Chuck: Chuck Versus The Nemesis
So last week was the big bomb buster. Sarah kissed Chuck, Bryce came back from the dead, Morgan got a girl to touch him... pretty crazy stuff. Now, we get to see the aftermath of Chuck-nobyl and what it means for the future of Team Bartowski.
Quick note ... the above image is not actually from this episode but from two weeks ago. I chose a generic pic because NBC decided not to release promo photos for this episode for some reason. You think that they would be really willing to hype this episode, especially since it is the "defining" episode according to the trailer. But I digress.
Chuck has only impressed me more and more as the season has progressed. The wishy-washy stories from the first couple of episodes have finally given way to a larger, more cohesive plot arcs. I don't think I would describe the narrative structure as Scooby-Doo-esqe like I used to. Accolades aside, I wouldn't describe this episode as earth-shattering, but it was solid, marking the return of the much-missed action sequences.
The legendary Bryce Larking, ruiner of lives, is apparently still ticking, thanks to the efforts of the mysterious organization known as FULCRUM. Good short-term thinking on Bryce's part to convince them that the Intersect was inside of his head. I really hope we learn more about FULCRUM in the post-strike episodes.
Tommy (aka Scarface aka Lou Diamond Phillips look-a-like aka Anthony Ruivivar) was only knocked unconscious and could be released by his FULCRUM friends. If I remember Chuck's flash correctly Tommy was one of eight (it may have been ten) FULCRUM leaders recorded in the Intersect. It would be a disservice to viewers if they didn't explore the organization and why they wanted the Intersect at some point. Tommy also had the coolest line in the episode when he responded to Sarah's threat with, "Does it look like this is my first time."
On the other side of the story-coin, Buy More must deal with a monster almost as deadly as John Casey on meth: Black Friday. It is a little disappointing that the episode is one week behind, but I guess it would have been awkward to have it air 3 days before Thanksgiving, so 4 days after is a reasonable solution. A lot of other shows involving merchants, (can't really name any off the top of my head, The Office?), would have ignored Black Friday, but Chuck managed to use it as an advantage.
The Black Friday scene was hilarious, with Jeff and Lester hiding and Anna biting people's heads off. Big Mike running slow motion and sliding across a service desk will be an image forever ingrained in my memory. However, I think the more important thing to note is Morgan's development. Over the past couple of episodes, Mr. Grimes has stepped up and been there for the Buy More when Chuck hasn't. His leadership and calm, collected personality during Black Friday makes me believe that Morgan (and not Chuckles) will replace Harry Tang as manager. This will of course lead to an episode where Morgan abuses his power and his friendship with Chuck, but they eventually kiss and make up.
The Sarah and Chuck relationship-thing (or thang if you prefer) took a lot of turns and twists this episode. Ultimately, she will probably stay, but reinforce a professional relationship with Chuck (she doesn't want to get burned again). There was a nice bit of symbolism at the end there with Sarah having to choose between the old, sleek phone and the new, tech-y one. Small touches like that (plus great soundtrack selection) go along way in making a T.V. show go from good to great.
There was a lot of certifiably awesome action sequences in this episode. Scenes so awesome they would make Captain Awesome's head explode. The first really fantastic moment for me was when Casey shot Bryce in the chest again. Seeing Bryce's body fly 10 feet backwards was a great Thanksgiving dessert. I was secretly hoping that he was actually dead, just because I though it would be funny for him to have an anti-climactic ending.
The Oh Snap Award would clearly have to go to Bryce and Sarah's tag team take-down of FULCRUM agents. It was like synchronized swimming (only with a few more bloody noses). Although it was badass, and seeing Sarah run in slow-motion is always fun, wouldn't it have made more sense to shoot most, if not some, of those agents. You have guns ... use them (it's what the second amendment is for).
Some of my other favorite moments of this episode include:
- I really like that Chuck speaks Klingon. I think it really round out his dorkiness factor and shows just what level of nerd he is. There are nerds who can name the Star Trek series and captains. There are nerds who can tell you the plots of those series and maybe cite specific episodes. And then there are nerds who speak Klingon.
- Morgan and Anna's sub-story was really cute and I am glad that they are together (for Morgan's sake). The sequence where Morgan was eating Ellie's sweet potatoes and she was enjoying his enjoyment of them almost made me roll of the coach. I think Anna's craziness will make for good side-stories of Morganna in future episodes.
- Captain Awesome has been underplayed since the "Tango" episode, but he really stole the show with his exchange with Casey. Who grabs another guy's arm in the middle of dinner to compliment his physique? Captain Awesome ... that's who. Two guys, one boat ... men just being men facing down their fear of death on the wild whitewater rapids of California.
|Yes, of course!||561 (63.4%)|
|No, he's gone.||37 (4.2%)|
|Probably ... maybe second season?||287 (32.4%)|