Chuck is your average underachieving nerd until one day he gets an e-mail that results in him inadvertently downloading government secrets into his brain, because of this the CIA and NSA assign agents to not only protect him but exploit this knowledge to protect America, changing Chuck's life forever.
Three of the episode's guests stars had some form link to Star Trek - Tony Todd played Kurn, John Fleck appeared on Star Trek: Enterprise, while Robert Duncan McNeill had a role in Star Trek Voyager as Tom Paris
I'm thankful that Bryce Larkin is dead and is not currently in my bedroom making out with my new girlfriend.
[goes to check the bedroom] Excuse me...
Wow, buddy, that was um... really... dark.
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Season one of Chuck found Chuck Bartowski ( Zachary Levi) newly endowed with the super computer known as the Intersect sent to him through an email encoded with a riddle from an old text based adventure game known as "Zork". The email was sen to him by none other than his old college friend Bryce Larkin ( Matthew Bomer), the man that had inexplicably turned on Chuck and had him kicked out of Stanford and then stole his girlfriend of the time Jill Roberts ( Jordana Brewster).
Chuck quickly realized there was something wrong with him. CIA agent Sarah Walker ( Yvonne Strahovski) and NSA agent John Casey ( Adam Baldwin) were sent in to capture him but through a heroic last minute bomb diffusion the government decided to watch over Chuck, at least for the time being, until they could get another Intersect up and running. As Chuck balanced his job at the Buy More and his secret spy life he found that he was falling for Sarah the CIA agent sent to protect him, and though she wouldn't have admitted it at the time she was falling for him too. But like all beautiful women she had secrets, including having dated Bryce when they were partners.
As season two progressed Chuck's life and the spy life continued to blur together as Chuck's secret life soon broached a very thin line. A new rogue organization made up of rogue ex-agents called "Fulcrum" kept coming dangerously close to finding out Chuck's secret and unknowingly hurting those closest to him including his sister Ellie ( Sarah Lancaster) and her fiance at the time Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb ( Ryan McPartlin), as well as Chuck's best friend Morgan Grimes ( Joshua Gomez). This season Fulcrum became a much larger threat and became the main antagonist for Team Bartowski, gone was the terrorist of the week style of villain of the previous Season. Towards the end of Season two Chuck reunites with his long lost father Stephen Bartowski ( Scott Bakula) who is later revealed to be "Orion" the original designer of the Intersect. As Team Bartowski came closer to breaking up the ring they meet the leader of Fulcrum Ted Roark ( Chevy Chase).
Their plan to capture the Intersect and create one for themselves to make the ultimate super spy failed. Orion reprogrammed the Intersect Fulcrum had been building to erase the Intersect that was in Chuck's brain instead. Season two's finale ended at Ellie and Devon's wedding where Ted Roark had shown up demanding the Intersect after an amazing shootout in the dining room. Later at the after-party Chuck finds out Bryce who was tasked with being uploaded with the new Intersect (which Orion had re-engineered) was being set up. In an attempt to escape Bryce is shot and dies telling Chuck to destroy the new Intersect and leaves a foreboding message that Fulcrum is only one part of an even larger organization known as "The Ring". In a last ditch effort of heroism Chuck uploads the new Intersect into himself and then promptly destroys it. When the Ring agents decided to kill Sarah and Casey, Chuck "flashes" and shows a fighting prowess never before seen, the Season ends with Chuck turning to his friends and uttering "Guys .... I know Kung-Fu"
Season three begins with a real heart breaker, with Chuck and Sarah deciding to run away together and leave the spy world behind. Again in an act of what would be looked back on as heroism, Chuck chose to train to be a real spy and rejects Sarah and leaves her at the train station. Chuck's training doesn't go according to plan as he is quickly fired due to his lack of actual spy skills outside his Intersect abilities. The new Intersect allows Chuck to not only access any government information but to actually access skills like different fighting styles or languages.
Though due to more great teamwork the CIA decide to keep Operation Bartowski in working order. Not much is the same after what happened at the train station, Sarah now dedicated to training Chuck to be a better spy is not interested in hearing him out on why he choose not to be with her. As such when new characters Daniel Shaw ( Brandon Routh) and Hannah ( Kristen Kreuk) are brought into the picture both characters begin a romantic relationship with them, Chuck and Hannah immediately hit it off and Sarah and Shaw slowly cross the barrier of job partners to something a bit more serious. This season mainly revolves around Chuck's slow transformation to a spy, and Chuck and Sarah's relationship, this season has become infamous as being more serious and not so light hearted as previous seasons. When "The Ring" starts to get a bit more serious, things get tough and Chuck and Sarah are forced to put their issues aside to get the job done. The Ring does everything in their power to get to the Intersect, including forcing Devon to play guinea pig forcing him through a series of tests. The Ring even infiltrates the Buy More. Morgan finds out about Chuck's secret double life and unsurprisingly is extremely excited about it. The Ring manipulates Casey by holding his secret family hostage, a family that he swore to protect while in the armed forces by faking his death. His true love Kathleen McHugh and, the daughter he never knew he had, Alex McHugh named after Casey's real name Alex Coburn. The Ring manipulates Team B one last time by showing Shaw a video of Sarah killing his wife Evelyn Shaw. This makes Shaw furious and he betrays everyone to get revenge on Sarah, who he drugs and nearly kills until Chuck breaks his one rule to save Sarah, and kills Shaw.
The Season continued on a love bird's high, as Chuck and Sarah finally ran away together and spent a week locked in a train cabin, not even leaving to eat. But neither of them could escape the spy life as it called back to them both and soon they were back in Burbank under the Orange getting new missions. Soon the new Intersect starts to take a mental toll on Chuck. He tries to hide it so as to not worry Sarah. It starts to really destroy his mind after some time in a mental hospital for secret agents. Orion come back to help Chuck control the Intersect by building him a "Governor" a watch that cools down the Intersect to prevent Chuck's mind from being damaged. We soon find out that the visions that Chuck had been having are actually true and his nightmare about Shaw returning to life are in fact real. The Ring brought Shaw back and uploaded him with an Intersect, and for it to function optimally he needs a governor. He sets out to take one, and in the process kills Chuck's dad. Ellie finds out about her entire family secret and is devastated by the loss of her father as is Chuck. When all seems lost and Team B is captured, Team B's ... B-Team comes to the rescue. Morgan, Devon and Ellie save Chuck, Sarah and Casey and they decide to take Shaw down, ending in a climactic battle in the Buy More which ends with its utter destruction.
Teaser for Season Four
As Season three ends Chuck receives a message from his dead father telling him about what he had been doing while missing his entire life. He asks Chuck to continue doing missions that even the government wouldn't do. Find one person that had always eluded him, Chuck's Mom. Chuck must now track down his mom and continue his father's legacy.
After 9/11 the government needed its different defense branches to be able to share their data quickly. Thus a computer known as the intersect was created, named thusly because it was the point in which multiple different pieces of data met. An intersection of data as it were. All the data was encrypted into images that one would subliminally be downloaded by looking at the screen. To prevent accidental Intersect information download, there are special protective glasses CIA, NSA, FBI and rogue agents wear.
When season one begins, Chuck is downloaded with the Intersect via an email received from his old college buddy, later turned enemy, then once more turned friend Bryce Larkin. This Intersect was stolen from a secret CIA building that Bryce infiltrated and sent to Chuck moments after Bryce was shot by NSA agent John Casey. The first Intersect was basically a database of everything that the CIA, NSA, and FBI knew about criminals and terrorists. Whenever Chuck saw or heard anything relating to criminals or terrorists he would have a "flash" which entailed him seeing a collection of pertinent information in his mind's eye.
At one point, Chuck was captured by Fulcrum and he was used as a test subject to see if their custom made Intersect was working properly. It worked, but only on Chuck, once the Fulcrum agents had their glasses knocked off, and the information downloaded, they basically became brain dead because of the information overload.
Bryce Larkin, having seemingly returned from the grave, realized that Chuck's Intersect was slowly becoming a bit out-dated. He secretly left Chuck a pair of glasses which, when Chuck wore, updated his Intersect with all new known data.
The Intersect was originally created by Chuck's father. When he found out that Chuck had downloaded it by accident, he created a machine (Anti Intersect) that would remove the information if one was to look at the screen. He did this while pretending to create an Intersect for Fulcrum agent Ted Roark while captured by him.
After finally having removed the Intersect from his brain, Chuck thought that he could finally live a normal life. However he finds out that a second Intersect was created and that Fulcrum is about to get their hands on it. He decides to go on one last mission but as he enters the Intersect room, he finds that Bryce has been shot and on the verge of death. Before he dies, he tells Chuck that this new Intersect is far too powerful and that Chuck should destroy it with a Virus he had with him. In a moment, Chuck finally realizes that he can help the world as a spy and he downloads the Intersect 2.0 into his brain before destroying it. The Intersect 2.0 is not only a database for the world's criminals, but it was intended to be downloaded into the brains of soldiers to turn them into super soldiers. The Intersect 2.0 can allow the user to do things ranging from Kung-fu fighting to playing flamenco guitar, to even helping the user do crazy acts of gymnastics and parkour.
The Intersect 2.0 puts enormous strain on the users brain. To help relieve the strain, Chuck's father created the Governor which is a watch that Chuck can wear. Unlike most people however, it turns out that instead of getting brain damaged with the strain, Chuck's brain merely "restarts" at a certain point. Even though he won't get damaged, wearing the governor is preferred as the wait time for restart can be painful.
Something the show Chuck has become relatively famous for is its perpetual state of near cancellation. After NBC thought that the show had underperformed in the second season, it decided to hold back renewing it to watch the ratings and see what they wanted to do. But as Season two came to an ending, the show's ratings stayed the same and the high ratings of the first season were gone. Fearing cancellation, fans launched a "Save Chuck" campaign which gained large momentum due to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Chucktv.net began a letter writing campaign sending "Why Chuck should be renewed" letters to NBC. Television blogger Kathy Skerry changed the name of her website from GiveMeMyRemote.com to GiveMeMyChuck.com. Soon other television columnists joined the cause including Alan Sepinwall of The Star Ledger , Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, and Josef Adalian of TelevisonWeek. Each started their own campaign, and asked their readers to help out. One fan, Wendy Farrington, was inspired by some product placement in a previous episode and rallied everyone to go out and purchase a Subway "$5 foot-long" on the day of the season two finale. Fans even donated $17,000 to the American Heart Association under NBC's name for the "Have a Heart, Renew Chuck" campaign. The Subway campaign even garnered local and national headlines with The Hollywood Reporter, Time, etc.
Finally NBC got the message and renewed Chuck for a third season on May 17th, 2009. The show's ratings were consistently high enough that NBC decided to extend season 3's episode count from the original 13 up to 19.
People questioned if renewing Chuck for a third season was foolish, considering it wasn't bringing in the ratings its used to. Throughout Season three, fans questioned NBC executives whether they would have to rise up and save the show again, and they were met with cautious optimism. Angela Bromstad replied, "Well, it's got to maintain, and it depends on development," but said that the show is a "pleasant surprise, and they're doing great work." But then the show slipped and hit a new series ratings low with a 1.9 demo for 2 straight episodes, and only ending with a .2 raise in the ratings board. Many people feared the worst, so fans got to work again, they quickly pushed Chuck to win E!'s online Save one Show contest. Fans gathered in what they called "Flash mobs" in 4 major cities and went around in Chuck inspired clothes spreading the word about the show. But NBC didn't need as much convincing this year and renewed Chuck for a fourth season on May 13th, 2010.
In the wake of dropping ratings towards the end of Season 4, fans have organized a campaign designed to appeal to the show's advertisers, using Twitter to inform them that, despite not being part of the Nielsen ratings system, they are watching the show and its advertisements, with the hashtag #notanielsenfamily appended to each tweet. Ten-year-old Chuck fan Bailey Browning spearheaded a second donation rally for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, having managed $5,000 in 2010 in the previous year; in 2011, Chuck fans donated over $12,000.
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