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Chuck: Season 2 - Chuck Versus the Break-Up (Review)

Chuck, Season 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

INDIELONDON singles out notable episodes from current television series for stand-alone reviews. On this occasion we take a look at the latest episode of Chuck: Season 2 entitled Chuck Versus The Break-Up (as aired on Vigin1 on Tuesday, June 23, 2009).

What’s the story? Bryce Larkin (Matthew Bomer) returns to town with news about FULCRUM. They have hired a wealthy software magnate named Von Hayes to decrypt information on a stolen chip containing a refresh to the Intersect with highly classified information. Bryce and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) have to pose as a married couple at Von Hayes’ dining party to steal back the chip, while Chuck (Zachary Levi) has to pose as a waiter. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) has an encounter with the Mighty Jocks at the Buy More.

Was it any good? The second season of Chuck has been an absolute blast so far… and episode three was brilliant proof of why.

The will they/won’t they relationship between Chuck and Sarah has really kicked into gear this time around and while it seemed inevitable that they would finally get together, fate conspired to plot against them… hilariously.

The return of Chuck’s former friend, turned nemesis, but occasional protector Bryce Larkin placed fresh doubts over where Sarah’s true heart really lay, while the subsequent mission also made Chuck realise that they can never be together.

As ever, the show balanced high comedy with some touching moments between the characters, with Chuck’s heartbreak particularly well played by Levi.

Strahovski, too, proved as irresistible as ever, while demonstating hitherto untapped moments of vulnerability.

Her decision-making continually put her life in danger and compromised the success of the mission, but it was clear that she loved Chuck and was ready to commit to him until the final, frank heart-to-heart that took place between them.

If all this sounds heavy… it wasn’t. Chuck is avoiding the temptation to become too mawkish.

Rather, it allows its characters interludes in which to be taken seriously, before dropping them into ever more perilous situations.

Hence, Chuck found himself having to pose as a waiter this time around and didn’t cope too well with the task at hand because of Sarah and Bryce’s chemistry on the dancefloor.

There were the usual mix of gunfights, explosions, double crosses and surprise revelations… as well as more comedy at the Buy More where Morgan had to contend with the Mighty Jocks terrorising his store.

Needless to say, Morgan proved continually inept at resolving the situation, eventually forcing Julia Ling’s devilishly good Anna Melinda Wu to take matters into her own hands and deliver an ass-whooping.

That, in turn, raised the attention of Adam Baldwin’s John Casey, who immediately saw the potential in her for field work. Something to be developed?

Chuck is inventive, brilliant fun… and it’s a perfect Tuesday night stress-reliever for anyone who tunes in. If you haven’t picked up on it already, it’s not too late!

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