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Chuck Rundown: Episode 6, "Chuck Vs. The Sandworm"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 6, "Chuck Vs. The Sandworm"

If you'd asked me earlier in the TV season which show would be this year's love-it-or-hate-it series, I would have said Pushing Daisies, hands down. But now, I think the fall's love-it-or-hate-it award goes to Chuck. I've seen a lot of people who were really thrilled about the show at the beginning of the season slowly losing interest — but at the same time, another group of viewers is getting more and more passionate about the show by the day. I'm not totally sold on Chuck, but for the most part, I'm in the "love it" camp — and this week's episode was a good example of why. To read my take and add your own, just

I've said since the start that Chuck is pure goofy humor, but last night's episode had an energy that I'm not sure I'd felt since the pilot. There was a good amount of tension, an emotional core, and a Buy More subplot that didn't feel too forced. I'd go so far as to say the second half of the episode — starting with Laszlo and Chuck watching Bond movies and ending with the sandworm dance — was the best the show's been.

Poor Chuck finally thought he'd found an ally. He's been thrown into this spy life, he has fake coworkers and a fake girlfriend, and he can't tell Morgan or Ellie what's going on, so I imagine he'd be thrilled to meet a guy like Laszlo. Nevermind that Laszlo was practically draped in red flags; Chuck just wanted someone to get pancakes and be honest with. I think this was another step in Chuck's development as a spy: He's finally learned he can't trust anyone.

On that note, I hope this episode finally moved us past the tiresome plot with Chuck questioning Sarah and Casey's motives. Look at how much more trouble Chuck got into once his watch was broken and his phone was off. When he got Morgan started on the desert island sandwich rant again at the end of the episode, I took it as a sign that Chuck realizes these agents have his back.

Meanwhile, Chuck is not going to be the assistant manager of the Buy More, despite Morgan's valiant efforts. That's fine; I doubt Chuck could be assistant manager and still save the world. And this means we'll get to see more Harry Tang.

Some other thoughts:

  • Captain Awesome returned with a vengeance, teaching Morgan how to dress like a grownup — which seemed to mostly involve hair product and tucking in his shirt. Did anyone else think Joshua Gomez looked like Jason Schwartzman when he came into work all gussied up?
  • I got a kick out of list of the neverending list of things Laszlo had designed: Chuck's watch, his car, the home theater system at the Buy More ...
  • Best Casey line of the night: "I don't like feeling like Team Chuck's little fat kid."
  • So, all you bigtime Bond fans: How did last night's references hold up?
  • Speaking of references, that Chuck-meets-Morgan-at-party scene had to be a straight-up parody of The OC, right?

Much as I liked this episode, I'd love to get an underlying plot thread or two going (besides "Chuck doesn't trust Casey and Sarah" or "Chuck misses major life events while spying," that is). And it seems like next week might be our chance, as Chuck heads back to Stanford and flashes on himself. Plus: Matthew Bomer returns as Bryce! Who else is pumped?

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sanD13 sanD13 9 years
haha i thought the ending with casey listening to the sandwich/desert island discussion was funny. and seriously how hot were captain awesome and ellie as adam and eve? and i dont remember the buy more guys' names but i thought it was hilarious how they dressed up as the old man and woman from the american gothic painting.
LVC LVC 9 years
moonbebe moonbebe 9 years
Absolutely love the show... It's definitely one that I make sure and watch the day it comes on!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I gave it a chance, and thought it was stupid. :oy:
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I loved this episode. Has anybody noticed that Capitan Awesome has not been saying awesome??? I totally had a whoa Morgan is hot moment when he walked in all suited up. The whole sandwich bit at the very end was priceless. I loved the look on Casey's face as he sat in his HIDEOUS robe :rotfl:
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 9 years
I think that Morgan is going to get kidnapped at the end of the season and that he will have his friend back because he'll have to tell him what is really happening. We'll see though. I really enjoyed last nights episode though. It was super!
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 9 years
This show is so good and chuck is the sweetest geek out there :love:
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
GO GO BRYCE AND HIS EYES!!! ( rimes) I didn't see it!!! :cry: we have change of hour, Chuck is one Hour earlier... I kind of make a run (well, ok, I RUN almost all the way) back home to see Heroes. But next week we have same time, so SEE YA THEN!!
caryatid caryatid 9 years
Seriously? I can't stand this show. I'm shocked at the support for it and the fact that it hasn't been canceled yet. I thought that Chuck and Journeyman were just surviving because they sandwich Heroes. I have watched far too much of both shows and find little watchable substance... Maybe I'm too picky? I also think I dislike Journeyman on principle because there is far too much in common with The Timetraveler's Wife.
amh678 amh678 9 years
I love Chuck! :)
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Last night's episode was great, but I'm just as sick of the "Chuck not trusting Sarah and Casey" stuff as you are. The other thing that's getting tired- Ellie thinking that Chuck is missing everything because of Sarah. At some point she's going to start thinking that Sarah is some crazy, possessive, psycho girlfriend. Next week's episode looks awesome- I can't wait to have Bryce back and to finally chip away at the whole Stanford mystery. This show's got really great supporting characters: Casey, Captain Awesome, and Ellie to name a few, and the 5 minutes that Bryce spent on screen in the pilot were some of my favorite of the series. I'm so psyched for next week- I'm definitely on Team "Love It."
Tink-Again Tink-Again 9 years
Haven't seen the last episode but I'm in the "love it part".
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
I have to say that i completly died when "Dice" started playing- the whole slow motion, running to the party to meet Morgan. Not only is that one of my favorite songs ever, but my favorite scene of my favorite episode of the OC. Classic.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
i'm definitely one of those who watched the pilot, found it 'eh' and decided to stop watching. but my computer's been down this week (the program i need anyway), so i caught up online, and i'm really, really lovin it! but i'll probably keep watching it online b/c no commercials=good. plus, it competes with himym, so... but the sandwich thing at the end: awesome!
Amity-A Amity-A 9 years
This show is winning my heart over one episode at a time. It's not appointment tv yet, but it's looking like it might become just that. My friend does the Chuck recap on Give Me My Remote and when I read her recap after an episode I missed, I realize how much I enjoy watching it.
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