C: So, in this episode we had the official kickoff of a love quadrangle – Hannah digs Chuck, Shaw digs Sarah, Sarah and Chuck dig each other and yet are attracted to the Superpeople. Chuck’s reference this week to Shaw’s “Supermannish” good looks, by the way, was truly priceless.
M: I thought that was the second best line of the night. Casey, as usual, had the best, which we’ll get to.
E: I have to say, that whole romance thing weirded me out. Especially in their last conversation, it really seemed like Chuck and Sarah were over each other. Really really strange.
C: It’s easier to see Chuck moving on, in that he’s a big old softie and therefore prey to any nice-seeming girl – plus the fact that their breakup was mostly his doing. But Sarah and Shaw… it came on awfully fast. “The way you touched my neck at the party, it was… kinda nice.” Really, Sarah? Really?
E: That couldn’t have been less Sarah-like.
M: It feels to me like one of those bad movies, like Face/Off, where someone is impersonating a main character, and they don’t act anything like that person, but no one seems to notice. This Sarah, season three Sarah, is nothing like the Sarah that has been keeping her feelings for Chuck at bay for two years. It’s maddeningly inconsistent.
E: On the other hand, the neck kissing WAS sexy. As were the surreptitious glances over paperwork. Meow. Brandon Routh smolders pretty nicely.
C: Oh, I don’t know. It was all pretty obvious. It’s clear now, though, what Brandon Routh meant when he said that as a fan he kinda resented his own character: clearly he’s a Chuck/Sarah shipper! They did give those loyal fans one sweet exchange during the evening – Chuck’s “If I had to see you with someone else, it’d be a hero” and Sarah’s “What can I say? I have a type.”
But honestly, I’m starting to be really over Chuck and Sarah’s nonstarter romance. If Hannah were staying and were a more complex character, I wouldn’t mind seeing them both date other people for a while. I feel they need to earn themselves a new reason to get back together, because Chuck’s over his days of puppyish pining and Sarah never had much to offer to begin with on the intellectual or emotional levels, except the fact that she could appreciate Chuck. Though maybe that’s all a relationship really needs?
E: It’d be hard to know, since they don’t exactly have the sort of relationship where it matters if you have the same interests. Like I said before, though, they really seemed over each other. I’m interested in knowing where things will go from here, anyway, and how they might come back to the top of each others list. In unmixed good news, however, I think we can all celebrate the complete lack of Jeff and Lester from tonight’s episode!
M: I don’t know, I like them, we just need them in moderation.
C: The ending was clearly designed to make us feel sad for Morgan, who has a crush on Hannah but can’t be shocked that she fell for his hotter best friend.
M: Who, by the way, is the reason she moved to Burbank in the first place. Details.
C: But Morgan doesn’t know that. You know who I really feel sorry for, though? Casey. Poor guy just wants to do his job, and he’s surrounded by emo kids playing footsie under the table.
E: Don’t feel too sorry for Casey. He got his coffee just the way he likes it – “black and bitter.” Seriously, does he get the best writing on the show, or is his delivery simply unparalleled? Discuss.
M: I say both.
E: I did feel sorry for Morgan though. Do you suppose that this has put him totally off the scent, as it did Ellie? Is it that simple, or will they (and Hannah) keep noticing Chuck skipping out? This can’t last.
C: No, it’d be easy to predict the Hannah relationship crashing and burning even if we didn’t know Kristin Kreuk isn’t a permanent cast member. The CIA and NSA are idiots on this show. They’ve kept Chuck in a cover job where his absence is glaringly obvious to many civilians. There are spies in real life – or so I hear – who get married, have families, keep their secret for decades sometimes. But they don’t do it by pretending to work retail!
M: I said during the episode that over the past three episodes they have gotten amazingly lazy with his cover. They weren’t lazy with it before, they didn’t call him out of the BuyMore every 10 minutes, and when they did they had fake customers for him to be able to log it under. Even if it’s to drive the “everyone’s getting suspicious” plot arc, it’s poorly written and inconsistent, much like Season Three Sarah.
C: It’s that plot arc that I have a problem with – not only is it sloppy, it takes the show to a too-dark place if I have to seriously worry that Ellie and Morgan are placing themselves in danger. Plus, it forces the show to resort to improbable hand-waving to diffuse the tension they’ve needlessly built: characters see too much, General Beckman threatens to put everyone in a bunker, Chuck does something clever once and the threat’s magically taken care of – till the next time. They’re doing that too much.
And finally – did you ever see anything as ridiculous as the Ring headquarters?
E: That was very Get Smart, I thought. Preposterously over the top. And, actually, it looked a bit like the high council on Krypton in Superman 2. Maybe that’s more of what they were going for?
C: I thought the exact same thing!! But if that’s the intention… I still don’t think it’s an excuse for being that goofy.
M: Actually, I thought it looked like the “future” in Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure, from which Clarence Clemons sent George Carlin back to save Bill and Ted when their separation was imminent. You know, the place where they sure did play excellent music.
C: Party on, dudes.
M: All in all, I think they need to make Chuck more fun again. I mean, he only flashed twice in the episode, and only in minor moments, and as a whole the episode was their second in a row without a lot of humor. Heck, Chuck hasn’t had to use “the morgan” in a long time, either. Arg, too much emo, not enough fun.