I blame the defunct Captain Eo ride at Disneyland for my fascination with 3-D movies — something about Michael Jackson’s heavily reconstructed face infringing on my personal bubble terrified, and yet, compelled me to keep the glasses on. So, when I heard that last night’s episode of Chuck was going to be broadcast in 3-D, I dug out an old pair of the blue and red spectacles, plopped myself on the couch, uncorked a bottle of wine, and got ready for the adventure.
Sadly, even though I was initially compelled by the premise of an all 3-D episode, “Chuck Vs. The Third Dimension” was less than an out-of-this-world experience. Though it was in all aspects an excellent episode (featuring guest star Dominic Monaghan) that explored the rock-star lifestyle with the comedic twist the show knows how to deliver (see a clip below), I basically had to crawl to the television screen and spend the hour with my nose two inches away from the glass to get the 3-D effect. That kinda killed it for me. And even then there were only a couple of notable scenes that popped out, mainly during the flashback sequences and the credits. I spent more time wondering if being this close to the TV was going to give me one of those rare terminal diseases you only hear about on Grey’s Anatomy due to the microwave emissions I was probably receiving.
I eventually found myself giving up and viewing the episode sans glasses, saving me from the mounting migraine that I felt coming, and there was little difference in the experience with or without the frames. So, PopWatch readers, what did you think of last night’s 3-D episode, which will air again Tuesday night? Should there be more 3-D episodes of our favorite television shows? Did I miss out on the full effect because it’s time for me to replace my 13-year-old television, or did anyone else have trouble making this work?