NEW TV: Monday

Chuck (7:00pm CST, NBC)

So basically it’s geek turned spy. But I thought it was cute! Chuck works at Buy More as part of the Nerd Herd. When he receives an e-mail from his ex-roommate Bryce (who apparently not only stole his girlfriend, but got him kicked out of Stanford), Chuck inadvertently downloads the country’s secrets into his brain. Cue agents Sarah, from the CIA (Bryce’s partner and/or girlfriend) and Casey (who I thought was from NSA, but now I’m not sure) who come to track Chuck down. Escapades ensue. There is a funny best friend, Morgan who works at Buy More with Chuck. Oh, I forgot, Chuck lives with his sister, Ellie (or Elsie or something like that but is actually Gift Shop Girl from Scrubs) and her boyfriend, fiance, or husband, nicknamed Captain Awesome, who is, in fact, awesome. I’m not completely convinced the plot can actually sustain an entire season of entertaining storylines, but I’m willing to give it a chance.

My rating: I will watch this for at least 5 more episodes.

Heroes (8:00pm CST, NBC)
I know a lot of people were saying that Heroes answered all our questions last season and that, with so many characters, adding new ones would really weigh it down, but I don’t think so. Yes, there are new characters (especially interesting ones include a boy at Claire’s new school, a brother and sister in Mexico, an Irish dude, and Hiro’s hero whose name I can’t remember at the moment), but there are enough new plots to support them. There is a murder mystery involving someone who is hunting down the older generation, Hiro is now in ancient Japan, Mohinder is working for the Company, the very sinister figure that we got a hint of near the end of last season is haunting Molly’s dreams on a regular basis (and it’s so cute – she lives with Parkman and Mohinder!), Claire and her family are settling into a new life in California, and the aforementioned brother and sister are trying to make their way to New York to find the doctor who can cure her of her Hero-ism (I don’t remember was that Mohinder?). There’s no sign yet of Sylar although we all know that Zachary Quinto (who’s going to be young!Spock in the new Star Trek prequel) has resigned to another season so he’s contractually bound to show up eventually.

My rating: I’m in for the season.

Tune in tomorrow night for House and The Reaper (which should be a good trick seeing as they’re on at the same time on different channels)…