Seven Times Out Of Ten It Amounts To Nothing. Maybe Six
There has been a great discussion going on in the Spoiler Page for S5 (see the link in the menu bar above) about the so-called “Morgansect”. The fan reactions (is that the right word to use before any fan has seen an episode?) has been a bit – intense.
If you have been hibernating for the last four years and are new to Chuck, or if you decided to take the summer off to recharge your Intersect, you may want to know that “Morgansect” is the fan-coined term d’art for the concept of Morgan Grimes having the Intersect in his head, which is where we left Season 4. Some fans don’t like the idea at all.
Chuck is supposed to be the special one! Stephen told him so, and that’s what he’s been to us for all this time. So now, all of a sudden, he’s not special? Any Tom, Dick or Morgan can be the Intersect??? If your going to go that route, why not Jeff and/or Lester, then? Hum?
The shouts of “sacrilege” ring out! Torches! Pitchforks! “Remember the Name-Reveal!”
Naw. It hasn’t been quite so bad as that, but there has been a slight hint in the fans reaction that TPTB are now required to tread a bit carefully here. Many fans will be watching and waiting to see how badly their universe has been up-ended, and hoping it will be only a little and not for very long.
For myself, I’m not particularly worried. The show has gone out on these kinds of limbs before and (almost) always done the right thing. If you’ve ever done a marathon viewing, or even just seen a number of episodes that cover such an area of concern in a short period of time, you probably realize that most of those trouble spots are usually resolved rather quickly. It’s often been something external (like the Olympics or a writer’s strike) putting weeks between episodes that make it seem like they go on past the point of endurance. Indeed, sometimes it’s the fan themselves who work themselves into a froth – we are an engaged bunch, after all. We’re involved and we care.
Ultimately, I can’t minimize it. There have been fans who stopped watching the show because an arc went unresolved too long, or because the lack of resolution didn’t square with our own concept of the character’s constitution. It seems a shame.
It also seems a little inevitable, because we, and the characters, grow and change. It’s hard to accept that sometimes, when you love what you started with.
What I gather from the discussion so far is that most all the fans are still excited about what’s coming is just a week and expecting to groan a little as Morgan makes a mess of things. They also expect it to work out in the end in ways they can’t imagine just yet.
The fans are hoping the ride will be worth it once again, and are just nervous enough about it to be crossing their fingers for good luck.
Thanks to Faith, we’ve seen some of the promos and the premise looks promising to me. The idea that Chuck without the Intersect is every bit as much of a hero as Chuck with the Intersect is one that I find appealing, and I’m looking forward to hearing Sarah say as much.
So with fair warning that this discussion might creep over into spoiler territory, have at it. Tell us, please, what you think of this idea, that at least for now, Morgan is The Intersect. Can it work? Do you trust TPTB enough to give it a go, or is that a dumb question?