Well, this should be easy; since we never once saw Shaw in Nacho Sampler.
Yet we see more about how events may unfold in the near future. Some thoughts, and hopefully discussion, after the jump.
As we’ve been discussing in many threads today, we saw a lot that is important happen this week. I think we had major development for Chuck and Sarah, as well as a little more of a clue about Hannah.
I’m thinking I may have been wrong about Hannah (let’s keep that between us, I’d hate to ruin a perfect record!) I think there’s a good possibility she is not an agent or anybody’s tool. She may simply have some information about criminal activity, that Chuck will need to extract. If that’s true, she will be an even more innocent pawn in the spy game than Manoosh was (you know, the nerdy weapons designer who wanted to sell to the highest bidder). I’m hoping things won’t end on such a down note next week, but I do think Chuck will take notice of his moral descent when he uses her and puts her in harms way. This may be part of what leads to the confrontation we’ve seen between him and Shaw.
For Chuck’s part, we’ve seen huge growth in him as a spy this season, this episode dramatically so. But he’s clearly making moral compromises, of exactly the sort Sarah was so worried about. Its not that he’s done anything wrong, he’s doing the hard things that come with a decision to serve the greater good. But he’s damaging his key relationships by lying, and he’s comfortable with hard things he would have found distasteful a short while ago. I think the biggest issue the story is, his growing (mis)understanding of Sarah. I think as he learns more about how to work and manipulate an asset, he’s drawing a lot of erroneous conclusions about his and Sarah’s relationship; specifically, he thinks she’s been using him all along. We know better; we know how many times she’s broken rules for him, protected him from the bunker, and even chosen Chuck over the job itself.
So I think the big step ahead for Chuck is finding a balance between doing what is necesary, and doing what is right. Many of us are guessing Sarah will be a key part in this. She has long been the spy with a conscience, and Chuck will now desperately need her guidence and support (dare I say love) to avoid loosing himself to the job. I think Sarah showing that even a spy can truly love him, will be the anchor that keeps him from being consumed by the lies and deceipt.
Sarah’s role ahead is tied closely to Chuck’s. We see her growing distaste for what Chuck is becoming; combined with guilt over believing it to be her fault. Of course she’s right; but she’s also the solution. She got him into this, now Sarah Walker alone can help him to survive.
As I’ve said elsewhere, this was an important episode; but I need the show to be more fun. If things play out the way I am expecting, it could certainly be worth it. By my expectations, 3.08 will be the pivotal episode; it won’t be the end to any one story arc, but it will be the point where things start to look better ahead.