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Review: Chuck 222 Chuck Versus the Ring

Review of:  Chuck 222 Chuck Versus the Ring  Chuck Overall Rating: 10

On Ellie's and Awesome's wedding day, everything has to be perfect.  This becomes increasingly difficult when Roark crashes the party wanting the intersect cube.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

chuck-season1Chuck Versus the Ring is the best episode of the season.  The writers did an amazing job by wrapping up the loose story arcs, while maintaining the tension of and bringing to the forefront the main story arcs for season three.  The acting from everyone is just spot on and they even raised the bar on the music front.

The music throughout the series amazed me.  In this episode they introduce a new best fight scene to music and get to feature Jeffster’s cover of the “Mr. Roboto” by Styx.  I think that Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky actually sang a cover and did a really good job with it.  Their cover starts 14:53 in and below watch the music video of the Styx singing the original.

Do you think Orion is ambidextrous?  He wears his cool wrist brace on his left arm operating it with his right hand suggesting that Orion is right handed yet he threw a left hook in a fight with Ted Roark favoring the left hand.

I really enjoyed how they brought the whole Chuck you are a hero motif to an apex in this episode.  Throughout this season Chuck wrestles with what it means to be a hero.  He learns what it means but still doubts that he is one.  His father gives Chuck his final boon and sets him off down the path.  Yet even with that Chuck still doubts his own awesomeness, but when the moment comes he makes the hero’s choice and puts together everything he learned from the series.

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  • It was just great to watch all of the cast acting so brilliantly in this episode
  • Bruce Boxleitner as Awesome’s father ruled.
  • Jeffster returns!!!  Their singing of "Mr. Roboto" by Styx rocked.  I think that should be an MP3 for sale I would have bought it.
  • They fill in the Brice storyline
  • They fill in the rest of Orion’s storyline
  • The advancement of Chuck’s storyline by concluding his questions and concerns from this season and setting him up for next season.
  • Best fight sequence to “Mr. Roboto”
  • Introduction to the Ring and a brilliant set up for a season 3
  • Casey’s facial expressions in the last scene were classic!
  • Nice homage to the Matrix.


  • This was a minor concern but I did have to stop and justify to myself on how Casey’s team was so easily taken out in the castle.

Favorite Quotes

  • “There is no need to curse.  You know damn well what I want.”
  • “If you don't deliver that Cube within a half hour, 40 minutes tops with traffic...”
  • “Kevin, why are you letting Sam Kinison and an Indian lesbian wreck your wedding?”
  • “Hmm, a real shotgun wedding.  Just think that terrible pun is the last thing you will ever hear.”
  • “Oh chuck me!”

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Spoiler Alert

I loved that they revealed Orion having the intersect in his head.  It helped to explain how he was able to stay one step ahead of everyone for so long.

It was a nice touch to give Brice an honorable conclusion.  First they reveal that he was not the jerk he was originally portrayed to be, that in fact he was working with Orion to help protect Chuck.  Even towards the end he did not try to steal Chuck’s girl.  I was kind of sad to see him go.

The Ring is brought to the forefront in this episode.  First, the name of the episode having a double meaning was not lost on me, I loved it.  Fulcrum is revealed to only be a part of the Ring which has different goals from Fulcrum.  The Ring also appears to have even better quality spies which should make for a very interesting season three (fingers crossed and letters sent) upping the stakes for Chuck.

To coincide with the added challenge from The Ring , Chuck moved from a hero to a superhero.  I love how season 2 was all about Chuck learning how to be a hero and in this episode they move him into being a superhero.  He gets Orion’s arm brace allowing him technological access to almost all systems and he gets an intersect upgrade allowing him to pull a Neo from the Matrix.  The combat flash was awesome, especially that they finished the scene with chuck giving an homage to the matrix and my most favorite quote of the season: “Guys… I know kung fu.”  I hope that season three will open with some kind of scene where a Morpheus type character (ahem… Casey) steps in and asks Chuck to prove it.

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Review: Chuck 219 Versus the Dream Job

Review of:  Chuck 219 Versus the Dream Job  Chuck Overall Rating: 9

When Chuck and Ellie reunite with their father after he left them as children, the lines are blurred between family and Chuck's next assignment.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

I really liked this episode.  In Chuck versus the Dream Job they really advance the story of Chuck with himself, Chuck with the intersect, Chuck with his family, Chuck with his handlers, Chuck with the CIA, and Chuck with Fulcrum.  They also add in two great characters Chuck’s dad being played by Scott Bakula and Ted Roark being played by Chevy Chase.

Scott Bakula and Chevy Chase did a great job with their respective characters.  I was really impressed with how Stephen’s body language and physical appearance changed with the appropriate scene.  Watch Stephen’s eyes in the earlier scenes his acting actually put clues in his eyes and where he is focusing.

What did you think about the technology featured on the armband in this episode.  I love how we got a closer look at it and it appears to be part of the fabric putting forth the wearable computing technology… good geeky fun.

Time for a tin foil hat theory:  In this episode the main villain is free open source software.  I wonder if this is part of a trend to subtly vilify the free open source movement in the minds of the public.


  • That Scott Bakula said “Oh boy” as an homage to Quantum Leap
  • Chevy Chase’s acting
  • Scott Bakula’s acting
  • The bromancy between Chuck and Morgan
  • Chuck facing Casey
  • Chevy Chase’s greeting “In A Gadda Da Vida”
  • the computer messages: “Access denied have an amazing day!” “Access denied twice, maybe I should call security.”

Favorite Quotes

  • “You don’t have the common curtsey to threaten me with a real firearm”
  • “Access denied have an amazing day!”
  • “Access denied twice, maybe I should call security.”
  • “In A Gadda Da Vida”

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Spoiler Alert

Chuck vs. Himself:  He really develops in this episode pulling together a lot of lessons learnt from his earlier adventures to allow him to overcome himself.  Chuck faces his fears and applies for a dream job as himself outside of the Buy More.  Chuck stands up for himself physically and faces John Casey.  He also pulls together a true understanding of what a heroic agent would do and engages a group of Fulcrum agents.

Chuck vs. The Intersect:  Chuck figures out what the plans are.  Discovers who Orion is.  Learns about a new intersect and a possible means on how to use the intersect to get the images out of his head.

Chuck vs. His Family:  Chuck brings his dad back home and learns the real reason why he walked out on the family so long ago.

Chuck vs. His Handlers:  Chuck resolves some of the trust issues that he has been wrestling with and he earns a new level of respect from both.

Chuck vs. The Intersect:  Chuck learns how to access the intersect within his own mind on command instead of having to wait for the chance to flash.

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Chuck Finds Father and it’s Scott Bakula?

Scott Bakula is returning to TV as Chuck’s dad!  I’ve really love this show.  It’s like geek heaven, full of geek and speculative fiction references.  I’ve caught up on Hulu and now can’t wait for the next part of the season to start.  Bakula should appear in at least 3 episodes with his arc kicking off in April.

"Chuck made a promise to his sister, Ellie [Sarah Lancaster], that he was going to find their dad in time for her wedding," Schwartz explains. "And it's something that Chuck becomes consumed with pursuing during the second half of the season.

"But when he finds him, he's not necessarily a guy who wants to be found," Schwartz continues. "He's living in a trailer, he's disheveled, he's paranoid and he's claiming constantly that Ted Roark [Chevy Chase] -- who he used to work with -- stole all his ideas from him. And Ted Roark has now become this super-successful software billionaire, and Chuck's dad has become an eccentric, living in the shadows."

Did they just say that Chevy Chase will also make an appearance?  That would rock even more!

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(via EW)