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Review: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Nacho Sampler'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:05AM
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(S03E06)
What happens when an honest guy like Chuck becomes a spy? Apparently he becomes a stone-cold liar and deceptive schnook. Or maybe that's just Chuck Bartowski. The more he becomes a spy, the more Chuck is morphing into someone he doesn't like very much. And if you think Chuck is upset about his changing, his nearest and dearest are even more conflicted. More on that and Hannah, the new Nerd Herder, after the jump.

Picking up where they left off last week, Chuck has gotten Hannah into BuyMoria and she's the cutest geek you've ever seen. She wears the tie and skirt really well. Presumably she knows a lot about IT, but we didn't get a chance to see her do anything other than drive Morgan to distraction. Morgan was Vicky Vailed the moment he saw her, all slow motion, hair swaying as she strode. He should have said she Lana Langed him considering the 'Smallville' connection.

Meanwhile, Chuck's become pretty cocky about the spy game. Based on the Paris mish -- Chuck speak for mission -- he was ready to work an asset. That's where the problem ensued because the subject, Manoosh, was another Chuck. Two geeky guys who dropped out of prestigious universities sucked into big-boy spy games. Manoosh thought he knew what he was doing, but he really was a Tranquenstein, a monster. Having figured out how to harness the Intersect technology, he was actually trying to screw over the Ring. Maybe that made him more suicidal than evil.

Unlike Chuck, it was hard to like Manoosh. He wasn't charming or funny, just nerdy and kind of nasty. He acted like the world owed him a favor. His sense of entitlement extended to the nacho sampler!

The sequence in fake Dubai was light on the action. Was the plate Chuck flung really forceful enough to knock someone out? Seemed kind of lame. And once again, we had Chuck hesitating instead of acting. One of these weeks that might get him killed. However, at least he flashed when he needed to get into the battle with the knife.

Crucial changes are afoot. Morgan and Ellie have both realized that Chuck's been lying, and in Ellie's case, it's affecting her marriage. She knows Awesome too well and he's not acting right -- he's not working out! The very idea that Morgan has Jeff and Lester investigating Chuck is hilarious ... unless they figure out what's going on. And if they do figure out what's going on, it may spell the end of Chuck using Buy More as a cover.

No Daniel Shaw this week. Too bad. A little Brandon Routh would have been welcomed.

Other points of interest

-- Awesome cannot handle lying under any circumstances. That means Awesome is not so awesome after all. It does make him a good husband, though.

-- It was sweet how protective Chuck was of Hannah, saying that he was Jack Hannah while everyone else at Buy More were vultures and predators. But then he was off to the yogurt store and she was left high and dry.

-- Morgan used all the data about Hannah to get in good with her, then it all blew up in his face when he found out about Chuck flying to Paris. Way to have a poker face there, Morgan.

-- Manoosh's reaction to Sarah mimicked Chuck's initial reaction to meeting her, right down to the line, "This is the best day of my life."

-- Was that a free plug for Johnny Walker Black?

[For clips and episodes of 'Chuck', go to SlashControl.]

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Daniel Shaw

Daniel Shaw is a great character, it's an honour for hime to be named after me :-) http://www.danielshaw.sk

February 09 2010 at 7:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

This was a great episode, Chuck is really starting slide down that slippery slope to being a cold hearted spy. I am really looking forward to seeing how this Ellie/Morgan suspicion plays out, will they find out, will chuck be able to cover up what he does, should be interesting.

I think the moment that Chuck will really become spy is if/when he has to actually kill someone (doing the 'morgan' doesn't count) it will be to protect someone he cares about (sarah, ellie, etc), but if/when this happens it will be a defining moment

February 02 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

This is easily the best season of Chuck so far. The character development has been great and I've even enjoyed the "special guest stars" Brandon Routh and Kristin Kreuk -- and I was not a fan of Kristin Kreuk on Smallville. It will be interesting to see where they take Chuck this season. Things are about to get out of hand with Morgan and Ellie, which could create all kinds of interesting problems.

February 02 2010 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Argus

Yeah a big ceramic plate hurled into your head would knock you out.

February 02 2010 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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GL

Heck yeah.

February 02 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Reuven

I really enjoyed the episode, but I wonder if they wasted an opportunity by not turning Manoosh into a more long-term nemesis for Chuck. Their similarities would have made them a perfect match.

February 02 2010 at 4:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Chuck

I thought the same thing--and I'm hoping somehow he's able to escape and return as a baddie.

February 02 2010 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

My favorite episode of the season so far. I really like how this season is turning out... I wasn't so thrilled with the premiere, but now I see where they are going.

February 02 2010 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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James

This is easily the best season of Chuck so far. The character development has been great and I've even enjoyed the "special guest stars" Brandon Routh and Kristin Kreuk -- and I was not a fan of Kristin Kreuk on Smallville.

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February 09 2010 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley Boyd

Tranqenstein was Casey! Brilliant line. In fact a lot of great Casey-related things this week. Weap-Con. And the fact that this year he gets to right it off as a business expense.

And the "frak off" shirt. They know their audience well.

February 02 2010 at 3:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RevJonathan

I am so confused. Could it be that Kristin Kreuk is actually a good actress? All those years on Smallville she delivered cringe-worthy lines weekly. She's doing so much better on Chuck.

February 02 2010 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DanGarion

Same thing I was saying to my wife.

February 03 2010 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The1337

I loved the character development in the episode. Chuck is evolving into a real spy and his deception of Manoosh and Ellie shows the danger the spy world brings to someone who is at heart a good person. While Sarah started off as the cold agent, it is now Chuck in that position, and it scares her.

Review of the episode on my blog:
http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/2010/02/review-chuck-season-3-episode-6-chuck.html

February 02 2010 at 3:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex from Ars

- It's "Johnnie Walker".

- How awesome was it that the "mobile interrogation unit" was named the EM-50 (after the "Urban Assault Vehicle" in "Stripes", I presume).

February 02 2010 at 2:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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