This week I begin a revisit with the awesomeness that is the television series, Chuck. I remember being completely enraptured with it from the first episode, which debuted on 24 September, 2007 – right when I needed some fun and joy.
The pilot for the series was written by series creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series introduces us to a member of the local Nerd Herd, think Geek Squad in Best Buy, Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi). He’s about to be plunged into a world that he’d only ever seen in movies and video games, and he may not be prepared for it.
When a slew of top secret files, known as the Intersect computer, gets downloaded into his brain by an old friend, Bryce (Matt Bomer), the government assigns a pair of agents to keep him safe. There’s Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) who is posing as Chuck’s girlfriend, and John Casey (Adam Baldwin).
Everything begins to impinge on Chuck’s real life, as he slowly gets pulled into spycraft, which includes keeping secrets from his best friend, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and Chuck’s sister, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and her boyfriend, Captain Awesome aka Devon (Ryan McPartlin).
Buried in pop culture references and lots of humour, the show engages from the off, and tends to be very relatable to most viewers. And the world he is plunged into is exciting and very familiar, but with a geeky twist, and lots of homages and nods to classic films that movie buffs, will love.
And from the off, the series starts its stunt casting by introducing us to Tony Todd’s character, as the CIA Director.
Versus the Helicopter, Chuck’s second episode, was written by Schwartz and Fedak, and directed by Robert Duncan McNeill (Star Trek: Voyager) who also serves as a series producer, it debuted on 1 October, 2007.
Intent on verifying the information Chuck is carrying in his head, the government assigns a doctor to investigate, but when the doctor’s car explodes, and there is a heavy implication that the government may have been involved, Chuck starts developing some serious trust issues. It also causes Casey and Sarah to face off against one another, with Chuck trapped in the middle.
Pop culture tie-ins include a subtle reference to the television show Lost, by referencing Oceanic Flight 815, and an appearance of an Oldboy poster in Chuck’s room.
Since the pilot, things have changed, geographically, Large Mart is no longer located right next to the Buy More, there’s now a restaurant known as Weinerlicious where Sarah works undercover (and begins posing as Chuck’s girlfriend), while Casey works undercover in the Buy More.
Trust issues apply to Chuck and Sarah as well as he tries to figure out cover versus relationship, and is still striving to prove he’s assistant manager material.
As the episode unfurls, the trio have a lot of misconceptions and lack of trust with each other, but through the story, they come together, work as a team, and Chuck gets tons of moments to shine, and show off the comedic side of the show, while also playing and twisting with the usual super spy tropes.
Chuck takes on more troubles, personal, professional and spy work next week.