Hello everyone. I was not able to get through any books this week unfortunately. I am reading something now but I will not be finishing it until next week. As for television and movies, I finished watching the third season of Chuck, and am almost done with the fourth. So this will be a one season review.
First, let me express that Chuck is very special to me. Not only is it extremely funny, but the characters are written and portrayed so well that I am very much attached to them emotionally. The action is wonderful and after what I have seen as of right now, Chuck is now in my top 3 television shows of all time.
I really thought that the second season would remain my favorite, but the third was just as funny, exciting, and surprising. I noticed an interesting trend in the third season of Chuck. The writers really start to toy around with the audience’s emotions. The highs and lows are noticeably wider. It really makes you cling to the show for dear life and beg it to pan out the way you need it to. For the people who watched this one day a week I have no idea how you did it. I basically marathoned the entire season within a couple of days. The acting was good in the earlier seasons, but everyone is more comfortable now and it really shows. Each person is important and get ample time for growth. My suggestion, because these seasons even on Blu-Ray are so cheap, is you need to pick them up if you don’t own them already. Do not, I repeat, do not wait for them to be on Netflix which they will be later this year. Help support the show by purchasing them. This is a show that the cast believed in so much, Zachary Levi made sandwiches at a Subway (a primary sponsor of the show) for convention fans. Third season gets a solid A.
With how much I enjoy this show, the ratings for it become all the more confusing. I have checked out the viewership per episode and season. Overall, if you took out the final season, they are pretty good though you do see a steady decline. Most shows do naturally decline, however with all this show has to offer I do not understand the big dip from the beginning of the second season to the end of the fourth. More than 3 million viewers were lost. This is the exact same show as what started. The only real difference is character growth. Shows like Dancing With the Stars, Two and a Half Men, and Hawaii Five-0, basically shows about nothing, seem to get viewership above 10 million with ease. Chuck has more heart than just about any show I have seen. It has the sincerity and warmth that would work for the entire family and yet people just don’t seem to get it. In researching the most popular television shows last year and the year previous, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that America loves white noise tv. They love shows that require no thought at all. I too enjoy certain shows that I can just relax with, but they should not be dominating the channels. I wish it was different, but I do not see anything changing.
It is also possible that like me, many fans of this show do not watch television shows when they actually air. I buy almost everything I watch. The only three shows I sit down to watch every week are Real Time, Downton Abbey, and Raw. Those are watched only because of the time and day they are shown. Of course, I watch assorted news programs but as far as episodic television, those are it. I buy everything else or on demand it. I am not a Nielsen family household so nothing I do matters anyway, but that is the point isn’t it? Shows that are really good never seem to have a substantial viewership. Has no one else wondered why? If the same is true on a consistent basis then maybe the system does not work anymore. And I do feel that Nielsen is obsolete. More fans watch shows on demand, online, or through DVD/Blu-Ray then ever before and both networks and sponsors need to wake up.
Have a great weekend all, thanks for reading my rambles. Seriously though, please purchase Chuck. I promise you will fall in love with it as hard and deeply as I have.