck just now about how I felt when I figured out the Sopranos (oddly about the middle of its season 3, too) was always going to be about bad people lying to everyone and themselves and doing it all of the time.

    The thrill was gone. I watched the rest of the shows over the years like it was homework.

    The thrill is gone from Chuck. And that makes me sad.

    • joe says:

      The Sopranos, NoWay????

      Oh my. You and I will always differ in our tastes in television! 🙂

      • NoWayOut says:

        The first two seasons of The Sopranos was astonishingly gripping television. Different completely than Chuck, of course, but tight and well-written. It went off the track when it began repeating the same themes over and over. Sound familiar?

  3. herder says:

    I think they saw how much everyone loved the running arc of episodes at the end of last year and they want to do it again this year. The problem is that they had to reset things so that there a bunch of problems to be resolved in the latter part of the year that in necessarily loads a bunch of downer stuff in the first part creating those problems.

    I think they want the Fake Name to be this year’s Leathal Weapon so that they can start a big run of spy and romance stuff leading to the big finish. But they forgot that Chuck and Sarah not being on the same page taints the mood of the whole show for a lot of viewers so the start has been a bit bumpy.

    That and the general attitude to the introduction of the idea that they were going to -yet again- do other love interests has been really!?!?!? Maybe they will come up with a new way of doing it but I got tired of it last year by the time Beefcake rolled around and I’m sort of peeved that I’m being asked to watch it again on a show that has overused that plot device.

  4. ReadySet says:

    It’s been said over and over, of course, but it always bears repeating: The show said one thing at the end of Colonel. Then it has made believe since then that it never happened.

    It just doesn’t work now because we’ve been lied to. We can post and rationalize and justify and create alternate scenarios all we want.

    But the bottom line is unavoidable: This show hasn’t been true the storyline since the end of Colonel.

    It’s not about the reset. It’s about bad storytelling.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Agreed. I thought, and wrote emphatically and repeatedly, that the Ring was where the damage happened. The story went off the rails there because they were determined to take it in a direction that was pretty much incompatible with what we’d seen and who the characters had become. The way they tried to do it was the big reset, which essentially took the worst parts of the Ring storytelling and doubled down on them in Pink Slip. The damage done to the story and characters is what is killing their ability to tell a good story.

      I still find a lot of it entertaining, but it’s a lot harder to take the overall story seriously since TPTB obviously don’t.

  5. Ernie Davis says:

    Any thoughts on a new poll anyone? This one actually surprised me, how many people like Three Words.

    • weaselone says:

      That doesn’t surprise me at all. If you just accept what occurred in 3.1, this particular episode is relatively entertaining.

      1. This episode shows the best chemistry between the two leads that we’ve seen this season. It’s not happy chemistry, but the Bo scene was powerful stuff.

      2. Several strong dramatic scenes including the aforementioned Bo scene, the three fountain scenes, and the end where Sarah reviews Chuck’s dying confession.

      3. Decent music selection.

      4. Morgan lands Carina.

      5. Well interwoven Buy More plot.

      6. Chuck uses his own skill set to divert the attention of the bad guys of the week, and allow Carina to save herself.

      7. Carina and Sarah in their delicates.

      8. Several comedy falls.

      9. Casey as the angry neighbor.

      10. Casey, Carina’s father’s much younger brother.

    • atcdave says:

      I think Three Words is an excellent episode, in the context of Pink Slip. Given that almost no one wanted to see that happen, they recovered about as well as they could have. But the Awesome episodes are the only ones that have some of that S2 feel about them. Hopefully we’ll get it back after the Olympics.

  6. herder says:

    Wow, judging from the lack of love for the Pink Slip it appears that things worked out for the best that it didn’t air as a stand alone episode after the Olympics. For what it is worth, I had seen the half hour numbers from Travis Yanan and the audience numbers for the thirty minutes of Pink Slip were 8.3 million viewers followed by a sharp drop off, that recovered somewhat in the last thirty of Three Words to average 7.7 million. Without the three episodes in two nights it could have been a ratings disaster.

    • atcdave says:

      I was talking to co-worker who switched it off when Sarah threw her phone in the pool. It was an aweful start for S3.

    • ReadySet says:

      Pink Slip was irretrivable, of course (I was surprised three people voted for it). But part of the problem was also the decision to tell the story out of time sequence. I know they were going for a new audience, hence the cold open on what looks like an action scene.

      But if they had done a direct pick-up from the end of Ring and then played out the action, the story would have had a better narrative flow.

      At least it would have had some structure and the fans would have started with something glorious, Chuck and Sarah about to run away. If you re-order the scenes in time order, the episode is marginally more palatable…

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