Pilot Watch: "Chuck"

Pilot Watch: "Chuck"


The networks have announced their fall schedules, but which of the series will actually be worth watching? Throughout the summer, as I watch the pilots, I'll be posting my first impressions. Note that a lot can change before a show actually makes it to air, so these aren't comprehensive reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today's installment: NBC's "Chuck."

What's it about? A nerdy, socially awkward computer geek gets all of the nation's security secrets implanted into his brain.

Who's in it? Zachary Levi of "Less than Perfect," Yvonne Strzechowski, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster

The good: I was thoroughly entertained by this pilot's quirky premise, witty dialogue, and Seth Cohen-meets-"Alias" main character, who happens to be pretty easy on the eyes. The show comes from the mind of "The OC" creator Josh Schwartz, and his influence is obvious in the show's tone and its better lines ("This is not an X-Box, and you are not an X-Man.")

The bad: There's a fine line between irreverent and incomprehensible, and "Chuck" occasionally ends up on the wrong side of it. Some major plot points — like, say, "How did this guy's brain become a computer?" — aren't really explained.

Will I watch? Definitely. Despite my reservations, "Chuck" was one of the most appealing pilots I've seen so far.

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