Review: Chuck - Chuck vs. the Angel de la Muerte
by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 12th 2010 1:21AM
(S03E03) With two strong opening episodes, Chuck has been off and running in this third season. Even the ratings have been great. Would episode three be on target like the others? Survey says: yes.
Oh, it wasn't a perfect show, but it was fun to see Devon -- Dr. Awesome -- getting some major attention and almost a cliffhanger ending. More after the jump. Light up a double corona cigar and let's go.
Same old, same old CIA mission. Oh, Chuck, how you have changed. In some ways. He actually finds the missions 'old hat.'
This mission involved protecting a former Communist dictator, Premier Alejandro Goya, a Castro type (sans bushy beard), that Casey has personally tried to kill three times. Oops. His bad. So much for the Angel of Death rep. Armand Assante was in full el porko mode, i.e. hammy, mode.
For a switch, Chuck got to see how it is to be on a mission with someone like him. Someone like he used to be, pre-training. In other words, an amateur. Dr. Awesome may not be a spy, but he proved he was an awesome M.D.
Nice to see that the Intersect included directions for how to be a doctor. Do you think every episode is going to have Chuck display some skill or talent that he's never had before but does now because of the thing in his head? "It's just like Operation," did take the edge off. The dancing was a nice touch, like the Spanish guitar in another episode.
Okay, the ending. Devon's one last patient before going home to Ellie was the assassin. By the way, as an assassin, his weapon was really old-fashioned. I would have expected a more pistol-like injector.
What did Sarah whisper to Chuck? And was she hugging him because it was so bad that we have to worry? Okay, that's a relief. The previews show that Devon is not dead ... but what a dumb move by NBC. Without the previews, I would have been left thinking that Devon might be dead. That would have been much more dramatic.
In fact, I had the screener for this show, and it did not include the preview, so for a while I did think the show had taken the risky move of killing off Devon. Even though it wasn't a long time before I screened the next episode and realized Devon wasn't dead, I thought it was a game-changer ...
Other points of interest
-- 2000, nine years ago. You can tell it's a long time because the wedding album is actually a book. Today it would be a web site and all digital. No, just kidding; I'm sure folks still like the album. Still, doesn't it seem like 2000 was just yesterday?
-- Wow! I had no idea that Ellie was such a wild woman. Her fooling around with Devon after she just met him was pretty wicked.
-- Awesome also describes Casey. Marine indeed. By the way, he's as anti-Commie as a 1950's John Wayne movie.
-- Chuck looked very fetching in the tux. And Ellie's party dress was gorgeous.
-- No Buy More. Did you miss Morgan and Lester and Jeff? Some critics want Chuck to drop that whole segment of the show. Weigh in with your thoughts ...