Continuing my can’t-wait-til-premiere-night viewing, I just watched the pilot of the new show “Chuck” (which premieres this Monday at 8). This ties with Sarah Connor Chronicles as my favorite new show. SCC is drama, Chuck is comedy. When I’d seen blurbs about Chuck, it didn’t really catch my eye. I was sort of “eh” about it. But last night, while waiting for Resident Evil 3 to start, the theater showed a preview of Chuck. It seemed to have potential, so I downloaded it…and OMG, I loved it within the first few minutes.
Spoilers after the break…
While the premise might be silly (Chuck gets government secrets downloaded into his head), the writing is *hilarious* and the delivery is spot-on—the casting of Chuck and his buddy seem to be one of those casting miracles that doesn’t happen as often as it should. The guys playing Chuck and his pal have a natural sense of comedic timing, and it makes the show a delight. The guy playing Chuck, Zachary Levi, really reminds me of the main Scrubs actor, and he has that same silliness to him and ability to do comedy that is so natural. You can’t fake that stuff—you have it or you don’t. Thankfully Zach has it, as does Josh Gomez who plays Morgan, Chuck’s buddy. The pilot was just so funny overall…I laughed pretty hard several times. But the underlying threat of the seriousness of what Chuck is now embroiled in is there, just below the comedy, and it works out well. But the show does not take itself seriously, which makes it that much more fun.
Fav scenes: The supercomputer shown in the beginning that held all the secrets was a freaking Mac Classic!!! That had me laughing immediately! Ok, it was obviously plugged into a larger network haha, but using that model was brilliant and really set the tone for the show: laughing at itself while having a damn good time doing it. Then there was Bryce’s getaway. The several first scenes w/Chuck. Chuck at work at the store “Buy More.” “If only I could remember what was in my hero’s satchel.” Tony Todd. Adam Baldwin. Sarah trying to steal the computer. Chuck’s coworker saying the hard drive was “…murdered!” I could go on…lol. I’m not sure there was anything I didn’t like about it (well, a couple of scenes were clunky, but they stood out only because the rest was so much fun, and the rest being fun really helps you forget the bits that seemed slow), which does create a problem…I hope the rest of the episodes are as good! I’ll be happily tuning in to find out.