You know what’s super-exciting and happening in just a couple of hours? The season premiere of Chuck, my favorite show currently on TV. And while last year’s third season wasn’t as spectacular as we had all hoped and expected after the terrific second-season finale, it was still one of the best shows on TV and a singularly entertaining genre show.
Chuck: The Complete Third Season, which hit DVD and Blu-Ray on September 7 (so you can own it today on DVD or Blu-Ray), features not only every episode of the show’s most spy-tastic season but also a fun mockumentary detailing the history of Jeffster (up to the night of the protest concert featured at the end of the season), as well as an actual documentary about Chuck‘s presence and history at Comic-Con International.
This season sees Chuck‘s supporting cast (which, like Manhunter or Blue Beetle comics, is arguably the strongest part of his story) getting a lot more super-spy screentime, with Awesome and Morgan being introduced into Team Bartowski pretty early in the season, giving them an interesting mix of day-to-day stories and cloak-and-dagger tales. Chuck’s father, played by Scott Bakula, makes his return to the show as well for a final few episodes that, while added at the last minute when the network ordered more of the show, still fit seamlessly into the rest of the season and were, to me, the strongest and best-written episodes of the season (perhaps the looming spectre of cancellation that’s always hanging over the head of this show had been lifted a little, and that allowed the writers more freedom). Sprinkle in a little non-spy characterization for Adam Baldwin’s Casey (finally!) and you’ve got a really interesting season which, while it kind of dragged in places, certainly had a few great moments.
Seeing the show return in spite of not being all that much more highly-rated than Heroes (a onetime ratings juggernaut that NBC gave the ax at the end of last season) created a great sigh of relief for lovers of good TV, and especially for me (as I was very disappointed with almost everything last season). It’ll be interesting, with this season already chock full of guest stars and promising to cope with the ramifications of where Sarah and Chuck went at the end of season 3, to see whether it can pick up any new eyes or whether it’ll be four seasons and out for our favorite electronics store clerk-turned-super spy.