Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Muse -- Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski on Chuck

I'm interrupting my series of posts on ships that aren't shipping, but totally should be, to bring you a Monday muse...
This one is probably a bit dated, but still a good way to start the week. I was late coming to the party on Chuck, I didn't discover it until after it was all said and done. In a way it was good -- I bought all 5 seasons on DVD and got to watch them uninterrupted without waiting weeks and months and years for new episodes to air.
Its a pity this show only got four and a half seasons (the last season was only twelve or thirteen episodes long) but I could see after season three, the writers were starting to lose the story. I mean, yeah, there was only so far they could go with the original idea of the Intersect computer being downloaded into Chuck's brain, and they'd pretty much done it all. They needed to reinvent the show, while still keeping it famailiar to the fans. Only a handful of shows have been able to do this successfully (Supernatural, for one) but unfortunately for Chuck, it didn't work, and the show got cancelled, much to the disappointment of all the diehard fans out there.
This was one of those shows that really did have everything; drama, perfectly delivered comedy by an awesome supporting cast of secondary and tertiary characters, the epic romance between Chuck and Sarah, plus all of the kick ass spy action week after week.
Also, I think Chuck had one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen in a TV series, where Chuck had to fight another agent they'd previously been working with, Daniel Shaw, when he went bad. I'm not going to try and recount it, because I know I wouldn't be able to do it justice, but if you want to watch it, check out the youtube clip. If you didn't watch the show, you'll probably watch the scene and think "what the hell?" To explain just a bit, the Intersect was failing, leaving Chuck debilitated whenever he had to use it. Shaw also had the same version of the Intersect, except he had stolen a watch made by Chuck's father (who was part of the original Intersect program) that helped mitigate the effects.



Anyway, the casting for this show was brilliantly done, not only for the chemistry between Chuck and Sarah, but for the way the rest of the characters gelled and worked off each other so seamlessly week after week. 
Ever since I watched this show, I've been wanting to create a hero like Chuck for one of my books. Sure, he started off totally geeky, had that relationship that went really wrong and then made all the right moves to scare off girl after girl until his sister thought he would die a lonely bachelor, but along came the right girl, and then everything changed.
When the Intersect was first downloaded into Chuck's mind, all he wanted was to get rid of it. But the original Intersect had been destroyed, leaving the only copy in Chuck's brain. The government needed Chuck to keep all the information in his mind until they could build a new server (or something) to put it all back on. Of course, the two agents who were assigned to watch over Chuck, Sarah and Casey (who was played by Adam Baldwin, who also played Jayne on Firefly... he was awesome in both series!) occasionally needed to access the information Chuck had stored in his mind, and inevitably he ended up tagging along on some dangerous missions. He always got told "stay in the car" but it never quite worked out that way, which only made it more entertaining. Eventually Casey and Sarah realized Chuck would have to be trained, and besides, he'd actually shown to have potential as an agent.
With Sarah's support, Chuck started coming into his own, turning from a geek, to-- well, still a geek, but a sweet, kind, totally sexy geek who could kick the ass of any bad guy who got in his way.
In my opinion, to date, Chuck and Sarah had some of the sweetest, funniest and most romantic scenes any TV couple has ever shared.
I'm sure I wasn't the only fan who was a little disappointed with the ending, with Sarah losing her memory, and the two of them having to start all over again. We all knew Chuck would move heaven and earth for that girl, so the fans were left with the hope that Sarah could fall in love with him all over again. Still, as things often go in TV land, it was an abrupt ending, which probably left us with more questions than answers.
This is easily one of my all time favorite TV shows, and just writing this post makes me want to go get the DVDs out and watch it all over again! Its not often that a TV show like this comes along, and I think it'll be a long time before we get to see one like it again. 


1 comment:

Kez said...

Agree 1000% with everything you've said. It was such an awesome show, and although I was disappointed in the ending, it left you with hope. So in my mind everything worked out for them.

It appealed to various ages too - my son (10yo at the time) loved it too, and I didn't have any problems with him watching it because it wasn't overtly sexy or violent. It was a fun show. Zachary Levi is one of those actors - awkward, not traditionally handsome, but you can't help fall in love with :) (And I love a sweet, geek hero!)