Sorry again for the lack of blogging. I’ve been terrible.
But I want to talk to you today about something really, really important: Chuck.
Chuck is absolutely my favourite TV show at the moment, which is a rather large call, given that it trumps Gossip Girl. But it is. It’s a wonderfully constructed show, with impressive characterisation and, unlike Big Bang Theory, it has compelling, intelligent and impressive female characters. I really admire Josh Schwartz for this: while he shows do tend to revolve around Seth Cohen in one guise or another, his female characters are always remarkably complex. When you take the time to consider it, there aren’t a huge number of interesting female characters on television, and certainly few powerful ones. Sarah and Ellie are both successful career women who manage to balance responsibility with feminitity. They are in the CJ Cregg tradition (and I consider CJ to be the most robust and wonderful representation of a woman on television ever).
It’s also got incredible music. A few times it has introduced me to great new music (like Frightened Rabbit, which is currently my favourite album of 2009, even though it came out in 2008). Sometimes it’ll have music from a band I’ve *just* gotten into, like Blitzen Trapper. In last week’s episode, at a crucial moment in the show’s history, they played a FULL Bon Iver song (Creature Fear, which is just incredible).
But beyond good characters and good music, Chuck is a fundamentally good show. Why? Because it tells a good story. As wonderful as mood and character and production values are, without a good story, a show falls to pieces. Chuck tells an original and compelling story, the everyman thrown into a remarkable situation. Plus, he is good. It is the tale of a good man trying to do what is right, balancing the demands of country and family.
Going into the week of the Season 2 finale, I can’t implore you enough: buy the Season 1 DVDs, if you haven’t already, and watch Chuck. It’s a wonderful show, and you won’t regret it. It also may be cancelled, so it needs all the support it can get.