is the new hit TV show from executive producer, Josh Schwartz (The O.C.
) and executive producer-director McG (Charlie's Angels
). This is a one-hour, action-comedy series about Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi, Less Than Perfect
), a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government's most vital secret agent. When Chuck opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at an electronics store. Instead of fighting computer viruses, he must now confront assassins and international terrorists.
Zachary Levi was born to play Chuck
. A computer nerd who finds himself thrust into the role of a Government secret agent, its a career-making role in a television show thats got plenty to offer, whether youre along for the action or the comedy.
Every episode from Chucks first season is gathered together in this set, and thus we get to see how a geek effectively became a wannabe-Jack Bauer. It goes without saying that Chuck has a lot of fun with its premise, and it happily asks you to suspend your disbelief as plausibility quickly goes out of the window. But so what? For when the action and comedy are as strong as they are with Chuck, that proves to be no price to pay whatsoever. Mix in the surprisingly high production values and the very witty scripts, and you have a surprise hit of a show thats hard not to warm to.
One of the chief reasons for this is Levi in the title role, but Chuck also boasts good supporting turns from the likes of Adam Baldwin and Yvonne Strahovski. It also packs a surprising amount into its 13 episodes, and displays an ambition and verve that serves the show exceedingly well. Whats more, it also leaves you positively thirsting for more. Highly recommended. --Jon Foster