Well friends, I am back from my deployment and have powered through all of the Season 3 episodes to date. I was able to keep up with the blog, but I still wanted to jot down my thoughts to this point and share with you where I think TPTB are going with S3. I know my co-bloggers and our readers have made excellent points throughout, but I hope you don’t mind indulging my perspective as I’ve survived waiting to get home to watch our favorite show! Please forgive the scattershot approach to this post, but I have a lot to get out!
Taking all of the episodes in one lump has given me, perhaps, a different perspective than those of you who were fortunate enough to watch week by week. I see this journey evolving much as I have previously: Sarah and Chuck need to find the middle ground and what real means to them.
Chuck has embraced trying to be a spy. He has progressed from eager beaver to slightly over confident “1 Mish” to feeling the weight of making hard choices. The good thing is that he hasn’t totally lost himself-yet. I hope that won’t happen, but even his choice to tranq Manoush in Sampler was in reaction to Casey aiming his pistol at Manoush. I think he has grown since Sandworm in understanding the threat to the world that a new, uncontrolled Intersect would pose. The good thing is that he is struggling with it. He has managed to use both his own intellect (tweaking the Ring phone) as well as the Intersect to be successful.
Sarah put her heart on the line and got stomped for it. She reverted to Agent Walker, but Carina was able to quickly get Sarah back, in spite of her exclamations to the contrary that spies don’t fall in love. She has softened and is concerned that Chuck is losing himself. I hope, as some have speculated, that she is working to undermine Shaw’s influence and to help Chuck.
Shaw is a character that I don’t like thus far. He loved, he lost, and now is bent on making Chuck into, well, Bryce. His singular focus completely misses the mark and fails to see the goodness in Team Bartowski. The whole is definitely stronger than the sum of its parts but that is lost on him. I don’t trust him, even if his motives are good.
Hannah is a little too perfect for Chuck. It parallels Sarah’s speech about how to ingratiate yourself with a mark. She would know-and I’m referring to her grifter days more so than her spy work. As a con artist, Sarah and her father used a mark for themselves whereas spying is supposed to be for a greater good. I think it is an important distinction.
My gripes are few, but I think they are valid. Sarah now claiming that she and Chuck can’t be together because they are spies flies in the face of her previous assertion that she couldn’t be with Chuck because he was an asset. Chuck called her on her relationship with Bryce once-I’m waiting for him to do it again. I get and understand she is hurt, but I’m glad that she saw his explanation via Carina’s video. We still can’t get them to truly talk to one another so we have to fix their relationship by proxy. Both BG Beckman and Casey have said they don’t care what has happened between them, and I think Casey will be part of bringing them back together.
I am finding Devon more and more annoying. I appreciate that he doesn’t like lying, but his over the top reactions are wearing on me. For a guy who loves adventure, I would think he would react in a “cooler” fashion.
I know everyone has a different opinion on the whole journey concept (and it has been rehashed to death), but I have to voice that I am not having as much fun because Chuck and Sarah aren’t either. I don’t like the heavier tone all the time and I’m hoping we turn a corner very, very soon. We are about at the “hump,” the middle of the original 13-episode arc, and I don’t think they would write the shortened season with our favorite spies ending up apart at the end.
I predict that they will quickly find middle ground. Chuck will realize what he stands to lose by trying to go it alone, and Sarah will become more comfortable with Chuck and his skills. If the writers can continue to balance Chuck using his own intellect with a smattering of cool Intersect skills, and the two finally have a real conversation, they can figure out what they want together. Nothing I’ve seen in previews or spoilers leads me to believe that things are as bad as we initially thought they were going to be. Maybe I’m just an optimist!
Oh, and if you can picture me squealing at the computer, they used “Wait It Out” by Imogen Heap in Pink Slip. If you recall, I had written an entry on the song. I wonder if TPTB read our little blog?!