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Stan Lee, you sly dog.
In this week’s Christmas episode of Chuck, the comic book legend makes a quick cameo — with a twist. As you’ll see in the exclusive clip below, we learn that Lee is actually a spy! (Oh, in a perfectly awesome world, this would be 100 percent true.) And he’s got his spy eyes on none other than General Beckman, who, I should mention, doesn’t give him the time of day.
You’ll also notice in the clip that Chuck is dressed as Santa. There’s a story behind that. But you’ll have to tune into the episode, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Chuck 5.06 "Chuck Vs. The Curse" Review
Chuck season 5 summons out its sixth entry with this week’s "Chuck Vs. The Curse" as Chuck, Sarah and Casey look to rescue Devon and Ellie from rogue CIA agents after a date gone wrong, and prevent the outbreak of deadly computer virus "The Omen" at the hands of Robin Cunnings (guest star Rebecca Romijn)
Ultimately, "Chuck Vs. The Curse" offers up something of a mixed bag, enchanting us with its potential scope but stumbling a bit in its execution.
With a show as versatile as Chuck you’re bound to run into headaches trying to classify episodes, which in and of itself speaks to why the series at large experienced such trouble in finding an audience. Chuck works at its best when keeping the comedy and heavier spy material in check, last week’s “Chuck Vs. The Hack-Off” keeping a smart mixture of »
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
Chuck is fast becoming a completely different kind of show than it ever was before and I love it. It’s not same subtle kind of change to the formula the series has been doing every year since it’s inception, but rather it’s something more purposeful and apparent. Within the span of one episode, Chuck and co. went from down-on-their-luck entrepreneurs to on-the-run fugitives while managing to kill whom we thought was this season’s bad guy. We are five episodes in to this farewell season and already the game has changed. Where we go from here is anyone’s guess, but it feels good to have such solid forward momentum.
Getting to specifics from “Chuck Versus the Hack Off”: the entirety of the episode, including both the spy and the Buy More storylines, are motivated by what’s going on in prison. »
- Brody Gibson
Written by Craig Digregorio
Directed by Zachary Levi
Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on NBC
Throughout its fifth and final season, Chuck has rolled along without a direct arc or Big Bad to drive the story. Nothing resembling the battles with The Ring or the Volkoffs has appeared so far. It’s still early, but given this season’s abbreviated nature, it’s time to move get this show moving. The closest thing to a main villain has been Decker (Richard Burgi), a CIA honcho who plays by his own rules. It’s unclear how this guy could still work for the U.S. government, but the answer’s not coming anytime soon. Once again, he spends this episode tormenting Chuck and the Carmichael Industries gang. His nasty actions raise the stakes and send our heroes scrambling to recover. So is Decker the Big Bad? »
- Dan Heaton
Chuck 5.05 "Chuck Vs. The Hack-Off" Review
Chuck season 5 hacks out its fifth entry with this week’s "Chuck Vs. The Hack-Off" as Chuck and Sarah go undercover (by literally uncovering) to retrieve the key to a deadly computer virus from a private commune as Casey and Lester fend for themselves from inside prison walls.
Continuing its roll and likely one of the stronger, funnier outings of Chuck season 5, "Chuck Vs. The Hack-Off" scrapes by with only a few minor quibbles.
After a certain period of loyalty to a TV show, particularly one that’s been through as much heartbreak and confusion as the five seasons of Chuck, we all come to terms with certain facts. Chuck actually left us in quite a narrative pickle by the end of “Chuck Vs. The Business Trip,” with both Casey and Lester behind bars, though we know that the truncated last season wouldn’t »
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
For about 55 minutes on Friday (Dec. 9), "Chuck" was rolling through a very satisfying, mostly stand-alone episode. And then the last five minutes changed that, a lot.
"Chuck vs. the Hack-Off" was still very satisfying. But the switch that flipped with those final scenes set up what feels like a great launching pad for the final episodes of the series -- which, incidentally, is not taking a break between now and the series finale on Jan. 27.
I say "stand-alone episode" because the mission Decker offered Chuck and Sarah, in exchange for clearing Casey's name, was a pretty straightforward one: Find virus, recover virus, hand over virus. Since Decker was involved, it was natural to expect something more might be in play, but the mechanics of the job weren't all that complicated.*
On TV this quiet Friday night: Chuck returns to his square roots, things get hairy on Grimm, Kelsey Grammer’s Boss wraps his freshman campaign, and more. We found eight programs to keep on your radar.
Our Guide to Fall Finale and Winter Return Dates
8 pm Chuck (NBC) | A mission to track down a computer super virus leads Chuck to return to his roots as a hacker — and ask his biggest competition, Gertrude Verbanksi (Carrie-Anne Moss), for help. Elsewhere, a new Buy More employee (Community‘s Danny Pudi) complicates Jeff and Lester’s friendship. (Read previews here and here.)
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
Zachary Levi directed Friday's (Dec. 9) episode of "Chuck," marking his third time behind the camera on the series. And for at least part of the episode, he did both his directing and acting jobs without any pants on.
The episode, "Chuck vs. the Hack-Off," has Chuck (Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) infiltrating a cult in search of the creator of a nasty computer virus (guest star Eric Lange of "Lost"). Upon arrival, they discover that the commune's members aren't that into wearing clothes -- and when they do, their taste runs to very short tunics.
"It's very hippie-dippy on the set of 'Chuck' -- everyone's free-flowing," Strahovski said with a smile as Zap2it observed filming of the episode in September. "Zac's little dress is particularly short. We hope he's wearing underwear." (He was.)
The episode will also bring Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss) back into the picture. She's »
DVD Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2008 drama movie Fireflies in the Garden has a whopping cast led by Julia Roberts (Sleeping With the Enemy), Willem Dafoe (Daybreakers) and Ryan Reynolds (The Change-Up) and yet it sat on shelves for years before being released in the U.S.
Inspired by a poem by Robert Frost, the film looks at three generations of the Taylor familyand the dysfunctional relationships between the domineering father (Dafoe) and his novelist son Michael (Reynolds), sister-in-law Jane (Emily Watson of Equilibrium and Hayden Panettiere of Scream 4) and others. Roberts plays Dafoe’s wife, who’s involved in a fatal accident on the way to a family reunion.
The movie did the rounds in theaters overseas, »
 Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Ultimate Matrix Collection Blu-Ray for $25.49  ($65 msrp). The Gold Box Deal of the Day is only good for 24 hours and will disappear at midnight. So act fast. This seven-disc collection contains the complete Matrix Trilogy in high definition video and lossless high definition 5.1 audio (Dolby TrueHD) — each with hours of special features including Whv's ground-breaking In-Movie Experience. The Animatrix, the nine-part anime film, three additional bonus discs include more than 35 hours of additional features and a digital copy of The Matrix. Full list of special features after the jump. Also, they have a one day only deal on It's A Wonderful Life, selling the Blu-ray for only $13.99  ($30 msrp) and the two disc collector's DVD set for only $8.99  ($20 msrp). Disc #1 - The Matrix (1999) In-Movie Experience Written introduction by the Wachowski brothers Philosophers commentary by Dr. Cornel West, Ken Wilber Critics commentary by Todd McCarthy, »
- Peter Sciretta
Happy Thanksgiving, Roomies!
As I’ll likely be in a Turkey coma on Friday, here’s something to be thankful for a little early… Spoiler Room: Special Wednesday/Pre-Holiday/Yay For a Long Weekend Edition! Yup, just a few scoops to take you into your hopefully lovely holiday.
But before the 411 — and at the risk of sounding very sappy — I have to say that I’m very thankful for your readership and highly entertaining comments and questions this year. Here’s to another great one!
On that note, don’t slack! Send questions and ponderings to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet ‘em to me @EWSandraG. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Last week's Chuck episode "Chuck Vs. The Frosted Tips" re-introduced Mekenna Melvin into the mix as Alex McHugh, daughter to John Casey (Adam Baldwin) and love interest to Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez), who found herself coldly dumped via text message from an Intersect-affected and unfeeling Morgan. But surely we've not see the last of Alex, no?
We recently had a chance to speak to the Chuck star on what's to come for Alex in Chuck's *supposedly* final season, and just how she'll ever get over that brutal "Dmpd'd" text message" Will Alex sign up with Carmichael Industries looking to exact vengeance on her man, or re-learn to love the bearded bandit? And what of her father's new love interest, Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss)?
Read on for answers to these and more, and don't forget to watch Chuck's fifth »
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
Chuck 5.03 "Chuck Vs. The Frosted Tips" Review
Chuck season 5 zooms on its third entry with this week’s "Chuck Vs. The Frosted Tips" as our favorite spy team at Carmichael Industries faces the Intersect-ed Morgan Grimes himself when the bearded agent gets too big for his britches, and joins up with Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss) at Verbanski Corp. Easily the strongest outing yet of Chuck season 5, the series still feels just a few "zooms" shy of greatness.
I confess that I’ve always loved Chuck, in spite of its flaws. The show exudes a warmth and love of geek culture that frequently transcends its missteps with action /adventure, and it’s hard to judge a series when NBC so often batted its fate around, unable to properly develop story arcs that brew over a full season. Season 4 even represented a step in the right direction as far as adding some much-needed maturity to the series, »
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
"Chuck" is trying to cover a lot of ground in the 13 episodes it has for its final season, and because the season is short a lot of people were wondering why the show would choose to begin the season with Morgan having the Intersect.
I submit that "Chuck vs. the Frosted Tips" is why. It's easily the best of the first three episodes that have aired in Season 5, and it pays off the Morgan-Intersect story in a way that also makes the logic of the previous two hours easier to understand, while giving us a deeper exploration of Chuck and Morgan's relationship than we've had in some time.
And we'll get to that in a minute. First, we have got to talk about the sexiest fight/foreplay scene on television in recent memory, between Casey and Gertrude Verbanski.
We saw a little bit last week of the very un-Casey-like feelings »
I have a feeling "Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips" is going to be very divisive. There were so many things to enjoy, yet so many issues with the episode that even I both loved it and hated it all at the same time. Divisive, I say.
Before the conclusion, where it surprisingly became clear that Morgan was going to return to normal, I had many a worry for fans of the Bearded Bandit. Personally, I found his new egomaniacal state to be hilarious, but I could definitely hear the roars of fanboys complaining that this wasn't the Morgan we learned to love back in the beginning.
My problem wasn't with his transition to the Luke Skywalker-forgetting, personal assistant-needing, dumping-by-text-message Morgan we watched for most of the episode, but rather, the ease in which he turned off the cocky switch.
I loved that Chuck was able to talk Morgan down from »
- email@example.com (Dan Forcella)
On TV this Friday: Chuck battles his Bff’s frosted tips, Nikita smells a (pretty) rat, Dean Winchester takes on a new partner, and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original feature stories and reporting, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Chuck (NBC) | In what is far-and-away the best episode of the first three, Chuck fears that the Intersect may be corrupting Morgan’s brain, while Sarah helps Casey navigate his relationship with Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss). As previously teased, watch for a “tango” of sorts between Casey and Gertrude, and some crowd-pleasing hand-to-combat between [spoiler] and [spoiler].
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
A promotional video for the upcoming flick Silent Hill: Revelation has surfaced on YouTube, featuring a fine mixture of gameplay footage and some choice words from director Michael J. Bassett. Dig it!
Look for it in 2012 from Lionsgate.
For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.
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- Uncle Creepy
Chuck: “Chuck Versus the Bearded Bandit” – Recap
The latest episode of Chuck left a rather unpleasant taste in my mouth. While I enjoyed the twist ending of Morgan defecting to rival spy company, Verbanski Corp, and losing all his nerdy knowledge of such things as Star Wars and Indiana Jones, I felt uneasy on the journey to get there. Making Morgan in to this huge jerk is a marvelous idea, but I can’t help but notice we’ve reached this point already in Episode 2. I doubt this is any fault of the writers; 13 episode seasons can feel rushed at times because you have a deadline and not much time to get there. Things need to move along at a brisker pace, but they still need to feel earned. I’m not sure that I believed Morgan’s transformation this quickly. I could have used another episode exploring the »
- Brody Gibson
This week’s Chuck may have started out as fun and games but Morgan’s addiction to the intersect and the spy life is no laughing matter. Nor is the intersect malfunctioning, causing him to lose his memory… American pop culture references specifically. How many people guessed that Morgan would let the intersect get to his head? And what do you think is causing the malfunction? Based on the promo for next week’s episode, it seems like Morgan’s struggle with the intersect in his head will last for a few episodes. Hopefully this conflict is resolved halfway through the season because it would be a shame to see Chuck spending all of his time in the final season of the show mainly getting his best friend back to normal and back from Verbanski (guest star, Carrie-Anne Moss). More good times than conflicting for Batman and Robin please in the final episodes. »
- Melody Simpson
It remains to be seen if what's going on with Morgan is, in fact, an enemy action, but by the end of Friday's (Nov. 4) "Chuck," it's become pretty clear that Mr. Grimes is not quite himself.
Not recognizing Chuck's Indiana Jones reference, you could chalk up to him not paying full attention in the heat of the moment. Not caring about Trilogy Night? Odd, but he's obviously upset at the baby steps Chuck, Sarah and Casey are forcing him to take with the Intersect.
But betraying his best friend And not knowing who Luke Skywalker is? This is not the Morgan Grimes we know.
"Chuck vs. the Bearded Bandit" felt like a more confident step in exploring the Morgan-as-Intersect story, even if where that step led is kind of disturbing. »
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