Chuck: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray

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The world’s nerdiest secret agent is back in the one-hour action-comedy series Chuck. Zachary Levi stars as Chuck Bartowski, the Buy More electronics store computer geek who unwittingly becomes the government’s most vital secret agent. At the end of last season, Chuck was transformed into the Intersect 2.0 after receiving another data download into his brain. This time, however, he not only knows government secrets, he is also equipped with the knowledge and coordination of deadly fight skills. Chuck finally has the potential to become a real agent. There’s just one problem — his emotions. Can Chuck keep his emotions in check as he assumes his new role as the Intersect 2.0? His handlers will still be there to protect him, but they also must help him become the agent he is destined to be.

In Season 3, there’s more spy mayhem and Buy More madness. Chuck (Zachary Levi) is still trying to balance his spy life with working at the electronics store. This wouldn’t be so hard if he also hadn’t downloaded the Intersect 2.0 into his head – while the new Intersect gives him more skills, it also may be driving him not-so-quietly insane, much to the distress of his handler and love interest Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski). Meanwhile, NSA tough guy Casey (Adam Baldwin) finds himself partnered with Chuck’s fumbling best friend Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and dealing with people from his past. Brandon Routh portrays ruthless CIA agent Daniel Shaw, who takes over the operation and also has his eye on Sarah.

There’s a lot of stuff going on in this season of Chuck. There are also some pretty great guest stars – Robert Patrick and Adam Baldwin have a reunion in one episode; Scott Bakula returns as Chuck’s father; Smallville alum Kristin Kreuk pops in for a few episodes, and her first appearance also features Stone Cold Steve Austin. You really can’t go wrong with this show.

In the Blu-ray box set the four discs contain all 19 episodes, plus a deleted scene or two from most of the episodes. The other extras available are a 20 minute behind the scenes featurette in HD and should be very entertaining for fans of the series, plus an incredibly detailed 10 minute Behind the Music-style documentary focusing on the band formed by two of Chuck’s coworkers, Jefster. While the audio and video here are of good quality, some will be disappointed by the lack of a lossless audio soundtrack. While it crosses the line of fulfilling the standard expectations for a boxed set in 2010, it doesn’t go too far beyond that. While we should probably just be glad the show is returning later this month for a fourth season it’d be nice to see even more of Blu-ray’s technology put to use to bring the fans into the show.

While it doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as the first two seasons, Chuck fans won’t be disappointed by this release. People who haven’t seen the show are advised that the show itself is more than worth the blind buy. Highly recommended.