Casey Reverting?

I wanted to get your ideas on Casey, our favorite quip-meister.  I really felt that at the end of Season 2, Casey had come to appreciate Chuck for who he was and while he found Chuck completely unorthodox, he got the mission done, which is paramount in Casey’s mind.   I would dare say they became friends.  What puzzles me is the reversion Casey has taken in Season 3.

On one hand, he seems to openly not care about Chuck and Sarah’s personal relationship, which I see as a good thing.  He also has completely accepted Chuck’s 180 degree turn around about wanting to be a spy.  Yes, he has scoffed openly about Chuck’s abilities, but all in all, he is pushing Chuck to be what he isn’t-you can pick the metaphor:  Bryce, Cole, Shaw, or him.   Rather than assessing how the new Intersect is working (or not working for that matter), he continuously pushes despite the emotional state it is putting Chuck in.  He also seems to completely have forgotten what made Chuck and Team Bartowski special.  I wanted to see what you guys thought about Season 3 Casey.



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15 Responses to Casey Reverting?

  1. atcdave says:

    I think Casey’s expectations for Chuck have changed. If he’s going to be a real agent, the standards are a little different. But I do think they’ve messed a lot up with Shaw on the scene. Changing the whole TeamB dynamic has been a mistake, it simply isn’t as much fun with a manipulative schemer who considers the team dysfunctional running things. So far, I think the whole mood for this season is ill-conceived.

  2. Faith says:

    If Chuck doesn’t knock out Shaw eventually I would really love Casey to do it. Maybe some kind of torture or something.

    I think Casey’s been really uh, awesome 😉 this season. He’s kind of like Cara from Legend of the seeker (if you don’t know who she is apologies)…in that he’s becoming human in a sense and that is really fun to delve into.

    Helping out Morgan is perhaps out of character in a way, but it’s also so typically Casey too because he did it in his usual military way.

    I don’t see him pushing Chuck to be Bryce as much as accepting Chuck’s choice and in his way ensuring his friend’s safety. It’s important to remember too that his own squad was pretty much executed and infiltrated by the Ring so I’m sure he wants to get the Ring just as much as Chuck wants to be a spy right now…but he does it in a way that doesn’t make me want to reach into my television and force feed “someone” a cyanide pill (someone being Shaw lol).


    • amyabn says:

      I see what you are saying, and I can agree to the big brother analogy, but it just strikes me as strange that while they have become so much more of a family (the whole Bartowski clan, Morgan, Sarah), he sees Chuck miserable and does nothing other than getting Chuck to drink. It was pointed out last season, as a side note, that PapaB was using alcohol to deal with his version of the Intersect. I drink and am not condemning drinking, but I don’t think this should be the adult solution. I hope Casey will reach his breaking point, so to speak, and pull both Sarah and Chuck out of the doldrums. It really isn’t fun to watch!

  3. herder says:

    I don’t know that I agree, so far of the three major characters Casey is the one that has stayed truest to his previous nature. In fact it can be argued that he has been more supportive of Chuck this year than previously, both in terms of missions and personally. One of the few scenes in Pink Slip that I really liked was him telling Sarah that she was wrong in the way that she had treated Chuck. In Awesome Assignment he really seemed to enjoy the “family” dinner at Chuck’s place. He seemed concerned and helpful in First Class.

    Sure he is snide and has quips throughout, but he gives as many to Sarah who he called the best partner that he ever had, that is how he shows acceptance. Of the characters he is the one that I have no concerns about.

  4. joe says:

    I sort of see it the way Herder does. He’s the least changed. Well, he may be the least changed. He’d show it less than the others even if he has.

    Casey looks much more the “big brother” to me this season. That may me just my perception, though, since I am the oldest in a large family. Pounding my younger brothers into submission wasn’t unheard of 😉 but woe be unto him who looked askance at any of ’em.

    It’s funny how it works. Older brothers can be completely merciless to the younger, yet when the younger succeeds, the attitude is always – “Of course you survived, kid. There was never a question about it.” The older’s expectations are always as high as his confidence in the younger.

    • herder says:

      Joe, I also expect to see another big brother trait of Casey’s come out over the next few episodes, the only I can mess with my people attitude. Casey gives both Chuck and Sarah a hard time about a bunch of things, he views it as his right, much like a big brother takes it as his right to give his younger siblings a hard time. But watch out if someone else tries to do the same thing. If Shaw starts messing with Chuck and Sarah then he will have put himself in Casey’s crosshairs as I don’t think Casey will let anyone else mess with his team.

    • atcdave says:

      I do agree with most of this. I think Casey can be counted on to help Chuck (and Sarah) as a big brother would. But I think Shaw is trying to marginalize his influence, we’ll see how far it goes.

      • Waverly says:

        How is Shaw marginalizing Casey’s influence?

        If you are referring to the First Class mission, that’s only a single data point. Not every mission should require all three people.

      • joe says:

        Not to speak for Dave, Waverly, but I think I know what he means. What ever that actual situation is, Casey *does* feel marginalized, I think. That’s why he reacts to Shaw by calling him an idiot – to his face, even. I can easily see it as the reason he’s gotten more involved with the Buy Morons, too, inserting himself like a mercenary on Morgan’s side against Lester’s little insurrection.

        But you’re right in that, so far, it’s only the one data point. I’d bet the count will grow fast, though.

      • atcdave says:

        Its pure speculation at this point (that’s why I said “I think”), based on his comment that the team was dysfunctional, and he sent Chuck away on a solo mission. Casey had always seen himself as the leader, and now Shaw is pointedly showing that he isn’t. If Casey is using his skills at the Buy More, you know something is wrong.

  5. jason says:

    I agree that I felt shaw has marginalized casey – not as a character, more as the contact point when the general needs something played by the book, knowing CS pretty much do whatever they want – now shaw is that contact point, and casey is left as a field agent – same might be said of sarah, as shaw is more and more chucks handler, leaving sarah sort of in the role of the ex-handler / field agent too – the show really sucks for the team right now – much as I like CS, I almost liked how the team did missions as much, gone

    • atcdave says:

      Yeah, the team and ALL the main relationships on the ropes at once. What genius thought this would be fun entertainment?

  6. Gord says:

    The one thing I like about Casey this season is that he is willing to break the rules when it matters.

    I loved that scene in Operation Awesome where Shaw orders them not to help Chuck.
    Shaw was even willing to shoot them to prevent it from happening.

    Sarah goes up first, and Casey gets the draw on Shaw.

    I might be wrong, but pulling a gun on your superior is not likely in the rule book.

    Part of me wishes he had shot Shaw right there and then. But as much as I hate Shaw, I like what the character is doing for the show. He is the antagonist and he is going to end up uniting team Bartowski – probably against him – but they will be united.
    Plus I am going to enjoy the episode where Chuck lays him out on the floor.

    • amyabn says:

      You know, Gord, my thoughts have been consumed with the clip of Chuck decking Shaw. I am so thankful it is almost Monday (remember how hard it was to say that while Chuck was in hiatus?)! The thought that keeps running through my mind is Chuck finally turning the corner. When Shaw tells him he missed his chance, I really hope Chuck can come back with something regarding emotions.
      -I’m tired of being told that my emotions are the problem. You want me to be like you, cold and professional. But that didn’t save your wife, did it? I can’t change who I am and I won’t give up on the woman I love.
      Now you may not like the way I wrote it, but I hope you get the idea of Chuck hitting the bottom and resolutely coming back stronger and more confident. We’ll have a better idea tomorrow!

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