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Throwback Thursday: Chuck

This was originally on my first blog site Aye, Tortuga!, but I felt that it was appropriate to re-post since all five seasons of Chuck are being taken off of Netflix on November 1st. I updated a few sections with more recent information otherwise, these were my first thoughts about the series. Viva BuyMoria!

A few years ago, I decided that it was finally time to start watching Chuck. I have now watched all five seasons and would consider myself officially part of the Nerd Herd.

I am not really sure why I never watched the show when it aired starting in 2007. I do know that I did not yet have DVR, so I was probably watching How I Met Your Mother instead. I actually do not really remember thinking about it much when it was on. I loved Adam Baldwin in Firefly and Sarah Lancaster in What About Brian, and probably recognized Zachary Levi, but none of them were enough to interest me in the show. This was also about the time that I was not watching Friday Night Lights either so, clearly, I was not thinking straight.

To be honest, the reason I did start watching Chuck was because of Orphan Black. I know that sounds weird, so let me explain. I watched all of Orphan Black after ATX Television Festival Season Two and was instantly obsessed. Shortly after watching the whole first season, the cast went to San Diego Comic Con, at which they did a panel for Zachary Levi’s Nerd Machine. Once I discovered the Orphan Black panel online, I then watched many of the other Nerd Machine panels throughout the weekend that were streaming on YouTube, including one with Levi himself, and soon came to the conclusion that I should at least give Chuck a try.

The only way that I could watch it initially was to get the discs from Netflix, so the first two seasons took me quite a while to get through. (And when I say, “quite a while,” I mean about two months.) I was just starting to lose steam and then, as if they knew exactly what I was thinking, Netflix made the whole series available to stream the following week and I flew threw the last three seasons.

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8 Things For Which I Am Thankful…

These are the (mostly television related) things that I am most thankful for this year. It has been another year of ups and downs and this is what helps get me through it all.

1. Family and Friends
I love my Austin family, but I am so excited to be home this year for Thanksgiving. The weekend will be comprised of dinner at my aunt’s house (including my Aunt Gilda’s sweet potato casserole, made with *lots* of butter and bourbon!), watching the Eagles game IN PHILLY (even though they have been playing horribly, #InChipWeTrust #FlyEaglesFly), building a gingerbread house from scratch with my niece for the first time, at least one trip to Wawa and one lunch from Lee’s Hoagie House, and drinking wine/catching up with old friends!

2. Jane Gloriana Villanueva
Jane the Virgin continues to be my favorite show on television. It is so funny and heart-warming and it just makes me happy. Jane, in particular, is such a fantastic, well-rounded, up-lifting character, and it is my life goal to be friends with her. I know she is not a real person, but a girl can dream. Seriously though, if you are still not watching this show, I am not sure we can be friends anymore.

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3. Greg Berlanti
I pretty much live inside his brain Monday through Wednesday while watching Supergirl, Blindspot, The Flash and Arrow. I am also very much looking forward to the start of Legends of Tomorrow. I never thought I would be watching this many superhero shows, but they are all SO GOOD! I don’t know how Berlanti does it all, but this TV nerd is glad he works so hard to bring us great shows.



4. Netflix
I have been using Netflix since sophomore year of college and no one listened to me back then when I told them they absolutely had to be using this awesome new service. Netflix should have been paying me for how much I talked about it. Now, there are so many fantastic new shows, I do not even know where to begin. If you are not watching a least one of their original programs, I just don’t know what you are doing with your life. Also, sometimes you just need to watch your favorite episode of Friends or The West Wing at that exact moment.


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8 Binge-Worthy Shows…

A friend asked me to recommend some shows that she could stream either on Netflix or Amazon Prime. She requested that the series already be over so that she could just binge the whole thing. I tried to come up with shows that were not the obvious choices (e.g. Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, etc.), mostly because you should have watched those already, and also shows that had more than one season, so here is what I came up with:

1. Spartacus, will be available on Netflix starting February 1st
Based on the real story of Spartacus, this follows the man from when he became a gladiator until his death. It is pretty graphic, both with blood and sex, but it is mostly driven by the stories of its characters which are very compelling. The performances are all amazing and it is just a really fantastic show from start to finish.



2. Bomb Girls, only available on Netflix
It takes place in Canada during World War 2 and follows several women who risked their lives while working in a munitions factory building bombs. I do not want to spoil it too much, but something kind of gruesome happens at the very end of the first episode that did initially turn me off. However, I gave it a second chance and the rest of the series was great.



3. The Tudors, available on Netflix and Amazon Prime
The show takes us through the reign of Henry VIII as the King of England, including all six of his wives, over four seasons. It is interesting to see how Henry’s decisions and opinions changed over the course of his monarchy depending on his age or his advisors. I am especially fascinated by how much history was influenced by men’s sex drives!



4. Chuck, only available on Netflix
Chuck Bartowski works at a Buy More and is part of the Nerd Herd. That is until his former college roommate sends him an encoded email which embeds all of the United States’ spy secrets in his brain. Chuck is then recruited by the CIA and the NSA to hunt down international terrorists. You have to get past the fact that, despite this being a show about spies, it is completely unrealistic, but it is a whole lot of fun.

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