Chuck, who looks a lot like that cute guy from the Apple ads, finds himself thrust into a world of secret spies and deadly terrorists because of an email from a college roommate.
Zachary Levi as Chuck is an engaging actor who somehow makes whatever bizarre thing is happening believable, blending comic and dramatic tension effortlessly with a rubbery face that floats above the screen. His goofy friend Morgan is played outstandingly by Joshua Gomez and the bewitching government agent who falls in with him, Yvonne Strahovski as Agent Sarah Walker, is a revelation. Adam Baldwin and Sarah Landcaster are also in the cast.
It's not easy to straddle that thin, fine line between comedy and drama and actually create a good series but they managed to pull it off here. Smart, clever and exciting, Chuck has a winning way and lots of charm with tongue planted firmly in cheek. It's like a modern day Man from U.N.C.L.E. or Mr. Terrific; exhilarating, intriguing and a little bit campy.
The action scenes are phenomenal; just the first few minutes of this show are enough to win you over and there are car chases, knife fights and a terrorist bombing to come. It's cheeky without condescension, honestly exciting without becoming cartoonish, action-packed without superfluousness.
Will it be sustainable on a week to week basis? I wonder. But if the first episode is any indication, Chuck should make for a very entertaining series with widespread appeal. I have no doubt fans of The Office or My Name Is Earl will flip over this one. I'm a fan of neither and I still liked it a lot.
With shows like Bionic Woman, Life, Journeyman and Chuck, NBC is on a roll. I can't imagine better line-up of new dramas for a network to bust out of the gate with this fall. They're going to be really tough to beat if quality shows are what viewers desire this year.
If you have Netflix, you can rent the pilot episode of this series now.
Chuck debuts Monday, September 24th at 8:00 ET/PT. Here's a preview:
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