Chuck Is Doomed (Though He Shouldn't Be)Rating: 5 likes, 6 dislikes
I watched my first episode of "Chuck" tonight (Monday Oct. 8, 2007) and found it mildly amusing. I was glad to see Adam Baldwin, whose 'Jayne' was my favorite character in the film "Serenity" (except for the brilliant portrayal by Chiwetel Ejiofor as 'The Operative') and "Chuck" has a fun-loving approach to its action scenes and formulaic plots that makes it easy viewing while I'm waiting for Monday Night Football.
The techies at the Best Buy type computer store are by far the most entertaining thing about the show, and for some reason the program reminds me of Pamela Anderson's short-lived, but surprisingly hilarious "V.I.P.".
Of course, the "Chuck" plot is derivative of 'Jake 2.0' (in fact Chuck looks like a geekier Jake, though before tonight, I didn't think that was possible), and Jake's abilities were derivative of 'The Dead Zone' and 'John Doe' to name a couple.
Chuck himself is a little too cowardly and stupid for my taste (but it is good for laughs): hopefully Chuck will grow a more substantial vertebral column as the series evolves, though I have the sneaking feeling that he won't have enough time for that to happen.
Sadly, the fact that I like this show is the kiss of death for the series. I won't bore you with the long list of shows I have liked that were summarily executed, so I will enjoy this one for the brief moment it flutters through the ether.
I hope it lasts long enough for the techies to get more involvement: maybe they will end up with their own spin-off like "The Lone Gunmen" did.
(Oh, yeah; they got canceled pretty quickly. Oh, Well.....)
I'll tune in next Monday night anyway.
Review posted on Tuesday, October 9th 2007 at 1:33 am