The first episode of Chuck aired 7 years ago today (24th September 2007)
Has it really been 7 years? No wonder my students had no effing clue about this show.
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I need to stop (re)watching this god damn show.
I’ve been away from Chuck for a few years, and, as some can probably attest to on Twitter, my love of the show slowly dwindled when Season 4 began a slow descent in writing quality (let’s not even mention the ending for anyone who is a big fan of Sarah Walker).
One of my best friends, however, recently enjoyed the entire series from start to finish on Netflix. When asking her what her favorite parts of the show were she told me two moments stand out for her: Orion and Sarah’s final arc in Season 5. In that vein I decided to go back to the show from a new perspective: without being a rabid fanboy of the show.
I love the first two seasons, but Season 3 had some rough spots in its arcs (Shaw) from my collective memory banks. Going back with fresh eyes, what stands out the most in the first 13 episodes it is amazing how Shaw comes into the show guns blasting, and Shaw shows he is an incredibly compelling character who can change up the dynamics. He does so in the beginning, by putting Chuck into situations that further his choice and training of being a spy.
Looking back now, my blood boiling hatred of Shaw has mostly diminished. He is ultimately very much like Chuck, he found love in his job with Evelyn like Chuck does with Sarah, and the consequences of being a spy cost him all of it. Sarah too, her actions of being spy, force all these emotional consequences into play. Even Hannah, looking back she’s less of a foil to the dynamic of Chuck and Sarah, and more of a character that demonstrates to Chuck that the life he knew just a few short years ago is no longer feasible. She is collateral damage, and if he tries to live a civilian life in an agent’s world, then he will only put more lives in danger.
I want to make this post short and sweet rather than writing thousands of words on a show that has now been over for a few years. In the end, Season 3 played Chuck against his two lives, and it was about watching him navigate his civilian, family and friend oriented life with his chosen career and destiny of wanting to be a spy. While the obstacles felt unnecessary to those of rabid fans revisiting with a clear mind and strings left me with a feeling of completeness. It’s clear that the show had a very strong inkling there were not coming back (as we the fans know) and decided to burn through absolutely everything they wanted to do in the few episodes, so some things were rough and some things felt forced.
Maybe one day I’ll revisit seasons 4 and 5.
when you’re at a classy dinner party and someone throws their leg
Never gets old; this epic, masterpiece of a television episode.