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January 11, 2010

Has Chuck Jumped the Shark?

I'm worried that "Chuck" has jumped it. At the end of last season, the Intersect 2.0 downloaded kung fu and other spy skillz into Chuck's brain. This clearly threw off the balance of the show, in which Sarah had all the spy skillz and looked good and always saved Chuck's ass, and Chuck had the brain, and came up with last minute clever solutions as well as having all the intel. It worked.

Now that it seemed Chuck wouldn't need Sarah to save him anymore, the whole balance would be thrown off. So instead, they made him "more emotional" so that his emotions would get in the way of the Intersect working. In practice, this means that his personality, always right on the edge of whiny, goes right over the cliff into fully annoying. Whereas before he would almost mess up and then pull it out when things got tough, in the first two episodes of the new season, he keeps fucking up by injecting his emotions into the situation at the most inappropriate times. It's not funny. It's annoying. And it's inconsistent with his character.

I could barely make it through those two episodes. I'll keep watching, but they're going to have to come up with a better way to keep balance. They want to have their cake (Chuck gets to kick ass) and eat it too (but he still stays nerdy.) But the point of that proverb, or whatever it is, is that you can't have both.

Also, Zachary Levi looks as insanely toothy and handsome as ever in interviews, but he doesn't look that great on the show. Is it the cheezy smile he keeps displaying? Bring the handsome, helpless nerd back!


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Chuck has definitely jumped the shark. Ripping off the Matrix by turning Chuck into Neo, "Neo the Nerd" that is. Chuck's bumbling is cool, turning him into a spy is not even close to being cool. They had a good formula and ruined it.

Yeah, and you can see them fumbling all over the place to try and find the next good formula. Not working.

I agree. The retooling for this season has ruined the show. They seem more concerned about filling the show up with eye candy and story taking a back seat. Hell, the stories are sitting way in the back of the bus now. Yes, there is a valid argument for evolving a show but the changes that the producers and network are making smack of nothing more than least common denominator and attracting as much mass as possible. It's Sliders all over again. I've stopped watching it. I can't take another "Intersect fueled Kung Fu just in the nick of time" moment and all of the illogical plot points simply for moving the story forward. Shark has been jumped! Fonzie would be proud.

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