C: This episode saw Chuck on his first solo mission – though “solo” is a subjective term, given that he called Sarah and Casey about once a minute and they ultimately stepped in to save him through satellites! Still, it was exciting to see Chuck reaching for a place of competence and capability. Sarah and Casey do baby him, it can’t be denied (though not always without reason).
E: Chuck did pretty well by himself in the end. Sure, he got himself poisoned, but he flashed on those swords (eee!) and took out Panzer like a champ. Now that, Human Target staff, is how you set an action sequence in a cargo bay. I’m just bummed Chuck didn’t get to use his nunchuks.
C: My feelings of last week are confirmed. Shaw? I like. I like that he wants to help Chuck but also to let him stand on his own two feet as much as possible. I’m still deeply suspicious of his larger agenda – and I wonder what on earth good he thinks five-year-old intel about the Ring is going to be – but I am intrigued by how they’re playing him. You can’t fully get behind him, but he hasn’t given us grounds to dislike him either.
E: Not that it wasn’t obvious, but I totally called the dead agent being his wife. But what’s with Kristin Kreuk and the all-Superman guest stars? How will she work out as a member of the nerd herd, I wonder? Can she possibly just be a nice girl genius, though? Isn’t it far more likely she’s an infiltrator from the Ring?
C: I find it totally impossible to believe she could be a civilian. I wouldn’t actually mind seeing Chuck date a civilian for a while – the tension with Sarah would benefit from a break, and we could do with another Lou a la the first season – but a beautiful mysterious traveling IT expert who follows Chuck back to Burbank to work at Buy More? So not plausible.
E: Yes, exactly. It’s annoyingly obvious. And Lou? I really liked Lou. Boo.
C: The pranks at the Buy More are just seeming more and more irrelevant to the show. It’s like watching a Shakespeare play, with the “low” comic characters interjected into the main plot at random intervals. That said, I liked seeing Morgan make use of Casey’s fearsome powers to quell the insurgency. About time someone realized what an asset Casey could be in Buy More politics!
E: But with those lines? “Insurgents. I hate insurgents!” Not to mention “If I was assistant manager, they’d be ready.” “Ready for what?” “The Russians.”
And what are you calling low comedy? I liked Jeff and Lester’s cabal of evil tricksters. Not to mention Shaw making Chuck use Jeff as a tranquilizer guinea pig. (“I’ve read everyone’s files. Jeff Barnes will be okay.”) For crying out loud, they made a Manchurian Candidate reference! I about peed my pants when Lester went into that whole Manchurian mindcontrol speech! And hey, don’t tell me I was the only one reminded of My Bodyguard when Morgan asked Casey for help! Long live Linderman! Man I loved that movie. And also? Brilliant version of “Respect.” Love love love Otis Reading.
C: I mean “low” in the sense it’s used about Shakespeare plays – you’ve got your heroes, and you’ve got your buffoons. The comedy is funny. The references are good. It just seems, these days, that A- and B-plots have almost nothing to do with each other.
E: I got the Shakespearean reference, I was just – oh, whatever. Your point is taken; I guess my quibble is with the word “irrelevant.” Do they need to be intertwined? I don’t find it necessary, or even all that desirable. Speaking of pop culture references, who else wants Sarah’s “Frak off” t-shirt from next week’s previews? Other than me, of course?