Chuck the Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 7.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.5

Distributor: Warner
Running Time: 156 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

7.5


Chuck Season Two

For those unfamiliar with the series, Chuck revolves around a lowly electronics store employee named Chuck (Zachary Levi), who unwittingly becomes embroiled in the world of high-stakes espionage when a top secret, one-of-a-kind government program called the Intersect is inadvertently downloaded into his brain.  Having suddenly become a invaluable asset to national security, Sarah, an attractive CIA agent (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey, a hardened NSA veteran (Adam Baldwin) are sent to protect Chuck at all costs, who must then struggle to hide his double life from friends and family while surviving untold dangers, and fixing the odd computer, in the process. 

If you think that sounds implausible and ridiculous you’re probably right on both counts, but the series never takes itself seriously enough for it to matter.  Furthermore it remains fresh and engaging thanks to some snappy writing and convincing, enjoyable performances from its leads.  The series also boasts a strong ensemble cast, including the hilarious Joshua Gomez as Chuck’s irredeemably nerdy pal Morgan, and a cavalcade of guest performances from the likes of Chevy Chase, a surprisingly adept Nicole Ritchie and Arrested Development’s Tony Hale. 

The second season essentially follows the formula of the first, with Chuck and his two minders dodging assassin’s bullets, infiltrating organised crime gangs and tracking down rogue CIA agents on a weekly basis.  The series does however explore the character’s back stories much more than was the case in Season One, as we are introduced to Sarah’s criminal father (Office Space’s Gary Cole) and given additional insight into Chuck’s previous relationship with the college flame who broke his heart. 

All in all Season Two offers up a great package, with 22 episodes spread out over four disks and some solid extras, including a gag reel, several featurettes and dozens of deleted scenes.  The writing remains strong and the show consistently has its cake and eats it too, poking as much fun as ever at spy movie conventions while simultaneously milking them for all they’re worth.  There are plenty of laughs, no shortage of explosions and the season finale ends on one hell of a cliffhanger; all in all Chuck is one of the joys of the current TV crop, with a solid mix of drama and comedy and a depth of talent that lends an emotional core when things look like veering out of control. 

On the technical front however the supposedly 1080p picture quality is surprisingly variable, with many scenes and even entire episodes coming across as extremely grainy, particularly early in the series.  The fact that one scene will be crystal clear BD quality and the next bordering on fuzzy would seem an unusual oversight in this day and age of High-definition transfers, especially considering the price of the set is somewhere in the vicinity of $60-$80, and overall the video quality is far from pristine throughout.   

On the positive side the soundtrack is once again an admirable affair.  Though the audio on offer is a Dolby Digital 5.1 and not TrueHD it’s certainly an immersive and extremely effective mix, with the work of a diverse array of artists such as The National, Bon Iver and other stalwarts of the alternative scene interspersed liberally throughout.  

Season Two of Chuck certainly won’t disappoint its diehard fans.  The series was recently included in Time magazine’s Top 10 best shows of the year and has been voted ‘TV’s funniest comedy’ by Entertainment Weekly, neither of which I’d be willing to dispute.  The show also has much to offer casual viewers and new fans, as plenty of exposition is given when necessary and each episode stands on its own as a 45-minute slice of espionage-spoof fun.  Overall this is an impressive package, marred by some indifferent picture quality on occasion but never let down by its writing or its cast. 






 
 



   Games
   PlayStation 4
   XBox One
   PlayStation 3
   XBox 360
   PC
   PS Vita
   Wii U
   Wii
   3DS
   DS
   PSP
   Apple
   Casual
   Android
   Classics

  Movies
   Movies & IMAX
   Blu-ray
   Action
   Anime
   Comedy
   Crime & Thrillers
   Documentaries
   Drama
   Family
   Horror
   Kids
   Lifestyle
   Music
   Romance
   Sci-fi
   Sport

   IT
   PC
   Apple
   Hardware

   Information & Fun
   News
   Interviews
   Articles

   Tara's G-Spot
   Loren's Level
   Comics
   Books
   Mind & Body
   Music
   Competitions
   Community
 








 
 




Impulse Gamer is your source for the
latest Reviews and News on Video Games,
Entertainment, Pop Culture, Hardware &
More!

 


© 2001 - 2013 Impulse Gamer
 

 

About Us | Contact Us