Chuck: Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer
(S02E05) I knew it! Others have thought video games were nothing but mind-numbing entertainment that produced a generation of nerds, dweebs, and creators of Red Bull. But they were more...much more. They were keys to, pardon the phrase, weapons of mass destruction. What dual roles have other video games had during their history? Space Invaders as the guide map for the invasion of Iraq? Pac-Man the secret plan to solve America's energy crisis? And...and...what about Grand Theft Auto? Okay, that's really mind-numbing entertainment. But, that's beside the point!
This is just further proof that you need to take your children's video game consoles and toss them into the deepest pit in the farthest land. Well, except for the Wii, because you can exercise and play games at the same time. Brilliant! And, hey, if your kids ask you where they should put their missile launch codes, tell them to place them in a shoe box under their beds. Just the way you did when you were their age.
Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. Let's get on with this week's review.
It's probably not stretching too much if I say that this installment of Chuck was one of the weaker of the season. Something was just missing. It was probably the loss of interaction between Chuck and his other CIA playmates that left that void. The connection between all of them has changed this season as Mr. Bartowski has grown into his role as super spy and world saver. So, his jump back down into the world of Buy More was somewhat of a let down.
This doesn't mean that a 'Buy More' episode wasn't warranted. Over the last four episodes the Nerd Herd have been demoted down to second story status with a number of Chuck-less plots. Having Chuck get back into the swing of things was a good idea, especially since this was sort of a break from the character's death-defying adventures. I just think the concept of was not the best.
It wasn't the idea of Atari's Missile Command being a vessel that stored launch commands that was bad. It was how it was played out. It felt awkward and, to be honest, kind of forced. It was hard to tell if the mention of Atari was a product placement or not. They're still a powerful player in the video game market, but to the point of name dropping on a 25-year-old game? It was just weird. That so many people would come out and see Jeff, the former Missile Command champion of the '80s, attempt to reach the kill screen was even weirder.
Speaking about Buy More -- we did at sometime in this piece, didn't we? -- why haven't Chuck and the rest of the gang been fired yet? Every time we turn around they're having a party, or Mad Max fights in the cage, or video game demonstrations. Luckily, Emmett Milbarge has been brought in to get the store in tip-top shape. It looks like he'll be staying for a bit as well in the role of assistant manager. While it may be a small role, it is good to see Tony Hale on a comedy show again. He exudes just enough weasel to have us both like and dislike him at the same time.
There were a few good things that took place this week. First, Chuck finally received his degree from Stanford, which closes at least that chapter in his life. This may have stopped his sister from worrying about all of the plans Chuck put on the back burner, but it doesn't stop him from contemplating his dual life on a daily basis and wondering when it will end. Another fine moment was Chuck's decimation of all of those missile during Missile Command. No one ever knew why video games and Rush's song 'Tom Sawyer' were interconnected. Now we know it involves mathematical equations.
That's it for Chuck this time around. Mr. Bartowski is taking some time off due to Saturday Night Live's election special next Monday. He'll be back in two weeks when he faces the greatest threat to his life since he became a super spy: his ex-girlfriend. See you then.
|Yeah, it was not that great.||90 (14.9%)|
|It was okay, just a bit forced when it came to product palcement||221 (36.6%)|
|Best episode of the season!||235 (38.9%)|
|Missle Command? Why not Zaxxon?||58 (9.6%)|