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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Dream Job

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2009 10:27AM
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(S02E19)
Chuck, Chuck, Chuck. Just when you think you're on the verge of getting answers, you wind up with a lot more questions. We knew going in that Chuck had finally tracked down his father, ostensibly to fulfill Ellie's dream of having her dad walk her down the aisle at her wedding.

On the most superficial level, Chuck achieved his goal. He did find his father, Steven J. Bartowski, but he also found all the craziness that sent him off in the first place. Only it wasn't really, really craziness. It was something far more nefarious.

It was interesting how Chuck and Ellie had different feelings about their father. Chuck was ready to forgive the old man, but Ellie has a hurt that won't go away. It looks like that same unforgiving streak will be part of her life with Devon, because she has not forgotten about the bachelor party. Ellie's a grudge holder.

We met Ted Roark, Steve's friend from grad school, who had ripped off his best ideas. Roark Instruments, giant software company, was releasing a new software operating system and after flashing, Chuck was assigned to get a job at Roark.

That was the dream job of the title, although I don't see how Roark was supposed to be better than Apple or Microsoft, as Chuck suggested, but that was the myth they wanted us to believe. Especially when Ted Roark was revealed. Sadly, Chevy Chase wasn't asked to do more than be an asshole. He did it well, but Roark was a paper-thin character, an evil egomaniac who told bad jokes and was really a Fulcrum agent.

It was revealing to see Morgan act like a jilted lover about Chuck's new job, I believed that. However, when Sarah and Casey put on nerd get-ups for the NextExpo, it was lame and unbelievable. It looked like they were extras from Revenge of the Nerds, and instead of blending in, they stood out like sore thumbs. That's not how to go undercover.

On the other hand, it was great to see Chuck don Casey's combat gear and infiltrate RI -- after tranquilizing Casey naturally -- and become a man of action. For all his Nerd Herd externals, Chuck actually has proven to be quite capable in dangerous situations. However, after disrupting the NextExpo, how did he not get arrested? That wasn't explained at all.

You have to hand it to Scott Bakula as Papa Bartowski. He was frustratingly eccentric and mad as a hatter for most of the show. But it was worth it for the fun part when he snapped into Orion mode; yes, dad was Orion, and once he said it, his whole demeaner changed. Even his hair looked cooler.

At break neck speed, we were told that Steve left Ellie and Chuck to protect them. Of course the fact that the Intersect -- which he created, but only the cool parts -- somehow made it into Chuck's brain is a major coincidence. Hopefully down the road, we'll discover it was part of some grander scheme.

Then Orion/Steve agreed to sacrifice himself to Fulcrum/RI, offering to create a working Intersect for them, in exchange for Chuck's life. Chuck fought it -- shades of Kirk fighting to save Spock from dying in The Wrath of Khan -- but Fulcrum took Steve away while Chuck was dragged off by Casey and Sarah.

This set up Chuck's new mission, with the General's approval, to get Orion back and keep Fulcrum from completing the new Intersect. Should be interesting.

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    CHUCK Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Michael Clarke Duncan as Colt and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker and Michael Clarke Duncan as Colt star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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cindy(rocky)capasso

PLEASE!!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!!!!! DON'T CANCEL CHUCK!!!!!! IT'S ON THE 'BUBBLE' THE NEWS SAYS. ITS A WELCOME COMICAL RELIEF FROM MOST OF THE REST ,HAS ALWAYS HAD A GREAT STORY LIN, AND REMINDS US OF THE 'GET SMART' SERIES, ITS A SHOW THAT WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO EACH WEEK, I HAVE HAD SEVERAL ACQUAINTANCES AND FAMILY MEMBERS SAY THEY WISH THWY HAD WATCHED ITS FIRST SEASON......SOOOOOO AGAIN PLEASE!!!!!!!! EVERYONE HELP KEEP CHUCK ON!!!! THANKS

April 17 2009 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
driftwood

"It was revealing to see Morgan act like a jilted lover about Chuck's new job, I believed that."

Doesn't Morgan act like a jilted lover about everything involving Chuck?

April 08 2009 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J

"shades of Kirk fighting to save Spock from dying in The Wrath of Khan"

Khan as played by the great Ricardo Montalban, as was Mr Roarke in Fantasy Island.

I love little connections like that.

April 07 2009 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dio

"However, when Sarah and Casey put on nerd get-ups for the NextExpo, it was lame and unbelievable. It looked like they were extras from Revenge of the Nerds, and instead of blending in, they stood out like sore thumbs. That's not how to go undercover. "

That's one of the best part of this show. You can't take those disguise to seriously. Even Chuck thought they look ridiculous in a way.

All in all, this episode is in my top 5. Awesome!

April 07 2009 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

In response to Bruce, we've been hearing about a big "game-changer" that the season is going to end on. Personally, I think the game changer is going to be that Chuck's family finds out about his double life. What else could it be? ac, i agree with you. How is nobody watching this show. It's a crime. To me, the show combines the quirkiness of a show like Ed, with the action of a show like Alias.

With Leno taking up 5 spots on next seasons prime time schedule, getting a renewal for any show is going to be tough. If I had to make a choice on Monday night, I'd save Chuck and say goodbye to Heroes.

http://tvnewsandnotes.blogspot.com/

April 07 2009 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

I thought this was the best episode so far. But then, I'm really tired of the sophomoric nonsense that goes on at the Buy More (probably a minority opinion, I know) and we were spared most of that this time.

April 07 2009 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

This was a great episode and I am very pleased with how they revealed that Steve was Orion. I even enjoyed seeing Arnold Vosloo again. But by far my favorite part of the show last night was Chuck's mad tranqing skills! I loved the scene when he shot Casey and then where he shoots all of Roark's men. That was gold.

Viva Bakula!

April 07 2009 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CYNDI

Ashley, you can find "Chuck" music at Chuckonline.net. Music is listed episode by episode. There's also an online petition to be found there.

April 07 2009 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lou.dalmaso

RIOS= Roark Industries Operating System..I thought that was obvious.

Is it me, or is this show getting a little too "it's a small world..."? Next thing you know Ellie will be revealed to be Morgan's twin sister separated at birth and given to the king of Alderran while poor Morgan was sold to slavery at the Buy More..

April 07 2009 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

Best. Episode. Ever.

I dont care how obvious it was that Chuck's dad was Orion, the rest of the episode was so well done. This hopefully isnt the last of Chevy Chase who of course excelled as a douchebag villian.

The real question however is why the hell is no one watching this? Fun action comedy > C-list celebs dancing c'mon people!

April 07 2009 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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