How laundry night turned into a moment of truth.
It finally happened. I got distracted last night and missed the beginning of Chuck. Rather than jump in I of course decided to wait for iTunes today and watch it later. Now I’m considering something more drastic. Space and time. If you want to chime in, please no spoilers outside what was in the promos or on our spoilers page as of last night, I’m attempting to remain spoiler free for a bit.
I rarely watch broadcast TV. Oh, I’ll have it on in the background, or for news, or sports, but I haven’t followed a network show in real time for nearly a decade. Instead I’ve switched almost entirely to Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes, renting and buying shows after they become available on DVD. In this way I can read up ahead of time, find the ones I’m likely to enjoy, and enjoy them in a more condensed form. I think it helps me avoid something I’m experiencing with Chuck lately. Fatigue.
I’m tired of Chuck. I’m Tired of Chuck and Sarah. I’m beyond tired of Shaw. And I’m guessing that last night, based on the previews, we had another round of all of them. Was some progress made? Given the way this season is going I’m doubting it. Somehow that kiss we see Chuck and Sarah leaning in for will be interrupted, like we’ve never seen that before. Somehow Any conversation Chuck and Sarah start will end up without any resolution, probably interrupted and never to be continued or revisited. Like we’ve never seen that before. And somehow Chuck passing his spy test will make Sarah run away to Shaw and feel as if the Chuck she loved is gone. Like just about every bit of Chuck’s growth this season hasn’t been viewed through that lens. And I’m just not looking forward to that.
Which brings me to my most recent pet peeve. The relationship we’re told is only one part of a fun action-comedy-drama IS the show this season. It has not only been moved front and center it has taken over the show. Every aspect of the A-story, the mission, Chuck’s growth and progress, Chuck’s conflicts and reservations, the compromises necessary and the distasteful aspects of the spy life is now viewed through its effect on Sarah and her increasingly incomprehensible emotional state. They are tearing Sarah down purposefully. Either this episode or the next will be her rock bottom, and based on how much more poorly they’ve handled the Sarah character than Chuck, I’m not sure I want to watch till I can know I don’t need to take two to three weeks to see some progress or resolution. It’s not fun. If I want to watch a deep drama about morally compromised characters I have The Wire on DVD.
So I’m testing my willpower. I doubt I’ll make it. My guess is I’ll be watching on my computer by later today. It’s almost impossible to remain spoiler free, unless I leave this blog and wait it out, and I don’t want to do that. But I’m not looking forward to it, and that is depressing.
Thanks for letting me vent.