A Guest Post by Faith
As you all know I took a couple of days off the blog on purpose. What you didn’t know was I took the days off on Liz James’ recommendation. We’ve been talking via email on our differing but equally passionate views on the downward spiral of Chuck (the show, not the character) and I took a couple of days off to think about what she said and re-watch the episodes of S3. I have to say I didn’t want to re-watch Chuck. For me the same obsession (obviously not related to the blog) I had in s2 where I had this compulsion to re-watch the episode over and over and over again because they were so fun…is gone. Chuck is heavy now, it’s heavy for me and it’s draining. Re-watching them is draining so I haven’t. It’s not that it’s no longer enjoyable it’s just it’s different and far too heavy for those of my ilk to revisit it time and again like I have in the past. Anyways onto the epis…
When I first saw Pink Slip, I hated it. I thought, thank god this came right before (I mean RIGHT BEFORE) 3 words. As we know 3 words is an Ali Adler written epi and it didn’t disappoint. The nuances of expression, the emotionalism of the dialogue, the niceness of Carina…all awesome so it made up for all the things I thought were wrong with Pink Slip. Well no longer. Pink Slip is awesome! It was a great piece of writing and let me expound on why. It’s very hard to translate growth in writing without jumping the shark and making the readers’ heads snap. They did it brilliantly. It was emotional, it was just right in its timing and it felt real. It didn’t seem out of base for Sarah to ask him to run away with her, and it didn’t feel off that she was devastated and thereby cold afterwards. These things make sense. It makes sense because they love each other and when you love you hurt. Sometimes the worst ever pain you can imagine. That’s what Pink Slip was, a very jarring and painful episode. Incidentally that’s what I meant by the 3 downs I listed earlier. It also perfectly illustrated how far off the map Chuck still is. He doesn’t see himself a hero, he still sees himself a loser and Sarah said it best, “when you went to Prague, I worked with the best spies in the world and you know what? None of them can do the things you can do.” But Chuck is well Chuck, he doesn’t listen and he doesn’t believe. So something had to give.
3 words: already listed accolades. Angel de la Muerte and Captain Awesome: Chuck’s really hitting its stride (the show not the character). The dance, the music, the relationships…ATCDave once posted that what sets Chuck apart is that this show is relationship driven. Well it is. We identify with these characters so much because we have gotten to know them. We know how they think, why they think those thoughts, the reasons for their actions and most of all we’ve gotten to know their hearts. These characters matter. Angel de la Muerte and Captain Awesome exhibited all of that. We learned just how much the spy game can mess up with those relationships and just how the spy game and those relationships are intertwined.
First Class: the beginning of the end. I’m not gonna lie, my vision was clouded by my immense dislike of Shaw and what I know will come. I tried to the best of my ability to remain open minded and see it for what it was and maybe see what some like OD (in particular) or others see and I’m sorry I don’t see it. I came to the realization that it’s not the writers’ fault, it’s mine. I was the idiot. I’m the one that read things in the episodes and listened to messages in the songs that were not there and I only have myself to blame for the blind side roadhouse kick that Mask et al brings. Because the fact of the matter is, Chuck and Sarah are just friends. They said it and they meant it. When Sarah said at the end of Pink Slip, “you’re a spy now Chuck, you have to keep your feelings to yourself,” she meant it. When they said “friends” at OO, they meant it. I was the idiot that believed the undercurrents of emotion and love and longing still burned under the surface. I’m an idiot. Chuck had every right to move on to Hannah. Sarah has every right to be with and reveal things to Shaw. I’m the idiot for not seeing this coming. And I’m the idiot who continues to hope for the sunshine amongst these gloomy rainfalls of doom. Just like I believed they’ve hit rock bottom, they haven’t. Chuck and Sarah are no longer Chuck and Sarah. What was was, and what is is. They have and are going through something completely dark and you don’t go through something like this without losing something. I’d have hoped they’d have lost their innocence but not their soul/their heart. But really it’s not a transformation, it’s not a birth of a hero if you don’t lose it all. So girl, check, family, check (all but), job, check. First Class was the beginning of the end, this is the middle. I’m an idiot for believing and an idiot for continuing to have faith.