Review: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Nacho Sampler'
by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:05AM
(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?
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