Chuck vs. Firefly
I saw this call for blogs describing our favorite sci-fi book, movie, television show, etc. I thought this should be easy, because there aren’t many good science fiction television shows out there (past or present). There has to be one that stands out among all the crap. I scanned my memory and there were TWO shows heads and tails above the rest: Chuck and Firefly.
Okay, Okay I know what you’re going to say: “Of course it’s between those two shows. They both have the lovely and talented Mr. Adam Baldwin and you have an unhealthy obsession with are a fan of Mr. Baldwin.”
Sure, while it is no coincidence that both shows have Mr. Baldwin (he lured me into watching the first episode of Chuck) both shows can definitely stand on their own. So without further ado I bring you the Battle Royale between Chuck and Firefly.
Starring: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, and Adam Baldwin
Plot: Your average everyday nerd, Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) gets uploaded with a super computer and becomes a spy. He is partnered with the lovely CIA Agent Sara Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) and the surly NSA Agent Colonel John Casey (Adam Baldwin). He is thrust into situations every week in which he has to save the world or at least his family. And let’s not forget the budding romance between Chuck and Sara.
Memorable Line: “Because the only thing I hate more than hippie and neo-liberal fascists and anarchists are the hypocrite fat cat suits they eventually grow up to become.” (John Casey)
Fringe Benefits: One episode with Adam Baldwin clad in nothing, but boxer shorts (hey, I’m only human). Excellent music: Chuck gave me a ton of new and Indie music to fill my iPod up with.
Why I love the show: In TV quagmire full of reality TV show crud, murder mysteries, and medical dramas this show, made for nerds by nerds, really stood out. There was action, romance, and comedy; this show had it all. The cast of characters were great and were like a big family. Each show was chock full of nerdy inside jokes and humor with intelligence behind it. It was one of the few shows that I truly looked forward to watching every week. It was what television should be: a great escape and fun.
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass
Plot: Space Cowboys!!!
Memorable Line: Mal: “Define interesting.”
Wash: “Oh God oh God we’re all gonna die?”
Fringe Benefits: One episode with Adam Baldwin doing pull ups with his shirt off (you knew that was coming). I learned how to say “frog humping son-of-a-bitch” in Chinese.
Why I love the show: Talk about escapism: a show set 500 years in the future with a cast of nine very different characters roving their way through space trying to avoid The Man. The brilliance of Mr. Joss Whedon really shined through with this Gem, too bad it lasted less than one season. I watch this show at least once a month on my DVDs and despite only being seventeen total shows – plus a movie – I never get tired of it. The dialog was funny, but at the same time touching and sincere. There was action, cowboys, and touch of sexual tension.
Okay it’s decision time, I must pick one to be The Show, my favorite show of all time. On one hand Chuck had five seasons behind it and there were more shows to watch. But then again the plot line of Firefly was more original. Chuck had the crazy Buy More crew that always kept me in stitches, but Firefly had Jayne, oh Jayne. Then again there was the love story between Chuck and Sarah. Firefly had that unrequited spark between Mal and Inara.
Okay time to choose….
I think I might have to do some more research and come back with a decision later*.
*Yeah I know, I’m a coward