I wasn’t going to watch “Chuck”, but it was on before “Heroes”, so I let it play in the background, until it muscled its way into the foreground. It hooked me, for now.
Lead actor Zachary Levi reminds me of all that’s good about Jimmy Fallon without all that’s bad. He’s very charismatic, too much for a real nerd, but I can accept that. The premise is goofy and I wonder how long they can string it along. I think it would have made a bang-up movie, but I question whether the idea has the staying power over one season, never mind two or more.
Why do I like it? I think it can be summed up in one detail. When Chuck visits the box store, he passes an aisle end-cap stocked high with Astro Diapers. That’s funny – a throwaway, sure, but funny.
If the show holds up, and I hope against hope that it does, that’s another hour of my week gone. I’m running out of time, especially over the next two weeks as Child Three has an hour of hockey on ten of the next 4 days as they try to grade the kids into skill levels. I’m also spending time looking for an appropriately sized chest protector. Not much luck there yet.
Moving on, “Heroes” was as good as could be expected. After the big climax of the first season, the show had to somehow set up a second year’s worth of plot. Having Hiro’s hero be a gaijin scoundrel was a brilliant stroke. It was not the best episode of “Heroes”, but it has set up some fun.
Last of the night’s line-up was “Journeyman”. (Was it NBC? It looked like Global to me.) It was “Quantum Leap” without the panache, humour, or logic, but with a soap-opera veneer. ‘Nuff said, and not for me.
Bonus digital cable update:
I wonder if I have the drive to get to understand the digital cable service. The channels I’ve grown up with are scattered randomly. We seem to be getting all channels, many more than I ordered. I wonder if that’s a service teaser or if the installer I had a nice conversation with did something extra nice for us…. We discussed a variety of television services and he was adamant that DirecTV topped them all.
So far, it looks great. The only problem happened as I was scrolling through the channel guide with Children Two and Three when they came home from school. Child Two became disgusted with the “Rock Hard Cocks 2″ (or something) title that popped up…..