Chuck was a lot better than I was expecting. It’s not the out and out comedy that the commercials make it out to be, but it was very well directed (by McG, no less) and had some excellent action scenes. The characters, especially the titular character Chuck, are sincere and believable (with the exception of Chuck’s nerdy sidekick, Morgan.) I’m especially looking forward to some post-Firefly-but-still-badass Adam Baldwin. The whole thing felt very much like a movie, including the typical silly fake computer stuff. I’ll definitely be checking this one out in future weeks, and hope that it stays interesting and doesn’t fall into a “problem of the week” rut.
Heroes was, well, Heroes. You’ve probably made up your mind about this show already, and this episode sure won’t change your mind- especially since there was very little actual superpowers used in this opener. I like that they’ll be delving into the “older generation” hero group and everything they’ve been done. Delving into the mythology is definitely one of the more interesting aspects of the show as a whole. It also looks like they’ll follow the formula of last season by having everyone’s stories start way, way apart (Peter Petrelli is in Ireland, Hiro is hundreds of years in the past AND in Japan) and slowly cross their paths as the series goes along. Best moment was Hiro: “Oh no. I broke history.” Second best was seeing Mr. Bennet break his manager at Kinko’s fingers. We’ll see… I may have to do what I did with the last season and skip a bunch of episodes until it picks up.
Journeyman is going to have to contend with being compared to Quantum Leap. The premise is still that a man is randomly jumping through time, trying to change something in the past (in this case, to eventually save someone’s life, so that person could go on to save other lives.) There are a couple of interesting hooks to grab onto: there are multiple people jumping through time (including the main character’s presumed dead ex-fiance) and there’s some kind of rules to the jumps. However, a big focus of the series is on the main character and his relationship to his family, and how jumping through time and seeing his old flame changes that. There was also a lot done about convincing everyone that he’s not crazy or on drugs. It seems unlikely that they’ll do heavy “time travel puzzle” type stories (despite the potential with being able to bring objects with him back in time), and focus more on the “figure out who you’re supposed to help”, so the general flow is like Quantum Leap. Like the other two shows before it, catching more episodes is going to be necessary to form a full opinion of the show.
Well NBC, you’ve done a good job at hooking me. Let’s see if you can carry through.