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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Sensei

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 1st 2008 11:26PM

(S02E09) This season we've met Sarah's high school nemesis, who turned out to be a rogue spy, Chuck's ex-girlfriend, who turned out to be a rogue spy, and we had a return of Bryce, who was a spy from an opposing agency. This week, we met John Casey's former sensei, who is now a rogue spy. This brings me to a few conclusions...

First, the CIA really has a horrible retention program for its employees (most likely due to the pudding cups being eliminated from the cafeteria). Second, other than Chuck, his immediate family, and the employees at Buy More, everyone else is a rogue agent. Therefore, this little trio of agents will be eliminating the bad seeds from California for the next 22 seasons. Well, at least there's the job security.

We never really knew much about Casey before this episode other than he was in the spy game long before the Intersect became part of Chuck. Also, beneath Casey's crusty exterior was an even crustier interior. So, getting a taste of his past helped give us a feeling of who he was in the past. Which, it seems, was not the person we know today. Currently, Casey's focus is laser sharp. Back then, he was as jumble-minded as Chuck.

Because Ty Bennett was such an influence on the person John became it was quite a blow to learn that he had turned rogue...just as Jill's betrayal was to Chuck. It was no surprise that he decided to take this very personally. Unfortunately, he took it so personally that he began to neglect his main mission: protecting Chuck. I mean, his patience with the Intersect is tenuous at best on a normal day. Having his mentor turn to the 'Dark Side' and having Chuck hanging around nearly made him snap. How ironic it was that Chuck ended up 'saving' Casey's life by focusing his anger in order to defeat his sensei in a final battle.

By the way, you had to know that a final confrontation was going to take place between these two. There was just so much anger in Casey that, if he didn't end it there and then, he would have regretted it for the rest of his life. It was also pretty inevitable that Casey would eventually succeed. Because, you know, this is Chuck after all. What wasn't written in stone was the small 'Thank you' he gave Chuck for saving his life. Could that be a small crack in Casey's armored exterior? Nah, couldn't be!

Over to the sub-plots of this evening's programme. First, the 'Employee of the Month' situation at Buy More. I have to differ with the opinion of Morgan in this episode. As a retail graduate I actually aspired to be Employee of the Month. Granted, I never was that person, but at least I worked towards it. Yeah, I'm a dweeb...so sue me! Anyway, as these guys don't do much work as it is, I wasn't too sure how they could do even less to garner poor customer comments. Morgan got his comeuppance at the end as the actual Employee of the Month won a 65-inch flat screen TV. I'm sure that this win by Emmett is an aberration, a flux, in the universe and Morgan will return triumphant next episode.

The other event that took place this week was the introduction of the Family Awesome, played by Morgan Fairchild and Bruce Boxleitner. They were just, well, they were just okay. If anything, they were a bit too overwhelming in their wedding plans; plans that Ellie didn't really want. Wedding registry at the Buy More? Is this the only retail outlet in the area? I was glad to see that Ellie decided to speak up at the very end about the plans, particularly about the part where Woody Awesome wanted to walk her down the aisle.

Before I go I want to mention the Geek Moment of the Week. If you happen to scan Chuck's room when his sister was waking him up in a panic you would have noticed a poster from the film Tron. If you happen to recall, Bruce Boxleitner was one of the stars of that film. This was neat, but I wonder why there were no references to Bablyon 5 anywhere. At least I didn't see any.

Next time on Chuck: another blast from the past as we meet Sarah's father, played by Gary Cole.

In relation to Bruce Boxleitner's guest appearance on Chuck, did you like Tron?
I loved Tron! Best sci-fi movie of the 80s.124 (38.5%)
It was an okay film for its time.95 (29.5%)
It that the movie with the lighted frisbees?103 (32.0%)

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Loni

Every time Casey said "calm", I thought of Adam's line in Serenity: "You are seriously disturbing my calm"....and towards the end, I got my pay off!

I love Chuck! It's funny, geeky and all kinds of campy!

December 02 2008 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy

Bryce is CIA, just like Sarah and Chuck. Am I the only one who caught the Forest Gump reference as Casey and Chuck go home? "I suppose I should thank you for saving my life" LOL!

December 02 2008 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George

I love that Sarah's dad's name is Jack Burton. In Season One, the show's first reference to 'Big Trouble in Little China' (David Lo Pan) made me a fan forever. Gary Cole is no Kurt Russell, but perhaps they can get Kim Cattrall when it's time to meet Sarah's supposedly dead mom.

And hands up everyone who thinks Chuck's dad is either the man behind Fulcrum, or is part of some kind of deep-cover CIA mission and actually trained Bryce Larkin, sent him to look after Chuck, etc. So who will play him? Bill Murray? Tom Selleck? Brent Spiner?

December 02 2008 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
superrrguy

This is like bad cartoon unbelievable not even trying spy stuff. Bullets that never hit anyone. Chuck screams like a girl every time and act all obviously nervous. Why can't the bad guy tell he's hiding something. Why the hell did he follow Casey to the dojo. He's completely useless. I also don't get how there's a computer in his brain. Even Johnny Mnemonic needed an upgrade. Even worse, how that computer knew where the dojo hide out was. Is it still being updated by magic satellites in other peoples brains? Why is the yogurt shop is always empty? The one by me is always packed and I'm pretty sure there's an underground CIA office in it as well.

December 02 2008 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ryan

Bryce "updated" Chuck earlier this season. Voila.

December 03 2008 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amanda

"The Awesome Apple doesn't fall far from the Awesome Tree"

Hands-down my favorite line of the night! I love this show so much & can always let the predictability factor that happens here & there. I do have to admit my 2nd favorite part of this show is reading the things that other people pick up on that I might have missed. I did get the Karate Kid thing but missed out on a couple others. Thanks everyone!

December 02 2008 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Riley Freeman

i like chuck but these one week things to me kinda feel like smallville. i like the way the girl from fast and furious spanned 2 episodes they need to do more like this

December 02 2008 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ryan

Chuck is going to find his dad and the dad will have disappeared because he is a spy. Chuck is fun, but it's pretty predictable.

December 02 2008 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SergioP

Plastic work or no work, who cares?!! Morgan Fairchild is still smoking hot. She's in Yvonne Strahovski class (or Yvonne is in Morgan's class).

December 02 2008 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dan

Totally...I don't care that she's had more work done on her than a 1977 Ford Pinto, she's HOT.

Chuck rocks and I hope it sticks around a lot longer.
Good point about the CIA pay and benefits...Chuck's getting the shaft!

December 02 2008 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kim

Favorite Line: "Those seven years of MacGuyver finally paid off".

I still lust after Bruce Boxleitner even with grey hair!

I can't imagine why Ellie would want her dead beat dad to walk her down the aisle. I'm sure Chuck will find him but it will be far from a joyful reunion for Chuck and Ellie.

December 02 2008 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Another 'meh' episode - that's two in a row for me. I actually thought the Buy More scenes were funnier than Chuck's. I mean, I know you can only write so many scenes like the one where Casey is about to kill Chuck becuase of all the noise he's making trying to crawl through the duct work, but come on, let's get back up to speed people!

December 02 2008 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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