Friday, May 13, 2011


The NBC show "Chuck" has been renewed for its fifth season. This is good news. It's a great show overall, and one of my favorites. I generally watch the morning after it's aired, since we are cable-less now, but it's worth waiting for.

The bad news: this is likely the last season for the show. I hope that the season-of-13-shows-with-option-for-more turns into a full season, and I hope that enough people join the current fans of "Chuck" to increase the numbers and keep the show going.

Synopsis: Chuck, who has been in a holding pattern since being kicked out of Stanford for cheating (he didn't) and being dumped by his girlfriend, receives a mysterious email from his old college roommate, Bryce, who was the person who turned him for cheating. The email downloads top-secret information into his brain, which can then make connections between things he sees or hears and the government data. Chuck then becomes a government asset, to be guarded and watched, but also possibly killed if things go badly.

CIA agent Sarah Walker's cover as Chuck's new girlfriend turns into something more, and NSA agent John Casey finds he has something more than being the designated shooter at the government's beck and call.

There's more to the story, but it's worth catching up on. Seasons 1-4 are available on DVD or at The last three episodes are available at or (I always watch there). You can view some episodes here - they usually do 6-7 episodes of season 1 at a time, so you can get that out of the way. And right now, today, those are episodes 1-6 of season 1, so if you haven't watched "Chuck" before, this is the perfect time to give it a try.

I'm so glad that "Chuck" will be back next fall.

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