Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What I'm Watching: Chuck

Chuck: Season 2, Episode 2 "Chuck Versus the Seduction" (B+)

This turned out to be a pretty good episode, though I do have some qualms about what could have been. First off, much as some of Chuck's seduction technique was pretty clever, that could have been taken further. Secondly, Melinda Clarke plays a wonderfully hilarious character type (Julie Cooper on "The O.C." being the best instance), and here her performance is masked by a deafening and unexciting foreign accent. Thirdly, multiple Emmy winner John Laroquette should have been infinitely funnier. He wasn't nearly as one-note as Tim Conway on "30 Rock" (who so undeservedly won an Emmy for his guest spot), but I've seen him be hilarious on "Boston Legal" and I don't even like that show. Regardless, even with all these follies, the episode still comes out well mostly due to Sarah and Chuck's true passion, all the Buy More employees coming to work in regular clothes, and the ultimately happy resolution of the show. Now as far as Bryce Larkin is concerned - that guy just never goes away, does he?

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