You Know You Want To!
I’ve been trying to remain spoiler-free these past few week, so nearly everyone here has me at a disadvantage. Chuck vs. The Bearded Bandit going to be a surprise in the Buckley household, no matter what. And what we have so far, is the promise that Chuck is about to become Morgan’s handler, someone named Gertrude Verbanski provides Carmichael Industries with some competition (and someone name Casey with a challenge) and that the Buy More is about to get a business boost.
Interesting. It’s notable that everything in that list is un-attached to what we saw in Chuck vs. The Zoom. For me, Zoom held only one surprise; it was absolutely beautiful to watch. I mean, the opening scene in Jean Claude’s (Mark Hammill) gardens was awesome, and exactly as I imagined from the teaser we saw a few weeks ago.
My imagination? I imagined Chuck&Sarah as Lord and Lady of the manor, trying to decide if this was paradise, or (quite to the contrary) if this was “really them”. (Heh! As it turned out, it was, and it wasn’t.)
There’s more. The only thing I remember about Sarah’s seduction scene is that she’s beautiful. Duh! But don’t sell my powers of observation short because of that, please. Chuck running down the hall, dodging bullets and flying through the window, falling through the shards of broken glass – yeah. Very James Bond (in a very Chuck sort of way) and beautiful to see. Finally, there was Sarah dancing with – somebody… (sigh). Nice!
The beauty extended beyond the visual; there were three (count ’em, three!) beautiful speeches in the course of Zoom. Ellie’s:
Chuck, I don’t think dad wanted you to have the Intersect forever. And besides. You don’t need it. The computer didn’t make you a hero. It just gave you an opportunity to become one. Now it’s up to you. The training wheels are off, you’re gonna fall down, but I promise you, you can do this. My two cents.
And there was Sarah’s:
Sarah: Ah, well when I was a little girl, my uh, my dad’s “work” kept us moving around a lot. And I always imagined what a real family would feel like, you know. What the perfect home for us all would be… and you know. The dream house. It’s stupid.
Chuck: No, no it’s not. Hey! You can just… you know.
Sarah: Well, I always imagined a – a little white house with a red door and – don’t laugh – but it had a picket fence, just like you know, the houses that you see on TV that people live in.
Chuck: Hum. Mid-century. Very “Leave It To Beaver”.
Sarah: Cozy, homey and – simple.
Chuck: And perfect.
We’ve had tons (I’ve weighed it!) of discussions on all the new stuff is season 5. There’s no denying it – things are different. Chuck is no longer the Intersect; for the time being, Morgan is. Sarah and Chuck are very married. Sarah and Morgan are now friends who comfortably share fly-away handshakes. Casey is a father, and not NSA. Chuck and Sarah are very married… I honestly don’t want them to ignore all that, not in the slightest.
Still, things are very much the same. Chuck is a bit insecure, just like always. Chuck is still master of the Buy More, as he’s been from the start. Jeff and Lester are, well, Jeff and Lester.
And Chuck is their leader. The last beautiful speech is Sarah’s also:
Chuck: What about me though? You and Casey are super-spies, and Morgan is the Intersect. Who am I? What’s my job?
Sarah: Chuck, you’re our leader.
Short, but to the point. Like the Nerd Herders, Chuck always was the leader. This is from the Pilot:
Chuck: No no no. Hold on a second. You have to leave my family and my friends out of this.
Casey: We’ll see.
Chuck: Look. Bryce sent that e-mail to me. I’m the one remembering your secrets, which means you have to listen to me. Both of you. And right now, I’m gonna go home.
Casey: [Grabbing Chuck] No you’re not.
Chuck: You – you need me.
I think they always did. The only difference now is that everyone knows it, including Chuck. Responsibility also weighs a ton.
Despite all the stuff we’ve seen happen to our couple, these are the things I hold onto. These things are why I still relate, and they’re very much in my comfort zone. Chuck being Morgan’s handler is not a new thing, after all.
Last week was all about setting the stage. Now I finally understand what I expect to see coming up. Between Gertrude Verbanski, Clyde Decker and the everyday trials of married life, sooner or later I expect to be taken out of my comfort zone. It’s going to be exciting, and I suspect it’s going to start tonight.