But There’s No “Vs.” About It!
You probably know of the Sarah Walker Fan Girls site. Their podcasts are energetic, informative and most of all, fun (Oh yes, these ladies are real Chuck fans). Despite Amy’s best efforts, they’ve got something that we don’t have here – a very strong female voice and perspective. Hey! I try, but I sing baritone.
Attempting to fill this obvious deficiency, I went to Kris D. at SWFG hoping to be enlightened. The main question I hoped to find answers to really applied to both Sarah and Ellie, and perhaps it’s best translated into guy-speak as “Huh???”. What came out was her promise to write down her thoughts on the women of Chuck and share them with the world.
Today Kris starts my education.
My hope for the coming season is for Ellie to evolve out of her mom/sis hybrid role. For that to happen, Chuck would have to stop enabling it as well. The show has unfortunately most often used Ellie as the un-fun and naggy voice in the Chuck-verse. Season 3 showed glimpses of how much fun Ellie can be outside of that role. Whether dancing in the Generalissimo’s party, having a girl-bonding moment with Sarah in said party, championing Sarah when he was about to give up on her during American Hero:
If you love her, if she’s the one, then you don’t stop. You don’t quit. You never go too far… You are a Bartowski, Chuck. Start acting like one!
To me those lines are kinda like the verbal, swift kick in the butt only a true best friend can give. They’re my favorite lines from her. She can be sassy, and fun, and I hope they showcase that more.
Enlightenment. Kris has got it right, and as The Instapundit would say, Read The Whole Thing (and then leave comments). The show may be centered around Chuck, and our attention is always focused on The Romance ™. But this time around I start to have no doubt that Sarah Lancaster’s Ellie is going to be central. The sister/mother/wife is also going to be daughter in S4, and it’s going to have an impact.
Just look at how much the relationships have changed. Chuck & Sarah as a couple is almost the least of it – at least we could see the contours of that relationship from the beginning. Casey and Morgan, Morgan and (potentially) Alex, Chuck and Stephen – those are all different. Up to now, Ellie’s relationship to Chuck has been eternally steadfast and unchanging. The person who admonished him to attend his own birthday party in the pilot is the same person who told him to act like a Bartowski three years later. That’s going to change in ways I can only imagine as the enigmatic Mamma Bartowski enters the room.
Once you’ve read Kris’s article, go on to listen to a podcast or two. I can’t wait to hear the reports coming from ComicCon next month, and the ladies of SWFG will be embedded right in the middle of it all.