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Greatest TV Pilots: ‘Chuck’

Chuck, Pilot: “Chuck Versus the Intersect”

Written by Josh Schwartz, and Chris Fedak

Directed by McG

Originally aired, September 24th 2007

Pilots are always a tricky business. Some make a spectacle of themselves with an extended runtime or are churned by adverts months in advances; some have the unenviable task of juggling world building, establishing character relations, and stringing out multiple storyline threads for the entirety of the series. Television pilots require a unique blend of instant gratification as well as playing the long game. A pilot has to establish many things, but above all, it must create the foundations for characters that audiences will fall for and become totally invested in. People tune in ritualistically for these characters week in and week out. Viewers form familial bonds and sometimes a sense of entitlement towards television characters which can result in a rabid fan base. A great pilot has to create
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'Bones' photos: Vik Sahay of 'Chuck' is a suspect

I'm as geeky as the next TV nerd when it comes to actors from one beloved show guest-starring on another one. Thus, my excitement over "Chuck" actor Vik Sahay guest-starring on the upcoming "Bones" episode, "The Twist in the Plot."

Sahay will play Akshay Mirza, the business partner of one of the week's murder victims. Yes, that plural is on purpose: The case of the week begins with the team finding not one but two bodies in a single burial plot.

This is both suspicious and crowded.

The photos from the episode make it look like the Akshay character is devastated by the loss of his partner.

If he's not devastated, what is Sahay doing on the ground? And doesn't it oddly look like he's a child when holding the hand of Brennan (Emily Deschanel) that way?

Throughout the five-season run of "Chuck," Vik Sahay played the character of Lester Patel,
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Chuck's 10 best moments

Feature Tom French Jan 18, 2013

Tom talks us through ten great moments from five seasons of the dearly departed Chuck...

Spoiler Warning: If you fancy watching Chuck fresh, it might be worth giving this article a miss for now, as it is full of spoilers. Feel free to come back once you have watched it though!

I’m crap at watching TV. Not the act of sitting down, snacks in hand, and enjoying a good programme, that bit's easy. I do find it tricky to sit myself in the chair the same time each week to keep up with a series, though.

The DVD box-set is therefore a big friend of mine. I have discovered many of my favourite shows – The Wire, 24, Mad Men, Misfits – a while after they originally aired. Holding its head high among those is Chuck. I have to confess to my ignorance and admit I knew very
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10 Great Date Night Shows

It’s Valentine’s Day and, for many, that means date night. In this economy, however, a night on the town can be prohibitive. What’s a TV lover to do? Perhaps this is an acceptable alternative? A quiet night in, with a nice, homemade dinner, a few drinks, and a few hours with the perfect show. Here are 10 picks for great date night viewing.

Valentine’s Day Special: Cupid (1998-99)

Chicago bartender Trevor (Jeremy Piven), is convinced he’s Cupid, banished from Mount Olympus and stripped of his powers after pissing off Zeus one too many times. The only way he can get back, as he’s desperate to do, is if he brings together 100 True Love couples. His psychiatrist Claire (Paula Marshall) disagrees, seeing only a broken, if fun, man lost in his delusion. Piven and Marshall have great chemistry, there are interesting guest characters each week, and
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Chuck Ep. 5.13, “Chuck Versus the Goodbye” provides a surprising, emotionally satisfying finale

Chuck Review, Season 5, Episode 13, “Chuck Versus the Goodbye”

Written by Chris Fedak

Directed by Robert Duncan McNeill

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on NBC

After five seasons and 90 episodes, Chuck has finally reached its closing act, and the show’s primary relationship is still up in the air. Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker have encountered many ups and downs over the years, and their ultimate happiness is well-deserved. It’s too bad that it’s not that simple. Sarah’s still trying to recover her memories, which include the feelings that grew for Chuck. This emotional undercurrent of her search drives the finale, even when their last mission (the third one!) gets rolling. Chuck convinces Sarah to let him tag along with her to find the evil Nicolas Quinn (Angus Macfayden), but her approach is cold and clinical. A happy ending should be inevitable for the couple, but the spy
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Chuck Season 5

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012

Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $49.99

Studio: Warner Home Video

The fifth season of NBC’s comedy-adventure TV show Chuck is, very sadly, the final season.

The nerd-herder-turned-spy, played with such boyish charm by Zachary Levi (Tangled), went out on his own in season 5 — no intersect and no CIA backup. Of course, bad guys are still out to get him. But John Casey (Adam Baldwin, Serenity), Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski, Killer Elite) and Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez, TV’s Without a Trace) are still on Chuck’s team.

The Chuck: The Complete Fifth Season DVD and Blu-ray include 13 episodes, in which they take on a missing persons case, try to stop an assassin at a Buy More convention, infiltrate a cult and, of course, say goodbye.

Both the three-dvd and two-Blu-ray sets contain these special features:

featurette “Chuck: The Final Episode”“Sandwiches and Superfans: The Saving
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Maureen Ryan: 'Chuck' Finale Recap: Tears, Jeffster And Triumph

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Maureen Ryan: 'Chuck' Finale Recap: Tears, Jeffster And Triumph
Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 5, Episode 12 of "Chuck," entitled "Chuck Versus Sarah," or Season 5, Episode 13 (the series finale) of "Chuck," entitled "Chuck Versus the Goodbye" on NBC.

"Chuck, tell me our story."

Wasn't the answer Sarah got so much better than an upload from Intersect glasses?

I'll go on record right away as saying that I was very pleased with the "Chuck" finale, and I think the last 30 minutes of the final episode rank up there with the absolute best the show has ever done. It got dusty in my house many times during those last two hours, and as a sustained, well-earned sentimental farewell, the finale was everything I could have hoped for.

I needed to be convinced, however. When last week's episode ended with Sarah's memories gone, I was alarmed (even though I thought "Chuck Versus the Bullet Train" was a good
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A Farewell to Chuck: The Little Spy Series that Could

Just like in the children’s tale of the “little engine that could,” Chuck was a television show that kept on chugging away against all odds and carved out a place in television history by running five seasons on the sheer will-power of its fans. Millions of Subway sandwiches later, the fans are still passionately devoted to their show. Having coined the phrases: Nerd Herd, Buy More and Captain Awesome, as well as creating a whole new dialect comprised of “the Intersect”, “flashes” and “Jeffster” and redefining what it means when a TV show is “on the bubble,” Chuck is now legendary. It not only created a universally-accepted and widely used lexicon, Chuck also introduced characters which fans fell in love with from around the globe. As the cast will soon discover, fans are not quick to forget their beloved characters and the names: Chuck, Sarah, Casey, Morgan, Ellie, Awesome,
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One Last TV Spot and Some Fond Farewells Before Tonight’s Series Finale of Chuck

So it has come to this. One last night with Chuck, Sarah, Casey, Morgan, Ellie, Awesome, and the Buy More gang. It’s been a great run. First we have a nice exciting TV spot to get you all excited for tonight’s two-hour series finale, then we have some wonderfully thoughtful and honestly tear-jerking farewells from the cast to get you all maudlin:

Let’s be clear: when they said “next Friday” on that TV spot, they meant Tonight.

If you’re new to the series, star Zachary Levi‘s farewell will give you a nice idea of what the show’s characters have been through. If you’re a fan, grab the Kleenex.

Yvonne Strahovski‘s farewell is pretty spoilery about one of Sarah’s scenes, but it’s not the final scene, so we recommend it – and did you remember she has an accent offscreen? It’s adorable.
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Chuck Farewell: 11 Things We'll Miss Most About Bartowski & Co.

Chuck Farewell: 11 Things We'll Miss Most About Bartowski & Co.
Get your tissues ready, Chuck fans. Although the lights won’t shut off at the Buy More until Friday (NBC, 8/7c), we’re already getting misty-eyed, thinking about what we’ll miss the most from the spy comedy.

Chuck‘s Final Mission Intel, Part 1: There Will Be Blasts from the Past

From the cast’s impressive talents — Adam Baldwin’s knack for a simple guttural response, Yvonne Strahovski’s (fighting) chops, etc. — to a couple of special episodes, here are our picks for the things we loved (and will miss) most.

What will you miss most about Chuck? Fire away in the comments!
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'Chuck' finale: Joshua Gomez gets some closure on Morgan Grimes

Previously on Zap2it's "Chuck" finale countdown, we spoke with Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin and the members of Jeffster! as they filmed the show's last episode. Up next: Morgan Guillermo Grimes himself, Joshua Gomez.

The prevailing theme during "Chuck's" final days of filming was, not surprisingly, the emotions the cast and crew were feeling at the end of their five-season run together. Joshua Gomez says the waves of feeling started even before that.

"I get a text from Ryan McPartlin going , 'Dude, I just got the last script. I'm in tears, man,'" Gomez says. "I'm like, 'Oh, was it good?' He's like, 'No, I just looked at the title.' I'm like, 'Dude, didn't you play football?' This guy, he blows my mind. He cries, this man. ...

"But it's wonderful, and it's beautiful. It's all these beautiful moments. It kind of takes you five years,
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'Chuck' finale: Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky discuss the final Jeffster! performance, leaving the Buy More

In Part 2 of Zap2it's "Chuck" finale extravaganza, we talked separately with the members of Jeffster!, Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky. Be sure to read our chat with Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin too.

There will be, arguably, more important moments in the series finale of "Chuck" than the reunion of Jeffster! for one last performance. But that final song is also arguably one of the most anticipated moments of the final episode.

We know there is a Jeffster! song in Friday's (Jan. 27) finale -- we heard a bit of playback when we watched a bit of filming in December. NBC has asked to keep the tune a secret, but we can let Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky tell you a little bit about it.

"I really feel like the criteria must be 'What's the most difficult song for Vik to sing? That's how we'll choose our music!'" Sahay says.
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Chuck Ep. 5.11, “Chuck Versus the Bullet Train” raises the stakes for next week’s finale

Chuck Review, Season 5, Episode 11, “Chuck Versus the Bullet Train”

Written by Nicholas Wooton

Directed by Buzz Feitshans IV

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on NBC

Ever since they left the CIA, Chuck and Sarah have been struggling to figure out the next steps for their future. They enjoy the spy life, but the danger and excitement don’t mesh with having kids and a stable home life. After some close calls, the couple decides that it’s time to move on and start a family. Unfortunately, their latest enemy has other plans and will do anything to succeed. The determined Nicholas Quinn (Angus MacFadyen) is obsessed with getting the Intersect and needs them to make this happen. Chuck and Sarah may be through with the past, but the past isn’t through with them.

Picking up right where the previous episode ended, “Chuck Versus the Bullet Train” opens with Sarah
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‘Chuck’ Season 5 Episode 11 Review: Chuck vs. the Bullet Train

Chuck began with a very special opening title, one fans will definitely appreciate especially since this was not the series finale and fans would love nothing more for familiarity come then. Perhaps the original opening awaits us in the finale episode? No matter, this week was the calm before the storm and an almost movie like opening set the tone perfectly for this week and the final episode. Embrace the movie like opening, people because this is it.

In “Chuck vs. the Bullet Train,” Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and John Casey (Adam Baldwin) are on a mission to rescue Chuck (Zachary Levi), to Chuck’s surprise, with the intersect in Sarah’s head. Chuck was understandably worried about this result but watching the two later bond over how awesome the intersect benefits are was quite a moment. There are not many people on the earth who have had the intersect in their head,
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‘Chuck’ Season 5 Episode 10 Review: Chuck vs. Bo

In “Chuck vs. Bo,” Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) wasted no time in coming straight out about her thoughts of quitting the spy game to Chuck (Zachary Levi) and shift Carmichael Industries to an office job rather than a field job. But before this transition began, the team took some of their spy gear to Colorado for one last mission where Morgan (Joshua Gomez) was reunited with Bo Derek….his past “lover!” The first thing that surely came to everyone’s mind was, when did that happen? The next thought… what is Bo up to now in the world of Chuck? The title of the episode clearly details Bo as the bad guy. So it came as no surprise that Bo was involved with the case of the intersect. Is it safe to say she is our final female villain? Either way, it all made for one of the most entertaining episodes this season.
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Chuck Ep. 5.10, “Chuck Versus Bo”: Never say “one last mission”

Chuck Review, Season 5, Episode 10, “Chuck Versus Bo”

Written by Kristin Newman

Directed by Jeremiah Chechik

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on NBC

Throughout the tumultuous history of TV and movies, there has been one constant rule. Characters should never talk about taking “one last mission.” Variations on this law include one last score, one last job, or even one last night out with the guys. It’s all bad news. This makes Chuck and Sarah’s decision to take one last spy mission a thorny proposition. They recognize the dire ramifications of this move, but there’s no choice. They must take the chance and go against the conventional wisdom. This pop-culture precedent bodes poorly for their trip to Vail, even if the stakes are worth the risk. The location of a pair of Intersect sunglasses (another one?) is the invaluable prize, and they’re not the only people looking for it.
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Chuck 5.10 "Chuck Vs. Bo" Review

Chuck 5.10 "Chuck Vs. Bo" Review

Chuck season 5 emerges with its tightly-coiled tenth entry in this week’s "Chuck Vs. Bo" Morgan's past with the Intersect drags Chuck and Team Bartowski on one last mission in Vail to meet with superstar Bo Derek as herself, and uncover a new villain. Things are really starting to move along in Chuck's final episodes, and thankfully "Bo" manages to keep a good balance of its many plot lines toward one of the more fun episodes of the season.

Well, there’s three episodes left. That should be enough time to give Casey the Intersect too, right? Maybe Big Mike, or one of the Buy More extras?

All kidding aside, “Chuck Vs. Bo” left us with a lot to digest, particularly in those last few minutes as Casey and Sarah seemed pinned down by a barrage of gunfire, their only hope for Sarah to
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Chuck Sneak Peek: Will They Quit the Spy Business?

Chuck Sneak Peek: Will They Quit the Spy Business?

There are just two episodes left before the big Chuck series finale on January 27 and this season has focused on what the future holds for these characters and a big question mark hangs over their future career options. We have already seen the gang turn down a return to the CIA and the idea of raising a family has been getting louder as the season has progressed, with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) mistakenly thinking she was pregnant last week (check out our review here). Don't get too cosy yet as the final villain that they will be facing is introduced this week and it looks like he is set upon causing some major havoc.

The mission this week involves fallout from Morgan's (Joshua Gomez) time as the Intersect which means he has to get those delightful frosted tips back. It also strangely
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Chuck Ep. 5.09, “Chuck Versus the Kept Man” is uneven, despite the fun character development

Chuck Review, Season 5, Episode 9, “Chuck Versus the Kept Man”

Written by Craig Digregorio and Phil Klemmer

Directed by Fred Toye

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on NBC

Nearing the end of its final season, Chuck has focused more on solidifying its relationships than delivering a knockout conclusion. The missions and action scenes remain in place, but they’re designed to help the characters better understand their lives. Chuck and Sarah use each new conflict to fine-tune their feelings about their future as spies. After losing Alex because of the false Intersect, Morgan doesn’t give up and proves he’s worth another chance. Their reunion was more exciting than many of the over-the-top action scenes. Even the loner Casey has started dating Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie Anne-Moss), though he’s struggling to figure out whether they share a long-term connection. These bonds keep the show interesting, even when the main plots fall short.
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Chuck Season 5 Episode 9 Review: Chuck vs. the Kept Man

This week’s episode of Chuck took a back seat in exhilaration and heart pounding action. Ordinarily, a break from all of the action would be fitting but with these being the final episodes of the series… much is expected. And unfortunately there was not enough action… or comedy. Last night’s episode actually seemed rather slow moving. With such dynamite episodes in the past few weeks, this change of pace did not go unnoticed. So while this episode does not stand out among the rest, it did provide for some entertainment.

In “Chuck vs. the Kept Man,” John Casey (Adam Baldwin) rekindles the fire with Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss) who also becomes the first client of Carmichael Industries ever since their C.A.R.E. Mission Statement released. Let it be noted that Moss and Baldwin’s chemistry is off the charts! Chuck (Zachary Levi) is so clever and so human!
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