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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
TV Round-Up: Chuck
Chuck vs the Angel de la Muerte
Another episode that sees season three getting back on solid footing.

One of the most interesting developments last year was Devon aka Captain Awesome finding out about Chuck's secret dual life as Nerd Herd employee by day and spy by night. Having someone else in on the secret was fun and given Captain Awesome's type A personality, we knew it was only a matter of time before he was drawn into the spy side of Chuck's universe.

Thankfully, the episode found a way to do just that without it feeling forced and over the top. Devon's embracing his inner adrenaline junkie and wanting to channel that into what Chuck does, before realizing he's not cut out for the dual life and the lies that go with it was a nice touch. I'm hoping this won't be the last time we see the character (I didn't see any previews so I don't know what's coming next week). But if it is, it was a nice send-off for him, but it could take the show to a much darker place than we usually see. It would also make it difficult to keep Ellie out of the loop of the real nature of what her dad and brother do for a living.

And, of course, any time you can give Adam Baldwin screen time to do his slow burn and disguise himself with a really badly done mustache, it's all good. His reputation as the titular Angel de la Muerta was nicely done and seeing him captured and still able to kick some heiney while ties to a chair was nicely done.

All in all, I think the show is firing again on all cylinders and it left me eager for next week's installment. I think the two-night event really worked in favor of the show here because I think had these first three episodes been stretched across three weeks, we might have been a lot more dissatisfied. Instead, I'm eager for the next installment....can't we just get new "Chuck" every night of the week?!?

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