Chuck

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

13
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Fan Reviews (53)

8.5
out of 10
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959 votes
  • think Jake 2.0 but without the super powers and better action sequences-- and it doesn't take itself half as seriously

    8.1
    think Jake 2.0 but without the super powers and better action sequences. The scenes with CIA agent Bryce Larkin are pretty tight. The other stuff is also movie quality. And then there are some decently comical moments mixed in to keep you grounded into yet another slacker turned somebody story (see also "Reaper"). As cliche as that is getting-- this one works for me and I am looking forward to seeing more of this series once it comes out (found a preair torrent to give the review this early).
  • It has always been my habit of judging a show by what the Pilot showed us. Although I do admit that some shows, I'd give them a second chance with their second episode but with Chuck, this was not the case.

    10
    After the credit was all over and commercials were already pouring on my TV, I was still there sitting on my couch stunned. My jaw suddenly unhinged and dropped to floor. When I regained consciousness I grabbed the remote and started yelling, "What!? It's over? I want more! That was awesome!" This was the best Pilot I have ever seen since House, it introduced the characters but also gave you something to look forward to for the next episode. I remember thinking, "Casey's going to betray Chuck, or not? Hmmm.." It was funny. The action was pretty good and let's all face it, the first time Yvonne Strahovski walked into Buy More we fell inlove.
  • "don't freak out"

    9.5
    Chuck receives an email from Bryce, an old roommate and friend who is a rogue government agent. The email contains government secrets which are downloaded into his brain. The CIA and the NSA both want to get the data back, so they send their agents Sarah Walker and John Casey to retrieve the data.
    I have heard about Chuck from all my friends telling me it is amazing, and well it is. This episode really set the tone fro Chuck, which is amazing. Chuck and Morgan are so funny. And I think Chuck is really cute. This show is really exciting and funny. All in all, a great start for Chuck can't wait to watch the rest.
  • Chuck is the funniest TV series ever!

    10
    Not only has it got a great plot, a fantastic cast, eye candy for us lads and superb scripting, Chuck has to be one of the funniest things I've ever watched. I can relate to all the old school references, film quotes, character names, and props and I can certainly relate to that geeky side too!
    If you like fun packed action, comedy, adventure, cute CSA agents and old films like Star Wars and Back to the future (the episodes have far too many references to note) then this is for you!
    I love it and I'm addicted to it! A must see for everyone!
  • A great start

    9.0
    Chuck Bartowski is an average computer geek until files upon files of government secrets are downloaded into his brain. He is soon scouted by the CIA and NSA to act in place of their computer. Chuck's Pilot episode is fast paced and exciting, the writers did a great job setting the tone to the series. It showed plenty of potential. I thought that the premise at first sounded weird and far fetched but when you realize this show isn't about realism it easy to forget. I noticed a lot of use of music in the episode which in my opinion can lead to a bad thing but in the Pilot the songs fit perfectly, I have always liked the songs played on this show.
  • Well written.

    9.5
    Chuck receives an email from Bryce, an old roommate and friend who is a rogue government agent. The email contains government secrets which are downloaded into his brain. The CIA and the NSA both want to get the data back, so they send their agents Sarah Walker and John Casey to retrieve the data.
    I have heard about Chuck from all my friends telling me it is amazing, and well it is. This episode really set the tone fro Chuck, which is amazing. Chuck and Morgan are so funny. And I think Chuck is really cute. This show is really exciting and funny. All in all, a great start for Chuck can't wait to watch the rest.
  • "Oh my God, I'm gonna die" - Chuck

    9.5
    Chuck Bartowski is an average computer geek until files upon files of government secrets are downloaded into his brain. He is soon scouted by the CIA and NSA to act in place of their computer. I think that this episode is a fantastic start to the series, really setting the tone of things to come, there is a great blend of comedy, action and drama here. The writing here is very impressive because it is hard to introduce a show like this with it's odd plot but the writing quickly explains how Chuck gets the secrets in his head. The introduction of the characters also fit in perfectly. Most of the episode there is the use of music, I liked this but it gets toned down in later episodes. The pilot shown a lot of promice in the show, this would soon be delivered.
  • An okay beginning.

    7.0
    At first this show seemed boring and not attractable at all, the jokes never flied. And the show to me was just plain stupid. Towards the end, the show got more intriguing which made up for the horrible beginning. I really thought I wasn't going to like this show but it seemed interesting when the writers put all the cards on the table, I guess I have to watch more episode to see if I really like the show. Sarah is my favorite character by far. Morgan just annoys me. Captain Awesome annoys me as well. Like I said, I have to watch more.
  • A good way to set up a new show, and a good example of what will be.

    9.0
    When I first heard of the show Chuck, I thought it was going to be silly. A computer geek/nerd who becomes some kind of spy? I mean, how silly is that? But with some good reviews (and Adam Baldwin/Jayne in the main cast) I thought I at least had to try it out. I was not disappointed. The pilot episode did a good job in introducing the characters and the main storyline to the viewers. It has somehow found a right middle between over the top and just plain funny. In my opinion, a large part of this is the character of Chuck, a lovable nerd who steals your heart immediately. When he gets that e-mail from his college "buddy", his whole world changes. He is just like so many others, and that makes him so easy to relate to. Some of the other characters are still stuck in their clichés (the tough guy, the embarrassing friend), but I have no doubt that this will change over the course of the season. Also, the use of Captain Awesome as stereotypical character shows that the show is not afraid to poke fun at itself. Overall, a good show that I am going to enjoy catching up on.
  • The Nerd Herds very own Chuck Bartowski is in for a life of excitement when government secrets become locked in his brain.

    9.0
    I must admit I had never thought much of this programme when it was on, but I should never trust just what I see in trailers as they can often disappoint. I was amazed by how different the show is and there is never a dull, uninteresting moment. Chuck (Charles Bartowski) lives with his sister and her boyfriend in L.A. On his birthday he receives an email from an old buddy, Bryce Larkin, an agent for the CIA who's dying moments was to send Chuck the governments secrets via subliminal messages within pictures. Unfortunately for Chuck he views all this information and gets random flashes of information after seeing something to trigger them. Now the CIA and NSA are after him and he must team up with them and help them do their jobs while they protect him from all others who desire what he knows. Chuck is clearly a man who is not into danger and freaks out a lot, which makes the character all the more interesting to have as the lead, because he would constantly be in some sort of dangerous situation, and somehow manage to cope with that side of his life and also not letting his family know what is going on. I love the moment in the car chase when they go down some stairs in the nerd herd car and pass some kids who reply "woah computer emergency". Overall it had been an incredibly interesting pilot to the series, certainly showing that it won't be a disappointment. It becomes slightly addictive when you need to know what's going to happen and whether Chuck will ever get out of the situation, which clearly won't happen.
  • Very good.

    10
    I believe that first impressions count, and this episode did not let down any hype and pre show buzz created by media.

    The episode was all in all good, great balance of humour and action, backed up with a not so bad storyline.

    Because this episode is the most important of the season, it is very important that they pull it off right, and in my honest opinion, I believe they did, it was a good episode, and just enough to hokk me in for the rest of the season.

    It quickly gave us the info we wanted to know, a little about the characters and a little about the storyline, just enough that we werent Lost, and not too much so that it was crammed.
  • You get the overview of the series in the pilot episode, it more or less tells you that this is definately going to be a good series to watch, especially with the combination of the characters, the situation etc.

    9.2
    The first part of the pilot, sees it flicking between LA and DC, introducing the main plot aspect of the series. In LA, we have Chuck going through the motions of a birthday party, reminiscing and being full of self pity. Whilst in DC, we have Bryce, activating devices, emailing the results, blowing up things, killing agents and trying to escape.

    At the end of the party, after finishing a console gaming session with Morgan, opens up his email received from Bryce and starts to receive image after image, we see him hypontised by the event and time passes by in the background until the sun comes up and Chuck ends up fainting or passing out. He doesn't know it yet, but he's now got the secrets database in image format, planted in his brain for safe-keeping.

    Back in DC, the NSA and CIA are ordered to work together, to protect the secrets, thus setting up the "babysitting" scenario.

    Chuck and Morgan go into work, chuck is still a little bit queasy, after his night and a couple of times where he had flashbacks to certain images, like which road to avoid going to work. Then later on in the store where they work, he gets a tv announcement of a general coming to LA, he gets a flashback, an image enters his brain.

    Sarah (CIA Agent) pretends to be a dim-whitted customer who has a problem with her phone, whom Chuck helps out, she tells him to call her sometime for a date. She later goes back to the store, after dressing up as a ninja (no idea why but was funny) in order to steal his pc from his house, asking why Chuck hadnt called for that date. She's only got 12 hours to find the database we find out.

    Chuck and Sarah go out on a date. They are spotted by Casey, there is a car chase, which results in both agents, weapons drawn and in a stalemate over who has property rights of chuck, too funny really. The ice is broken by Chuck who has flashback of more images in a sequence, manages to put them all together and gets both agents to help him stopping the assassination of the general, as they disarm a powerful bomb in a posh hotel.

    The agents still argue who who is in charge, but Chuck tells them that he is in charge of himself, or so he is led to believe.
  • Meet Chuck

    9.0
    Great show to a fantastic new show.

    We Meet Chuck a computer geek, it's his birthday and his big sister Ellie is throwing it for him Chuck wants to get away from this his sister is trying to set him up a girl.

    Bryce Larkin (C.I.A agent) then appears being chased by agents he ends up sending Chuck government secrets before being shot.

    Chuck later open his E-Mail and gathers all in the info into his brian. When at work a blone approaches him and asked him to fix her phone then later ask him out for a date.

    We meet Sarah a fellow agent, while on their they date are being tracked by other agents Chuck has no Idea what's going on. Sarah sees the NSA agents and she makes a run for it with Chuck, Sarah starts asking him questions about Bryce he evantually tells her and that his been getting images in his brian. Chuck and Sarah end up on the Roof, Casey (NSA Agent) catches up with them. Chuck explains how he sees things and remembers things he shouldn't and Casey and Sarah realize that all of their secrets that had been in the Intersect are now in Chuck's head. Chuck tells them that a bomb is gonna go off, the 3 of them quickly set of trying to avoid it from exploding.

    Sarah and Casey have now gone undercover to protect Chuck, Casey ends working in the same store as him and Sarah opposite. A Great Start.
  • Chuck acciedentally downloads some government secrets into his brain. Great episode to start the season.

    9.3
    This is a great episode. it is also is my fourth favorite episode of the season and a great season pilot. chuck accedentally downloads government secrets into his brain and is thrown into a new, more deadly, world. Almost immediatly it tells you info about everything that goes on later and introduces characters in a funny and good way. It also quikly shows how much trouble hes in when the NSA sends the funny cold blooded killer Casey to catch him and the CIA sends Sarah to get him first. With good humor and great action, plus a good storyline, my only complaint is that the downloading of government secrets into his brain is to unrealiliztic. other than that it is a great episode.
  • interesting little idea! gotta say i enjoyed it!

    7.0
    thought i should check out this show as a fan of josh swartz! and i wasnt let down! it was so differnt! it was crazy i loved how it all came together!

    god that sarah girl is hot! seriosuly whata hottie! im definatly going to wacth more of her.

    i loved the comedy aspect to the show! made for interesting televsion! i mean it could've been all hi tech and boring stuff but the added comedy and suspense really made up for what could've been a bad show!

    all in all i like dthe pilot episode! totoally differnt fromt eh oc and gosip girl but still ahs that scwarts touch on it!

    chuck actually reminds me of an older seth
  • Chuck accidentally has government secrets downloaded into his brain. The CIA and NSA each send an agent to retrieve them.

    7.2
    This was a very enjoyable if a little too much style over substance at times (although that's probably because McG was directing). Also, Chuck may be a nerd but in my opinion (in this episode at least) he doesn't convince quite as much as the trio in Reaper. Basically he has a little too much of an air of confidence about him at the moment.

    The CIA agent Sarah IS gorgeous and it's good to see Adam Baldwin in another genre show after Firefly which he was great in. I liked the character bits more than the story, although the porn virus being used the way it was made me laugh a little, lol, MS-DOS override.

    Sarah and Chuck's date was funny with her and him getting ready and the dancing in the club. The sidekick did what a sidekick was supposed to do and occasionally make you laugh. The actor sounds a little like Seth Green as well which trumped me at first cos I thought it might be Seth Green but in the end, obviously not.

    So interesting start to the season and hopefully the characters and plot will develop well. It helps that on Virgin1 in the UK it's twinned with 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' as well, cos that show is so funny.
  • What a way to begin a series!

    9.6
    Chuck is a typical nerd who is unlucky with girls. But, when an old friend of his sends him an email out of the blue, chucks life is about to change forever. chuck decodes the message and downloads a load of pictures into his brain, each picture having a hidden message inside. chuck meets a blond girl named Sarah who goes on a date with him, but ends up fighting with another agent, John, over Chuck., But chuck then remembers that a bomb will explode soon, unless he can stop it! Chuck stops it by searching for porn! lol I am now hooked
  • Strong Start

    8.2
    Chuck starts off with a bang and a very well put together pilot. The show centres around Chuck Bartowski who revives an e mail from an old college friend. This email happens to contain all of the Governments data and secrets All throughout this Pilot episode Chuck is being tracked down my two rival agents. Okay so the premise is a little absurd but you don't really care all that much as the show is incredibly fun and charming. The character of Chuck is instantly identifiable and likeable with all the others seeming very intriguing. The pilot of Chuck has succeeded in its mission and sold me on the series unless they seriously mess up I can see this becoming a favourite, Bring on episode two.
  • Savin' the world at 11 bucks an hour!

    10
    Chuck Bartowski a college washout lives with his sister Ellie and her boy friend Captain Awesome. We first meet Chuck at his Birthday party where as usual he is feeling awkward as all the guests are friends of his sister and doctors who according to his best friend and fellow "Buy More" employee Morgan Grimes says "Don't get our jokes!". We learn that Chuck was kicked out of Stanford University due to an absurd rumor about cheating from his roommate Bryce Larkin, who is now a "rogue" CIA agent. Larkin broke into the joint CIA/NSA computer system called "Innersect" and downloaded it to his PDA shortly before blowing it up. He then sent the data to chuck in an E-Mail with a password incryption in the form of a text based game called "Zork" The password being "Attack troll with nasty Knife". Chuck opens the E-mail and absorbs the innersect into his mind (which we find out later, can store massive amounts of data). Meanwhile Larkin killed by CIA Agent Casey whom is dispatched to LA to find Larkins accomplice along with NSA agent Sarah Walker who uses her feminine wilds to get close to Chuck and get a read on him. In the Guise of a ninja Sarah breaks into Chucks apartment to steal his computer and after a very one sided fight with Chuck and Morgan leaves after the computer is destroyed. She later goes out on a date with Chuck who is unaware of her relationship with Larkin. When the CIA tries unsuccessfully to grab chuck she reveals herself as an agent and calls in for a helocopter extraction. as Casey anSarah quibble over Chuck they realise that Chuck is the Innersect when he "flashes" on the plot to kill a visiting general with a serbian bomb planted by a demolitions expert from said country who chuck saw earlier that day at the "large Mart" store ajasiant to The Buy More. After some inner-agency cooperation and help from Porn star Irene Demova and her computer virus renders the bomb inoperable. So now Chuck the $11 an hour employee of Buy More works to save the world and his friends and family know none the wiser.
  • Pilot episode

    9.1
    What does one do when about to be gunned down but send an email to an old friend who hasn't a clue what to do with it! The email contains all the government secrets which sends the FBI and NSA after our nerdy friend Chuck. Chuck (played to the hilt by Zachary Levi) Bartowski's life just got turned way upside down. But he seems to be able to deal with it fairly well right off the bat. The show has comedy, action and of course, romance written in it and it is surprisingly good. This show looks to be a keeper.
  • Chuck mixes a spoonful of Alias, with a dash of Friends, and a hint of The OC to serve up a satisfying dish of a show!

    9.5
    I now have a favorite show to watch in between episodes of The Office and Heroes. That show is Chuck. The clever mix of action, humor and drama, make this a very promising series. Chuck Bartowski is the stereotypical uber-nerd working for the "Buy More", a hilarious parody for Best Buy. He has an otherwise 'boring' life; a best friend, Morgan; a super-hot sister, Ellie (and her Herculean boyfriend, the aptly named "Captain Awesome"). Chuck's life is suddenly turned upside down when super-spy in disguise, and ex-roommate/rival, Bryce Larkin sends him an encrypted e-mail containing the "Intersect"(a super computer that contains all of the nation's secrets which are encoded into images). The CIA and the NSA send out two of their field agents, the super hot Sarah Walker and the hilarious assassin John Casey, to intercept Chuck and see what has become of the Intersect. Chuck gets his first real challenge and disarms a bomb with a virus that lurks around in an adult website. Classic witty writing, in a fresh, original package.
  • Josh Schwartz's best to date

    10
    This show is unlike anything else on television right now. It not only combines genres, but redefines it - action/adventure, romance, comedy, and drama, are all combined in the right proportions, with a few significant modifications (eg. the concept of the "nerd" becoming an upper echelon spy). Not to mention the fact that it features a FANTASTIC soundtrack.

    Chuck (Zachary Levi) epitomizes the typical Josh Schwartz show's resident nerd - armed with an arsenal of obscure references, decked out in (for lack of a better phrase) geek chic, and just waiting for the right girl to come along (see also: Adam Brody, Penn Badgley). In fact, Chuck beats out Lee Pace's Ned (Pushing Daisies) in terms of likeability - by no means an easy feat. Definitely a 10 in my book.
  • Great Pilot! Comedy! Action! and Romance!

    9.2
    This was a really great Pilot! Pilots are hard because you have to show character, set the plot, and tell people about the characters history. I really liked the idea of a supernerd who is a spy but has no clue what he is doing. I hate how all the action spy movies have a leading man who is the best agent ever and never gets hurt. Bryce seems like that kind of spy at first because no one can touch him but that changes. I also like Chuck's friend Morgan. Morgan is hilarious and really helps the show. I also like how Chuck lives with his sister because then his family is more involved with his life. If his sister lived somewhere else then we wouldn't get to see them interact as much. I also like how Chuck's sister seemed to plan Chuck's party for him because that seems like what a big sister would do. She even chooses his outfit. Also I love Chuck's car! This show is great and I hope the writters strike doesn't affect it much.
  • The Pilot is very good!Funny,interesting and nonsense!Sure,I will see more!

    7.5
    Chuck tell the history about Chuck,a supernerd who have a supercomputer in his mind.In this episode,Chuck discovery that and have too save him from CIA and ASN

    The Pilot is very good,full of quotes about games.The show introduce Chuck,Megan,his crazy friend,his sister and her boyfriend.Introduce too the agents from CIA and ASN,who compete to receive Chuck.

    Capitain Awesome it weird...so much "awesome" too me...
    I like about Chuck doing his supernerd work...Its so cool!!

    Maybe,the show doesn't have much relevancy because it isn't a "sensacional" tv show.But for laughs,this have a good history,good characters and a lot of ideas to do....

    Geek to All!!Chuck is a supernerd and a Spie!
  • This new show has a perfect mix of comedy, drama, and action. I love it!!!

    9.5
    When it first came out with previews I thought it looked interesting then as it got a little more detailed I wasn't so sure about it. So I watched it and I really enjoyed it. Chuck was an average nerd who marched to his own beat. Not for long, his old buddy Bryce sent him all the governments' secrets and his life just got a whole lot more interesting. His friend Morgan is very funny, a nice touch. His sister and her boyfriend are all right but I think calling her boyfriend Captain Awesome is a bit weird. I like Sarah a lot; I liked her mysterious ways in the beginning and her action skills towards the end. The secrets look interesting so I have a feeling this show can go far.
  • a family version of a sci-fi show, about a computer geek squad employee who ends up with a top-secret computer in his brain.

    8.0
    Cute, sill, but the characters are likeable overall. Bordering on slapstick, but good for light entertainments, not alot of deep thinking needed. They are of course just setting the premise, and introducing the players. Right now they are rather 2 demensional, and it could go either way. It could get too silly if they aren't careful, but worth watching a few more shows to see how they do. It reminds me a bit of Get Smart somehow, I think almost a characterization of spies, although not as slapstick as that show was. But somehow I kept thinking of it. Can keep the brain rested while preparing for Heroes.
  • great episode

    10
    This is a really funny show. Chuck, an average geeky guy accidentally receives an email from a college roommate. when he wakes up, his life starts to change when government agents come after him. It's a really great episode, it keeps moving from scene to scene. The humor feels good that you don't have to take it so seriously. This season starter begins with the right tone, I'm really loving this show. The CIA and NSA do stuff seen in other shows, but there's a funny twist in this show. This episode introduces most of the main characters, it's really good, I can't wait for more chuck episodes.
  • Pilot episode!

    10
    What a great show! Chuck is definitely one of the best shows of the 2007 – 2008 season! When you have a show that has a great story, humor and action all in one and done very well you have a great show. The pilot introduces Chuck, the main character, his sister, his best friend, the FBI agent and the NSA agent. Basically Chuck is sent an email from his old college buddy with all of the FBI and NSA secrets in it and in a form that all Chuck has to do is watch the screen and the information is downloaded to his brain. After the government finds out that an email was sent, from whom and to where they track it down to Chuck. The FBI send their guy (Baldwin) and the NSA send their woman and after that everything in Chuck's life is turned upside down.
  • "My Name is Earl" meets "Alias."

    8.0
    the first episode of "Chuck" is allright. the only problem is that the show is up against "Prison Break." So, I don't know what I'm going to do in the next few weeks. At least the playoffs and the world series is coming up. I like the central character, a guy name Chuck who just a nobody working at a Best Buy ripoff with his buddies and a stern boss. then he saw something that got him into big trouble. Then this preety CIA agent who comes into his life and his life will never be the same again. A good start to a series.
  • Man works at store, man get's email, man knows goverment secrets.

    8.9
    If you can put aside the incredible ripoff of a current electronics retailer, and their techincal support people, then you will love the show. Very funny, non slapstick, intelectual humor. Good action, acting, and well written. Actors are bang on, and show really nice chemistry. While some may not appreciate the little parts of the show that make it work. The average computer nerd, electronics geek and definitely the online game play will get a huge kick out of the show.

    If you like computers, watch the show. If you have ever been to a yellow and blue store, bought a computer, and had a guys show up in black an white bug, watch the show.

    I like the show, and I hope it lasts.
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