Nifty New Show

Last night, Joe and I watched Chuck, a slightly goofball but novel new show on NBC.

We initially gave it a try because we love Adam Baldwin (of Firefly and Serenity).

The premise is that Chuck, the head of the "Nerd Herd" at the local "Buy More" store (which sits next to the "Large Mart" ... yeah, I know) receives a message from ex-Stanford roommate Bryce, super rogue spy guy. By solving a riddle, the e-mail activities a sort of brain download/upload thing that basically puts all of the government's (read "CIA" and "NSA") most secret secrets into his brain. The original computer housing this info is destroyed, as is Chuck's computer, itself. So ... he's now the repository for everything the government might want to know about clandestine operations pretty much everywhere.

In steps a hottie CIA agent and a grim-looking NSA agent (Adam Baldwin, yeah!) to "take care of it." Mayhem ensues, naturally. The supporting work done by Chuck's Buy More sidekick, Morgan, is pretty funny in a Warren Cheswick-ish sort of way.

Anyway, we weren't sure how it would be, but it was pretty good. The camera work feel somehow different from the pack of shows out there, the casting is nice, since it's not full of giving airtime to a particular big star, and the humor is nicely paced. Hope they can keep it up.


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