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On Monday: Chuck, Castle and Gossip Girl

Ep. “Chuck vs. the Other Guy”

After last week, I was dying to see this episode. Turns out Sarah was the killer of Shaw’s wife, and he wants revenge! Following a rather heartwarming and hilarious side mission where Chuck attempts to rescue Sarah from Shaw, the episode is littered with great moments. Morgan and Big Mike have two heart-to-hearts as Morgan decides to quit the Buy More and then return to the Buy More (scenes made all the better by the corny soap opera music in the background). Heartbroken Chuck goes all Intersect on Morgan and hog ties him with video game controller cables, and Casey gets “buy-mored.”

And to top it all off, the last 20 minutes were AMAZING! Shaw is actually working for the Ring and kidnaps Sarah, bringing her to the spot in Paris where she killed his wife. Chuck and Casey pursue in hopes to reach her in time and capture the Ring Director. Chuck and Shaw fight, leading to Chuck losing and Shaw taking Sarah to be thrown into the Seine river. In the end, Chuck actually kills Shaw by shooting him three times in the chest; therefore, actually completing his spy training (referring to previous episode) and saving Sarah. Casey is reinstated as an agent, Morgan joins Team Bartowski and Sarah and Chuck get it on in Paris (finally!).

I need this show to be renewed! I love it and fans love it, but the ratings are starting to slip. I think this week got a bit of a bump, but it is right on the cusp of what NBC would considered renewable viewership. Now, with a three wee hiatus, I fear for the shows survival. Watch it! Watch it! Watch it! It is only the best thing on TV on Mondays. What are you watching Dancing with the Stars? Ugh.

Ep. “Wrapped Up in Death”

I love this show. Every week I look forward to the new adventures of Beckett and Castle, and they never seem to disappoint.

In this week’s episode, Beckett investigates the mysterious murder of an assistant curator, who has recently discovered the tomb of a notorious Mayan king. This leads to hilariously juvenile excitement on Castle’s part, as he gets to go to the museum and see all the cool ancient stuff. It turns out that the staff are blaming the curse of the Mayan king as the reason for the curator’s death. It says that all those who look upon the face of the king are doomed to die. Unfortunately, Castle’s curious sensibilities lead him to seeing mentioned king’s face before hearing about the curse. This is what made the episode. Watching Castle cope with his looming death was priceless, especially since Beckett and the team pull a few pranks on him to sweeten the situation. Loved it. It always seems to be the best thing before bed.

Ep. “Inglourious Bassterds”

I still feel guilty every time I watch this show. I shouldn’t like it, as I am a man, but something about it draws me in. Anyways, my man-pride aside. I enjoyed the episode. It was Nate’s birthday and Serena was throwing him an “Assassin” party. I have never played Assassin, but now I am hoping that I can get a game going in the very near future. Apart from that, Dan and Vanessa’s relationship continues to have it’s bumps and bruises as they work out the differences between a friendship and romantic entanglement. Also, Vanessa is apparently applying to the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU as well, and she hasn’t told Dan (GASP!). After last week episode, where Jenny gets ruffied and saved by Nate, Jenny is how gungho on stealing Nate from Serena (oy vey) and she steals a kiss with him during Assassin.

On the Bass side, Jack and Chuck continue to have a pissing contest in relation to the Empire Hotel, and it turns out that Chuck manipulates Blair into “sleeping” with Jack to get the hotel back. In the end, Chuck has his hotel, but does he have Blair anymore?

Sidebars: Dorota and Vanya get engaged and Eric finds a new love interest in a mysterious man from the lobby.

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On Monday: Chuck, Heroes & True Beauty

Let’s start this with, I watch a lot of television. Most people I know have about two or three shows they watch religiously, whereas watching two or three shows would probably be a slow night for me.

Chuck Ep. “Chuck Versus the Best Friend”

So I have watched Chuck since the beginning and it has definitely had it’s ups and downs, but this week–with white phosphorous tennis ball grenades, mint knock-out Banaka, Buy More spy tactics, wedding planning and lonely Morgan–Chuck seemed to be in many places this week. Of course this show always attempts to humorously show the turmoils of Chuck maintaining his “work/life balance;” however, this time it seemed that dealing with the Triad trying to kill the ambassador (work) was an afterthought.  I would say that the Rolls-Royce versus Nerd Herd hybrid car chase with cuts to lady-on-lady combat was pretty entertaining  though. In the end, Anna and Morgan are back together (awwwh), Chuck and Sarah are starting to really connect (AWWWH!) and let’s not deny it, Jeffster needs to start touring.

HeroesEp. “Chapter 4: Cold Wars”

I am what one may call a Heroes fan. I watch the webisodes and, no matter how good or bad the season is, I await every Monday night with bated breath to see what might happen next with the Man in Horn-Rimmed Glasses or the powered people (Hiro, Peter, Matt, Claire, Mohinder, etc). I have so far found “Vol. 4: Fugitives” to be quite engaging. I wonder if part of that can be attributed to Bryan Fuller’s return to the show as a consultant.

This week they decided to show us how Noah started working with Nathan following the events of  Vol. 3. Maybe they are trying to make us not despise him like we did in Vol. 1. Of course they go with the sentimental “dad will do anything to save his daughter” bit, but I don’t think it makes him any less of a monster. He is destroying people’s lives rather than fighting against the injustices of the operation. You would think that after all the time that has passed since season 1 he would finally care about more people than Claire. And are they implying that he joined Nathan’s operation because he was bored? Quote: “I can only do so many crossword puzzles.”

All in all, this chapter wasn’t the most exciting of the volume but it did let the audience see the events that transpired over the two month gap since Vol. 3’s finale. It also let us see that Matt Parkman is not as noble as he was portrayed in previous seasons. His telepathic interrogation of Noah was sometimes disturbing to watch. And I do like that Daphne is alive and there are definitely some intriguing twists at the end that I can’t wait to understand.

P.S. – I love that Dante Basco (Rufio from the 1991 movie Hook) is the comic store clerk in the TurboTax/NBC commercial during Heroes.

True BeautyEp. “Finale”

To tell the truth, I don’t know why I watch this show, but now after watching the whole season, I had to find out who wins and gets their photo in People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” issue. With this show, I think the most difficult thing to get past is the horribly scripted judges. Rather than giving an in depth commentary, I think I will just give you all the highlights and the winner.

1. Sound effect: goop goop sound when Julia talks about the amount of eyelash glue she has used to cover up her eyelash extensions
2. Sound effect: ching sound when Joel smiled at the People editor and guess judge, Jess Cagle
3. Joel Rush telling Jess Cagle that the question of where he was from was easy but then forgetting to answer the question. AWKWARD!
4. Gloopy, oil-covered, seminude photo shoot
5. Final three staring at a stack of chocolates trying to figure out that they are supposed to go downstairs. Turn the letter over, nincompoops!
6. The men deciding that they had to cry in the Hall of Beauty to get up to par with Julia’s heartfelt confession the night before.

And the winner is…

Winner of True Beauty - Julia Anderson

Winner of True Beauty - Julia Anderson

I also watched The Bachelor (“Women Tell All” episode) and TNT’s new series, Trust Me (which is seriously under-rated) but I think this blog entry is getting too long.

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