It's a Devon-Casey episode, as saving a despot requires Awesome intervention
First off, good for "Chuck" delivering a 3.0 demo rating for Sunday night's two-hour premiere. By NBC standards, with five free hours of primetime opening up in a few weeks, that's verging on tremendous and it's the sort of success that could lead to an easy renewal if those numbers stay intact for Monday's (Jan. 11) show.
So I hope people who tuned in on Sunday come back on Monday, because as much as I like Subway occasionally, I'd also enjoy a "Chuck" renewal that wasn't contingent on sandwich eating.
When I wrote my review of the third season of "Chuck," one of the things I mentioned was a growing maturity in the action-comedy's storytelling. One of the episodes I'd point to, illustrating that point, is "Chuck vs. The Angel de la Muerte," the kind of episode that a show can only do when it's reached a certain age and when it can count on its fans being willing to go along for the ride on new and unexpected territory.
"Chuck vs. The Angel de la Muerte"" was, oddly enough, a Devon/Casey episode, combining two pieces of the ensemble who rarely get to be narrative centerpieces.
[More on "Angel de la Muerta" after the break...]