Hello friends, I’m back from my business trip and am finally getting caught up with everything. I managed to watch (and rewatch 🙂 ) the last three episodes of Chuck while I was away, but didn’t have a lot of Internet access so I am woefully behind on everything happening on the blog.
With that caveat in place, I beg your indulgence as I have been wandering Europe (Germany and Poland to be specific) with ideas for Season 4. You may or may not have covered any or all of what I’m about to lay out, but I hope to share my version of S4 and solicit your comments. I warn you now, this is going to give Ernie a run for his money on length (Note: I didn’t say quality! 😉 ). More after the break.
I chose the title of this entry to reflect what I think will be the main themes for Season 4. The dynamics of the main characters should rotate around these themes and how they interrelate to one another. What I mean by that is that each element is interrelated to the other. I’ll try to be clearer as I go. And before I bore you with my projections, I should at least lay out to you what I didn’t like about the last three episodes (don’t worry-I love the eps, but have a few small qualms).
– I didn’t like Chuck lying. He lies to his father repeatedly, tries pulling Sarah into the lie, and of course, he had maintained the lie about his health until Shaw busted him out in front of the Generals and Sarah.
– I didn’t like Ellie forcing Chuck out of spy world. She needs to understand who Chuck is now, the man he’s become, and his relationship with Sarah. Ellie hasn’t been able to protect Chuck for years (physically) and he relies on Sarah for the emotional support he used to get from Ellie. That isn’t to say their relationship isn’t important, but let’s face it, Ellie isn’t Chuck’s best gal anymore.
So what do I want to see? I’m not a writer, although I fancy myself one, once and a while (thanks for indulging my fantasy through this blog!). I have an overall progression in mind, and as an unabashed ‘shipper, I have certain elements, throwbacks, etc that I’d like to see. I don’t have any illusions that I can write the spy stuff, but more the human elements I’d like to see. Here goes:
Ep. 4.01 should pick up where we left off. I’d like to see a post funeral gathering at the casa de Bartowski and have short video messages from PapaB be played for each major player. We know Chuck got his secret video request already, but I’m thinking more along the lines of PapaB telling Chuck how proud he is of him and that he’s special. Ellie’s message is another message of pride and that she doesn’t have to worry about protecting Chuck any more. My thoughts on that are to establish/define Sarah’s relationship better as well as to get Ellie out of harping mode-we know more danger lies ahead with Orion’s enemies and it would likely take a fatherly request to get Ellie to back off. Sarah’s message would be a thank you from PapaB for protecting Chuck, and his being happy that they found each other. Casey would be asked to look after the whole team, from one father to another. Morgan’s would be one of encouragement, and Devon’s would be to take care of Ellie.
I would transition to having Chuck take Sarah to the new (old) house. He needs to apologize withholding info and tell her PapaB gave him the house. I keep coming back to the line-“a man’s home is his castle” and “this actually is ours” when Chuck flicks the light switch to show Sarah the underground lair. He plays the secret message. Chuck tells Sarah that he won’t lie to her, but needs to know if she is ok with him having to lie to Ellie to protect her. Sarah will understand. Sarah needs to make Chuck promise to work on making at least one more governor in case his gets damaged. Chuck gives Sarah free reign to redecorate. Possible friction point for Ellie and Sarah (in a funny way, of course).
4.02 The team needs new covers. The OO becomes a Subway with Casey, Morgan, and Sarah working there. Chuck is working on starting a software company from the house. The house is done in record CIA time. Work in a house warming party. Sarah has Chuck’s Tron poster framed for his office, adds a few details on the back for him to flash on (ie. Her whole name-Sarah needs more backstory). Chuck adds train and Eiffel tower charms to the bracelet, which she puts on for the housewarming party. Sarah shows Ellie the old measuring stick of her and Chuck’s heights on their birthdays (you know, when you were little and your parents marked your height on an inconspicuous doorframe?). Morgan keeps the apartment, Alex becomes his new room mate, with Casey lurking close by to keep an eye on them. Chuck is wistful when the rest of Team B go out on a mission. Ellie and Awesome see this. Chuck starts his research on Orion’s enemies.
4.03 The four (Ellie/Awesome, Chuck/Sarah) are out to dinner ala vs. The Truth. They leave and see a gang of thugs harassing a girl in the alley. Chuck and Sarah do that whole partner look and save the girl, with some remark about the odds-it just isn’t fair. Ellie looks on in awe, Awesome is just stoked (he’s seen them in action). We see a montage of scenes over time of family gatherings at the various apartments, with various Team B members coming or going from missions without Chuck. Would be a nice touch if Chuck is growing his beard again-just to show he isn’t happy, although he is trying to fake it with Ellie. Then Sarah comes back hurt-nothing life threatening but enough to push Chuck over the edge a bit. He challenges Casey on how he could have let her get hurt and Casey is mad at himself; he retorts that he isn’t Chuck, he doesn’t have his skill set. Chuck goes upstairs to take care of Sarah. Ellie is upset and says this is why she doesn’t want Chuck to be a spy. Morgan will have his moment to shine and explain how good a team C&S are. He goes to his bag and pulls out a disc. He put together a “best of” DVD from various surveillance tapes for submission for a best spy team competition (hey, it’s corny, but this is still Chuck) and Ellie sees first hand how good they are. Devon has his moment, telling Ellie that he took them to Africa to get away from the spy business, but was almost killed by a mosquito. Casey points out that Chuck chose to be a spy. Upstairs, Chuck shaves the beard off, determined to tell Ellie he can’t keep his promise. Ellie surprises both Sarah and Chuck with her “blessing” that Chuck reteam with Sarah.
4.04 Open with the family (the main 6) playing the game they were playing in vs. The Wookie, only this time no one has to lie about their answers. Ellie, Devon, and Morgan are amazed at some of their answers. Casey gets a phone call and comes back to discuss their next mission. They finally got the details they were waiting for on what they are looking for. They are going undercover at a fashion show. (I chose this because I read an interview that said Yvonne wanted to do something like this). Chuck gets a phone call then hangs up. He looks at Sarah and says, “it’s for you” and then the doorbell rings. Sarah gets up to open the door. It’s Carina, who explains that Chuck called her for this mission. Alex shows up too. Morgan is uncomfortable because he likes Alex and has a history with Carina. Carina can rib Casey for Alex’s age until he fires back that she is his daughter. They divvy up their roles for the mission. Sarah gets to be an Aussie. Cue Chuck giving her how to talk like an Aussie lessons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enIlx5gEO9M&playnext_from=TL&videos=MRS_VQY3vlI) which cracks me up every time. It’s between Casey and Morgan to play the gay fashion designer (Carina has already declared that it can’t be Chuck because of the way those two look at each other, he plays the boyfriend) and Chuck declares that Casey has a “cop face”, so he should be Carina’s bodyguard and Morgan should be the designer-sorry buddy. Mission ensues with much comedy. Towards the end, Chuck’s watchband gets broken (not the governor) and Chuck starts having flash problems again (not as bad). Carina will leave, departing some pearl of wisdom-maybe she’s rethought the cardinal rule of spying. Sarah shows up at Ellie’s for some girl talk. She has a request for Ellie, but it has to stay between them. Her request is that Ellie take up Orion’s research on the Intersect. Ellie will balk at first, until Sarah lays out what the Intersect is and how it is affecting Chuck. Sarah pulls the “you’re a Bartowski speech.” The women bond over a “we love Chuck moment” and Sarah promises to provide Ellie with all of her dad’s research that she can get her hands on. The guys show up. Ellie pulls Chuck aside later and hands him a small box. It contains their mother’s engagement ring. Ellie tells Chuck that he thinks he’ll be needing it and for whatever it’s worth, he has her blessing.
4.05 We get a mission looking for one of the named folks in Orion’s lair (Castle 2 if you will). Sarah teaches Chuck how to do link analysis on the computer (basically that is what is on the back of the Tron poster) and they finally include Casey and Morgan on Castle2 and what Chuck has been up to. The team decides to work out of Sarah and Chuck’s house, so they get Jeff and Lester cleared with the authorities and make Big Mike the Subway manager. This option gives Anna a chance to come back. We meet some whacky ex spy who worked with Orion and MamaB. We find out that MamaB was Orion’s handler. Chuck proposes, Sarah says yes.
4.06-4.10 More missions to fill in the spider web of information on this new enemy. I would love to see Roan return, the best spy competition (could be a means to flush out sleeper agents from the Ring or Fulcrum), etc.
4.11 Ellie makes breakthroughs on understanding the Intersect. She’s found a way for Chuck to better compartmentalize the information so it doesn’t overwhelm him. Ellie throws a bachelorette party for Sarah. Carina returns, Alex is there, and even Beckman surprises everyone by attending. It is a small gathering, since Sarah doesn’t have many friends. The men return to link up. MamaB crashes the party with a small contingent of security. Guns are drawn. MamaB calls her folks off. Beckman calls her “ma’am”, Ellie and Chuck call her mom, and MamaB replies that she is called many things. We get the backstory on why she left. She’s back because her family is in danger. Chuck spills the beans on what he’s found out about their collective enemy.
4.12-4.13 We get yet another epic, game changing finale with a wedding. Casey walks Sarah down the aisle (sorry, as much as I’d like to see Gary Cole again, it would be too much of a repeat of the Orion scenario), Morgan and Awesome are groomsmen, and Ellie and Carina stand up with Sarah.
Ok, so are there holes? Yep, and you can drive a semi-truck through all of them. I just wanted to hit some of the things I think are important-themes, and how I would go about accomplishing them. I have been guilty in the past of comparing how the writer’s do their thing with how I see it playing out (I know you are all shocked) so I will have to be cognizant of that as we get closer to S4 and my reactions once we see the season unfold.
Until then, I will dare to dream, Chucksters, and continue to bore you with my contrivances. Cheers! -amyabn