You’re Aces Charles.
Oh the grumbling, the moping, the angst, the lack of focus, it seems out of hand sometimes. But don’t worry, Chuck will be just fine. He’s going through a rough time, but Beckman’s wildcard enforcer will come through in the end. You see, it isn’t about an engagement or a mission, or even mom. It is as it has always been about what comes between Chuck and the life he wants to live, with the woman he loves. The Duck shipper in me wants to say it’s that Sarah Walker b***h who keeps leading him astray and breaking his heart, but I’ll leave that for another post. For now I’ll go with the conventional wisdom that it’s all about Chuck and Sarah. We at ChuckThis were exchanging some speculation behind the scenes recently, so while the others were busy re-designing the blog I decided to steal all their best ideas and put up a spec post, with a brief review of where the season stands. Feel free to add some speculation, but if you fear being spoiled be warned there could be spoiler-ish speculation. After the jump.
The Deck is Stacked.
Frankly Chuck needs to focus. He tends to drift aimlessly sometimes, especially when he experiences a loss or a betrayal. Five years at the BuyMore and a month or so growing a beard on the couch eating cheeseballs are testement to that. It isn’t his most endearing feature, but as Dr. Morgan notes, it is there. Chuck needs to have a goal and to feel his life has purpose and direction, and he’s a horrible multitasker so that goal usually comes down to one thing, Sarah Walker. She’s good for Chuck. Everyone has seen it all along, and he’s good for her too, but let’s focus on Chuck for a change. It is his show after all. Sarah is important though, don’t get me wrong. With Sarah, Chuck is the Chuck we always knew he could be. She draws him out of his self indulgent shell and helps him focus. She points him toward a goal and makes him feel as if he matters, even if she was a bit manipulative about it at first when she was his handler. She was after all doing it for his own good, and it isn’t like it didn’t bother her. Even then she had his best interests at heart, and she gave him direction and focus for so long I guess it isn’t hard to see why he seems to drift when she is gone. He’s getting better. We saw that at the beginning of the season when he could focus on the search for mom even with Sarah off on another mission, but lately, well it’s tougher.
Chuck went back to being a spy so he could find and rescue his mom, and wow, for a while he was en fuego. Nothing like taking down Volkoff’s top weapons broker, nearly besting Hugo Panzer hand to hand, quelling a revolution in a nuclear armed Costa Gravas and beating the A-team (with a Morgan and Casey assist) to build some confidence in a guy. But then it turns out mom didn’t need rescuing. Frankly she didn’t want to be rescued. She was a spy on a mission and chose not to be with Chuck because of that. She just wasn’t a very good mom. It’s sad.
So there Chuck is, with a mom who really did abandom him after all, regardless of her motives, and a career he wants but seems ill equiped for at times. But he has Sarah, and they’re en fuego, so life can’t be all bad, right? Well except for that psycho arms dealer who holds his entire family and his future hostage. Let’s come back to that later.
Chuck has been through a lot recently, with Volkoff and his mom and being captured and tortured and losing the intersect, well it seems there isn’t much Chuck can control in his life anymore, and he kind of lost focus. So he decided to focus on what he could control, proposing to Sarah. Except it turns out he couldn’t control that either. He wants so much to give her a future together with him with a clean slate, but something is always in the way. It has always been like that with Chuck when it comes to Sarah. One way or another spy life always manages to come between he and Sarah, whether it’s her issues or missions or asset/handler relations or his family history, spy life seems destined to keep dangling that tantalizing future with Sarah just barely out of reach. Someone really should take matters into their own hands. Unfortunately it seems that someone is Sarah.
Will Chuck Fold?
I suppose you can’t really totally blame Sarah. Sarah didn’t come up with the plan, she just volunteered to help take down Volkoff and his organization. Sarah just wanted to give Chuck, and all the Bartowskis (whom she is about to join) a clean slate and a chance at a life without a psycho weapons dealer threatening and manipulating them and their mother. It was Beckman’s lame plan to send Sarah undercover to take down Volkoff, like they haven’t tried that before. That isn’t a plan, it’s just replaying past mistakes. And why doesn’t Chuck have anything to say about this? I mean it’s not like he’s still Sarah’s asset, to be tricked and manipulated into doing what she or the government wants him to do. He’s a spy after all and he should have a say, or at least a seat at the table when these things are discussed. But then Beckman and Sarah have a point. He really hasn’t made a lot of good decisions when it comes to his mom and Volkoff. He’s been played every step of the way. He just gets too emotionally involved, and it makes for that really big blind spot. So Beckman realizes Chuck isn’t going to think clearly on this matter, fair enough, and Sarah sees it too. She probably has a point. But why does it have to be Sarah? Sarah said to trust her, that it had to be her for Beckman’s plan to work, and he does trust Sarah, but Beckman the genius thinks Sarah will somehow make everything happen that Chuck’s mom couldn’t for 20 years? This is the plan that could cost him his future with Sarah? Worse, it cost Sarah her new sense of self. She’s worked so hard to be the woman she is, and she deserves that future she’s so desperately trying to buy, but this seems a pretty lame way to go about it. She’s already slipping away, and just like she said, she’s going back to being her old self, the one that always broke his heart by putting the mission above everything else, who kept secrets from him and lied to and manipulated him, dangling that future in front of him just to get him to play ball, to get him to focus, or worse putting up those emotional walls and shutting him out because she needs “distance”. Someone really should take matters into their own hands…
The Final Hand
Does anyone think Chuck won’t come through for Sarah? Even Beckman knows better, which makes Beckman’s choice of Sarah…interesting. On the surface it makes sense. Sarah is the best, and half of Thailand will testify that she’ll do anything for Chuck. Anything. And Volkoff, the chess master, whether he can trust Sarah or not he’ll accept her. He has a dizzying intellect. He knows he can’t trust her, and he knows that she knows that he knows. You know? So he’ll keep Sarah close and use her and her loyalty against Chuck and Mary and Sarah herself. That’s why she’s such fun. But does anyone think Chuck will sit back and let it happen? Are Beckman, Sarah, Mary and even Volkoff all so clueless that they’ve introduced a wildcard into this poker game? I don’t think so, and each may be doing what they are doing for reasons yet to be seen. I think I know Sarah’s motives, outside the obvious ones, to take such a mission without telling Chuck the whole story, and a part of her may hope that she can keep him out of it, or the worst of it. I think I know why Beckman is sending Sarah, and why it has to be her to make it work, aside from the obvious outlined above. And I think I know why Volkoff is so willing to let Agent Walker so close, he loves to take what the Bartowski men want. He’s a bigger badder more evil Ted Roark. I’m not so sure Volkoff knows how Sarah feels about smirkers however.
So the final hand is about to be dealt. Casey is largely out of commission is my guess, leaving Chuck with his former partner. We’ll see what the two master spies who expertly use public transportation can come up with. Awsome and Ellie have other major concerns, which should make for an interesting story. Sarah and Mary, working together? I have a feeling they’re going to amount to more than just a pair. But we’re ready for that last hand, I expect to see a lot of bluffs and big bets on slim odds, and the stakes will be enormous. In the end, someone is going to take home a huge payout. I think it’s us fans. Team B has two, maybe three wildcards, and a joker. Volkoff doesn’t stand a chance.