Monday nights is turning into a buddy double header night with Dexter, Chuck, and I hooking up. And there could no two further TV shows apart in mood and content.
Dexter is a, so far, sympathetically in a dark humourous way , a serial killer who hides behind the cloak of a normal life. Chuck is your typical nerd who lives a typical normal life behind which he does double duty as a spy. Dexter is dark, biting, and twisted. Chuck is goofy, fun, and romantic. Two TV shows operating at different ends of the spectrum.
And I love them both. Hmmm, maybe I should be worried.
Chuck vs Tom Sawyer – Episode 2.05 – The perfect mathematical model contained in the music and lyrics of Rush’s Tom Sawyer married with the Atari video arcade game Missile Command are the keys to Chuck saving the world from World War III. Geek references abound from BuyMore employee burnout Jeff – who 25 years ago was the World Champion Missile Command player to the introduction of Arrested Development’s Tony Hale as the new Assistant Manager Emett Millbarge to mocking references of Microsoft’s Zune.
Ellie’s concern about Chuck slipping back into the ‘Morgan years’, a veritable wasteland of endless videogame sessions prompts Sarah and Casey to have Stanford acknowledge Chuck’s clandestine operations and grant him his Stanford diploma. A nice touch which underlines the growing friendship on Team Bartowski highlighted by Sarah’s open proclamation that she trusts Chuck and that he will be successful in pursuing his alternative plan to deactivating an abandoned missile satellite before Casey is forced to blow it up over California.
Great use of all cast members plus a skillful blend of the BuyMore and spy worlds.
Dexter – Turning Bimenese – Episode 2.05 – Dexter struggles with balancing his newly acquired domestic duties, his growing friendship with Miguel, and answering the needs of his dark passengar. Another solid episode with Dexter and Miguel slowly feeling their way to some form of a partnership where they act as judge and executioner. Dexter targets a victim and satisfies his needs but for the first time I sided more with the victim than Dexter. Not sure if this was intentional or not.
Meanwhile Dexter is struggling with his responsibilities on the domestic with almost disastrous results.
The highlight secondary or tertiary storyline deals with Dexter’s lab partner – Vincent Masuka -played brilliantly by CS Lee as a pervert who finally realizes he has made himself into the department joke and has no friends. He turns the department around when he buttons himself down and steps in to repudiate another department’s crime report.
Wheels are in motion and next week’s installment appears to be turning up the heat.
Next week Chuck takes a break and then launches into the much anticipated Jill trilogy. Jill the ex-girl friend who broke Chuck’s heart.