'Chuck: The Complete Third Season'
(Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The world's nerdiest secret agent is back in the one-hour action-comedy series Chuck. Zachary Levi stars as Chuck Bartowski, the Buy More electronics store computer geek who unwittingly becomes the government's most vital secret agent. At the end of last season, Chuck was transformed into the Intersect 2.0 after receiving another data download into his brain. This time, however, he not only knows government secrets, he is also equipped with the knowledge and coordination of deadly fight skills. Chuck finally has the potential to become a real agent. There's just one problem — his emotions.
DVD Verdict: In its superb third season, 'Chuck' continues its highly entertaining blend of drama, comedy, and romance. At Season Two's end, nice guy computer nerd and CIA asset Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) uploaded into his own brain a new, improved Intersect which not only restored his ability to "flash" on espionage information, it also provided access to new skills. As he told his CIA handler Sara Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) and her NSA partner John Casey (Adam Baldwin) at the time, "Guys, I know Kung Fu."
In Season Three, Chuck, no longer an accidental tourist in the espionage world, embarks on a bumpy, uncertain journey to becoming a full-fledged spy. This journey involves a painful Catch-22. Chuck must succeed in becoming a spy to stay close to Sara Walker, his erstwhile bodyguard and romantic interest, but each step towards spyhood seems to take him further away from the decent, honest guy that Sara secretly cherishes.
At the beginning of Season Three, Chuck makes two critical mistakes: He disappoints Sara and he flunks spy school. In search of second chances, Chuck must accept tutoring from the experienced, ruthless CIA agent Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh in an extended guest role), a man with questionable intentions toward both Chuck and Sara.
Chuck will also suffer hilarious difficulties in keeping his real and spy lives separate. New brother-in-law "Captain Awesome", best friend Morgan, and Chuck's co-workers at the BuyMore become entangled in spy plots, while Team Bartokowski members Sara Walker and John Casey experience some surprising personal and professional challenges.
Season Three was originally programmed for thirteen episodes before being extended to nineteen. Lucky "Chuck" fans will thus be treated to two excellent season finales. In the first, Chuck will resolve his conflicts with Shaw and with Sara. In the second, Chuck's spy life will collide with his family life in a game-changing way. Indeed, there is a surprise ending which you never saw coming which will lead into season four!
And so, in closing, 'Chuck: The Complete Third Season' is most highly recommended to fans of the series. Heck, this is recommended for also being one terrific show, with terrific writing, featuring a terrific cast, with bags of great (terrific) humor! Great plots = (another) great season! [DST] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Chuck-Fu... and Dim Sum: Becoming a spy guy
The Jeffster Revolution: The Definitive Mockumentary