Sunday, 15 May 2011

May Mayhem


It's a TV miracle! Any long term fan of Chuck will be aware that the show is infamous in the industry as being the ultimate bubble show. Rarely has there been a year when Michael Ausiello hasn't referred to the spy show's shots of being renewed as 'could go either way.' Which is why I'm delighted to report that Chuck has officially been renewed for a fifth season! This is the good news. The not so good news is that this will officially be the show's final season. But if this means that it can end on a high then so be it. Some of the best comedies; The Office, Fawlty Towers, Extras only ran for two/three seasons. They ended before they ran the risk of bleeding every possible storyline/joke dry (*cough Little Britain cough*) and so they are still highly rated by their fans.

Although a massive part of me is devastated that come September, I will need to prepare to say goodbye to one of my all time favourite shows and cast, part of me is also slightly relieved. In my opinion Chuck has been one of the most original shows that I've come across. Sure it shared some standard story lines of the underdog becoming the hero as well as a will they/won't they between Chuck and Sarah, but the chemistry and the ambiance shared by the collective cast is continuously one of the most enjoyable I've witnessed in a long time.
NBC has renewed the show for 13 episodes. By which time fingers crossed, Chuck and Sarah will be married. (Although those of you who have seen last week's episode will be as unnerved as I am about Sarah's fate.) By now Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak know better then to mess with our favourite spy couple and have done a great job of integrating the majority of the rest of the cast into the spy world; Jeffster and Big Mike excluded, so I'm hoping they enjoy having the chance to nicely wrap up all the loose ends and ensuring the show finishes on a high. It's nice that for once they can write a finale not knowing if they have to leave the story lines open just on the off chance they get a green light. Tomorrow's season's finale will be an example of this, as when filming neither the writers or the cast could call whether they would be returning for another season.

Needless to say, May is always such a conflicting time of the year for me. As indicated in my last post, I'm always excited for the May sweeps; the pace of my favourite shows begins to increase and the lottery of what has and hasn't been renewed kicks off. But another way to view it is the beginning of the end, as I know that all my shows are going to be off the screen until at least mid-September.

The Vampire Diaries crashed off screens this weekend and goodness me did it go out with a bang. Regular viewers will be aware that *spoiler alert* the penultimate episode brought not one but four deaths; Aunt Jenna being the most significant, leaving many to ponder how it could be topped by the finale. Luckily the writers had set out to prove those doubters wrong, and we were left with enough drama to wrap up some of the more tense story lines (Damon's werewolf bite) but still leave enough OMG moments to ensure viewers returned next season (Jeremy going all sixth sense...)

Sadly other faves of mine including Chuck. Cougar Town, Glee, Gossip Girl, 90210 are set to follow TVD, leaving me facing a long TVless Summer. Which is why I'm very grateful that it's the TV upfronts soon. The upfronts, or what I like to refer to as the Christmas of TV fanatics always brings enough teasers and tasters of the fall TV schedule to tie us over to September.

NBC Has been the first to announce it's fall schedule, with the biggest surprise being that Chuck has moved from a Monday to a Friday. Sadly this isn't a massive shock as the season has continuously reported record low ratings.
A recurring theme throughout this post is the beginning of the end and I guess Chuck majorly falls into this category as Friday is slightly viewed as the graveyard slot; it was filled this year by Smallville.
I guess the only answer is to find some new shows. I'm the first to admit that I'm a bit of a creature of habit. So my May sweeps resolution to myself is to give some of this year's TV pilots a shot. I'm quite excited about the new Sarah Michelle Gellar CW show Ringers.

The CW's upfront is this Thursday, so make sure you check back for some of the gossip and a sneak peak of what the schedule of some of my other favourites will be.

Monday, 25 April 2011

The May sweeps are a coming....


For TV obsessives like myself, May marks an extremely exciting time of the year. Ignoring the fact that our fave TV shows are about to disappear off the screens, we're instead gearing ourselves up for the inevitable deaths, hook ups, break ups and other exciting story lines that explode during the season finales.

To name just a few, Gossip Girl is currently keeping its audience captivated with the mystery of Blair will eventually be paired up with. In the risk of causing an uproar, I'm secretly keeping everything crossed that she'll still be locking lips with Dan once the season finale credits begin to roll. Whilst over in Mystic Falls, The Vampire Diaries crashed back onto our screens for the final six episodes by getting the doppelganger episodes rolling. At present we're stood dumbfounded that history is repeating itself not just with Elena and Katherine, but also with the Salvatores as a slightly more modern version of Klaus and Elijah. Fess up, who GOL'ed (check back to this post if you need a translator) when you discovered they are not only brothers, but that Klaus is some sort of werevamp hybrid!) I digress, I digress.
To get back to my point, all the shows are massively pulling out all the stops to keep their audiences captivated enough to 1. guarantee a renewal and 2. guarantee their fans will remain loyal throughout the next series. This inevitably leads to my next point.

SAVE CHUCK!

Once again my fave spy comedy is in danger of not being renewed. To be honest, it's surprising that the producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak don't name every season finale 'Chuck vs the renewal.' It's not that the fans passion has dwindled, but just that the viewing figures are never quite enough to guarantee automatic saviour. At present Chuck stands in the 'could go either way' category on the Ausiello renewal scorecard which just about sums the series up. Personally, I'm not worried, Chuck has faced this every year and always come through smiling. Plus the producers always ensure the storyline is nicely rounded up but left open just enough to lead to the next season, network permitting. But I'm still keeping everything crossed.

To return to my original point, this really is my favourite time of the TV season, I'm actually more excited by crossing off the cancellations and renewals like my own personal Michelin Man I-Spy, than the finales themselves. So I urge you to check back here for my ultimate favorite event of the TV year; the Upfronts, which are due to kick off on 16th May. This is when you get a preview of the 'Fall' (excuse my Americanism) TV schedule lineup. I will try my best to include all the gossip and snippets of show information as soon as I can find it!

To keep you preoccupied until then, why not follow my suit and keep stopping by TV Line the brain child of my favourite US entertainment journalist Michael Ausiello as he teases his May sweeps scorecard. I'm just praying that none of the deaths are Chuck, The Vampire Diaries*, or Gossip Girl related. Well, I can but hope, right?

*Scrap that, after double checking a Vampire Diaries fatality has been confirmed....DAMMIT!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Santa Klaus is coming to town....


Goodness me, how I love a cliffhanger. That's my excuse for leaving you all on tenterhooks as to the casting of the ultimate baddie vamp Klaus and I'm sticking to it. In my defence the casting of the coveted role had yet to be confirmed, so I couldn't very well pluck names out of thin air could I?

OK maybe I could, especially as according to the rumour mills our very own Craig Dean from Hollyoaks was allegedly a contender for the role. I for one am ecstatic that he was overlooked, mainly because every time he'd try to intimidate my favourite Salvatore brothers in a scene I'd be waiting for John Paul McQueen to enter the room and gaze longingly before stealing a secret snog in the Mystic Grill.

Anyway, sorry Guy Barnet, but the casting ship has sailed and a different Brit; Joseph Morgan has been confirmed for the role. I'm actually unfamiliar with Joseph, but excited that they've cast a Brit to play a Brit for once. Especially as past English characters such as Rose and Elijah have all been played by Americans. Don't get me wrong, both played their parts exceedingly well; I only found out Rose wasn't English by checking Lauren Cohan's wikipedia page, but it's just nice to see a native cast in such a sought after role.

Fingers crossed all goes well for Joseph, but not too well seeing as his existence will ultimately end with Elena's death. After so much speculation over the role, no doubt Joseph's feeling the pressure. He needn't worry for a few weeks at least, seeing as the only method of killing him is deeply impaled in Elijah's corpse, for the present time being. I for one am very excited to see his entrance; he'll be debuting on 21st April, especially as the originals have a way of entering the show with an impact.

On a separate note, how great has TVD been since returning to our screens? I'm doing my best to make the blog less vampire focused, but when they provide me with a continuous bromance between Alaric and Damon, a heroine to equal Buffy (in feistyness not strength) and weekly helpings of handsome shirtless men; there's just no alternative.

What do you think? Are you relieved a relatively unknown Brit landed the much coveted role of Klaus? Are you as much of a fan of Dalaric as I am? Thoughts and comments very much welcomed!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

A Happy New Year!

Happy New Year one and all! And no, before you ask, the reason I'm wishing you the best for 2011 a lengthy 15 days too late isn't because I've only just shaken off the hangover from the year's ultimate party night. It's because sadly there hasn't been much to blog about over the festive season.

Now when it comes to TV, we all know I can be rather biased towards our friends across the big pond. It's not that I don't rate UK telly; it's, no it is, I just don't rate it. Christmas was sadly no exception. I don't know what went through the TV execs heads in the run up to the festive period, but I literally can't name one good stand out show. I can however name two good US shows that have recently entered my must have viewings. The first is a brand new one which I have to pay thanks to my big sis for introducing me to; Courtney Cox's Cougar Town.

This is one show I've been meaning to dip into for a while, mainly because it has all the makings of a hit. A brilliant cast, and produced by the great Bill Lawrence, he of Scrubs fame, provides a fantastic balance of comedy. I say this as thought I'm some big expert, but I think the fact that the show's on its second series in the US is proof that it brings in the ratings. Just call me Sherlock Magson! As I'm easing myself back into blogging I'm not going to delve into a lengthy review of the six episodes I've managed to watch over two days, but in short Courtney's back to her best as Jules, I fancy Josh Hopkins who plays Jules' paper buddy and I love Travis her son.

But Rachel, what is the second show to enter your must watch list I hear you cry. Well the picture's probably a bit of a giveaway, however, let me take you on a trip back to 1997; crop tees and all... I recently treated myself to the entire box set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer making my way through 6 episodes in one sitting. I can honestly say that with the exception of the fabulous hair and fashion, it's not dated one bit. The dialogue is still smart and snappy. Some of the fight scenes are a bit scrappy sure, but this is the first series so far and it was starting out. I blooming love, it makes me want to through on my old school uniform and go sit through another 7 years of teenage angst. Well not quite, but I am already anticipating another mammoth session next weekend.

Bit of a non post for my first of 2011, but what I will say is at least when I next despair at the state of UK TV I have the Scooby Gang and a bunch of old cougars to help me through. Add that to the fact that my lovely parentals treated me to the season three box sets of both Chuck and Gossip Girl, then I'm sorted until at least, well February.

Still that takes me up to the return of all my US faves return from their hiatus. Come back TVD, I miss my weekly dose of Damon! Speaking of TVD, will we ever find out who they'll cast for Klaus? All to be discussed in my next post.....

Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Return...


Well this is certainly an apt title isn't it? The Return. The return of my favourite TV show, the return of my TV show schedule and the return of...me!

Revisiting my blog I'm somewhat ashamed to see that my last post was in April, all I can say is thank goodness my absence didn't reach the six month mark. So with all my fave programmes meandering back onto my screen let's crack on with where we left off.

The Return is of course the title of the first new episode The Vampire Diaries which didn't so much return as explode back on to our screen.

Conveniently, we picked up exactly where we ended last May with Uncle Jonathan writhing around fingerless after finding himself at the end of Katherine's wrath. So much happened in this one episode that I almost don't know where to begin.

As I mentioned the episode picks up where we were cruelly abandoned last season. Elena narrowly avoids coming face-to-face with her evil doppelganger and discovers Uncle Jonathan lying in a pool of blood and calls the paramedics, believing it was a rogue tomb vamp who attacked him. If that's not bad enough the poor lamb then discovers her brother lying motionless having OD'ed on a delightful combination of Anna's blood and immensely strong painkillers. Stefan confirms that he is not a vamp in the waiting and warns him that Anna's blood has all but left his system so if Jeremy tries to kill himself again he will die for real.

Meanwhile at the hospital it's not looking good for Caroline as internal bleeding has left her looking the grim reaper in the face. However much to Elena's disdain Damon saves Caroline by slipping her some blood; more on this later. It's also thanks to Damon that Katherine's return is discovered as Elena denies kissing him on the porch and speaking to Aunt Jenna about the fire. At this precise moment Stefan is making the same discovery, as Katherine (pretending to be Elena) attempts to seduce him. Stefan is not so easily fooled and launches into defence attack. Our favourite trio discuss what Katherine's return means for them; the verdict, not good.

In between all this action the Lockwood's are holding a memorial for Mayor Lockwood who, if you remember, met his untimely end in the finale due to Jonathan Gilbert's watch. Cue high jinks in the form of Katherine pretending to be Elena and then the real Elena rocking up. At this point it's worth noting the great job that Nina Dobrev is doing playing three different characters; Elena, Katherine and then Katherine pretending to be Elena. At the Lockwood's we establish that Bonnie and Katherine are not likely to become besties, Katherine has a weakness for Matt's dreamy blue eyes and that Katherine has returned for Stefan not Damon.

Unfortunately Katherine learns a few things too, namely that Damon saved Caroline's life by slipping her some blood and that Stefan hates her. I also learned something; don't piss off a vamp as they retaliate by stabbing you in the stomach with a sharp instrument.

Now as I mentioned earlier that this was an action packed episode and it's almost impossible to squeeze in every tantalising twist that happened. So I'm going to divide the rest of this post between the characters that had a bit of a rough ride during this episode.

Damon
How much rejection does a vamp have to face? First he discovers that it was Katherine he'd kissed and poured his heart out to, then Bonnie rejects his offer of a truce for saving Caroline, rather vehemently too with her witchy vampire migraine. Now hands up who wasn't heartbroken when Elena told him she was surprised he'd think she would kiss him back. "Now I'm hurt." Me too Damon, me too! So it came as no surprise that he went back to Katherine and offered her eternal love. Katherine rejected his advances in possibly the most devastating way she could; "it's always been Stefan." Cue a dejected Damon appearing in Elena's room, it was clear the poor guy just needed comforting but trying to force himself on her was probably not the best way to go about it. Unfortunately Elena's way of knocking him back was to unwittingly echo Katherine's earlier words "it's always been Stefan." Which leads us onto why The Return wasn't the best episode for Jeremy...

Jeremy
After a heart to heart with a departing Uncle Jonathan, Jeremy discovers that the Gilbert's have a long history of being vampire haters and part of The Council. Unfortunately Jeremy gets a taste of how unstable vampires are by intervening in Damon's attempted kiss with Elena. In a serious case of wrong place wrong time Damon lashes out against Elena in the most hurtful way he can...and snaps Jeremy's neck. I'm not going to lie; I gasped out loud. Thank God his earlier heart to heart with Uncle Jonathan resulted in Jeremy inheriting one of those snazzy 'you can't die at the hands of anything supernatural rings.' Ere go Jeremy is not dead; but Elena's friendship with Damon is, if her declaration of hate is anything to go by.

Caroline
After confronting death face on for pretty much the majority of the episode I did not see the final seconds coming. Much was made of Damon saving Caroline's life with his blood so I guess it was not too surprising in theory that Katherine paid Caroline a late night visit. Unfortunately she was not armed with flowers but instead a message; tell the Salvatore's that it's "game on." Caroline is promptly smothered with her own pillow. Now this is where the episode ended, but as I've seen Caroline sporting a nice blood moustache in the trailer for the next episode one can only assume that she is vampwards bound. Poor Caroline; her mum is the sheriff! And where does this leave Matt? He is pretty much the only character left who is unaware of the supernatural.
Uncle Jonathan
I'll keep this brief as I point blank dislike the man. But Uncle Jonathan spends the majority of the episode recuperating from his attack. When Elena and Stefan visit him in hospital he refuses to answer due to his hatred of vampires and disdain for their relationship. That is until Stefan threatens him to leave town and never return otherwise he'll turn him into a vampire and watch him hate himself more than he already does.

So there we have it. This was the action packed opening episode of what is still my favourite TV show. The only detail I omitted is the return of Mason Lockwood, who I believe has returned to enlighten us about the Mystic Falls werewolves, although we will touch upon that in a few weeks to come. I for one am not complaining though as he is a welcome addition to the show's eye candy.

Goodness, so much action so little time. Keep a lookout for a recap of the season premiere of Chuck which is coming soon. But right now I am going to go and daydream about Stefan, Damon, Jeremy and Mason Lockwood having a wrestle. Judge me all you like but tell me you're not thinking about joining me!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Chuck Versus the Numerous Answers

I don't know about you but I'm not very good at waiting. I especially don't like waiting for answers, and this can be incredibly tricky when it comes to TV shows. I think this had a huge impact in why I stopped following Lost. Don't get me wrong it's a brilliant show, but it's now on its sixth and final season and there are still many plot lines that are yet to be answered six seasons in! (The fact that the show moved to Sky after the second season also played a major factor in my ceasing watching, but that is neither here nor there...) But occasionally a show comes along that is both fast-paced and generous when it comes to providing answers. The Vampire Diaries falls into this latter category, although if it could hurry up and reveal how the Salvatore brothers turned into vampires that would be very much appreciated, as does Chuck; and boy have Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz been generous in their reveals recently....

The biggest surprise this season is that we have learned quite a bit about Sarah and Casey and their back story. Die-hard fans of the show will know that Chuck has tried time and time again to gain the tiniest insight into Sarah's past but she's always managed to elude him. So it came as a massive shock when she willingly volunteered information to Shaw without even being asked. It was quite a big reveal too; we found out that her real name is Sam. Now I was slightly disappointed with this. Firstly I wish it was Chuck that she's shared this with. And secondly, I don't think Sarah suits the name Sam, I couldn't give you a better alternative, but I definitely don't think Sam fits the bill. Maybe it's just me though. We also discovered that Casey's name is a cover and his real name was Alexander Coburn, and that before he joined the NSA he had a fiance, who was (unknown to him) pregnant. However he was forced to fake his own death and take the name of John Casey and in doing so lost the chance to be happily married with children. Here ends the first of the big reveals. I personally think that the writers decided to provide us with some answers about Casey and Sarah's pasts because they are very aware that this season could be the last. I for one am not complaining, and any situation where I am treated with more John Casey leaves me feeling very happy!

This leads me onto the first of the three episodes; Chuck Versus the Final Exam. The end of this episode allowed us to embark on another trip down Sarah's memory lane. But the Von Trapps would be very disappointed if I didn't start at the very beginning, so let us not jump ahead of ourselves. This episode was significant as it saw Chuck becoming a real, real life spy. Wasn't he already one you ask? Well I thought so too, but apparently not as it's not possible to become a real spy until you've passed you red test. In this case Chuck had to take out a mole, a traitor who was working with the Ring. However this would, as Sarah pointed out, mean that our favourite geek would be crossing a line he couldn't come back from. Not only handling a gun but killing someone too. The past run of episodes have shown Sarah becoming increasingly concerned about the changes in Chuck, and almost falling out of love with him, so this episode looked to be the final straw for her. It came as a massive shock then when the showdown between Chuck and the mole happened, because as expected Chuck hesitated when it came to having to kill the bad guy and had it not been for Casey could have ended up killed himself. However here's where the catch 22 occurred; Casey saved Chuck's life by shooting the mole, but as my favourite character has now been reduced to a civilian status, should Chuck reveal that Casey took the shot he could be arrested for murder. So as far as Sarah's concerned Chuck is no longer the man she loves. Trying to come to terms with this she reveals to Shaw the horrors of her own red test. Just another attempt to gain an insight into Sarah's past by the writers? No, that is not the case at all. Which brings me to the second episode of this blog...

Chuck Versus the American Hero.

This was the shows penultimate episode before it took another break, and I think it's important to point out that it was actually meant to be the penultimate episode of the entire season before NBC decided to extended Chuck's run. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the writers for not padding the season with filler episodes and instead continuing the season from where they originally left off, because had they not I wouldn't have got my answer, and we all know how I feel about being denied them!

So this episode was significant for a number of reasons. As mentioned above I originally thought that learning about Sarah's red test was just a ploy to fill us in a bit more about her past, but the twist before the end blew that theory right out of the water. To recap this episode, Shaw decided that enough was enough when it came to the Ring and that it was time to use himself as bait and lead the CIA to the Ring and the Director. Sarah, having accepted that Chuck's not who she thought he is, spent the majority of the episode avoiding talking to him about his feeling for her. So when Chuck learned that Shaw was sacrificing himself, he locked Sarah in the Castle to save Shaw in order to risk his life to help him before Sarah could risk hers. The scene where Chuck emerged from the explosion with Shaw over his shoulder was brilliant; especially as we all know how attracted to the hero type Sarah is. Aware that the love of his life is slipping away from him, the episode ended with Chuck passionately kissing Sarah to remind her of his devotion, and promising the life in Prague that he turned down at the start of the season, and in doing so proved his love, as he would be choosing Prague over his career. Mirroring Sarah's offer from the season premier he said he'd be waiting at the station. The best bit of the episode however was when Casey revealed he'd killed the mole. The smile on Sarah's face was so well acted by Yvonne Strahovsky that I'm not ashamed to admit I squealed aloud! OK, maybe I'm a little bit ashamed. But, and this is a major but, I've deliberately omitted a major twist. Whilst attempting to sacrifice himself the Ring revealed to Shaw that the target in Sarah's red test was no other than his wife!!! So when Shaw turned up unannounced at Sarah's hotel room citing a new mission that needed to be undertaken immediately I knew this was not going to be a happy ending. This of course leads me to the third and final episode of this blog....

Chuck Versus the Other Guy.

This, as far as I am concerned, is allowed to go down in history as one of the best episodes of Chuck. Ever. Picking up where we last left off, Shaw was heading to deserted whereabouts to 'settle an old score'. And we all know who's score he wants to settle. Arriving at a deserted warehouse he deliberately separated from Sarah so that she could watch a video tape of her red test, and then revealed it was his wife she murdered. In the meantime General Beckmann has filled Chuck in about Sarah's role in the death of Shaw's wife, and as expected everyone is fearing the worst. Chuck (slightly) overreacts and after managing to trace a signal on Sarah pretty much calls in every rescue squad he can get his hands on. But in a surprise twist, Shaw appears to be forgiving towards Sarah, holding the Ring responsible for her death instead. Key word in the sentence; appears. Because later on this episode we learn that Shaw is actually working for the Ring, and very much so holds Sarah responsible. Charah fans rejoiced worldwide as our favourite duo reunited again in an extremely humorous scene which saw Morgan tied up with a game console whilst Chuck tried to find the solution to his troubles at the bottom of a bottle. Everything seems to be going their way, and the Ring leader is presumed dead after a trip to the headquarters, until Beckmann sends Shaw and Sarah to France to follow up the mission. The one-off accolade of Hero of the Week goes to Morgan, who picked up that Shaw had faked the entire group of Ring agent's deaths and was in fact a Ring agent himself. One pep talk to Casey about getting his life back on track, and the trio were hot on tails of Shaw and Sarah to France. And bloomin' good job they were, because Shaw had taken Sarah to the very location of his wife's death in order to exact revenge. Drugged an unarmed Sarah was in an extremely precarious position. Until, oh thank god! Chuck turned up and saved the day by shooting(!) and killing (!!!) Shaw. For those of us that worried the fact that Chuck both shot and killed someone might Bring Sarah's doubts about him back, we need worry not. She completely digged the fact that he saved her life for once. And the episode concluded with them taking their relationship to the next level. In Paris, which has been repeatedly mentioned as the one place Chuck would like to visit most. Other highlights saw Casey restored to Colonel Casey, and Morgan formally acknowledged as a member of team Bartowski. I'm aware that the Buy More has been omitted from the entirety of this blog but there's only so much a girl can write about Chuck!

And that's where we left off my fellow Chuck lovers. Apologies for the length of this post, but how much ground did I have to cover! Just thank your lucky stars that I didn't recap for the Winter Olympics. But seeing as I've now made it my aim to once again post regularly this wont be a regular occurence. So until next time!

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Chuck Me, What's All This About?


Friends I owe you a big apology and I thought it was only fair to just dive straight into it. My past behaviour has been nothing short of outrageous. Last blog in February! What's that about? And it can't go unnoticed that before my inexcusable absence there was an incredibly heavy bias towards The Vampire Diaries. So not only am I not going to try and dig my way out of my slacking by offering a truck load of excuses about commuting and being too tired to blog, I am going to offer you a tasty alternative to my current CW fave (which has been outstanding recently) and return my attention to the undeniably still brilliant Chuck.

First things first though, please accept my apologies for my going AWOL; I assure you it will not happen again.

Now, let's get down to business... For those of us that are Chuck fans, and there are a few out there somewhere, you will have had to have been hiding under a rock to miss the furore that occurred when the programme took its hiatus to make space for the Winter Olympics. For a show that has forever been unable to shake off it's bubble status (it has never enjoyed a run where it's renewal is guaranteed) the reaction of the fans was extreme. For those of you who were hiding under a rock the problem was created by an unavoidable situation. Chuck is an extremely enjoyable show for a number of reasons but one of the main ones, especially with the fans, is the obvious chemistry between the two leads Chuck and Sarah. Although will they/wont they plotlines have been going for years now and can seem a bit dated, somehow the writers manage to keep you caring week in week out, and hoping each episode that our geeky hero will finally get his girl. So what happened? Why all the uproar I hear you ask?

Well the episode before the Olympics break saw our favourite duo officially acknowledge the end of their relationship and each embark new relationships with their new respective love interests, portrayed by Brandon Routh and Kristin Kreuk.
I honestly don't think Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz could have predicted what happened next. Had the episode dated when originally intended to, viewers could have been comforted by the knowledge that within a few weeks the longing and yearning glances would return, on Chuck's behalf if not Sarah's, and we could all go back to silently (or not so silently in my case) rooting for the pair to realise their devotion to one another. But unfortunately NBC who have had some very publicised problems in their scheduling called for an early return for Chuck in order to help with its struggling schedule. This meant that an episode which initially might have disgruntled a few loyal Charah's or Shuck's instead provoked outrage and led many to call for a boycott of the show; not a wise move by fans for a show that relies heavily on ratings for its' season renewal. The phrase cutting off your nose to spite your face comes to mind!

Anyway, after what seemed like eternity the show returned and luckily the plotline soon saw our favourite will they/wont they, oh no now Sarah seems to be paying too much attention to the apparently all American hero super agent storyline return, and fans appeared to be appeased by the result. A relief all round! And since its return the show has been going from strength to strength with answers being revealed left, right and centre.
Plus in an ironic twist, the show's early scheduling was combined with an extension of its run pushing the number of episodes from thirteen to nineteen. So when Chuck left us for yet another break, the climatic ending episode was originally intended to be the season's finale. And oh my word was it explosive!!!

Now I have rambled on for long enough in this blog already, and if I even attempt to go into what happened in the last three or four episodes there is actually no way that I can do all the twists and turns justice. So I propose this.... Come back tomorrow when I will dedicate yet another blog to the delights of my favourite spy based comedy and I promise you I will do you proud.
Surely you can't ask for anything better then that?!