You’ve heard the old adage “quality over quantity,” right? Less is more, because the “less” is given more time, thought and effort. It works for a lot of things, whether it’s clothes and shoes (though some girls may disagree with me on that) pages of school essays, and even friendships.
And I think it also works for NBC’s spy comedy Chuck.
Now, I’ve told you how much I love Chuck, even though I had some issues with the first half of the season. Well, Chuck is going steady with Sarah, Morgan’s in the CIA, and the third season is coming to a close. Along with several other shows, Chuck is back on the NBC bubble, and fans are rallying (literally) for another season; according to Associated Content, there’s a good chance that fourth season will be made a reality.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan since season one. I want more of a show that I love, not to mention keeping Zac Levi, Yvonne Strahovski and the rest of the crew employed. But I also want quality entertainment, and I’d rather have Chuck for three amazing series, than three amazing series and one/two/three more that sucked.
Why the ambivalence?
For one thing, sometimes the plot feels like it’s gone off the deep end. Chuck is a spy, he isn’t, he is again, he’s running away, he’s coming back–you get the picture? Plus, the Intersect is confined to one or two flashes per episode. While I loved the scene where Chuck spills his spy life to Morgan, the fact that Morgan can just suddenly join the CIA is absolutely bogus. Sorry. After Superman Shaw bit the big one, we got our Chuck and Sarah moments, and if they screw it up again (which, trust me, they will), it will be a soap opera all over again.
We’ve got guest stars galore, an overdone plot, and each episode feels like a season finale, a far cry from the levity and casual geek references in the first and second seasons. And sometimes it’s okay for a show to change and grow, and the ratings haven’t plunged either–NBC actually hurried Chuck’s premiere to save its own skin, which is definitely saying something.
I guess I’ll have to see where the gang ends up by the season’s end; it looks like happy endings are on the horizon for all of our characters, so we’ll see how open the finale is, and if it needs to go anywhere–or if I’ll quietly delete this post afterward. In terms of guest stars, I can’t complain: I’ve heard Scott Bakula, who portrays Chuck’s father, is coming back, and Christopher Lloyd is guest starring tonight; for the moment, I’ll suspend my doubts and just enjoy the season for what it is.
Update: Chuck has indeed been renewed for a fourth season!!
(Because if it wasn’t, I would totally be campaigning for a Casey spinoff. I would watch that.)