Coming Full Circle

No More Buy More, No More You.

No More Buy More, No More You.

We were born in the desert,
We were reared in the cave,
We conquered in the sun,
Yeah we lived in the shade.

Oh baby we were savage,
We existed to kill,
Our history is damaged,
At least it was a thrill.

Listen to this – the triumphal sounds of Now We Can See by The Thermals. It’s full of arrogant, youthful bravado and energy. You remember that, don’t you? It’s from the time when you first believe you’ve lost your naivete. It’s from that time in your life when you feel strong, stronger than the challenges you will face. When Chuck and Casey strut into the Buy More to that music, you can feel that something is coming to a conclusion, even if it’s only childhood.

Chuck: Emmett! You don’t understand. I quit! No more Buy More, no more you. You can take your flag and your job and shove it.
Casey: Ditto!
Emmett: (shouting) What do you think you’re going to do WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE???
Chuck: (under his breath) Anything I want.

Oh yeah, Chuck? Is that so? Prove it.

Who is this guy? This is not the same Chuck we saw in the pilot, is it? That guy was goofing with Morgan, busy hiding from his own party, from women, and from life. This guy seems self-directed, determined that he can do anything. Chuck’s been handed a large sum of money, he’s found an amazing woman who loves him and his personal quest has been accomplished. There’s only one problem.

What do you want to do next, Chuck?

Emmett asks, Ellie asks, the General asks. And when General Beckman offers Chuck an opportunity, he turns it down. Whoa! Did that surprise Sarah as much as it surprised me? Perhaps. After all they’ve been through, it disappoints her. His only explanation is “I’m just Chuck Bartowski – not a spy.” After all they’ve accomplished together, he’s still the same guy.

There’s one other surprise awaiting Sarah – she’s to be in charge of the new intersect project, with Bryce, who’s to be the new intersect.

Bryce: Walker and Larkin, together again.

What is Sarah thinking, do you suppose, when she seems to acquiesce to this? I think we can’t be sure. But I do know this. The only way to understand Sarah’s reaction to Chuck’s easy dismissal of their shared experiences is to examine your own reaction. I know mine was “You’re not a hero Chuck? – but what about Sarah???” When Chuck turns down the CIA analyst job, is she thinking “What about me?”

Exactly how much has Chuck changed anyway? If you look at it, he’s still avoiding the pains of living and avoiding responsibilities. He’s come full circle. Chuck still wants his normal life back, and now he can actually have it. He may find peace there and he may find contentment. He may not. But what he will find, will be – ordinary. There’s one thing Chuck knows is true about Sarah. She is not ordinary. Neither is life with her.

But first, before we consider all that, one more mission. Chuck has to get Ellie married. The song we hear is a lovely little ballad done in a folk-music style, called Looking at the Sun by Gramercy Arms. It’s perfect for Ellie on her wedding day.

This day is the perfect day
There’s nothing in our way
This is our time

Honey Woodcomb (all praise to Morgan Fairchild, who never gets enough credit for her role as Devon’s mother) is busy conducting the wedding like a maestro. “Where the hell is my blonde?!” Sarah is avoiding Chuck, even avoiding eye contact, and we know why. But he catches her. Brave man that he is, Chuck proposes that Sarah join him in not-so-holy vacationing. Sigh. “This is so wrong. What is Chuck doing?” I heard myself ask.

Now I confess, I was sooooo confused the first time I saw that scene. Why has Sarah chosen to go off with Bryce – to leave Chuck? Did she really decide that? Yes, she has. HOW COULD THE WRITERS DO THAT??? (Now calm, down, Joe). But I think now that I understand. Sarah gives a clue; She had her own dreams for Chuck, and they did not go the way she would have it when Chuck declined Gen. Beckman’s offer. In The Colonel, in the motel room, Chuck asked her what happens when protecting him is no longer her job, and Sarah had no answer – only “One mission at a time, Chuck.” It’s time. And reluctantly, Sarah is making her decision. In fact, it appears she’s made it, and Chuck’s express desire to lead a normal life helps Sarah make hers.

In her own way Sarah tells us what she was hoping he’d say.

Sarah: You look like a real spy.
Chuck: You look like a real bridesmaid.

Chuck looks like a spy, but Sarah was hoping he wanted to be one, (not demanding it, however). Still, she’s Agent Walker, and she has things to do, like quelling revolutions in South America with a fork. It’s heartbreaking when Sarah tells him she’s leaving with Bryce in the morning, and Chuck’s words, “Thank you for coming to the wedding. Good for the cover.” are the most awful, bitter words I’ve heard come from his mouth. But make no mistake – Sarah is every bit as heartbroken as Chuck, and so is the audience. This is not the way things were supposed to turn out, but Chuck’s life has come full circle; no intersect, no spying, and no Sarah. Chuck is as we found him, and season 2 has come to an end.

This day is the perfect day
There’s nothing in our way
This is our time

This is eight minutes into the episode, and so much has transpired. Let us begin season 3. Chuck knows he’s blown it, and does the only sensible thing; he grabs a bottle of champagne and chugs away. That’s when reality intervenes in the guise of Roark, that little bit of a monster, who’s come to spoil the party. We barely have time to comprehend the meaning of Sarah’s last words, when Chuck has to face a bigger truth again. Only this time, even without the intersect in his head, Chuck is not hiding from anything. “What the hell do you want?” he growls at Roark. He may have gotten his old life back, but despite himself, this isn’t exactly the same the old Chuck.

Ellie – everyone – is in danger, and Chuck is no longer the intersect. Look at the list of people who line up to help him (some at great personal sacrifice); first Morgan, then Sarah, Bryce, Stephen, Devon, Lester and Jeff, and even Casey and his special forces unit. Pretty substantial list for putz who gets paid to wear a pocket protector.

Bolonia: What’s going on?
Big Mike: I don’t know, but this wedding just got good!

Funniest line:

Dr. W. Woodcomb: Why are you letting Sam Kinison and an Indian lesbian ruin your wedding?

Ellie searches for her calm.

Ellie searches for her calm.

Ellie looks for her calm, Honey Woodcomb chugs from her flask, Jeffster plays Mr. Roboto and Sarah, Bryce, Stephen and Casey’s special forces team all fight Roark’s men at the wedding. To call it chaos is to understate it. There are survivors, but the wedding itself isn’t one of them (Well, that’s Jeffster’s fault, actually). Those 3 minutes as Jeffster plays, where guns are blazing and knives are thrown, are a television tour-de-force, combining raw adventure, good music and high (and low!) comedy with terror in a way I’m not sure I’ve seen before. And it’s not even the climax of this episode!

Chuck still has to face the awful truth that his spy life has wrecked his real life, again. Even Stephen can’t console him. One last time, he complains that he just wanted to help Ellie in normal ways, like a normal guy.

But just as he’s done ever since a distraught father walked into the Buy More with a ballerina and a non-functioning camera, Chuck has the inspired idea. The solution requires him to use his newly found windfall, and Sarah realizes right away that this is “…not what a normal guy would do.” Did I say earlier that Sarah is not ordinary? Neither is Chuck – he is not a normal guy at all, with or without the intersect. After Chuck apologizes to Ellie, what we see after is more remarkable than the previous fight scene. In measured, understated motion and cutaways, with almost no dialogue and another perfectly chosen folk song (Christmas TV – Slow Club), we see Chuck, with a little help from Casey, save Ellie’s wedding.

It’s okay, that I pray,
You will miss your flight,
and have to stay with me another night.

So much happens while that music is playing, it’s hard to write in words. And every time I see it, I feel as if I’ve never viewed that scene before. Chuck and Sarah and Casey (and his special team forces) give Ellie her dream, Bryce realizes that Sarah’s not coming with him, Stephen and Chuck give Ellie away, Stephen cries, Roark smiles, Miles (Tug Coker) assassinates Roark, Ellie and Devon are married, and Sarah realizes that she’s not going with Bryce, but wants to stay with Chuck, and the wedding party applauds.

Just come on home, just come on home.
Just come on home, just come on home.

The Ring has apparently decided that Fulcrum is not up to the job of securing the intersect, and has decided to do something about that. And what this means for season 3 is not yet clear. But it is ominous. Casey is spared only because of some event in the past, where he saved Miles’ life. I’ll hazard a guess that we’ll find out more about that event.

Ellie’s dream has come true. But what about Chuck’s dream?

Morgan: This whole “making your dreams come true” thing is hard. And the bigger the dream, the harder it gets. On the one side is the girl you love and then on the other, life as you know it.

I’m over-thinking this. Aren’t I?

Chuck: Go with your heart, buddy. Our brains only screw things up.

We hear you, Chuck. It’s time you thought about normal life in another way. Sarah will listen to him say one last time that he wants to be normal, but she’s not having it.

Chuck: Where’s Bryce?
Sarah: Gone. They’re uploading him with the new computer tonight.
Chuck: He’s out to save the world. I guess both of you are.

You belong out there, saving the world. I’m just – I’m just not that guy.

Sarah: How many times do you have to be a hero to realize that you are “that guy”?

Can Chuck hear it any more plainly? He’s almost there. Chuck still needs to know one more thing – What does Sarah want? She starts to tell him.

It was a flash the first time I saw this episode, but just then I realized that I had no clue as to what Sarah wanted. I knew she saw herself only as a spy, but every so often we saw otherwise. To Casey, she asked in Crown Vic “Did you ever want a normal life? – a wife and a family?” In Suburbs Sarah was “versatile” enough to be a contented suburban homemaker. She starts to tell Chuck directly what she wants is not to save the world but to… and she (and we) are cruelly interrupted. We do learn one last thing. After Stephen’s surprise flash as Bryce’s escort leads him away, Chuck finally admits to Stephen that he loves Sarah. Good. We knew that, and so did he. But then Chuck takes off after her – to be on a mission, as a spy. He’s changed his mind about that. Finally.

I can’t say enough about Matt Bomer’s Bryce Larkin. I spent all of season 1 hating the character for what he did to Chuck, and season 2 detesting him for coming between Chuck and Sarah in The Break-Up.

Bryce: Did you see her? – Agent Walker? She’s amazing. Right?
Agent: Yes sir.
Bryce: She loves another guy. Bad day to be me.
Agent: You have no idea.

And in order, Bryce is shot, Team B. comes to the rescue, Chuck acts like a spy, even without the intersect, Bryce explains the situation with Sarah, and he dies. That’s redemption. I fully understand why Sarah screams in anguish when the Ring Agents drag Bryce’s lifeless body away. Chuck’s been told that Sarah was not going to go with Bryce after all, but stay with him. And in revealing this to Chuck, Bryce becomes a hero and martyr. Maybe you can tell that even after at least a dozen viewings, I’m still captured emotionally by the power of these scenes – not just Bryce’s death, but Chuck’s acceptance of his life’s mission. When he walks up to the intersect computer, it doesn’t say “press to continue”, but “Do you wish to activate?”. Your choice, Chuck.

For all the accolades Yvonne Strahovski gets for her expressiveness without dialogue, Zachary Levi equals her in these final scenes. Regular viewers were electrified by the ending. Intelligent viewers were amused at Chuck’s final words.

Is The Ring the best episode of Chuck? Probably nobody thinks so (ed. Ooops. Wrong about that!).  It’s just too packed full of information, nuances and questions to equal the satisfaction we got from The Colonel or the joy from other episodes like, perhaps, Best Friends or Tom Sawyer. You can’t see it once and know half of what’s going on. At first, I was almost put off by the “super powers” imparted to Chuck by the intersect. I worried about all the unanswered questions: What did Sarah want? and where will Orion go? What is “The Ring?” What happens to the Buy More without Morgan, Anna, Casey and Chuck? Why does Chuck fall into the intersect room when he has to climb up to get there? Honestly, I thought, at the time, that the martial arts bordered on cheesy.

But that’s wrong. We’ve come to learn in the intervening months that the intersect is no “Deus ex-machina”. And every time I see the final fight scene, which starts with a sweep-move where Chuck disarms five (or six?) agents, I am more fascinated and amazed by the production. It is much better on the twelfth viewing than on the first, especially Chuck’s final, underhanded knuckle-punch to Miles’ sternum. (The side-kick is icing on the cake!) The fight choreography, and the acting, is superb. I came away this time realizing that I was still reacting strongly to the power of the scenes, and convinced, once again, that my favorite episode of all time is always the last episode of Chuck that I’ve seen.

Guest stars have been fabulous all season, but never more so than in The Ring. Not only do Chevy Chase as Roark and Scott Bakula as Steven Bartowski continue to amaze, amuse and endear us with world-class performances, so do Bruce Boxleitner as Dr. Woody Woodcomb and Morgan Fairchild. We don’t want this to be the last we see of them. And we don’t want to have seen the last of Jeffster!

The reaction I had in May when I first saw The Ring was more telling. I came away stunned as the words “Guys? … I know kung-fu.” were spoken, and literally rose out of my seat to cheer when the words “To Be Continued” flashed on the screen. I had been through an emotional whirlwind that lasted 60 minutes, but had started months earlier. No other episode, and indeed, nothing I had ever seen on TV had done that to me before. I’ve come to think that it’s wrong to separate this finale from the rest of season 2, because it’s not an ending at all, and it’s barely a beginning. It’s a transition. It also served a bigger purpose by preventing Chuck from becoming formulistic – each week a new spy to be thwarted (either from Fulcrum, or Triad or from the mid-east) coupled with side-long glances and knowing smiles between not-quite lovers (aka, Bones).

We – I – got so nervous about the direction the show was going to take in season 3, and the clues given to us by TPTB were not all that helpful. Why should they be? The stories weren’t written! The wait has been long and it wore down the nerves of loyal fans. As much as we wanted to trust the vision of Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak, trust, as Chuck and Sarah would be quick to confirm, is not easy to earn, even harder to keep. It came down to an even more tenuous concept – faith. And from what I’ve been hearing about season 3 from the lucky reviewers who’ve seen the first five episodes, faith is going to be rewarded.

My hope for S3 was expressed, and my faith sustained, months ago by the sentiments I saw in videos – Darth Razorback’s Skinny Love in particular and it’s sequel, Signs of Fear too. Those are “‘shipper” vids. But there’s more to this than just my desire to see Chuck and Sarah together. After you’ve seen Darth Razorback’s video, watch crystalkid’s offering here to feel again what you must have felt during the season. Watch, and then tell me that these guys aren’t good. Then tell me we aren’t in for another season of the best stuff on TV. Ever.

They are, and we are. I can’t wait for the next season to begin.

– joe

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14 Responses to Coming Full Circle

  1. Fake Empire says:

    Very good piece, Joe! The Ring is so full of plot and nuances that analyzing it is sometimes like nailing Jell-O to a tree, but we all try, and your commentary is well-thought. Chuck indeed came full circle and found that his old life no longer fit. It reminds me of being in elementary school and pulling my Star Wars shirts out of winter storage for the summer. My gosh, all winter I wanted to wear those t-shirts and to “re-experience” them, if you will. But, I had grown, and they no longer fit. I had changed. Chuck has too. His potential and skills – and the adventures – far exceeded his old life, and once he had it again, the disconnect must have felt tangible.

    I agree that Chuck willingly chose the life of a spy/hero. The wording “Do you wish to activate?” is not coincidental. What I see a little differently from you is whether Bryce made it clear that Sarah was staying for Chuck. To me, Bryce’s thought remained unfinished as he shifted his focus to 2.0’s destruction; therefore, leaving room for uncertainty in Chuck. My sentiments regarding Bryce in general mirror yours over the two seasons. Couldn’t stand him for the longest time, even in the Ring when he tried to rekindle things with Sarah, but as I learned of his connection to Orion and then witnessed his heroic death, I gained respect for him.

    I remember being stunned and excited at the Kung Fu scene. I used to think that I did not want Chuck to become a super-spy, but that scene made me a believer! I look forward to his new 2.0-fueled adventures in S3. Bring it on!

  2. Lawrynce says:

    OMG!Fantastic discussion, Joe. I find myself struggling to respond because thoughts are racing through my mind like bursts of colored lights at a fireworks display. I wonder about little things, like how many ring agents were there (one was shot when Bryce spun him around to take a bullet meant for him, if I remember correctly, and I never did see the agent who removed Bryce come back in)and how Sarah and Casey could shoot so many times and miss before being captured. I wonder about the way our unique lives affect our personal responses to art, music, literature, and television shows (especially one with Chuck, Sarah, and the gang).I wonder why we have become so emotionally involved with a television series that we watch episodes again and again and write about them on blogs and engage in animated conversations with people we have never met. And I wonder if I will still have a job next year after the college makes another million dollar budget cut and the Dean discovers that I have asked my students to compare the themes of Shakespeare (the dichotomy between appearance and reality in all of his plays, boy becoming a man in Henry IV part 1, love and lack of love in King Lear, for example)with a certain television series we-or I- have become addicted to. Any suggestions about what episode I should have them watch?
    BTW, with your permission, I would like to use selections from this discussion in a seminar January 4th. We are discussing how we learn to write and attempting to define good writing.

    Lawrynce
    (Do I have to write in Word and cut and paste to use italics, or am I missing something obvious?)

    • joe says:

      “I wonder about the way our unique lives affect our personal responses to art, music, literature, and television shows (especially one with Chuck, Sarah, and the gang).”

      And so do I, all the time. I’m always amazed that so many have shared my responses, when our lives are so unique! To me, that is the magic of theatre.

      Lawrynce, there are a limited number of HTML tags that the wordpress editor understands. left angle-bracket em right angle-bracket, and left angle-bracket strong right angle-bracket are the tags for italics and bold, respectively. You can also link using the a href= tag.
      And if your not familiar with the use of HTML tags, I can help (but there’s plenty of info on-line for that).

      I derive no income from this, so you certainly have my permission to use anything with my name on it. ATCDave and Amyabn are also authors, so please get their permission separately.

      And thanks for asking! I’m flattered. – unless you’re using me as a counter example ;>

      I’m going to think about which episodes to suggest for your comparisons to Shakespeare. That will be so cool!

    • Ernie Davis says:

      We are discussing how we learn to write and attempting to define good writing.

      Well as a total layman who loves to write and hopes to do it well, the writing is the easy part. Editing is the hard part.

      Out of curiosity what is the class?

  3. atcdave says:

    This episode is an odd one for me. I really enjoyed it, Mr. Roboto may be one of my favorite TV sequences ever. Bryce’s death is strangely beautiful (I stopped hating him in Break-Up; he was still trouble, but I no longer doubted he was Chuck’s friend), reminded of Darth Vador’s death.

    But its no secret I’m emotionally invested in the central relationship. If Sarah had had 10 seconds to finish her thought; or even if they’d found someway to make physical contact in the very last scene, I think my appraisal of this episode would go up, by a lot. Even Sarah’s “kick the puppy” moment at the first wedding wouldn’t have bothered me, with a more definitive moment for them later.
    Depending on how things play out in S3, this might not seem like such a big deal; but when we feared for 3 weeks that this might be it, this episode seemed inadequate.

    • Fake Empire says:

      Good point on what this episode felt like while waiting for renewal. It was a mixed bag for me: thrill over Chuck’s new abilities and feeling hollow over Chuck and Sarah. That would have been a bittersweet ending, and I’m grateful that the story will continue.

    • joe says:

      Great point, Dave. Clearly, some of my enthusiasm for this episode is colored by my newly acquired knowledge of what’s coming. But I did try to recall my feelings the first time I saw it. I think that the words “To be continued” were meant to calm the fears of people like me, that this was to be left unresolved. In my case, it worked.

      And wow! You’re right about Bryce’s death scene being “strangely beautiful”. Well stated!

    • Ernie Davis says:

      It seems I was writing an epic post on the NBC Angst thread while Joe was writing this. I think my post there echoes a lot of this in general terms of how characters are dealt with and how they evolve and change, so in a general sense I’ll leave those comments stand.

      Specifically this episode, the first really strong feeling I felt watching this episode was disgust. The “proposal” scene. All I could think was their going to pull this crap again? Full circle indeed. They even went back to a whiney almost adolescent Chuck talking to Bryce in the intersect room.

      I will say this, while overall I think I’m pretty close to ATCDave in my opinions Joe said one thing that is absolutely brilliant. I know its brilliant because I came to the same conclusion in my post. 😉 (I swear I hadn’t read this, but perhaps we both heard it elsewhere)

      This is really the first episode of season 3. And I kind of resent having to wait 5 months for episode 2.

      Aside from that this episode rocked, but as we see, one important element can really color your enjoyment.

  4. OldDarth says:

    Except for exchanging ILY’s face to face the Ring put the relationship pretty well where I expected it to be at the end of Season 2.

    The decision to make Intersect2.0 an active part of the show instead of passive is a brilliant one. This one change, more than anything will put Zach front and center in the spy stuff. As opposed to wiggling his way in on the action from the sides all the time in the previous two seasons.

    I2 will also provide Zach a broader sandbox to play in and flex his acting muscles.

    Playtime is over. Chuck is entering the next stage of his journey. He and every one around him is in for a season of change and growing up.

    So are fans.

    Hang on tight! Looks like one heckuva roller coaster ride!

    Whhhhooooooeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Except for exchanging ILY’s face to face the Ring put the relationship pretty well where I expected it to be at the end of Season 2.

      Do you see the end of season 2 as the Colonel, or as the Ring? A salient point Joe raised. The relationship at the end of the Colonel was at a place the whole season had worked to build it to. A level of trust and understanding. In other words, progress. The relationship at the end of the Ring was absolutely uncertain. They made sure to unravel every bit of certainty and progress that had been building in a few minutes of the Ring, and they did it intentionally, so they could take the relationship in any direction they wanted.

      The decision to make Intersect2.0 an active part of the show instead of passive is a brilliant one. This one change, more than anything will put Zach front and center in the spy stuff. As opposed to wiggling his way in on the action from the sides all the time in the previous two seasons.

      That decision by itself means nothing. It depends on how they use it, which I agree looks like it will work. If they just used it to make Chuck superman, or to add a lot of physical comedy it could easily have fallen flat. That was one of my big worries.

      I2 will also provide Zach a broader sandbox to play in and flex his acting muscles.
      Playtime is over. Chuck is entering the next stage of his journey. He and every one around him is in for a season of change and growing up.

      Playtime is over could be good or bad. They have been on the edge of taking Chuck in a very dark, or at least darker direction a few times. I’m not sure how I’d like that until I saw it. It can work but I don’t know if it would make me enjoy it more or less.

      Hang on tight! Looks like one heckuva roller coaster ride!
      Whhhhooooooeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

      Here’s the thing about rollercoasters. They induce a sense of excitement by violently tossing you around through loops and turns that are totally outside our everyday experience, and for some people that is exciting and fun. But you only feel what they want you to feel when they want you to feel it. They use extreme measures to make sure you are tossed in one direction or another, and there is no other way for you to react other than what they have gone to great lengths to make sure you feel.

      To torture the analogy further, those twists and turns and loops have to become more tortured and ridiculous, more extreme and more unreal just to grab the attention of a jaded public. The more they use them the more extreme they have to be the next time to give a sense of something new and exciting. In the end they just f**k with your equilibrium for a few minutes. I used to like them when I was a teenager. I don’t anymore.

      • atcdave says:

        I’m on board with all of this. If the show had been ending, this would have been an awful conclusion, it undid most of what was great about Colonel. In fact, it concerns me more than just that. It shows a general lack of respect for the fans; they will obviously tell the story on their own schedule regardless of ratings. So we better hope they get to finish the story on their terms, or we’ll never have a resolution. It is especially frustrating because, as I said above, with a few very minor changes this would have been completely acceptable as an “emergency” conclusion; Chuck and Sarah were both clear, with themselves, how they felt about each other. With the tiniest of adjustments could have made it clear to each other how they feel too. This was obviously a decision that I can only call rude.

        I would also say I was not entirely thrilled with the “I know Kung Fu” moment. It was funny, but unlike the relationship, I thought it would play better if the show was ending. My fears about it being too cheezy have been lessened recently, but it is clearly a device that will require great care to avoid continuity and consistency problems.

        As far as roller coasters go; I do love them, but only as a pure rush; I prefer something more intellectually and emotionally satisfying in a television show.

      • Lawrynce says:

        I am afraid that our attempts to define “good writing” will be “like nailing Jell-O to a tree,” as Fake Empire so aptly explained in her post. I always enjoy visiting this site because so many of you express yourselves honestly and clearly. There are those who run screaming into the night when they see a fragment or a sentence beginning with a conjunction, but I am not among them. Joe’s writing is an excellent example of how effective a writer can be in communicating with his audience. When Ernie posted that he loves to write, I immediately thought that this love of writing was apparent throughout the messages here. And I agree, Ernie, that editing is a challenging but essential element in communicating in a way that allows others to understand and respond to the message we intend to send. The class is an introduction to fiction, poetry, drama, and writing. Fortunately, it has filled and has a waiting list, so I think TPTB here will give me some leeway in my selections. Since each section will end with an analysis paper, that means that the writing will result from reading and discussing the selections. From what I have read, Chuck has captured us in a special way, and will continue to do so in January. I think I will record 3.1 and 3.2 to see if that would be an effective way to show the transition from Greek tragedy to Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to present entertainment.We will watch productions of two plays and end with a selection from Chuck. Any suggestions would be appreciated, and I apologize if I have taken this thread in a different direction.

  5. lou federico says:

    Once again you show the passion that makes you a great writer. I wish I had half of it.

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