Reasons to love ‘Chuck’

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Chuck is an American comedy action/spy drama show that aired 2007-2011 starring Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez and Adam Baldwin. I started watching it not long after it first aired but only watched halfway through season 2, now I am finally finishing it. I have not stopped watching it for the past week or so. And here are a few reasons why I love it and would recommend to others

7. Action – as a spy show, there is guaranteed action and though Sarah (Strahovski) and Casey (Baldwin) as the veteran spies can kick some serious ass, Chuck (Levi) when he flashes with the Intersect and as quoting him (or The Matrix) he “knows kung fu”. Suddenly, the tall clumsy computer nerd can beat all the bad guys. I do like some good action sequences, whether its hand to hand or crazy gun fights. It’s all a lot of fun, especially on a show like Chuck.

6. Laughs – This show has great comedy aspects. Levi’s timing and his easy going acting makes for many laughs. Though the sub plots surrounding the Buy More are used as the comic storytelling for the show, I appreciate the humour that surrounds the main story line about Chuck himself a lot more. And his spy missions that never quite work out as planned. When Chuck gets better at spying in later seasons, adding Morgan (Gomez) to the team adds comic relief for their missions, plus more hilarity for the Casey/Morgan dynamic. The lighthearted comedy adds a lot of appeal to the show

5. Cries – Surprising for what first seems to be mostly comedy and action, the emotional depth makes this show so much better. Chuck is continually referred to as being emotional and therefore not good spy material, but for the show its fantastic and makes the concept of the show a lot smarter. Even small parts such as Casey killing someone for Chuck to bigger moments when his father dies and Chuck feels defeated. It might not make you sob, but I was definitely letting out a few tears. Chuck’s passion for the people he loves is heartwarming to say the least.

4. The family and friends – Most of the sub plots of the show surround the minor characters – the Buy More employees and Chuck’s sister Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and his brother-in-law Devon aka Awesome (Ryan McPartlin). Though sometimes seen as a nuisance , especially as Chuck spends less and less time doing his regular day job, they are still important to Chuck, and at times inadvertently help out on a mission. Ellie and Devon add more complication to Chuck’s spy life and one thing I like is that Devon finds out before anyone else – even his best friend Morgan. The family shows more serious and grounding side to the show – highlighting the danger of a spy and complications of leading a double life, but the comedic ways Chuck uses to cover it make it very entertaining – and also a little frustrating that Ellie doesn’t know for three years.

3. John Casey – Also known as the man they call Jayne, I can’t help but love Adam Baldwin, whatever he is doing. Though he is clearly different to his character of Firefly, Jayne Cobb, the gruff attitude and a love for firearms and fighting creates a striking similarity. However, Casey has a better character development. He goes from the straight laced NSA agent always doing his job, and often irritated by Chuck’s presence, to really caring for him and others, risking his job and life to help Chuck, not always sticking to protocol. His funny one liners and the fact he growls at people, Casey is one of my favourites on this show.

2. Sarah Walker – As the show is mostly from Chuck point of view, the audience has to fall in love with the sexy blonde CIA agents when Chuck does. Though I have no issue with this. I like her character a lot. Sarah is strong and feisty who can easily hold her own in any situations and even the dramatic moments for Sarah do not feel over done or clichéd.  Although it’s all fictional, I love the romance between Sarah and Chuck, made much more enjoyable by the brilliant and genuine chemistry between Levi and Strahovski. Though Sarah is an independent woman, the development of her relationship with Chuck is believable in the reality of the show. It is never blown out of proportion.

1. The man himself, Chuck – Zachary Levi seems like he was born to play this role. Effortlessly charming – the Bartowski charm as it is known in the show, lovable, caring. There is an endless list of why I like his character. Put simply he is adorable demonstrated by the line in Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror season 4, he states how he avoids scary movies and mainly sticks to PG-13. He is a top spy, yet he doesn’t shut down his emotions which inevitably makes his character even better. He is charming, funny and also handsome, and what ultimately makes him great is his determination to love and protect the people close to him in his life.

 

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About Monica Jowett

I am a graduate of the University of South Wales, where I studied Film Studies. I write reviews and articles for my own blog and other sites, and spend a lot of my time living and breathing all things film related. I love films and TV. I avoid horror as I am a little too jumpy, but do have an unashamed love for soppy chick-flicks.
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