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Ryan's Impressions on NBC's Monday-Night Lineup

Published September 25, 2007 in Television
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of NBC.
Chuck Chuck

A good buddy of mind somehow convinced me that drinking cocktails with the Deal or No Deal models was a better option than catching the season premieres of Chuck, Heroes and Journeyman on NBC. I went and, yes, was fortunate enough to see Girl #6, #8, #2, #14 and I can't remember what other numbers. Was it cool? Sure, except for the fact that many had douche-like boyfriends. But what can one do?

I was able to catch up with all three shows today and have to admit that I'm pretty impressed. All epic shows with each offering something a little different.

One After the Other: Chuck, Heroes, Journeyman

Chuck was first up on the schedule and I could not help laughing repeatedly during the show's hour-long running. Of the three hours NBC has to offer, this show is easily the most entertaining on the humor side. Zachary Levi and his nerd-buddy (Joshua Gomez) are too funny, and the supporting cast fits. Yvonne Strzechowski is a smoking hot CIA agent who has no mind lounging around in tight panties -- thanks NBC!

Adam Baldwin, who I loved in Serenity, wasn't given a chance to spread his wings in Chuck's pilot episode, but the preview for the next episode suggests a lot more from him.

Chuck plays on a formula similar to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but without the marital agreement. Serious spy story? Sure, but let's have some fun with it. Like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Chuck finds laughs even while other, supporting characters are in distress or being eliminated.

I would have said assassinated or killed, but that's just too serious.

Chuck airs Mondays at 8PM on NBC.

Heroes Heroes

Heroes returns and, as expected, performs up to par. The only problem with the series premiere is that it was too jumpy. Not that we can blame them, as each character, plus new ones, needed to be introduced all over again. It looks like we got a new villain, Peter Petrelli is strong as ever, and Hiro has to be careful before altering the past too much.

Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, did anybody else notice how much bigger Milo Ventimiglia has got for this second season? Good thing, as it is hard to picture an uber-superhero who weighs less than 150 pounds.

Heroes airs Mondays at 9PM on NBC.

Heroes Heroes

Journeyman. I thought this would be my new, second-favorite show (on NBC), but Chuck stole a lot of its wind. Kevin McKidd, who impressed me with his acting abilities on HBO's Rome, performed up to (his) par and played the part of conflicted husband perfectly. The dilemma is also intriguing, as most men who find themselves back in time with a chance to save the one they loved might not consider the consequences. How do you return to a deceased love when you have a perfect marriage in the future?


Add the fact that everybody thinks McKidd's character (Dan Vassar) is crazy, and even the audience can't help but feel frustrated.

Journeyman airs Mondays at 10PM on NBC.

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