So much big stuff! Fans are gonna love Monday's 'Chuck.' Why didn't we?
I'm a TV critic, but I'm also a TV fan. I'm a "Chuck" fan, but I'm also a TV critic. And if you're looking for me tonight, you may find me off on an island, all by myself.
As the Olympics were beginning and "Chuck" went off the air for a couple weeks, critics and "Chuck"-friendly bloggers were sent the next four "Chuck" episodes. I watched the episodes, greatly enjoyed them in the balance and felt pretty solid in my feelings.
Then I started reading reactions to Monday's (March 8) episode, titled "Chuck vs. the Beard" via twitter. From the people whose opinions I respect the most (The Sepinwalls and Ryans and a few others) to the people whose opinions I respect the least (You're seriously expecting specific examples?), the reactions were unanimously positive. And they weren't just positive. My Twitter feed has been full of "Best episode ever!" and "I laughed, I cried, I was cured of my chronic halitosis"-style tweets.
And the "Chuck" fan in me understands where they're coming from. There are things that happen in Monday's "Chuck" that have been long overdue and things that happen that promise to change the foundation of the show, presumably permanently. And the "Chuck" fan in me hopes that other "Chuck" fans are happy, because I know from message boards and comment fields that there has been some up-and-down reactions to recent episodes and not just from Chuck/Sarah 'shippers, who unfairly get painted as the only viewers capable of dissatisfaction. So just as I want to be pleased in my own fandom, I want "Chuck" fans to be pleased. I think that after "Chuck vs. the Beard," there will be happiness.
If I'm going to rave about the "Chuck" episodes that I love, I can't be tacit about the episodes I don't like, because that's not true to either the critic hat I wear, nor to the "Chuck" t-shirt I sometimes wear to bed.
Like I said, I'm on an island, because I'm the guy who didn't really like "Chuck vs. the Beard."
I'll try to explain myself after the break, while also recapping the episode. Then, I welcome any appreciation for the episode that others might have... I'll also include a small, leaky dinghy in case anybody wants to join me off-shore...