The fighting, the bickering, people taking sides… I just can’t believe what I’m seeing on TV. It’s like they’re deliberately trying to misunderstand what the other is saying and what each has accomplished.
Oh, wait. That’s the the gubernatorial race here in Maryland. Sorry.
I’m going to be so happy when this election season is over. It’s not the terrible ads so much as the false posturing and distortions that bother me. That’s politics – sigh. What’s bothersome is that they aren’t even trying to tell us their vision of the correct path for us to follow, or the correct actions for the nation to take. Nothing so high minded. They’re merely trying to score points in a contest. Sort of cheapens it, don’t you think?
So, about Chuck and Sarah…
Let Them Not Cheapen It!
Pretty much everyone for the past three years or so has said the same thing, one way or another. Chuck and Sarah are a great couple – our favorite, in fact. It’s understandable that they sometimes make mistakes and misread each other – that’s human nature – and that’s okay because these characters are very human to us. But let’s not have too much of that! There comes a point where the bickering and mis-reads just appear silly and get in the way of the show. There’s another point at which it becomes depressing. Our measuring sticks and our tolerance for such things vary (and mine is different on Saturday from what it was on Tuesday!).
I’ll go on record with my opinion here – Chuck and Sarah are, as a couple, light years ahead of where they were not so very long ago, and since I’m one of those who thinks The Relationship ™ drives my enjoyment, that’s important to me. Comparisons to S3 are cheap and easy. Sarah putting her hands on Chuck’s shoulders and explaining that she loves him precisely because he finds a way to trust people is way better than wondering if their future is going to resemble the Turners. Other shoulder-rubs can be safely put out of mind.
A big fight is coming – that’s no spoiler. But is “fight” even the right word? What we have is a conflict of world views, not a contest for domination. Chuck is still and once again all about family. Sarah is still and once again weighing the greater good and making the hard decision to put her duty before her own happiness – and Chuck’s. These are more than just the correct decisions – they are honest decisions. Chuck and Sarah are being true to themselves.
They are terribly, deeply mistaken, too. Chuck is blinded by his emotions and knows it. If he’s upset about Sarah trusting him, he needs to be more concerned about how much he trusts her. Besides, even if he’s right this time, we (and Sarah) have to worry about the next time his blind spot comes into the picture. Jill might return, after all. How will his decision to let her go before look then? For all that, he’s almost certainly correct about Mary Elizabeth Bartowski, mother and soon-to-be grandmother.
Sarah betrayed Chuck and by not giving Chuck the information she had, broke their pact to not lie and withhold from each other. Sarah also honored Chuck by doing precisely the right thing, just as he would have and despite her own wishes. By protecting Chuck from the one place she knew he could not be objective, Sarah did more than her duty. The fact that she did in anguish precisely what Agent Walker would have done three years ago without a second thought is purely coincidental and almost meaningless.
Unlike many of the political campaigns swirling around me at the moment, I don’t find their dilemma silly or contrived at all. It’s a conflict between hearts and minds, and I’m aware of none more profound.
Believe, oh please believe, in all your wild dreams,
We’re found and still we never stop to search.
The world is swinging open, hearts and minds come first.
The time right to make up with our words.
Oh – Do you know what the opposite of a profound truth is?
Often, it’s another profound truth.