Over these past few months, I’ve written a lot of words here about belief and trust. Sorry about that. I’m chatty and prone to being philosophical that way. Mostly, I’ve done it in the context of Chuck and Sarah needing to believe and trust in each other, though – It’s part of their story, after all. Time and time again, we’ve seen them say that they wouldn’t lie to each other, and that they’d be there for each other, practically shouting “Trust me! Trust me!” every chance they got. And then we’d watch as they struggle, then prove themselves and earn that trust. We know for a fact that Chuck would give up his life for Sarah, and that she’d give up everything for him. Indeed, they’ve both come very close to doing exactly those things several times already.
We worry! Chuck didn’t tell Sarah that he was going to try to save the Zamibian President – he went to Morgan instead. For nearly three years, Sarah couldn’t get herself to say “I love you.” But she confided her deepest secret to Shaw. Chuck is (more than) hesitant to tell Sarah the truth about what the intersect might be doing to his brain.
Does Chuck trust Morgan more than Sarah? Does she trust Shaw more than Chuck? We know General Beckman trusts nobody, but is Casey the only one who trusts everybody? No, of course not.
Chuck himself said (to Morgan) that he’s afraid to mess things up with Sarah. Afraid? Yes. Fear is the mindkiller. Chuck is doing his best to shield Sarah from his condition because he is afraid, but it’s important to remember he’s not afraid of her or of what she might do. He’s not afraid that she will abandon him.
Chuck: The dream that I had made me think. Made me know that the President of Zamibia is in danger…and nobody believes me.
Morgan: Sarah doesn’t believe you?
Chuck: I’m trying not to involve Sarah in this. Things are really good with us right now and I don’t want her to think I’m…
And Sarah was much more afraid of Shaw, I think, than she could ever be of Chuck. It is the unknown they fear. It is the darkness that scares them. For both, this is uncharted territory.
I know what they lack. Chuck has little faith; Sarah has little faith. Check out the dictionary – Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, concept or thing. Both of them have been surrounded by things (the intersect, the CIA) and people (Jill/Bryce, fathers) that have disappointed them, and both have reason to suspect their own judgment about the trustworthiness of others. In fact, they know that others must put their trust in them. Chuck in particular has set himself up as the one that both Awesome and Morgan have to trust. He’s set himself up as Ellie’s secret protector.
I know what they lack, but I don’t think for a minute that they lack faith in each other. When Sarah was paralyzed and helpless, the only thing she could see clearly was that Chuck was there. Of course, Sarah has always been there for Chuck. They do have faith in each other, but the world is bigger than the two of them, and like The Ring and The Intersect, it contains things beyond even their power to control. What they’ve not been doing is relying on those people, Morgan, Devon, Ellie, and others to help and even look after them. We’ve seen many times that help sometimes comes come in the form of Jeff, Lester and even the occasional Merlin.
I would guess that we’ve been in the same position. It’s part of the human condition, right? Perhaps that’s one of the biggest reasons I’m so invested in this show. As fantastical and farcical as it is sometimes, Chuck is really about me (and I’m sure it’s about you, too). So when I’ve asked people, as I have in the past, to have some faith that Chuck & Sarah would eventually get together, for instance, I was really talking to myself. And when I said that we must make that leap sometimes, and just trust for no reason at all that there will be a season 3, or 4, or 8 in the future, it’s my own courage that I’m screwing up. Lucky for me, the blind leap paid off. Faith is a funny thing that way.
As I was thinking about my own faith (or lack) that I’d be seeing more of a show that I really like, I saw this in a recent post at TV By The Numbers. Commenter AO writes the following.
NBC seems to have two paths that they could follow.
In one path, as some people have argued, they cancel everything that could never be a big hit, which would open up around 15 hours in their schedule next year and hope for the best. That tactic would (almost) surely result in some successes, but could also mean a lot of true stinkers too, shows that might quickly settle into the 1.0 – 1.5 range (or theoretically even lower).
In the other path, which seems to be what they’re doing, then they pick their battles and try to improve themselves in 5-6 hours. Assuming that that’s successful, then they build outwards from that. Imo, it’s obvious that NBC looks at Monday’s at 8:00 as a tough time slot and believes that the first battles to be fought are better off being done elsewhere. Chuck doesn’t have to be advertised and holds numbers that while certainly are not good, are not completely embarrassing either, especially when compared to the average ratings on the whole Network.
Now it looks like we’ve really gone “meta”. It’s NBC’s turn to show some faith, and in fact, all signs seem to say that they’re doing just that.
If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. – 1 Corinthians
Chuck and Sarah are just starting to have faith in each other, and are working on expanding that as they can, to others. We can see that happening. There’s no reason for them to do that, except out of love. Faith, by definition, has no other rationale. We have no reason to watch any television show, except that we want to and prefer it to any other activity at that moment. In the vernacular, we love it. NBC has no reason to put on Chuck except to make a profit. It’s a corporation and has no other motive.
But even the denizens of a cold-hearted corporation are human beings, and they do take a certain pride in what they do. Sometimes, when the decision is tough and rational decision making isn’t helping any, sometimes you just have to go with your heart, ’cause your brain just screws things up. I find myself doing that more and more as I get older, too.
Update: Okay, now I have to add this. Ausiello:
Woo-to-the-hoo! As I predicted, NBC has indeed done the right thing and picked Chuck up for a 13-episode fourth season! A network rep declined to comment.