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chuck

I watched the pilot for Chuck, a new series debuting on NBC tonight, a couple of weeks ago, and forgot to write anything about it. That's probably all you need to know. The reviews, which are mostly good (it gets 74 out of 100 at Metacritic, although it's not a good sign that the lowest rating by far comes from our beloved Tim Goodman), focus on the charming performance by Zachary Levi as the title character, and he is indeed charming. But the show is nothing special, and while "nothing special" combined with "charming actor in title role" might have been good enough once upon a time, there's too much good TV these days for a show like Chuck to be worth more than maybe a second look.

I'll watch another episode, because Robin liked it OK, and because the new trend towards what someone called "beta males" is interesting (all of the alpha males are women any more). I'm enough of a Guy that I prefer my men alpha … but then, I also prefer my women alpha, too. All else being equal, I'd rather watch a woman kick ass than watch a man not kick ass. Which is just my way of saying Chuck might turn out to be a decent series, but I doubt it's gonna be my series.

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