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Too Many Shows, Not Enough Time for Chuck
2007-10-01 21:26
by Jon Weisman

I'm cutting Chuck loose. I made the decision before the first commercial break of Episode 2. I was borderline after the pilot, but I wanted to like it, so I gave it another chance. But at its core, it's really a pretty stupid show. The premise is ridiculous, but even if you forgive that (as I have on other shows with ridiculous premises), it's not funny enough and not dramatic enough. It's just a whole lot of energy wasted. Just last year, Andy Barker P.I., for example, did the unlikely hero better.

Update: Tell Me You Love Me and Heroes are out of the penalty box. Both got back to storytelling this week. It would have been a relief to dump them - and that day might still come - but it was certainly a pleasant surprise. Neither was great, but both were at least interesting.

2007-10-01 21:36:24
1.   jtrichey
Didn't give Chuck a chance and I guess I'm not sorry. Heroes is teetering on the brink of losing my viewership. It's just getting cheesier and cheesier. And Journeyman fell off the cliff tonight. It's just not quite interesting enough.
2007-10-01 22:54:58
2.   Eric Stephen
Tonight's baseball game expedited my decision to dump Chuck and Heroes.
2007-10-02 07:38:07
3.   D4P
I'm glad TMYLM killed off your power play. I think it's a quality program. It's not perfect: it has its flaws. But then, so do relationships, and isn't that kinda the point?
2007-10-02 08:43:01
4.   Kevin Lewis
The Baseball game gave Aliens in America the temporary ax. I will find a replay sometime soon. I am still enjoying Chuck, mostly because of the unexpected use of the two spies watching over him and not really one day.knowing who to trust. I am only halfway through the second episode, so I will have a better idea of whether I will stick with it tonight. I think letting go of Heroes was more of a "release" exercise for me. I just got tired of mediocre episodes followed by something great and then topped off with more mediocrity. Maybe I will catch it online in the future.
2007-10-02 08:46:47
5.   Kevin Lewis
"one day" got shifted and pasted in the wrong computer is laggy today.
2007-10-02 08:57:05
6.   Bob Timmermann
You can't kill off a power play while in the penalty box. Your teammates have to do that.

I can picture D4P banging his goalie stick on the ice once there were five seconds left in the show however.

2007-10-02 09:12:11
7.   D4P
When there were five seconds left in the most recent episode, they were playing Audioslave's "Like a Stone", one of my all-time favorites.

That was the icing on the cake...

2007-10-02 09:12:40
8.   D4P
Hopefully Andrew won't read that. Don't want to inspire a murderous rage.
2007-10-02 09:23:46
9.   Jon Weisman
7 - I thought the music was pretty intrusive at the end of Tell Me You Love TiVo, actually.

But Tim DeKay's first scene in therapy was outstanding.

2007-10-02 09:27:38
10.   D4P
I like the song, but I don't disagree with you. It's kind of loud and forceful, which didn't seem appropriate for the ending. I think they were using it for the lyrics, which are kind of about being alone and such.

I'm assuming Tim DeKay is "Dave". I thought the therapy scene was great. The actors were convincing, and his outburst was cathartic.

2007-10-02 10:42:08
11.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Yeah, one thing I thought about "Chuck" but forgot to write was that the action-comedy sequences were made to look very pathetic indeed by "Andy Richter, P.I." which had dozens of great ones in only a handful of episodes.
2007-10-02 18:56:08
12.   T Money
Kevin -

In response to your question in the last thread, I saw "King Of Kong" and loved it. Incredibly entertaining.

2007-10-03 14:37:10
13.   aloofman
10 - I agree. I thought the therapy scene was excellent. Even though the relationships aren't especially interesting to me, the characters are pretty realistic, and their words and actions are messy and human.
2007-10-03 19:10:26
14.   Andrew Shimmin
8- Never heard of Audioslave. It's crybaby rock, I take it? Matters of taste rarely entice me to rage. People deserve to like the things they do; bad taste is its own reward.

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