Chuck - Pilot Episode ***SPOILERS***

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  1. Sep 7, 2007 #1 of 120

    bpurcell TMBG Fan

    Mar 16, 2005
    Fairfield, CA
    I was able to watch the pilot episode of NBC's Chuck tonight...legally. Blockbuster Online has a Preview DVD available for rent-by-mail that includes the pilots for Chuck, Journeyman, and Life. Unfortunately, they only had a 2 minute teaser of Bionic Woman, which is the show I really wanted to see. :(

    Anyway, I had no idea what Chuck was about before watching it. Based on the picture, I thought it was some silly office comedy. Now I see they're going more towards the Action/Comedy route.

    I "think" I like the show, but I'm not sold yet. The government agents are silly cardboard characters, which really took me out of the storyline. I enjoyed the show, but I don't know if I'd want to see a whole season. So many things happened with no explanation. First, since they have a computer that has all this info, why would they need Chuck still? Why was the email program able to place all that info in his brain? Why is CIA and NSA fighting about this? How does a CIA agent get away with throwing daggers at NSA agents and not get in trouble for that?
  2. Sep 7, 2007 #2 of 120

    spikedavis New Member

    Nov 23, 2003
    You're not supposed to probe the show this deeply. The premise is like a Creme Brule crust. But I liked it too.
  3. Sep 11, 2007 #3 of 120

    JustAllie Number crunchin'

    Jan 4, 2002
    Arlington, VA
    I just finished watching the free Amazon Unbox download of Chuck.

    Fun and intriguing. Not to be taken too seriously, of course, but still more than "just" a comedy. There was plenty of action.

    This one is definitely a keeper. :up:

    It premieres on NBC on Sept. 24, so it should be showing up in the guide data soon.
  4. Sep 11, 2007 #4 of 120

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002
    I thought the same thing from the commercials and such I have seen. Those clearly focused on the comedy aspect. I had no idea it was some kind of closeted high espionage pseudo-thriller.

    To be honest while I found it mildly amusing at first when it switched to that mode, by the end I had tired head and could not care to see another minute. If that is what the show intends to be, I can't see myself being there.
  5. Sep 11, 2007 #5 of 120

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    I liked it. Alot. :)

    I think it will be kind of structured like "Monk" and "Psyche" where the plot is just an excuse to stick the characters in situation where they can be funny.
  6. Sep 11, 2007 #6 of 120

    MickeS Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I enjoyed it very much too. Seemed too high concept to pull off and make it funny at first, but I think they did a good job. I will definitely keep watching.
  7. Sep 11, 2007 #7 of 120

    modnar Active Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    Arkansas, USA
    Not bad. I wasn't blown away, but I'll definitely tune in to the show (for a while, at least).
  8. Sep 11, 2007 #8 of 120
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    They don't have a computer with all this info--Bryce destroyed it. The email program was able to download all that info into Chuck's brain because the script said so. The CIA and NSA are fighting because they both want control over the info in Chuck's brain. And government spy agency agents are never accountable for their actions.

    See how easy that was? Obviously, you don't watch enough television. :D
  9. Sep 11, 2007 #9 of 120

    aus1ander New Member

    Sep 17, 2004
    I dunno, I didn't find this show as funny as all the promos were pitching it. In fact, I found it pretty uninteresting.
  10. Sep 11, 2007 #10 of 120

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    I just watched this last night. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would.

    Compared to similar show "Reaper" (i.e., unsuspecting slacker dude fumbling with powers bestowed upong him), I think I liked the comedy in Reaper a lot more.

    Reaper looks likely to mostly a monster-of-the-week show, while Chuck might have the benefit of an ongoing storyline which I tend to prefer. But from watching the pilot, not sure I'll have any interest in the storyline.

    Will set an SP and give it a go.
  11. Sep 11, 2007 #11 of 120

    USAFSSO Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    Las Cruces, NM
    Liked it. It has potential. But probably will be canceled by Thanksgiving.
    (liked the Amazon Unbox preview)
  12. Sep 12, 2007 #12 of 120

    Kamakzie Are you serious bro?

    Jan 7, 2004
    The blond in her skivvy's sold me! :D
  13. Sep 12, 2007 #13 of 120

    brott at redh dot com

    Feb 23, 2001
    Pleasanton, CA
    Absolutely. Chuck is a keeper. I've seen it twice already on my PC and plan on watching the Pilot a 3rd time in HD when it finally airs.
  14. Sep 12, 2007 #14 of 120

    harrinpj Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    I was thinking the same thing. I hope they keep that up.
  15. Sep 12, 2007 #15 of 120

    GerryGag New Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    Hamden, CT
    Liked it. Should pair up nicely with Heroes.

    I didn't realize McG (Charlie's Angels) was behind it. Definitely saw some of that style throughout the show.
  16. Sep 12, 2007 #16 of 120

    jgerry save vinyl

    Aug 29, 2001
    I watched it last night from Amazon Unbox. Decent! I think I'll give it a try during the season.

    I didn't realize McG was behind this show either. That makes me more interested in making it a keeper. I was a big fan of Fastlane, which he also did. LOVED that show and its not too serious attitude. I was sad to see it go.

    One thing I was really impressed with was the quality of the picture from Amazon Unbox. I've been Tivo-less for over a year (Comcast DVR) but just installed my new TivoHD yesterday. No Cablecards yet but I can do Unbox + OTA + QAM. The OTA HD quality is exceptional, QAM recording is disgustingly awful. Unbox, even at 480i (basically DVD resolution, right?) looks great. I did use the Tivo's aspect control set to zoom, and I got a pretty nice full-frame 16x9 picture.
  17. Sep 12, 2007 #17 of 120

    MickeS Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Yeah, the quality of this one was very good. Better than most of the Unbox stuff I have downloaded before.
  18. Sep 12, 2007 #18 of 120

    Bulldog7 New Member

    Oct 6, 2002
    Fremont, CA
    +1!!!! :D :D
  19. Sep 12, 2007 #19 of 120

    mick66 Dirty Burger

    Oct 15, 2004
    The 'verse
    I liked this show. I think Chuck and Bionic Woman have the best chances of surviving my SP list - of the 4 free pilots currently available on unbox
  20. Sep 12, 2007 #20 of 120

    terpfan1980 It's Just TV TCF Club

    Jan 28, 2002
    Xbox Live:...
    I really enjoyed this one and hope it 'sticks' and doesn't get an early axe. I didn't pay close attention to the episode on the Blockbuster disc, but caught enough to consider it well worth my time to record on DVR and watch at my convenience.

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