Fall Frenzy: Remote Destination – Chuck Review

Wage slave slacker geek Chuck Bartowski ends up the sole possessor government top secret information and struggles to maintain his personal and professional life.

For Fans Of24 or Alias and Scrubs or The Loop.

What I Didn’t Like

The very premise is shaky at best. Even if we accept that a government computer program like the one in the show exists and that a secret agents PDA could possibly hold it, the notion that in this day and age Chuck could get it via email seemed a bit too much to believe.

NBC has pretty much shown a bit of each act in the ads promoting the show. Thus watching the pilot can occasionally feel like a boring bout of déjà vu at times.

I also didn’t like that the scene designed to show that Chuck does the right thing didn’t really go anywhere. It was like “see, he’s a good guy” with no sort of payoff.

What I Did Like

I liked Chuck, the character. He’s likeable and funny. He’s literally a lovable loser. He’s just shy of cliché and I’m looking forward to watching him grow in his new role.

I absolutely loved the jabs at corporate America and big box stores. Humor like that could unite both Red and Blue states.

The action sequences were pretty well done and when Chuck’s a part of them, funny. This show was at times, thrilling.

Captain Awesome is a very entertaining character. He’s not overdone and hopefully he won’t be.

And Adam Baldwin is just great as Agent Casey. I’ve been a fan of Baldwin’s since My Bodyguard so I’m hoping the show’s a success.

Closing Thoughts

Chuck was the show that NBC seemed to be hyping the most. And while all that hyping resulted in a premiere that’s lacking any surprises, the show was entertaining. I’m leery of the potential for romantic entanglements; the characters, action and humor should keep me coming back.

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