Chuck Versus the Role Models iPad recap

Tonight I’m trying out a new experiment to try to blog live on TV shows. If this works, I will obviously be right on time getting blogs out. The bad news is I have to type it up on my iPad. OK, that’s not really a problem.

Swoosie Kutz and Fred Willard guest star in this weeks episode of Chuck. Apparently the characters are legendary in the history of the CIA, and because they have been married for most of that time, the general believes Chuck and Sarah can learn a great deal from them.

Of course, we realize from the start that this couple hardly qualifies as role models for anyone. The tension is thick from Chuck’s apartment all the way to the bad guy’s house. And though our favorite couple were supposed to just observe, after Mrs Turner falls down in a drunken stupor, and her leering husband hurts his back to try to help her, it’s up to Chuck and Sarah to retrieve the software.

I really liked the sequence comparing Chuck and Morgan’s different stealth moments, naturally Morgan fails but the taller man has had a little more spy training and experience and succeeds without needing to shoot the tiger.

But alas, all is not what it seems. The Turners stop Chuck and Sarah, and taking the collar. You know what I love about Chuck is he acts like the female part of the relationship. Wanting to clean when he’s nervous is so very cute. I really hope the couple remains together at least for these last few episodes.

But if the signature couple is happy, we have to have angst elsewhere. I smell a triangle coming with Ellie and Awesome. Justin appears to be his own version of awesome. On this show looks are so deceiving. I bet we find out he’s a double agent later.

Wow, Swoosie does not look good in HD. I have a question, how did Otto know where Chuck lived? Oh the good ol’ tracking device. Hee, and they have no weapons. Had to know that was a bad idea. There sure are a lot of doors in Chuck’s place.

I swear that tiger looks small. Fully grown, my ass. Awwww, Morgan gets a slow-mo sequence. I do think the Turners coming back is a little too easy but the writers had to come up with these episodes quickly. And after all the angst from agent Superspy, I’m all fine with the rather cheesy but feel good ending of this episode. Next week’s looks like a doozy.

The State of my TV

So I know it’s been a long time since I’ve updated.  I apologize as I’m falling down on my NY’s resolutions stating I would post one blog per weekend.  (To be fair, recently I met one big resolution of cleaning out my garage.)  But it’s not all my fault, I am not that impressed with TV.  Let me discuss my current TV shows now:

The Office: Caught up to the episodes last night. I love The Office but it’s something I can watch later.  I’m really enjoying Andy and Erin right now and I got worried when they showed their foster brother.  And can I say I’m rooting for Dwight and Isabelle?

Law & Order: Ok, I’m enjoying this one the most, and not just because of my shipping compulsion for the two DAs.  I think it’s quality has vastly improved these last few years: the current cast, the writing, and finally becoming bolder with personal relationships.  Sadly, now that they moved the show, again, on Monday nights along it’s back to struggling in the ratings.  I’m hoping this has more to do with NBC still recovering from the colossal mistake of the Jay Leno show, but only time will tell.  I will state if you haven’t watched the episode, Innocence, you are missing the best episode of the year (and one that strays from the typical format of the show).

Chuck: Also on Monday nights, my interest has been reduced to zero.  The season started off so promising.  Then they introduced Superman as the next Doppelganger in the Chuck/Sarah relationship.  It’s startling that we’ve got to through this AGAIN, the Chuck/Sarah/Brett triangle made much more sense and had a  lot more layers.  Adding in Hannah doesn’t help, though I did like her, but again, it feels like a repeat of the Lou character and this show can do so much better.  I’ve watched few episodes and have no desire to tune in again.

CSI: I don’t know if it was my imagination or I’m a masochist, but for some stupid reason I get excited for Greg/Sara again.  The idea of Sara/Grissom makes me want to vomit for the rest of my life but maybe I could learn to let it go if she dumped his waddling ass for Greg (only for Greg to dump her ass).  I know that won’t happen.  There was this weird moment some time ago between them, thus I’ve been watching expectantly for a long time but nothing new.  Must have been my imagination.

Survivor: So Russell put one over on Rob.  Or one could say, Russell asked Tyson to switch his vote and the nimrod agreed which threw off Rob’s plan.  The only good news is it mainly hurt Tyson who I always hated anyway.  (Maybe even more than Russell except we’ve seen very little of Tyson).

Lost: They had me all the way up to Charlotte/Sawyer.  NO NO NO NO NO.  Must every ship I love have to be reduced to nothing?  ONe of the main reasons I supported the bomb exploding is that it SHOULD allow for both Daniel and Charlotte to be alive now, and they could have gotten together. Seeing Charlotte and Sawyer together was all kinds of wrong.  The good news is the follow up episode featured Richard pretty much the entire time and I can always get back to that.

V: It should start this week, right?

Glee: Can’t wait to April.

In Plain Sight & Criminal Intent: Should both premier on March 31st.  Looking quite forward to it.

A Month In

So we are a month into the new year. I’m already behind on one of my NY’s resolutions as I promised every weekend I would come up with an update.  So sorry, but I did post mid-week with that cute Lost video.  Doesn’t that give me some leeway?

I wasn’t exactly inspired to write about TV shows.  Survivor is coming out soon and I’m really tempted to focus on how Russell is NOT the greatest player the game has ever seen.  But that should be its own topic, not as a footnote in a summary blog.

So where to begin?  Right now Chuck is on and I’m letting Tivo record it.  Now that they have given us Agent Douche, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to have the FF button ready.  It’s not that he’s the newest threat to the Chuck/Sarah ship, but it’s just I realized he doesn’t have any flaws.  He’s got a past and obviously was crushed when his fiancée agent got killed on assignment.  And of course that will go hand in hand in Sarah’s wariness about her feelings for Chuck now that they are still part of the spy business.  My problem is he doesn’t have any flaws.  Chuck is insecure and prone to panic, Casey is fairly callous, and Sarah is overprotective of Chuck (Agent Douche is right about that).  While on that note, I do like this new Hannah chick but the show is dangerously close to making her pretty perfect too. I really do hate Mary Sue type characters, no matter, what gender.

I’m still watching CSI and I go about my life watching and enjoying the few times I see Greg on the show.  But my eyes did not deceive me that they gave us a freaking “Sandle” moment.  OMG, yes they did!  Sara and Greg actually shared a little bit about her *cough*disgusting*cough* marriage and how she seems happier in LV without her husband. I’m trying not to let me get sucked in.  But if Slynn begins writing a new FF, we will know the cold weather is because hell hath frozen over!

Heroes will be coming on soon.  I’m sure my girl Nolebucgrl is waiting patiently for me to log in so we can shake our heads and cringe at the dialogue/plot/character/non-twists we are forced to endure.  It really is quite extraordinary how this show has at least half a dozen chances to make something interesting, and they take the path of most boring every single time.  Tonight should feature Sylar and Peter locked in Sylar’s mind, no thanks to Matt who is supposed to be walking on the dark side this season, but only comes across like a teddy bear trying to convince kids baby aspirin is a narcotic.  If only he would turn against his wife Janice with the bad hair, she looks eerily like Kurt from Glee and it’s driving me insane as I do not want to see break into the numerous songs about Superman.

I’m also trying to wait patiently for Law & Order.  I thought there would be a new episode last week but alas, they broke my heart by giving me a rerun.  It’s Jay Leno’s fault I’m sure.

Lastly I know there is something I should be excited about.  What could that be?  I’m thinking up 8 different choices, but instead I get 15 answers which turns into 16 more questions that in 23 hours might happen.  What could it be?

Chuck So Far

So I believe we’ve had four episodes now of S3’s Chuck.  The finale last spring had Chuck uploaded with the Intersect 2.0.  An improved upgrade for sure, as he would be able to access skill sets loaded into it’s vast database.  I was worried this would turn Chuck away from the endearing yet nervous geek who’s ordinariness made him stand out as a unique yet reluctant hero.  I needn’t have worried, they have managed to keep Chuck’s low self confidence and typical tendency to panic which affects the Intersect’s ability to flash when he needs it most.  So while he can certainly be awesome, the inability to depend on him to use his newfound skills makes him a dangerous asset to have.  Finally, a small hint to an unknown danger was brought to us in the premier.  The new Intersect  might be unstable itself, especially given that Chuck was never meant to host it.  What could this mean?  I have no idea.  I would like to express my thoughts on the season thus far and the rest of the standard cast.

Casey-He hasn’t had a lot to do.  I adore Adam Baldwin and love it when he is used either as the straight man with Chuck or any of the other OTT Buy More employees.  Playing Carina’s “young” uncle was one of my favorite Casey moments.  Baldwin’s got great facial reactions and it’s been fun to watch his constant surprise when seeing Chuck being taken over by the Intersect.  He hasn’t had an episode about him yet this season, and I hope they don’t forget about him given all the other stuff evolving with the show.

Sarah-I was worried about how they would put distance between she and Chuck.  Since we weren’t sure if Chuck would get renewed, the show made sure to at least try to give some small closure to the couple, and let them admit their feelings for each other. I wasn’t really happy with that, I think Sarah’s feelings for Chuck were rushed in S1.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve wanted the geeky guy with the spy girl and love the concept, but find if Sarah can get her head turned by Chuck so quickly, her heart was never really in the spy business to begin with.  That said, if the show had been canceled, I’d have wanted to see Sarah go ahead and admit those feelings to Chuck because we would never get to see them after all.

Now that established, the show returns and now we’ve got to deal with Sarah and Chuck as a couple.  But it’s too early to deal with them as a couple so the show has to separate them.  Chuck breaking up with her is not something I would have thought they could pull off, but they did it well, and made it believable for us to believe his real intentions (saving the world for Sarah) while hurting her enough so now she’s going to try to keep that distance permanent.  Now that Bryce is out of the way, this is probably the only way they could introduce the new interloper.  I’m not sure what I think of using Superman to be the new Superspy.  He’s hot, but almost too pretty.  Is it just me or does his face not look real?  It’s what bugged me about Superman Returns.

Ellie/Awesome– Well, Ellie hasn’t been featured much at all this season except to be shown worried about her husband, Devon.  I didn’t expect to get so much into Awesome’s story, I remember how one note he was at the beginning.  But I’ve really enjoyed him being put into the one type of job you almost expect he could excel at, but wind up sucking.  He isn’t of spy material, and forgive me for saying how awesome it is for Devon to be in awe of Chuck for a change.  I even have to laugh that Chuck flashing to protect Devon triggered him to break out of his typical adjective usage, and call Chuck, “incredible.”  How awesome is that?

Morgan-He has been always my least favorite character.  Spare me the irritating, moronic and usually pathetic sidekick of the main hero of a show.  I think we were to ship he and Ellie together but, of course, no way would I wish him on any likeable female character so his relationship with Anna Wu was just fine, as she was the next character in line I detested.  All that said, THIS SEASON, I find myself really liking Morgan.  I don’t know what’s happened.  Maybe it’s because they have allowed him actually to grow a backbone.  Sure it’s a comedic one, but he not only stood up to Carina and told her “no”, but standing up to Lester who was being truly awful was pretty courageous for him.  I could get behind this Morgan, one who is out to do the right thing , even it means people really hate him for it.  I also liked (I can’t believe it) the scene between he and Carina after they had sex.  Telling him she had better but not many was kind of tender.  I might actually possibly ship them.

Buy More-I know, I’m supped to love this side story.  The geek part of me does, any technical references to gadgets or computers makes me smile.  But I used to work in retail, and I should be able to get into this sidestory, but it usually just irritates me.  Yes, I can let reality take a seat to the “spy” business or even the fact Sarah would give a damn about Chuck in the first place.  But I can’t enjoy the Buy More because it’s too over the top.  But watching Morgan finally set the law and get Lester in trouble was a step in the right direction.

I am not sure about the new superspy guy, or how long they can make Morgan likable and Awesome notawesome.  But I think this season so far has definitely been worth the long wait.