I like Chuck, I really, really do. Zachary Levi is perfectly cast, and his touching portrayal of the way Chuck is trying to find himself grounds an otherwise ridiculous show. We’ve discussed Adam Baldwin’s greatness before. I even like the Buy More crew (and could stand to see a little more of last episode’s kick-ass Anna).
So I’d really love to keep loving the show, and it would help a lot if they’d back off the “we’re going to emphasize how hot Sarah is by tossing in some soft-porn shots” jokes. I genuinely believe they are jokes–the show is just so warm-hearted otherwise that it’s hard to believe they’d be so cynical as to up viewership in the teen male demographic with extra-gratuitous girlie shots, and they’ve always made a joke of the uniforms Sarah has to wear at her cover jobs. But from the season opener’s slow motion yogurt to Sarah’s imaginary slow-motion crawl across the Buy More floor to this week’s girlfight in the showers, the joke is getting stale. Seeing Nicole Richie get her ass handed to her by our heroine is fun enough–do they really have to be wet, too?
Let Chuck be Chuck–and let Sarah be Sarah: a smart, dangerous patriot whose past is more interesting than her cleavage.