The chicks of “Chuck” and other reasons to watch

I’m stuck on Chuck.
(I just had to get that out of the way.) But gratuitous rhyming aside,
I am loving this show. Here’s one reason.

Her name is Yvonne Strahovski
and, obviously, she’s hot. But more about her in a minute.

Chuck is about a geeky
computer repair guy (redundant, I know), coincidentally named Chuck,
who gets an e-mail full of pictures embedded with government secrets
that are somehow downloaded to his brain. He can’t access the data,
though, until he sees something related to one of the pictures. The
NSA and CIA send agents to recover the data, but when they discover
that the top-secret files are hidden in Chuck’s mind, they have to protect
him while getting his help with spy stuff.

So, Chuck is a secret agent
on the side while trying to live a normal geek life. Jake 2.0
was similar, true. But Chuck doesn’t take itself so seriously.
The show has action, comedy, suspense and hot women. What’s not to love?
Maybe I wouldn’t like it so much if I weren’t a geek myself, but I am
and I do.

Strahovski (she changed her
name from Strzechowski) plays CIA agent Sarah Walker, who goes undercover
as a waitress at the Weinerlicious. She also pretends to be Chuck’s
girlfriend. Did I mention that she’s hot? Even in a cheesy waitress
outfit.

Strahovski probably doesn’t
look familiar, outside of her resemblance to Portia de Rossi,
because this is the Australian actress’ first role in the U.S. By the
way, the ever-cool Adam Baldwin from Firefly plays NSA
agent John Casey.

OK. Everything I’ve told you
up till now is setup for what comes next. This is worth the price of
admission, I promise you. Here is Sarah at home, relaxing in her very
short silk robe.



Yes, AfterEllen.com readers,
a girl fight. Not Sydney versus Evil Francie great, but pretty darn
nice. The woman Sarah fights is Karina, a DEA agent from Sarah’s past,
played by Swedish model Mini Anden. Karina does interesting spy
things like strip down to a bikini and speed off on a jet ski. I hope
we see more of her. Not that she can show us much more on network TV.

Chuck’s sister, Ellie, is played
by Sarah Lancaster, most recently of What About Brian,
but perhaps better remembered as Madison on Everwood.

Rachel Bilson will guest
star as a romantic interest for Chuck in a story arc starting
in the next week or two. No word on whether her character will get any
ninja action with Sarah.

Is anyone else watching
Chuck
? If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it — I think the show deserves
to succeed. If you have seen it, how do you like it?

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