TV Review: When It’s Spy vs. Idiot, Chuck Still Wins

Chuck, NBC, Airs Mondays 8/7c

Episode: “Chuck vs. the Sensei” (Season 2, Episode 9)

Synopsis: Chuck (Zachary Levi) is still reeling from the discovery that his ex-girlfriend Jill was a Fulcrum agent and goes on a mission to take his mind of off his shock. Casey (Adam Baldwin) gets a shock of his own when he finds out that his sensei Ty Bennett (guest star Carl Lumbly), who taught him everything he knows, is now one of the most wanted rogue agents. While on the search for Bennett, it becomes clear that Casey may be too emotionally involved to continue with the mission. Meanwhile, Awesome’s (Ryan McPartlin) parents Honey (guest star Morgan Fairchild) and Woody (guest star Bruce Boxleitner) make a surprise visit to help Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome plan their wedding. At the Buy More, Emmett (Tony Hale) reinstates the employee of the month contest, but Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) have other plans.

Review: It was just last week that we were talking about how we are glad to see the whole Jill storyline end, and it was also wonderfully comforting to see Chuck back in his old, spy skill-free ways. Now that he’s through the woods, Chuck is back to using The Force, throwing around a little “Eye of the Tiger” and getting caught at just about every turn. And for any Chuck fan, this week’s episode is the start of a few consecutive episodes that will turn down the love triangles and Chuck-centric melodrama and turn up the geek. Did I mention that one of the upcoming episodes features both Gary Cole and a Delorean? Brilliant.

Also notable this week is the continued strength of the side stories from the aisles of the Buy More. Morgan, Jeff and Lester are now engaged in a full-on war with new Assistant Manager Emmett, played by Tony Hale. Hale has been a real sparkplug for the series, injecting the same quirk that many of us came to love when he played Buster on Arrested Development. His is just one of many solid performances, including the constantly underrated Adam Baldwin. Who is more of a badass than John Casey, really? And to find out that he was trained by Carl Lumbly, that only compounds the badass. This week did waste a potentially great guest spot from Morgan Fairchild, who played Awesome’s mom. The visit from Awesome’s parents seemed like a throwaway story at first, but as we see so often with Chuck, it is going to lead to a more interesting turn of events in the future, as Chuck is now on a path to find his father in time for Ellie’s wedding. But that is all still to come, lets just sit back and be happy for now that Chuck continues to be funny, continues to be geeky and has not lost its smarts. And that is all we ask, is it not?

Up Next Week: Gary Cole guest stars as Sarah’s estranged father. Look out world, don’t do anything to anger the daddy’s girl.

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Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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