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Five Ideas for the Next Season of 'Chuck'

by Brad Trechak, posted May 17th 2010 2:02PM
ChuckI say this as a big fan of 'Chuck': the show has jumped the shark. There are several reasons for this, but the big one is that once Chuck and Sarah got together there seemed nowhere else for the show to go.

The show could create artificial barriers such as the Intersect malfunctioning or Morgan trying to become a spy, but in the end the show had two goals set in the first season: 1. Chuck's search for purpose in life and 2. Chuck's evolving relationship with Sarah. Both of these issues were resolved halfway through the third season before the six-episode extension. And now, it's been renewed for a fourth season.

Despite this negativity, I'm all for this renewal, if only to see how the writers essentially dig themselves out of the hole they're in. If 'Heroes' can get a five-year ride off an amazing first season (and subsequent crappy ones), then 'Chuck' is ahead of the curve.

With this in mind, I've thought of five storylines that would keep 'Chuck' interesting through a fourth and possibly fifth season. Keep in mind that, like you, I haven't seen all of the third season yet and some of these items may yet be addressed before it's over.

1. Have Ellie find out about Chuck's double life -- She's his sister and truthfully, she's already in the middle of all the insanity of Chuck's life, so the excuse of keeping her safe by not telling her doesn't really work at this point. This will likely be dealt with in season three, but the repercussions could go into next year.

2. Get rid of the Buy More
-- Blow the place up. Castle is located right underneath, so it would make logical sense in the event of an attack by enemy agents. That part of the story has become worn out and it's becoming increasing difficult for Chuck to maintain a double life. Please note, I'm not saying to get rid of the actors. I think Jeffster! would be hilarious as C.I.A. tech support or janitors or some equivalent.

3. Sarah gets pregnant
-- Here's something that Sarah never planned for in her life. She never thought about the "settling down" option of life. She never thought about life beyond her next assignment. Imagine a role-reversal of the first season in which Chuck is the physically capable one. Please note, I'm not mentioning a wedding because we already had one of those with Ellie and Awesome.

4. Someone close to Chuck should be killed as a result of Chuck's spy work
-- Chuck has never dealt with that reality of the spy business. Sure, Emmett was killed in the beginning of this season, but Chuck wasn't really close to him and despite the shock of his death, the audience didn't empathize with him that much. The most logical choices are Morgan and Awesome. Awesome would be a more tragic and logical choice since he's a married doctor who, while admiring the spy game, doesn't really want to be involved with it. Apologies in advance to Ryan McPartlin.

5. Make Casey more human
-- John Casey has always been more of a caricature than a person. He was created that way but it would be nice to see that he's grown for the better over time. He now knows he has an illegitimate daughter. I wouldn't mind the writers doing something with that.

So what sort of storylines do you think would help keep the show fresh?

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Sam

I was thinking of another plot..Bryce could'nt be the only guy who has the original intersect.
There could be a sidestory one of Bryce's friend a former CIA agent who was also enrolled into the program at the start but went rogue and followed fulcrum as this agent was misled into thinking they were the real CIA.
Now as this agent does not have the watch regulator and his mind deteriorates he ends up in a mental facility.
The backstory of this agent could be told in a secret file Bryce left behind on a computer after his death.
Chucks team find the guy before other rogue agencies do and get him the regulator in time and maybe later this agent gets on Chucks team.Obviously the agent has no idea Bryce is dead and as they are old buddies joins Chuck's team and fills Bryce's position.

April 27 2011 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephan Springer

WARNING!: Spoiler alert don't read if you want to be kept in the dark for Season 3 and/or 4




1. Have Ellie find out about Chuck's double life -- She's his sister and truthfully, she's already in the middle of all the insanity of Chuck's life, so the excuse of keeping her safe by not telling her doesn't really work at this point. This will likely be dealt with in season three, but the repercussions could go into next year. < Happened.
2. Get rid of the Buy More -- Blow the place up. Castle is located right underneath, so it would make logical sense in the event of an attack by enemy agents. That part of the story has become worn out and it's becoming increasing difficult for Chuck to maintain a double life. Please note, I'm not saying to get rid of the actors. I think Jeffster! would be hilarious as C.I.A. tech support or janitors or some equivalent. < Something like that has happened: quote from big mike: "They did it. They actually blew up the friggin buymore"
3. Sarah gets pregnant -- Here's something that Sarah never planned for in her life. She never thought about the "settling down" option of life. She never thought about life beyond her next assignment. Imagine a role-reversal of the first season in which Chuck is the physically capable one. Please note, I'm not mentioning a wedding because we already had one of those with Ellie and Awesome. < also happened. An the reason is in it + he let his "Humanity show during season 1-2. Where he gets the order to eliminate Chuck

/end spoiler
/end sarcasm

February 13 2011 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Andelman

You might also enjoy this May 20, 2010 Mr. Media interview with 'Chuck' co-star Vik Sahay, who plays Buy More employee 'Lester Patel' on the popular NBC romantic comedy and spy show. He talks about the season finale, the future of the band "Jeffster," Yvonne Strahovski, and the new movie he's filming, 'Afghan Luke and the Burgundy of Hash,' in which he plays a New York Times reporter covering the war in Afghanistan! http://www.mrmedia.com/2010/05/chuck-season-finale-preview-with-half.html -- And I don't think the show has jumped the shark at all!

May 23 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sole

Wow! Looks like you'll be getting 4 out of 5!! Well done!

May 19 2010 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris l

I disagree with this show "jumping the shark". I really think that the writers will really take it to the next level and have Chuck and Sarah be a spy couple like a "Hart to Hart" or "Get Smart". I for one am looking forward to more adventures of Chuck and Sarah.

May 18 2010 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay

All I have to say is go buy a lottery ticket. Because if you seen the preview for the season finale it looks like they are taking some of your suggestions.

May 18 2010 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric H

By the way just a quick note, "Jumping the shark is an idiom used to describe the moment of downturn for a previously successful enterprise. The phrase was originally used to denote the point in a television program's history where the plot spins off into absurd story lines or unlikely characterizations. These changes were often the result of efforts to revive interest in a show whose viewership has begun to decline, usually through the employment of different actors, writers or producers."

Chuck, by definition has not yet Jumped the Shark, though may of the Ideas you describe could cause it to. Especially 3, that a classic Jump the Shark situation. Please you are a TV Blogger get your terms right.

May 18 2010 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Evan

Please never use the phrase `jump the shark` ever again. Chuck and Sarah being together doesn`t mean the show is over, after all they could have dragged their relationship out for the entire series like Bones seems to be doing and I stopped watching that show because of that reason.
I really agree with number 2, I`ve thought that they should get rid of it since the beginning of the season. Once they made the conscious decision to make Chuck a real spy the Buy More had no more place in the show.

May 17 2010 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Brown

The CIA should purchase the buy more and make it headquarters for operations against the ring. The staff would all become CIA employees (responsible for creating new gadgets). Ellie would still be in the dark but going crazy.

May 17 2010 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

I agree a pregnancy would complicate things too much when they already are

May 17 2010 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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