Chuck season three -- An early look
by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 7th 2010 1:02PM
This Sunday night, Chuck returns to NBC for a special two-episode, two hour jump start into season three. Expect to be dazzled. NBC was good enough to send an impressive press kit for Chuck's new season, including five episodes.
For those of you who were concerned about how the show would handle the many changes promulgated by the end of last season, you can relax. While it's no spoiler to reveal that Chuck now has the fully integrated Intersect 2.0 inside his head, complete with martial arts skills and other talents (Flamenco guitar?) it's also not a surprise that having all that in his brain doesn't mean that life is any easier for a simple, Burbank IT guy.
Operation Bartowski remains an ongoing mission... subject to General Beckman's whim to pull the plug if she sees fit. However, there are questions raised about Casey and Sarah's part in the program, especially in light of the past. Add to that the emotional involvement between Chuck and Sarah and you have a potential for problems galore.
Their relationship is addressed early on in the new season. It may not be what you think, Chuck fans, because when faced with having to choose what he ultimately wants, Chuck makes a surprising choice. At least I was surprised.
There are also questions answered regarding the gang at the Buy More. By the way, did you know that Buy More sells giant screw-top canisters of orange cheese ball puffs? Apparently it does, and equally apparent is that Chuck develops quite a hankering for the orange globes of cheesy corn and fat. He becomes addicted. One of the enduring visions from the first episode is Bartowski vegged out and looking like something the cat dragged in (or coughed up), clutching said canister in his arms.
The Buy More and the yogurt shop remain part of the scene, as do most of Chuck's friends. Morgan's Hawaiian Beni-Hana dream hits a roadblock. Big Mike returns to management. Emmet encounters a situation that's unlike anything he's ever faced. Jeffster is... Jeffster.
Devon remains Awesome. He takes a much bigger role than past episodes, in part because he's in the loop about Chuck's secret life. And there are a bunch of new characters, including Daniel Shaw, an agent who's quite the super man. I say that with tongue in cheek because Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) is playing the part.
All in all, if you have been a fan of Chuck in the past two seasons, you will not be disappointed. And if you have been curious about Chuck but never tried it before, heed my words and start watching Sunday night! You won't find a more fun hour on NBC, perhaps not even across the dial. It's a feel-good show that deserves a bigger audience.