Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The A-Team (4.18)

NBC Synopsis:  CHUCK FEARS THAT CASEY HAS A SECRET THAT MAY SPLIT UP THE TEAM — ROBIN GIVENS, STACY KEIBLER AND ISAIAH MUSTAFA GUEST STAR –Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) investigate when they suspect that Casey (Adam Baldwin) is carrying out private missions. Meanwhile, Chuck fears that the CIA’s seemingly-perfect new operatives (guest stars Isaiah Mustafa and Stacy Keibler) will render him obsolete. Elsewhere, Morgan settles in with a new roommate, and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) panics when Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) embarks on a potentially dangerous line of research.

Chuck This Ranking: 64
Dave’s Ranking: I agree

First Impressions: The A-Team Reaction Post

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The A-Team (4.18) by Dave and Joe
Summer Re-Watch 4.18: Chuck vs The A-Team by Dave and Thinkling

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23 Responses to Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The A-Team (4.18)

  1. Justin says:

    I like how competitive Chuck and Sarah were this episode. My favorite scene is when Chuck is at Morgan’s door, trying to convince him to let in while Sarah managed to break in behind Morgan’s back before tranquilizing him.

  2. A tean is interesting and reminds me how many soild episodes chuck had…lots of fun stuff here. Sarah was always great at surprising Morgan…one of those subtle things that exist’s even after her memory gets suppressed.

  3. The Madness on Castle is finally over….and it didn’t take 13 episodes

    • oldresorter says:

      Wasn’t much of a payoff for how much harm it caused. Although in all honesty, it wasn’t even much of a separation either, just a plain bad idea. The next part of the arc should actually be fun, but I doubt the writers will ever win their fans back. I suppose there must be shows that on purpose alienated large portions of their fans that were highly successful at it, I don’t know of any, but there must be. It didn’t work for chuck, it’ll be interesting to see what it does for Castle. I wonder how the publicity will be during the long hiatus, will the show spend money to try and woe people back, or will they slowly slink out of the room licking their wounds toward cancellation. For me, I’ll stay tuned to the bitter end, I mean how much worse can the story get than this arc?

      I’d put the A team in the upper half, still fun Chuck is better than any season 3 other than HoneyM and RoleM, some of season 5 and a third of s1 and s2. On second thought, 64 might be about right, the upper crest of the bottom third or the lower half of the middle third. OK – I’m good with 64.

      Scorpion really is doing well! Seems to creep up my show appreciation list each week.

      • atcDave says:

        I saw an interview with Castle show runners and they seemed pretty unrepentant, so I’m not ready to tune back in. I get that they have to sound confident, but I’m so annoyed by this culture of admit no wrong; until I get some indication they have learned lessons I’m not inclined to give it another chance.

        I’ve also bounced around some on evaluating this episode. But I think bottom line is fun without being important. So I like it right where it polls.

        Scorpion is okay. I do mostly enjoy it. But Walter is such a foolish, broken man it’s hard for me to build much enthusiasm. I like pretty much everyone on the show better than Walter!

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Well with only a 12 episode order, no news of a backorder, and the fact that both stars signed one year contracts, my guess is that Castle is on its way out. And while I’ll miss new episodes, it plays well in syndication.

        With syndication to provide their revenue stream there is less and less reason for ABC to spend money on new episodes or go through negotiation with the stars again.

      • garnetflint says:

        My thought is that they blew it with Castle when they ended last season on what would have been a perfect seriees finale. They then had to do the “reset” and pull Castle and Kate apart. I am sad to see them going out this way, but not totally surprised. I Hope they will pick up. The last episode I watched was with Adam Baldwin and he did a great job of his Slaughter characte, but NO KATE! I don’t know what they were thinking! I might end up watching Miranda reruns if this continues.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Those of you who are interested can read the show runner’s thoughts on the front third of the season here.

  4. Even in the down ratings climate where upper 1s seems to be acceptable for renewal on the Big 4; Castle is sagging to the finish.

    Dave, you really are being overly harsh toward Walter; he sees everything as it relates to science…as most people with high intelligence do. The relationships are why I watch this show (much like my reason for watching Chuck) and the cast is great. I’ll be interested to see when Walter and Paige’s relationship gets to the next level and if these writers handle it better than those who shall remain nameless

    • atcDave says:

      I’d like to see the statistical proof for asserting most smart people relate everything to science! Perhaps it’s true most people who *think* they’re smart relate everything to science…
      The fundamental problem with Scorpion is that it’s a show about geniuses written by people who obviously are not. It often has very high “cringe-worthy” factor.

      • Everything is over exaggerated in TV, that’s why its TV…besides CBS can’t afford to worry about the validly of the science in Scorpion while they are paying a mint to keep big bang on air unless you mean something else when you say “cringe -worthy”?

  5. Martin Traynor says:

    This episode rates a lot higher for me – top 20 for sure, maybe even top 10 (on the right day). I LOVE the Chuck/Sarah dynamic here. They really gel as a team, and it’s fun to see the competitiveness of Sarah come out. I see here how very much she likes – no, make that loves – being an agent WITH CHUCK. Later on she’ll want to leave the life in favor of something safe for a family, but for now, she wants to be the best at whatever it is she and Chuck are doing, and that happens to be going on missions.

    I also very much enjoyed the silly, almost throw-away scene of them playing “Operation” at the beginning. To see the great and powerful Sarah Walker playing a “board game” with Chuck was really sweet. And them to have them spying on Casey was fun as well. Between that and them tricking/tranqing Morgan, it was almost like they were playing spy more than being spies for the first half of the episode.

    The only thing I found a little hokey (and believe me, I embrace the hokey on this show more than any other), was when Sarah asked he he was about to disarm a nuclear bomb with fruit juice, he says yes, then she says OK, do it. That came off as a little too meta for me. Still enjoyed the scene and Chuck using his brain WITH the intersect to get the job done, though.

    I also wasn’t too keen on Casey basically putting Chuck in the sacrificial position of being the bomb squad. Sure they shared a nice moment when Casey gave him the juice box, but the fact that Chuck was only able to be there (on the mission) by being placed in the most dangerous position possible didn’t set well with me, especially since both Casey and Sarah seemed OK with it (which is odd given that their job for the past 3+ years was to protect him at all/any cost).

    • atcDave says:

      No doubt there was some fun stuff here, I know I had a good time with it. It is funny how sometimes it all adds up differently for some us.
      Maybe it’s like how Tango remains one of my very favorites, yet few other viewers feel the same.

    • noblz says:

      I agree completely. This episode made my top 10 (29). It has all the campy, kind of corny goodness I look for in a Chuck episode.

      Oh, and Sarah’s protectiveness of their reputation began very early, remember Role Models (3.15) and how Sarah reacted to getting more training?

  6. Martin Traynor says:

    To me, one of the things that makes Sarah such a wonderful, lovable character is that she can be so serious in silly times…but can also delve into the silly with the rest of them. In this ep., she is so hell-bent on restoring their greatness and being number one that it comes off as comical, much the way it did in Role Models. I love this Sarah, and I love Chuck with this Sarah.

    I was a little buggered by Casey’s joining/leading a new team – I NEVER like with the dynamic of Team Bartowski is played with (well, I don’t mind too much when they add a likable character, like Verbanski), but I never like seeing the team split. While Chuck and Sarah were the romantic heart of the show, for me it was/is always that dynamic between Chuck, Sarah, and Casey. Glad it gets restored by the end.

    • atcDave says:

      I agree with most of that. Although Casey thinking about moving on, especially for the reasons he has (Chuck and Sarah don’t need him anymore) doesn’t bother me a lot; as long as he gets over it soon enough!

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