January 18th, 2011
12:27 PM ET
You have to hand it to the producers of "Chuck” - they certainly know how to launch a new story arc. I just wish they had done it at the beginning of last night’s episode instead of wasting 45 minutes.
I’m thrilled to have the show back from its long winter break, but I felt let down by this particular return.
Speaking of let downs, after all those promos showing off Sarah as a brunette, it looks like we’re going to have to wait one more week for that. (Insert curmudgeonly grumbling here.)
Last night’s spy mission was irrelevant; the true focus of the episode was on Chuck’s proposal. Or rather, his attempted proposals that all got derailed.
I have to say, for a guy who has basically told his girlfriend, “I’m going to propose to you now,” and for a girl who knows it’s coming, knows how she’s going to answer, and eventually takes over the proposal plan herself, the actual attempts at proposing take FOREVER. Seeing Chuck and Sarah function as a healthy couple was a great new direction for the show. I sincerely hope we’re not going to backtrack and keep them apart unnecessarily.
Except it seems like that’s exactly what’s going to happen, because right as Chuck was about to pop the question, Sarah was arrested on charges of treason. Sure, it’s all a setup to provide her with a cover story as a double agent, but it’s incredibly frustrating.
This is what you’ve done to me, "Chuck." You’ve turned me into one of those fans who just wants the two leads to be together. I’m one episode away from giving them some horrible mash-up name. (Saruck? Churah? Forget I mentioned it.)
The reason why Sarah needs a cover story is what sets the stage for our next major plotline: she’s going undercover to try and bring Chuck’s mom home for good. I’m all for this, because it continues down a path Sarah’s been on for a while, doing anything she can to help Chuck.
Yvonne Strahovski was awesome in last night’s episode, playing a range of emotions and transitioning effortlessly and believably between charming, flirtatious, assertive and devastated. If this undercover storyline gives her more of a chance to take center stage, I think it will serve both her and the show well. But whatever happens, I’m begging you, please move the plot forward.
I also might have hoped for some relief from the B-plot about Lester and the girl his parents arranged for him to marry (ooh, thematic). Sadly, this felt like more filler and an excuse to get us to another Jeffster performance.
I enjoy the Buy More crew and want them to be involved in the show. And I love Jeffster… usually. But if you’re going to throw away a B-plot on secondary characters, why not use Ellie and Awesome, who were completely absent in this episode? A scene with Chuck talking to his family about his proposal plans would have been much more interesting than predictable Jeffster hijinks.
I’m glad to have "Chuck" back after a long absence, so we’ll just call this one a throw-away. Now that we’ve figured out what we’ll be watching for the rest of this season, I’m excited to see what the show can do with it.
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