Chuck

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I’ve fallen in love with a television show.  I enjoy watching TV when it comes time to unwind or to just have some noise in the background while I’m cleaning or whatever.  But I don’t ever remember being just plain excited about a TV show…until now.  I’m such a nerd.  I’ve never owned any TV seasons on DVD…until now.  I’m telling you, this show cracks me up and it’s a crime show, which always interests me.  The thing that gets me is it’s a little sci-fi.  Maybe I’m branching out a little.  Who knows.

What I like so much about this show is the story line.  And then, of course, the characters that they have developed over the last three years have just been fantastic.  The premise of the show is that Chuck works at the Buy More, which is pretty much a Best Buy, and works for the Nerd Herd, which equates to the Geek Squad.  He’s a Stanford man that had been kicked out when his best friend accused him of cheating on a test and since then his life had been the Nerd Herd, which he is way overqualified for.  Six years later this best friend, who is an international spy, sends him an encrypted email with all of our nation’s intelligence secrets and they’re imbedded in his mind, which is good because the actual computer with the images is destroyed leaving Chuck as the most valuable asset to national security.

As the show continues different characters are brought into the picture to protect Chuck and help him as he trains and becomes a spy and goes on missions, which are all usually pretty cheesy.  Maybe that’s why I like it so much.  It’s not heavy and I don’t have to put a lot of thought into solving the mystery or anything like that.

The central theme, though, that has been running throughout the whole series is the struggle for Chuck to transform from being who he was and changing into the man that this computer in his head is making him.  He started out as a complete underachiever who was a super nice guy and a big nerd.  Then this email gets sent to him, and the rest of his life is going to be a constant struggle between staying the guy he always was or becoming a hero.  Most of the time he’s lost trying to decide which person he wants to be.  One of the people sent to protect him is a beautiful young woman that Chuck is in love with, and who is an all-out spy.  She’s been so immersed in a culture of lies and killing that she’s lost who she is, and as Chuck tries to figure himself out, Sarah begins to start searching for who she was before the CIA.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really know where I was going to go with this until this very moment.  One part of my personality profile was a section that told traits about myself, and then it told the traits of people that I would work well with and with whom we would work best and with whom we should avoid working.  In the show Chuck has Sarah who helps him to be able to keep the person he once was in check but still be a hero.  There’s his best friend Morgan who is a big nerd and total underachiever who also helps keep him grounded and gives him the link back to reality.  Then there’s John Casey who is also there to help protect Chuck.  Casey is a sniper and through and through military guy.  It’s a pretty diverse group of people who continue to bring out the best in each other time after time.

After going over my personality profile I was able to sit back and look at my group of friends and look at why our relationships were the way they were.  I was able to sit back and look at our strong points and our weak points in each relationship that I surround myself with.  Now I know the places that I need to work on and the places that I need to keep growing and nurturing.  I’m so thankful for my friends and family in my life, new and old.  Some of you have been staples in my life for years, and some of you I’ve only known for a few months, but I believe that we’re building relationships to be the body of Christ.  We’re all different and I’m so thankful for that!  I love the diversity in my group of friends, and I love that we can sit back and talk about different subjects and sometimes even poke fun at each others qualities that we love and still remain strong in our “body.”

I don’t know all of your friends or family or who you surround yourself with, but I would definitely recommend taking one of the personality profiles that I took.  One was a DiSC profile, which I just did a google search for and found it.  It cost about $30, but it was definitely worth it in my opinion.  The spiritual gift test, I just did a google search for APEST, and did probably the first one.  It was $10 and totally worth it, too.  None of the results really surprised me, but it was good to have a confirmation not only on who I am, but with whom I surround myself, and that we actually are functioning as the body that we’re trying to be.

Season 4 of Chuck started last night.  I’m still trying to finish up on Season 3.  Good thing I’ve got DVR or I would have had to miss it!  I think that will be my plan tonight!

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