Enough with the polygons. How about two points connected by a straight line?
Over at ChuckTV.net our friend and fellow Chuckophile Lou Sytsma (a.k.a. OldDarth) makes a very compelling argument that it is much better drama for Chuck and Sarah to choose each other over new PLIs freely rather than have the choice made for them by the PLI’s betrayal or turning out to be bad guys. Here is a surprise, I wouldn’t disagree with the argument as stated.
However, as stated, the argument skips the basic point a lot of shippers make. Why aren’t we passed this? It seems pretty obvious that Sarah did exactly that more than once. First with the newly returned Bryce, then with the re-returned Bryce, then with Cole, then with Bryce again. Again and again and again Sarah has decided to stay with Chuck, with the possible exception of some momentary indecision or weakness in the Ring. Sarah has freely made her decision to be with Chuck, whatever the cost, and this wasn’t in the fevered imaginations of shippers, it was right up there on the screen. Having Sarah fall into the arms of another man at this point makes her character look profoundly un-serious, or flakey, or worse a self-caricature of the agent that falls for every guy she works with. They have invested a lot of scenes in building up a Sarah character that is NOT that caricature and is a serious person. And as a serious person Sarah knows what she wants. And as Chuck’s closet friend and confidant (sorry Morgan, that ended a while ago) she knows what Chuck wants. We are left to wonder what it is that makes Sarah so chronically tongue tied. That part of her character is on the verge of parody. It needs to end.
Chuck is a tougher sell. He hasn’t really had a serious alternative to Sarah. Lou dumped him because his spy life kept intruding, making him unable to have any sort of honest relationship. Jill may have planted the first kiss on him with no spy-stuff in mind, but she very quickly came to find out he was a spy, and then played him as a mark from then on. But if there is one thing we are to believe about Chuck is that he is deeply in love with Sarah and has been pretty much from the beginning of the show. Chuck has only strayed when Sarah has pushed him away, essentially telling him they had no future together, deciding for him. Move on or be alone. If Chuck’s great love for Sarah that the writers have taken such pains to portray as deep, real and meaningful turns out easily transferable to another woman at the first sign of trouble with Sarah, then again we are left with a character far more immature and un-serious than the one the writers have gone to pains to build. And with Chuck, this is a problem. Chuck is the one character we must root for to grow as the show progresses. This growth is what made the second season so much more riveting than the first, and made the Character Chuck so much more appealing, with a few whiney nerd setbacks and jealousies along the way.
In short there are no barriers to Chuck and Sarah knowing each others feelings, other than the artificial ones we are repeatedly asked to swallow . These are two people who enjoy being with each other. These are two characters who care deeply for each other and who constantly support each other. They want to be together. They both know they want to be together, and it has been repeatedly shown that if they can’t be together in the way they want, they’ll take what they can have for the time being.
This makes for some difficulty both in keeping Chuck and Sarah apart and when and if new PLI’s are introduced. In the past (most notably in the Ring IMHO) TPTB have tackled the problem by portraying Sarah as reluctant to commit and Chuck as unsure of Sarah’s true feelings. This is why Sarah never got to finish a sentence. In the end Chuck is left to wonder if there is any Sarah without the intersect, and apparently that question is answered in Chuck’s mind as no. A bit of a stretch that relied on some pretty strained suspension of disbelief (in the one area no writer should ask that of the audience) given who the characters are and what they have shared over the course of a two-year relationship. Fans are quickly tiring, or have reached their limits with these repeated and entirely predictable twists. It is pretty obvious from the way the characters are written and have developed that Sarah wants to be with Chuck and Chuck is Sarah’s for the asking. The solutions the writers have used to delay that are both trite and maddening in their repeated applications. It’s also the easy way out. Time for something new in season 3.