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Chuck: Chuck vs. the Breakup

by Paul Goebel, posted Oct 14th 2008 8:32AM

Zach Levi(S02E03) "I'm living in a Lamborghini. You can't imagine how little leg room there is." - Von Hayes

I have to be honest, at this point, I am really over Chuck's crush on Sarah. Even if he had a realistic shot at landing a hottie like her, he has already acknowledged that while he is the Intersect, he can't be in a serious relationship. Isn't that why he stopped dating Lou? it just seems that he and Sarah have a lot on their plate right now and unless he wants to be the under qualified half of a Mr. & Mrs. Smith scenario, he needs to accept that their relationship is a cover and nothing else.

Since we're discussing tired premises, did they really do a jocks vs. nerds storyline? I thought Chuck was above that sort of thing. Never mind that fact that it really doesn't make sense that employees from another store spend way too much time using demo equipment that can be easily turned off but Chuck has always been a show that celebrates geeks and geek culture and to see the show sink to the level of Revenge of the Nerds is a sad sight indeed. On the plus side we did get to see Michael Strahan's brilliant acting skills.

Is it just me or has it been too long since Sarah Lancaster has been in anything besides her scrubs? I had actually forgotten that there are two gorgeous women starring on this show until she showed up at the Buy More.

Another part of the show that I've seen enough of is Chuck cowering and screaming every time bullets start flying. I know he's reacting honestly but it's gotten old. It reminds me of Ralph Hinkley still trying to master flying on The Greatest American Hero.

I enjoyed seeing Steve Valentine again and it made me realize how much he added to Crossing Jordan. Seeing his hyper-intensive act made me laugh just like it did back in the crypt with Bug and Dr. Macy.

While Sarah can clearly take care of herself, I find it hard to believe that she would be in the hospital without some sort of backup. How is she supposed to defend herself when she's asleep or unconscious. While we're at it, is it really that easy to find out the room number of a total stranger in a hospital?

While Bryce is obviously cut from douchebag cloth, I was always willing to cut him a break because of how he saved Chuck from being recruited. However, he wore out his welcome in this episode. It doesn't seem realistic that he would come into the scenario that Chuck, Sarah and Casey have tried to perfect and assume there is a place for him. Moreover, are we to believe that a guy who gave his life to destroy the Intersect and then be brought back from the dead could still be hung UPI on his ex-partner?

Maybe they're nitpicks but I had a lot of problems with this episode not the least of which was Mitt's unfunny and racist Yoko comment. To sum up, with the exception of the last ten minutes, I really didn't dig this episode

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Christine

Oh! And Casey ending up with the cash, the runaway and shooting the bad guy was totally Oh Snap!

October 15 2008 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christine

I'm not going to trash your review because you're stating your opinion and that's cool.

My opinion was that the episode was full of funny. Between Casey wanting to enlist the little Asian spitfire to Chuck trying to backtrack calling the bad guy an evil elf to Bryce tricking Chuck yet again into being uploaded, I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. Oh and Captain Awesome having Chuck's back? Totally AWESOME!

October 15 2008 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
superrrguy

This show is getting hard to watch. I have to agree, chuck screaming everytime bullets fly is old. What's up with the secret base under the fast food shop?

Is it me or was Sarah a lot hotter last season. Brice sucks. He's a head shorter than everyone else and he died in the 1st episode.

The stupid Buy More plots make me feel like I'm working @ Best Buy.

I'm still a little confused as to how Chuck got all the government secrets in his head. Even Johnny Mnemonic needed a memory upgrade.

October 15 2008 at 3:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julio

"Indeed. And I have to wonder what that Intersect Update was all about."

IMO that was Bryce's way of saving Chuck. He knew as soon as the Intersect is up and running Chuck is DOA.

October 15 2008 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin

I am getting tired of the we're together we are apart thing happening between sara and chuck, come on lets stop with the OC drama and choose one or the other. It is obvious that she likes chuck as much as he does her but she has yet to say anything of her feelings to him.

I am also tired of Bryce, come on bring him back from the dead, then a few episodes later put him on a special assignment with sara...come on give our hero a break!!!

I really like the show but as the episode's progress I get more and more discouraged as to what is going on with their relationship.

October 14 2008 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent

Well, while I agree it wasn't the best episode and that the Jock vs nerds part was bad (though I disliked it for other reasons than you, I think), I think this review is still perhaps overly harsh. And I certainly don't recall finding anything racist about that joke...*shrug* Even with a few not so great parts, Chuck is just so fun and cute that it's hard not to have a good time even watching one of the less stellar episodes. My more moderate opinion of this episode can be found at http://tinyurl.com/4v2ujv...feel free to disagree, but I think I at least found a lot more to like than this review. Of course every opinion is valid, I just can't fully see eye to eye on this one. Or with many of the TV Squad reviews as of late : /

October 14 2008 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Wow--sorry you had such a negative experience with this episode. Most people seem to have liked it as much as I did. And as much as Alan Sepinwall did, who actually had interesting and analytical things to say, instead of just a list of nitpicks.

No one says you have to love every episode of every show, but you ought to at least have an appreciation for what a show is trying to do, and the ability to recognize when they do it well.

October 14 2008 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nattyff

chuck is a show with a stupid premise, and it's always has been, and that is what i like about the show and what's makes it funny, is a spy spoof... that's the idea!!!

I like the episode, and i like when bryce appears, bring him back!!! :)

October 14 2008 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DanGarion

OMG they called an asian girl that was defending her man Yoko!!!! OH NOES!!!! CALL DA POLICE!

October 14 2008 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

Clearly I am not the only person who thought this "review" was pathetic. No real clue of what the story was in this article and the person clearly is not a fan of the show. Is it really hard to find a fan of the show who can pay attention to the details and can write a few paragraphs on the show? Heroes had a good review today, so this is clearly an issue with Paul Goebel.

I thought it was another fun episode, and I enjoyed the Buy More scenes very much. Keep in mind this is basically two shows. One is "The Office" in a Best Buy clone, and the other is a spy-thriller. Looking for stupid little nitpicky errors in a show that revolves around a man with a super-computer uploaded into his brain that somehow has information on every single terrorist and their possessions is just stupid. Suspend disbelief and enjoy the show for what it is. It's surely better than Dancing With The Stars...

October 14 2008 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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