Let Us Speculate Then, You And I
Over the years, it’s been easy to root for Chuck to be “the hero”, hasn’t it? For Morgan, it’s not so easy. I mean, he’s a nice enough guy. He’s been loyal to Chuck (and now to Chuck&Sarah together), he’s been kind and thoughtful enough, even if he’s been a bit creepy at times to Ellie. He’s been a friend in need and a friend indeed. Don’t forget how he grabbed the electric wire and jumped into a puddle to stop Packard, T.I. and Mackintosh in Couch Lock, now – that was heroic!
But we still don’t exactly want to see him that way. We want to see Morgan as the side-kick, the man-servant, and the best friend. He’s been a little helpful, a little in the way.
We can’t forget that, all in all, Chuck has had good reason to keep Morgan as his best friend. But when you get right down to it, it’s been a little hard to understand why that is. Chuck has had to spell it out for us, slowly.
Look, Sarah? I don’t have parents. I mean, not really. I don’t talk about it because that’s just the way that things are now. But it wasn’t always this way. Morgan was there the first day that my mom took off. He didn’t say much, because, honestly, what is a fifth-grader supposed to say? But we sat there and split a cherry cheesecake and played “Legend of Zelda” all night long. And my dad, well, that’s a whole other story. But Morgan was there for that too. Morgan is more than just my best friend. He’s my family. Before you got here, and long after you’ve gone, Morgan is my family.
I have a growing feeling that something is different now. The previews and clips we’ve seen this week has shown me yet another side of Morgan; he’s grown annoyed at Jeff’s way with Scrabble, his attention is not on games but on adventure-for-real, and he’s increasingly unwilling to stay in the van. In Chuck, that’s a huge indication of change. It’s a bigger change than turning in a gray blazer for a manager’s suit.
Something is different about you. The confidence. The straight spine. It can’t be true, but…
Carina is very observant, more-so than Chuck, sometimes. There’s a feeling in the pit my stomach that this change is not a good one. The Intersect has a history of doing bad things to good people and we almost expect this to be another instance. Everyone’s got their demons, right? And when you think about it, the only character in the show who’s kept his a secret is Morgan.
But I’m not sure this is going to be about Morgan’s dark side, and I’m also not sure that whatever’s going on in Morgan’s head is a bad thing. That would be too simple, direct and repetitive, really, and the change coming over Morgan isn’t decreed by law to be a bad one. We know the Intersect has always been a catalyst for change and there’s definitely something serious going on with him that’s about to break through to the surface. I wonder if that something is not a new problem, though, caused by the machine but something that’s been there from the beginning.
Up to now, Morgan has been a dreamer and a schemer a bit of a clown. Like you do for your brother, Chuck has taken pains to fight for his dignity, and he always has. But things are different now. Morgan is The Intersect and may not want Chuck to look after him the way he’s done. It’s not about being asset and spy, or about being student and teacher, newbie and mentor. Chuck and Morgan can’t be that way any more; they are equals. This is about the saddest of all experiences, growing up.
It may be true that Morgan is in big trouble with that computer in his head – I’m sure he is, in fact. But that is only part of the story. The real darkness is the wall coming between Morgan and Chuck, the wall we didn’t see them building brick by brick.
There was a moment in Season 2 when things hit bottom for Chuck. As he and Sarah stood on a wind-swept desert, 100 miles east of Barstow, he knocked on the door to Stephen’s trailer and got no answer. Chuck was not pursuing Sarah at that moment – he had put that aside to search for his father. Now, even that was gone. Chuck was so discouraged that the only thing Sarah could do to help at that moment was to touch him.
This time, it will take more. Between Morgan and Chuck, no touch will help.