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"Chuck" Rundown: Epsiode 2, "Chuck Vs. The Helicopter"

"Chuck" Rundown: Epsiode 2, "Chuck Vs. The Helicopter"

OK, confession time: I didn't love this episode of "Chuck." I thought it squandered the energy of the first episode by repeating too much of last week's show, not advancing the overall plot, and falling victim to clumsy spy movie cliches. The good news: I've seen next week's episode, and it's much, much better (better than the pilot, I think) — so if you didn't love this episode, it's still worth watching another. For now, if you want to chat about the good and the bad of last night's show, just

The story of this episode: Chuck is examined by a doctor who's supposed to determine if the secrets can be extracted from Chuck's brain, but on the way home from the exam, the doctor's car explodes and kills him. Sarah and Casey each believe the other's agency is responsible for the doctor's death, prompting a CIA vs. NSA throwdown in the Weinerlicious sausage stand next door to Buy More, which is Sarah's new place of work - slash - convenient excuse to make her wear a sexy dirndl. Meanwhile, each agent also tries to convince Chuck not to trust the other, making Chuck paranoid and skittish, especially when Sarah comes over for dinner and Chuck's new memory informs him that she once poisoned a bunch of diplomats (or assassins, if you take Sarah's side).

It turns out that the doctor faked his death as a way to get Chuck for himself. He tortures Sarah to find out Chuck's whereabouts, but Chuck makes it easy for him by showing up in the evil laboratory himself, where he's shot with a tranquilizing dart and thrown into a helicopter. Chuck wakes up in the 'copter and kills the evil doctor, but — oops — also shoots the pilot, meaning Sarah needs to teach Chuck how to fly a helicopter, video game-style. His successful landing means that both Chuck and Sarah survive to go to Bryce's funeral; meanwhile, Casey's told that once the new national security intersect is up and running, he'll need to eliminate Chuck.

It was a decent enough story, but something about the pacing felt off to me (that fight scene between Sarah and Casey went on forever), and there wasn't enough of the irreverent humor that made the first episode a standout. (That comes back next week.) I still enjoyed the show, but I know "Chuck" can be better.

Some other thoughts:

  • I thought the recap at the beginning of the episode was unnecessary. Yes, the pilot was made six months ago, but we just saw it last week.
  • Who caught the "Lost" reference to Oceanic Flight 815 when the doctor was examining Chuck? My favorite line from that whole sequence: "OK, well, that's just a turtle."
  • I don't think I'll ever stop finding Adam Baldwin funny in his tight Buy More polo. Loved the instruction on how to use the price scanner:

    "The gun kind of works like a ..."
    "... gun?"
    "uh-huh."

  • I wonder if Yum can whip me up some quiches with tracking devices.
  • It was pretty clear that the writers got Chuck into a helicopter just to show off his skill at flight simulator games. But I did love Chuck's reaction to the landing: "And that! Is how! I do! That!"
  • We did get an answer to one big question: Chuck's secrets have about a six-month lifespan. Does Chuck himself thus have a six-month lifespan?
  • Did Sarah work alone at Weinerlicious? I mean, you'd think there would have been a manager around or something.

Your thoughts? Still loving "Chuck"? Willing to give it another shot?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 8 years
*And I did catch the "Lost" reference. I thought that was great!
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 8 years
I didn't see the pilot, so I was really happy they repeated things. I was afraid I was going to be totally lost. Looks like it's going to be a good show!
ktjones ktjones 8 years
I will give it another shot! Especially because R-Bils is going to guest star on the show!
askmetostay askmetostay 8 years
i still love love love this show....and i swear, i want to start calling windows "morgan doors." he cracks me up!
littlemissme littlemissme 8 years
I don't live in the US so I can't watch this show, but can I watch it online somewhere??? :) Sounds funny!
yyam084 yyam084 8 years
oooh, i saw the episode 2 online cause since i'm in asia i can't see it like you did... i like the episode but not as much as the pilot... the scene on the helicopter was funny...the scenes has steady action and drama at some point when sarah got mad at chuck... but i like when chuck says;if our relationship is remotely real... morgan annoys me but thats how he annoys chuck's sister.lol i'm gonna keep watching it forever...the ratings is still good... 8.22 million viewers..hopefully it gets better...but we cannot really tell only after 2 episodes...
Adrianne Adrianne 8 years
I SO caught that Lost reference! I was giggling throughout towards the end when he mentioned the turtle. Hee hee! And I thought the same thing about Sarah. Where the hell were her co-workers and manager?! I was searching for some visible life behind the counter but all we saw was Sarah and her horny customers. This episode was OKAY...some parts made me LOL. I'm tuning in next week in hopes that it will be better. :D Also, am I sensing a love triangle in the future? Between Chuck, Sarah, and Casey? I totally see it, any of you? If not the love triangle, then just Chuck and Sarah. Sarah has a lot of grieving left to do with Bryce, but she'll eventually move on to Chuck, I believe. And with R-Bils being the next love interest of Chuck's, I wonder how that's going to sit well with Sarah? OOhh..AND, and...if the show decides to keep R-Bils, then this whole other love triangle starts again. Chuck (into R-Bils) and Sarah (into Chuck). Okay, I need to stop obsessing now.
yyam084 yyam084 8 years
i don't really care if it's boring or not, i just wanna see r.bils on tv again and that is not boring for me, her fascination keeps me on the hooked......maybe it will get better next week... cause i'm not gonna watch prison break anymore now that SWC isn't coming back...
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I want to like this show but I don't. I think Zachary Levi is cute, but the show is boooring.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Glad to hear it's back to it's pilot potential next week- I was a bit bored last night and wanted it to be funnier. When they made the Lost reference, I paused it and turned to my boyfriend to point it out. He just shrugged, but I thought that was so cool! No matter what though, I love Adam Baldwin and am glad to see him back on the small screen :)
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
you're totally right, winged — I think that's why they kept mentioning Chuck's paralyzing fear of needles, so we'd know it was possible for him to pass out at the mere possibility.
wingedkiare wingedkiare 8 years
I liked the episode, but agree it wasn't as good as the pilot. Also - not sure I like that we know that there's only 6 months until the new computer's online. It seemed too soon to put something like that out there - while Chuck is really likeable, it seemed to soon to throw that little curveball out there. Also - I think that Chuck just passed out because of the needle aspect of the tranq gun. It seemed pretty clear that the dart itself got caught in his nametag, and that's why he woke back up.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
I did watch it last night. - I was like "does this fight ends today?..." the lady was winning, I told my bro "well.. she's better" and he told me "that's because she's Rambo, he's just an assasin" I was like "Word..." - Chuck's friend.. I can't stand him... anyway, I know it is part of the show... - Cpt. Awesome.. AWESOME!!!
cleegiants cleegiants 8 years
i loved it, even it was as "good" as the pilot. i did wonder about no one else working at the wienerlicious, but still enjoyed the fighting. sarah (or whatever her name is) can fight! go girl!
malzie89 malzie89 8 years
ithought it was okay..but i have only one problem..idk if its just me but sarahs teeth...im mean she's beautiful, but her teeth freak me out for somereason lol idk, maybe its just me
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 8 years
i will watch this show forever. i love chuck!!
beansandsyke beansandsyke 8 years
yeah i like it but i like how i met your mother more and if i am not working i'd be watching that but i can watch them both online anyway
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
yes i liked it !
JS-Fan JS-Fan 8 years
I absolutelty loved this episode and thought it was even a little better than the pilot but I can't really say I'm a fan of pilots anyway. It was kinda goofy and over the top at times but I laughed really hard and Zach Levy is just adorable...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
*makes the sound of a bomb dropping* this show is going to be cancelled soon. I have watched two episodes and it was torture not to change the channel. I gave it a chance, really. Chuck, and Casey, and Sarah just don’t have what it takes to make it on TV. Its really not that clever, is it amusing? Kind of, I guess, eh. Nerdy guy with top secret information in his brain, its like Seinfeld doing Johnny Mnemonic, But it can all be kept in one episode only, to stretch this out over a season, or two is pure evil. Operation Chuck….sucks.
megmarmor megmarmor 8 years
I'm in for the long haul. I do agree that last night's episode wasn't as great as the pilot...
ddene5713 ddene5713 8 years
i am so thankful that they did cover a lot of last weeks episode b/c i totally forgot when they were going to do a series premiere for the ep. loved it. clever, witty... not an addict yet but good show.
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