April 26, 2010

Episode Review: CHUCK, "Chuck vs. the Honeymooners"

After two weeks off, Chuck is back and we pretty much picked up right where we left off. Chuck and Sarah are finally together and enjoying couplehood. Casey and Morgan are the Odd Couple of the spy world. Oh and we also got some Awesome/Ellie and Jeffster stuff too. This week's episode was jam-packed with pretty much everything: action, comedy, romance, and downright silliness. Despite everything that was thrown in to the episode, I felt that it was only OK.

Don't get me wrong, an OK episode of Chuck is still pretty great. I guess I just liked the first part of the season because it was trying to do something different. Tonight's episode was pretty much like every other episode of Chuck except we got too much "Suck" PDA. I know that I'm in the minority, but I preferred dark Chuck over silly Chuck.

Chuck and Sarah are finally together but they're just as indecisive as ever. The majority of the episode was the new couple trying to figure out if they want to run away and be normal or keep being spies while being lovers. Of course they picked the latter so no harm, no foul. Again, I'm in the minority because I liked Chuck and Sarah as partners, but I'm not quite on board with them as a couple. Call me heartless, but there was way too much mushy stuff for my liking, but I did like watching them kick ass Bryce & Sarah style. I know it's to be expected that they're going to be all up on each other; I just hope it dies down sooner than later.

The one couple I actually care about is the new dynamic duo of Casey and Morgan. The two have classic comedy stylings with Casey being the straight man to Morgan's slapstick goofball. It's going to be interesting watching them mesh as a team. My only gripe is it seems like Casey is going to be easier on Morgan than he was with Chuck, which doesn't make too much sense since Chuck has actual skills. I guess this is Casey's version of growth.

All of the Ellie/Awesome, Jeffster stuff could have been completely cut out and I would have been fine with it. Jeff and Lester have always been two of my least favorite characters, and there was not enough Awesome for me to care much about the B-plot. Also, Ellie's overreaction to leaving Chuck just seemed odd and creepy to me. Her relationship with Chuck just seems unhealthy. Props to Jeffster Unplugged though because I couldn't help but chuckle when they started singing "On a Jet Plane".

I know that I need to jump on board the "Suck" train since the two kids are going to be together until the inevitable break-up (assuming we get another season), but I kind of want to see some more intense episodes instead of these goofier ones. It's all about balance I suppose.


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