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Chuck: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
9 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski
Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker
Joshua Gomez as Morgan Grimes
Sarah Lancaster as Ellie Bartowski
Adam Baldwin as John Casey
Vik Sahay as Lester Patel
Scott Krinsky as Jeff Barnes
Bonita Friedericy as General Diane Beckman
Ryan McPartlin as Devon 'Captain Awesome' Woodcomb
Mark Christopher Lawrence as Big Mike
Julia Ling as Anna Wu

Special Features:
Truth, Spies and Regular Guys: Exploring the Mythology of "Chuck"
Dude in Distress: Explore Some of This Seasonís Best Action Sequences
"Chuck" Versus the Webisodes: Web-Originated Minifeaturettes
"Chuck": A Real-Life Captain Awesome's Tips for Being Awesome
John Casey Presents: So You Want to Be a Deadly Spy?
Declassified Scenes
Gag Reel

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish, French, and Dutch Subtitles
Running Time: 1156 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the series:

"This season, Chuck is in luck. Intersect II is ready for espionage service. And that means the old Intersect (Chuck) can go back to his old life. But if Chuck goes, he's gone: Casey has orders to off him. Chuck survives to unravel mysteries of the past, become a hero in the present, and - in a stunner of a season finale - chop-and-drop himself into an even more perilous future!"

"Chuck: The Complete Second Season" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
"Chuck" had a pretty good second season. First off, they had a lot of great guest stars. There were appearances by Scott Bakula, Chevy Chase, Bruce Boxleitner, "Battlestar Galactica's" Tricia Helfer, Jenny McCarthy, Andy Richter, "Lost's" Dominic Monaghan and more. Even Nicole Richie, who I normally can't stand, had a good guest appearance and cat fight with Sarah. Fans of Broken Lizard will also be interested to hear that Jay Chandrasekhar directed a couple of episodes of the show.

This season also had a 3-D episode entitled "Chuck vs the Third Dimension." It utilized the old school blue and red 3-D glasses to make things pop out of the screen. I don't think any red blooded American male would complain about having Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker crawling out of the screen in 3-D in lingerie. The effect alternately works well and not so well, but you have to tip your hat to the creators for trying something different. The Blu-ray includes just two sets of glasses, so additional guests may have to battle it out to use them. (The episode is also really hard to find in the Blu-ray set. It's hidden on the Special Features disc.)

But the most notable thing for me this season was the finale. It's one of those rare episodes that totally reboots a series. "Lost" had a game changer when they started doing flash forwards. "Battlestar Galactica" had one when they jumped several years in the future over the span of one episode. The finale of "Chuck" had a similar game changing moment that will really make the third season something new and different. A lot of people may want to jump back to this second season to see what led up to it.

I think if you're a fan of "Alias," but you're open for a spy series with a comic twist, then "Chuck" is a series you'll want to check out. Now that this second season is on Blu-ray, you can get caught up in time for the third season.

There are a ton of bonus features included with this Blu-ray set. Besides the 3-D episode, you'll find a lot of deleted scenes, a gag reel, featurettes profiling the characters and organizations, and more. But if nothing else, it's fun to watch the featurettes in order to hear Yvonne Strahovski's normal Aussie accent. Also included are some webisodes, fake public service announcements by "Captain Awesome," and a few other minor goodies.

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