Thursday, January 20, 2011

What I’m Watching: Chuck

Chuck: Season 4, Episode 11 “Chuck Versus the Balcony” (B+)

It’s interesting to see just how much this show has transformed from Sarah not wanting to admit having any feelings about Chuck to him to having her positioned as a woman eager to accept the proposal of her dreams from her sweet boyfriend. I enjoy any kind of interaction that occurs between Sarah and Morgan, and having them run their own sub-mission while Chuck and Morgan were conspiring to carry out the original sub-mission was quite entertaining. The main mission actually took quite a backseat to Chuck’s attempts at the perfect proposal, appropriately enough, and therefore Chuck’s ability to neutralize all possible threats seemed quite a bit easy. Of course, the greater threat revealed itself in the last moments of the shown, when Sarah told Chuck that she’s going deep undercover to bring down Volkoff’s organization and reunite Chuck’s mom with her children. That should be an interesting route for the show to take, and hopefully Chuck will be more effective as a spy without his dream girl present rather than be broken down and paralyzed by her absence. Casey telling Chuck about the time he proposed was terrific, perfectly executed with that cigar and signature tone of voice. Lester’s idea of being romantic and seductive was horrifying as ever, and it was amusing to see him completely ruin his chances after seeming as if he might come off better than expected. The show also seems to have found a good supporting role for Big Mike to take as the problem solver and default advice-giver at the Buy More.

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