Well we’ve made it to the end of the misery arc. Or is this the beginning of a new show? Hmm, maybe we’ll save that thought for next week. Other Guy is about wrapping up the Season Three front arc, and it does manage to bring in a new era for the show. But for this post, we’ll be looking at it as a wrap up, and discuss what maybe still could have been different.
I think that this will be a shorter post than others in this series, especially since I’ve already said most of what I wanted about the episode itself in the main post. After the jump, its once more into the breach… Continue reading
Back when we reviewed The Ring several months ago, I described that episode as a step down into the abyss. It was good in its own right, but had acquired so much baggage because of where it was heading I actually thought less of it now in the greater context. Other Guy is the step back up. It still suffers some from the muck and mire of that abyss, but it is a strong episode and its heading great places. This is an episode that actually becomes greater because of its context.
Tanks are under-rated in romance.
After the jump, we’ll continue our season three re-watch with Chuck vs The Other Guy. Continue reading
This blog has clearly been a community and a major part of life for many of us, for quite some time. I think many of us have formed important friendships and connections here over the years (yes years!). So I wanted to bring up a friend, and a valued member of this community who is need of our prayers, thoughts, and well wishes. Erik (AKA ref51907) wrote a particularly powerful guest post for us a while back about how he and his wife lived through a situation much like Chuck and Sarah after the finale.
Well we got an e-mail from our friend Erik that he is quite ill, and recently received a liver transplant (6/9). Obviously, this is no small thing. Erik wanted us all to know, and he has asked for prayers for healing. Also let’s not forget comfort and peace for his family and loved ones. He is thinking of us at this time to wanted us to know; let’s turn our prayers and thoughts back for him and his quick healing.
Well finally we get to a truly dynamite episode. No more cheap angst or hand wringing. This is the episode where everything really turns around. Between a good main story with Chuck as the true hero, Sarah finally shaking out of her slump, and a completely satisfying “B” plot for the secondary characters this episode shows how good the show can be when its firing on all cylinders.
The realm of alternatives and fan fiction is as good here as at any point in the series too. Between Chuck and Sarah facing issues of Red Tests, and a possible reassignment to Rome, a lot is presented here to fire the imagination. After the jump, we’ll look at the penultimate episode of the front arc of Season Three. Continue reading
Sarah and Her Heroes or Zeroes
Going in I thought this could be a tough one for me to write. This episode fell a bit flat for me when it first aired, and hasn’t done particularly well upon re-watch. But despite many of my complaints, which I still stand by, this episode has aged far better than I expected. And it has me thinking a lot about the show, the direction it took, season 3 and the fan-base. I’ll explain more later. For now join me and Joe for another look at Chuck Versus The American Hero, after the jump. This time, we’ll start with Joe’s take.
For Other Than Season Three…
Unbelievable but true! There are stories being written about things other than Season Three of Chuck! Actually, there’s been a lot of good stuff going on recently. Most of it, I believe, is of the complete Alternate Universe variety. And a lot of it is really outstanding. So this time, after the jump, we’ll look at a few recent complete AUs. Continue reading
The good news is, this will be my last completely negative review. Of course the bad news is, this will be really negative. I find this not only bad, but horribly bad. Nothing like combining Stockholm Syndrome Sarah with a really offensive spy trope/cliche.
But I think the alternate/fan fiction outlook here is awesome. Final Exam and the set-up of American Hero provide one of the greatest crisis points from Chuck canon. Not only is the scenario loaded with potential, but the rather disappointing canon treatment of it has inspired many writers to try their own version. After the jump, we’ll see what kind of brouhaha I can get into. Continue reading
I don’t think it’s a secret that I consider this episode a favorite. It’s where the momentum for the end of the season started, and where at long last the underlying themes of the season were openly addressed and the story could move forward. Finally Chuck is confronted with the ugly truth that his principles and his ambitions may be incompatible, and the choice will be the most important one he will ever make. Finally Sarah must confront the possibility that her influence on Chuck may lead to his downfall, that she has set Chuck on a journey whose inevitable end she can’t bear to think about, but can’t forget either. And there is nothing she can do to stop it. Join me to look once again at the pivotal episode of season 3, Chuck Versus The Final Exam, after the jump.
I know for me, The Tic Tac was easily the best episode from this part of the show. In fact, I’d say apart from the Awesome Arc this is the best episode until Other Guy. In theory its a “Casey-centric” episode; but even more importantly, there’s no Shaw. So we get some of the team dynamic that many of us first loved about this show so much. We will see a lot of Chuck and Sarah working together, even having fun together for a while. And Casey in his usual “big brother” sort of role. Only a few lines that reference the greater context at this point in time really drag down the episode.
Not surprisingly for such a fun episode, there may be less here that we feel a pressing need to re-write, and fan fiction is pretty quiet about this one. After the jump, we’ll see what we can say about Chuck vs The Tic Tac. Continue reading
If last week’s re-watch reminded us of how much fun this show could be (whilst simultaneously heartwarming – even with the bro-mance) this week reminds us of the stakes at play in Chuck’s new world. The spy world is built on lies and deception, on questionable and shifting loyalties, and on violence and threats. While Chuck generally doesn’t dwell on those things other than to present them as real, this episode brings home the true nature of Sarah’s fears for Chuck in a world he isn’t well suited for. This week the lies and the potential violence are front and center as the spy-world tests Team B like never before. Join me for another look at Chuck Versus The Tic Tac, after the jump.