Originally Posted by VisionOn
The table scene ("flambe!") I thought was hilarious, the spy stuff not so much.
I didn't find any of that scene funny. It was such a predictable joke that I was almost hoping for a South Park type twist on it to save it for being too damned obvious.
I actually think that if they had made this into a 30 minute sitcom in the style of Earl or 40yr old virgin it would have worked better. Dump all the spy stuff and just concentrate on the characters. Hot girlfriend who works at the weiner house, ex-special forces guy Baldwin forced to work in the store, Captain Awesome, Seth Green-esque best friend, the "Mac artist" geek squad members ...
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
What makes the show ultimately fall short is there is no clear comedic counterpoint in any of the characters. Someone who can jump in and play the joke back at the main character.
Most of your funnier shows have at least one character who just serves to hit jokes back to whoever originated them. Look at Dr. Cox from Scrubs (before the show went to hell) or Joy on My Name is Earl. The entire Cosby Show was about Cliff doing this to all his kids, and when something needed hit back to him it was always done by his wife.
Watch How I Met Your Mother. Barney gets the job on that show, and the consequence is hilarious. Someone will be off in their own world, drifting with a tired joke, and then he jumps in and slams the whole thing.
On Chuck, the jokes -- and they are too few -- just hang out there. No one really interacts with the humor.
Chuck is starting to look like it might be NBC's first cancel from this group.