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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the American Hero' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 30th 2010 9:28AM
Chuck(S03E12) Tonight we got to see the progression of Chuck's character. Would first-season Chuck have tried to take down an enemy stronghold (armed, no less) while rescuing the man who was the romantic interest of the woman he loved? Well, probably, but not with such confidence.

Since he got the Intersect 2.0, it seems like every other time Chuck has flashed has been to learn a form of self-defense. He better pray that the Intersect doesn't become corrupted and he loses that piece of the program (although that would make future seasons more interesting as he couldn't fight anyone without it).

While Chuck is as brave as they come, it's still tough to believe he wants to be a spy. He simply wants Sarah, and if he has to become a spy to be with her, then that's what he'll do.
It was nice that continuity is being kept and the mole that Chuck (or rather Casey) shot last week still plays a role in this week's episode.

General Beckman acted more human this week than ever before when she allowed Chuck a week's leave before he began his spy career. Have we seen General Bauer before? He was pretty visible this episode and it seems like he was either used before or will be used more heavily in the near future.

Tonight Chuck was assisted by the most unqualified set of matchmakers ever. Poor Casey has been relegated to the role of stalker in this episode given the number of times he either showed up unannounced or was on a stakeout. Stalking continued to be a theme in tonight's episode with Jeff and Lester. As a result, Jeff has become even more creepy than before if that was possible.

Despite seeing the concept before on '30 Rock', Morgan's speech about Devon living in a bubble was still pretty funny. Morgan had another funny bit where he pretended to be a Ring agent while the real deal was listening in. He is very much becoming the comedic sidekick while Chuck becomes more the straight spy.

Did anybody else recognize Mark Sheppard as the Ring director? He's been in a number of science fiction shows including 'Firefly,' 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Dollhouse' and many others. When his name came up in the credits, I figured he'd have a significant role.

Who called that Sarah's "red test" was Shaw's wife? Someone did in the comments last week. This means that either the government had wrong information (not likely in the 'Chuck' universe although very likely in the real one) or she was a Ring operative. When Shaw learned of Sarah's murder of his wife, he put on his wedding ring, symbolic of his own switching sides. Has he truly changed character or is it an attempt to double cross the Ring? And what about the relationship between Sarah and Chuck now that she knows Chuck is not a killer? Tune in next week to find out.

Overall, this was an enjoyable episode, but it seems that the writers are revealing every secret and squeezing every last bit from the series in an effort to make it last this long. How can the writers make the concept last another one or two more seasons?

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metz

Lets see...Sarah doesn't want to be with Chuck because he's a real spy, yet she'll jump right in with Shaw who is even more of a spy than Chuck.

Sarah's killed many people in her job as a spy, yet she's going to use that as a black mark against Chuck.

Anybody else sick of self righteous Sarah and want Chuck to kick her to the curb?

April 02 2010 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

I am a huge fan of Chuck and this is the best season yet I think. and this is one of the best episodes yet !!!!!!!!! Morgan Awesome and Casey trying to help Chuck get Sarah was very funny

March 31 2010 at 2:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malren

Shaw has always been the bad guy. Also, Chuck has some of the worst, most amateur dialogue of any show. I love the plot and the action, but my GOD the writing is just...I mean does EVERY thought and motivation need to be spelled out like I'm a complete fool? Contrast that with another fun action show: Human Target. Unspoken and inferred, reams of pages of dialogue transmitted with looks. That takes skill. Chuck's writers don't have the touch.

Also, Jeff & Lester stand out like sore thumbs now that all the other characters have been muted so much. Without *everyone* being at at some level of absurdity, these two are getting more and more out of place. We need more nutso Morgan and more weirdness from Awesome & Casey.

However it all shakes out, I smell cancellation on the horizon.

March 30 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Evan

Elf put 90% of what I was thinking into words. That`s what should happen on the show.

March 30 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

I'm convinced that Shaw's wife was no innocent victim & there's much more going on here. I also enjoyed Ellie's speech to Chuck that he has to man up.Then again,I just enjoy Ellie.

March 30 2010 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Winelover

Remember that the writers had this season all plotted out and then got an order for six more episodes. So we get two season arcs - the original season order and another 6 episode arc after that.

March 30 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

The way Sarah turns around during the "red test" video leaves the door wide open for someone else to be the shooter ultimately... she seemed surprised when she glanced around, as if looking for the "real" shooter.

March 30 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pyke

Chuck ends up section chief of the Burbank unit. Casey hired on. Morgan, Jeff and Lester as professional stalkers.
Walker hooks up and stays hooked up with Chuck.

Shaw said he was going to be a double agent. He'll have an overly dramatic moment where he get's to foil a ring plot in public at the last second. Get's moved back to Washington.

Either happily ever after as spies, or series finale follow-up stright to video movies. SG1 style...
I think I'm ok with that.

March 30 2010 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
amazo

only reason i dont think rome will happen is that the cost of even making it look like rome (the fancy spy kind) will be too high for this show. half of the appeal of chuck is the buy more and the suburban setting anyway.

March 30 2010 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

The best thing that could happen to Chuck as a series is a reboot. Dump Awesome and the annoying sister. Dump all the Buy More characters with the exception of Morgan (and maybe Jeff and Lester). Set Chuck up with his own team in a new location and see what happens. Could be fun.

March 30 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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