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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Final Exam' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:09AM
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(S03E11) In tonight's episode, Clark Kent was taking orders from Superman. Chuck did look a little like Clark Kent in that outfit, didn't he?

Hasn't General Beckman and the government given Chuck enough tests? He probably already has more field time than most of their other agents. It seems pretty obvious that Chuck doesn't actually want to be a spy, particularly when being a spy requires the ability to kill a person in cold blood. He just wants to be with Sarah. He'd be a better tech guy, the "Q" to Sarah's Bond.

More discussion after the jump.

Why even send Chuck out on a real mission for his final exam? Couldn't the NSA or CIA or whatever they want to call the government spy system give him a fake assignment? On the other hand, Chuck likely wouldn't flash during a fake test and then would be left to his natural abilities ... God help him in that situation.

While the entire premise of 'Chuck' is unrealistic (someday someone should invent a drinking game about the ludicrous aspects of the show), the agency must have wads of dough to keep sending self-destructing video players like that.

While 'Chuck' still isn't doing so great in the ratings and it's future may be in doubt as a result, it's nice that the show gives such obvious promotion to the sponsors that have gotten them this far. First we had Big Mike's tailor saying that he's lost weight while Mike was holding a Subway sandwich. Then, they actually have the showdown with Lester and Jeff in a Subway restaurant. Perhaps they'll even carry the "tunaroni" in the future.

The whole Buy More subplot was somewhat silly in context, considering all the crap Jeff and Lester have pulled in the past, but when Ellie, Awesome and Morgan aren't in the episode something has to be written.

The twist at the end was predictable the moment Chuck gave Casey his old gun. It does lead to the interesting situation in which Sarah thinks Chuck is a killer and has stopped loving him as a result while Casey actually now is a murderer. Granted, it's highly likely some situation will come up in the future where he's reinstated, but he did murder a man as a civilian. The writers should deal with that concept in the future, but that would involve giving Casey a conscience (granted, he has changed over the past three years and seems to be growing one).

Didn't Casey torture Lester a few episodes ago? Why didn't that kick in at all? Why didn't he give Lester a keyword to obey his commands? He probably forgot because he was so caught up in quelling the anti-Morgan rebellion.

Did anyone catch the 'Rocky' reference with "Ivan Drago"? Figures.

Did you also notice that when Sarah said to not look back, she looked back? Another hint of her feelings towards Chuck.

This episode wasn't the best, but wasn't the worst either. Adam Baldwin's performance was particularly notable, but then I like his character. As for the future, shows like 'Alias' and 'Heroes' made it to season five while sucking since season two. It's possible, even probable, we can get a couple more seasons out of 'Chuck'.

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Tony DIMeo

Who did Sarah Shoot?????????

March 24 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
metz

With each episode of Chuck this season we get closer and closer to.......every character being in the same place as the end of last season.

That's the problem I have with Chuck this season. No development. Give Chuck a girlfriend for 3 episodes, take here away. Have Chuck pine for Sarah, have Sarah hope that Chuck doesn't change. Have Casey act tough, have the Buy More crowd act like fools. Have Morgan be a sidekick. Have Awesome and Ellie be awesome and doting.

Other than Chuck being able to call up the intersect almost on demand....nothing's changed.

Even in a comedy, you have to move the characters some where.

March 24 2010 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sandee

Well that ad for Subway worked. Got lunch there today. Still think the show is great even when it airs a few not so perfect episodes.

March 23 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
8bitjeff

Who else thinks Sarah's "red test" kill was Shaw's wife?

March 23 2010 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

I liked this episode, but it definately wasn't the best. I think Sarah is feeling much how Chuck did when he saw her kill a man in cold blood back in Season 2.

I really enjoyed Casey in this episode and thought he looked great in that suit that Big Mike hooked him up with.

The Tunaroni doesn't look too bad. Maybe Jeff is onto something.

March 23 2010 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a

A miss the old chuck where it is casey, sarah and chuck going on missions. Shaw is so boring and such a bad actor him and sarah have no chemistry, The writers/creators have gotten away from what made the show work and that was Chuck and Sarah and their chemistry. They don't need to be together but they need to get back to season one and two dynamics

March 23 2010 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George

I realized last night while watching this episode that although I really like most of the characters and the central concept behind 'Chuck', I frequently despise the execution. And almost every Buy More subplot.

If there's one thing that really gets my dander up, even more than TV Squad's writers' apparent inability to understand that "it's" is *not* the possessive form of "it", it's the constant use of the word "spy". If anyone who works for a national security agency reads this and wants to correct me I'm ready and willing to be corrected, but I can't believe that anyone involved in actual espionage routinely refers to him/herself as a spy. Even 'Burn Notice' doesn't abuse the term to this extent.

I still love the show, though. My guess is that Shaw isn't a mole yet -- he'll turn when his wife turns out to be alive and working for the Ring.

March 23 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
billyadams

I liked this episode. Not a ton, but it was a good step forward they needed to make. The Buy More stuff and the Subway product placement has become more tongue-in-cheek and it's still rather enjoyable.

What I noticed was that the mole was telling Chuck before he died that this is what They (the Ring) wanted him to die and the Chuck was just doing their work for them. This was quite a clue, IMHO, because in the episode at the museum, we get a clue that Shaw is working for the Ring. The look in his eyes after telling Sarah he's the safest man in the world and then the reactions from the Ring high command. Shaw's the big mole. So in fact, because he was on orders from Shaw (note Beckwith never ordered him to shoot the mole) he was, in fact, doing the Ring's work.

March 23 2010 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joe

I feel that shaw, wanting sarah all to him self and set chuck up to be a killer or look like one in sarah's eyes so he can play on her's feeling of losing chuck and make good of his own. notice the sly look when she said she no longer love chuck now that she think he is a killer, just what shaw really wanted and to think about it, really, would shaw really be the one in charge of this asignment if he didn't have motive to get chuck out his way to win over sarah?
i do wish the relationship between chuck and sarah go back to being true love and get rid of shaw, I bet he's a real double spy for the ring and all was a stage set up for him to come to his true way.
sorry for long post. thank you

March 23 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bubbameister33

I think Sarah killed Shaw's wife and he's actually a mole.

March 23 2010 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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