Chuck (2009/2010) – Versus the Ring, and Versus the Pink Slip

Season two of Chuck comes to its conclusion with Chuck Versus the Ring. Written by one of the series creators Chris Fedak and Ali Adler, and directed by Robert Duncan McNeill, it first aired on 27 April 2009. Chuck (Zachary Levi) may in fact be rid of the Intersect, thanks to his father, Steve (Scott…

Chuck (2009) – Versus the Lethal Weapon, and Versus the Predator

Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) adventures in his personal and professional life continue this week as Cole Barker (Jonathan Cake) the MI6 agent that seems to have some chemistry with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) resurfaces in Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon. Written by Zev Borow and Matthew Lau, the episode first debuted on 9 March, 2009. It sees…

Chuck (2009) – Versus the Best Friend, and Versus the Beefcake

Chuck (Zachary Levi) tries to help Morgan (Joshua Gomez) deal with the break-up of he and Anna (Julia Ling) but trouble ensues when Chuck flashes on Anna’s new boyfriend. Chuck Versus the Best Friend was written by Ali Adler and first debuted on 23 February, 2009. And while the team, gets pulled in on the…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – In a Mirror, Darkly Part II, and Demons

Captain’s log: 18 January, 2155 The mirror universe two-parter comes to a conclusion this week in an episode written by Micheal Sussman from a story by Manny Coto. It first debuted (with its altered opening credits sequence) on 29 April, 2005. Archer (Scott Bakula) has seized control of the U.S.S. Defiant from the Prime Universe,…

Pickup on South Street (1953) – Samuel Fuller

Jean Peters sizzles in this spy/crime film noir that is another film mentioned in Philip Kemp’s Movies book. It also falls into the category of how had I never heard of this film before? As it ticks a lot of my boxes, spies, film noir… it’s a corker! Candy (Peters) is on the subway, and…

Chuck (2008) – Versus the Gravitron, and Versus the Sensei

Chuck (Zachary Levi) is going to have problems this week as Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) have learned Jill’s (Jordana Brewster) secret. Chuck Verus the Gravitron was written by one of the series creator’s Chris Fedak, and first aired on 25 November, 2008. Casey and Sarah have learned that Jill is a Fulcrum…

The Living Daylights (1987) – John Glen

It’s time for another Bond film to join the 007 on the book shelf. And we come to one of my favourites, and the first one I ever saw in the theatre. Until this one came along, I had worked my way through the James Bond films in no semblance of order, as I was…

Chuck (2007/2008) -Versus the Crown Vic, and Versus the Undercover Lover

Chuck (Zachary Levi) goes undercover this week in Chuck Versus the Crown Vic. Written by Zev Borow, this episode first aired on 3 December, 2007. When Chuck flashes on a counterfeit bill, he, Sarah (Yvone Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) go undercover to find out what is going on, but Chuck’s lack of experience causes…

From Russia With Love (1957) – Ian Fleming

This week I dove into Ian Fleming’s fifth James Bond novel, and the one that was most closely adapted for the big screen, though SPECTRE is slipped into the film version, whereas in this tale it is simply east versus west as SMERSH, the Russian spy organisation comes up with a plan to humiliate the…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Extinction, and Rajiin

Captain’s log: date unknown LeVar Burton directs this episode that was written by Andre Bormanis. And despite Bormanis’ previous efforts, this one isn’t his strongest. First airing on 24 September, 2003, the story sees Archer (Scott Bakula) Reed (Dominic Keating) and Sato (Linda Park) slowly transforming into alien creatures after arriving on a planet. The…

Chuck (2007) – Versus the Sizzling Shrimp, and Versus the Sandworm

Professional, spycraft, and personal get more mixed up for Chuck (Zachary Levi) this week as he tangles with a Chinese agent, and has his first stakeout in this episode written by Scott Rosenbaum. Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp first aired on 22 October, 2007, and sees lots of humour and trouble arising as the stakeout…