‘Chuck’: Where have all the missions gone?
March 15th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

‘Chuck’: Where have all the missions gone?

It’s never fun having to wait for a new episode of “Chuck.”

The show didn’t air last week because of the 2-hour return of “The Event," and apparently, the show’s producers weren't fond of the wait either.

Luckily, they have a creative outlet for that annoyance.

Chuck and Sarah are going a little stir crazy because they haven’t had a mission in two whole weeks! (Isn’t that timeframe convenient?) Meta-commentary on the scheduling aside, while our favorite couple chills out in Castle, Casey sure seems to be running around doing stuff.

He has officially taken the job Robin Givens' character Jane offered and ditched his old team for a new one: returning “Gretas” Stacy Keibler (former WWE star) and Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice Guy).

I can understand why Casey would want to take on the new assignment. He realized that he had become a background player on most missions, and it’s not in Casey’s personality to wait to be called in. He wants to be running his own show.

But his decision sparks some serious soul searching for his old teammates. Chuck mostly seems concerned about figuring out who’s the A-team and who’s the B-team. But Sarah, who has significantly more time invested in her life as a spy, feels betrayed by what she sees as abandonment from her former partner.

That feeling of being replaced gets a lot worse when Chuck and Sarah discover that the “Gretas” both have intersects uploaded in their brains. Not only are they just as capable as Chuck, adaptations to the programming have removed the wishy-washy sentimentality that always gets in the way of Chuck being a ruthless spy (which is also one of my ongoing complaints about his development).

Of course, all of this has been orchestrated by Jane, who is pretty blunt and callous in her dismissal of Chuck and Sarah. But don’t direct all your hatred at her just for that. You’ll want to save some for later.

Casey, to his credit (and his own development as a character), is conflicted about the situation. He sees the pain the new set-up is causing Chuck and Sarah, and when a new mission pops up, he insists that all five people should be involved.

Long story short, the “Gretas” prove that a lack of emotions can be dangerous, and Chuck proves that it takes more than having a computer in your brain to show off your spy skills. Oh, and it’s always handy to keep a juice box around in case you need to defuse a bomb.

The intersects are removed from the “Gretas,” Chuck and Sarah are the A-team once more, and Casey is back on board with them… kind of. He still seems to be taking orders from Jane, and I’m more than a little dubious about that whole situation.

This episode wasn't bad, but it did fall flat, mostly because everything was so predictable. The minute it was said how great the new intersects were because they ignored emotions and worked like machines, it was glaringly obvious that would cause a serious problem and prove why Chuck's uniquely suited to being a spy and the only one worthy of being an intersect.

After nearly four full seasons, if you’re still determined to prove why Chuck is special, all I’m asking is that you find more creative ways to do it.

But the worst moment of predictability came when Jane decides that in order to make her intersect project work, she needs someone who thinks like a Bartowski.

Hi, Ellie. How would you like to be unknowingly sucked into this spy game of which you have never wanted to be a part of? ARGH! Jane, this is why I hate you the most.

I am on record as being adamantly opposed to how this show has jerked Ellie around with regards to both her family and her knowledge of/involvement in the spy stuff. To go down this road again, especially with someone who’s a brand new mother? You and I are going to have words, show.

I’ll save that rant for when it’s needed. In the meantime, sound off about last night’s episode below.


soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Ole Grandad

    I have a mission and one mission only that being to plow that little boys rump so long that he wont doo doo for a week.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chuck Sheen

    Never watched it, looks lame like every other show. Can't believe Matt had that much to say about it. Didn't read it. Looks gay!

    March 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ab

    Chuck and I are good butt buddies and avid salad tossers. I sure like to shine chuck's stick ;)

    March 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Last night's show was weak. The show is losing its charm, and is becoming far too predictable, boring, and...cliche.

    March 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Ok, Ellie is not being jerked around, its the script, you are acting like the person playing her is going to go absolutely crazy. One thing I've noticed about Chuck is that when all seems so hopeless and someone 'somebody out there' likes gets worked over or sidelined or possibly even may die, that something is written in for the next show that the cliffhanger left you pulling your hair out over.

    Points of interest:
    1. Ellie is as smart if not smarter than chuck and has the same emotional mindset. Add that to 'she's a mom now'. She will be perfect for the Intersect.
    2. To hell with Jane, she's gonna get the smack down for what she just did.
    3. Worst plot point I had was Caseys betrayal of his team, even if he did try to include them later his last meeting with Jane and the fact that he is setting up Chucks sister simply by not going to Chuck and telling him. He is the worst at the moment on the show.

    4.Sarah played by Yvonne Strahovski is the voice and body model of Miranda from the game Mass Effect 2 and totally hot

    March 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lois

    that chuck likes him some pooop

    March 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. a

    Yeah ! They went up chuckz caboose along with Snookis hidden weeeiner !

    March 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andy Capp

    all the missions went up chucks behind

    March 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. oldzoom

    @Ab
    Why dont you eat my skat.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Go Team Bartowski

    I think it was only a matter of time before Ellie got more involved. However, I loved the operation at the beginning, and this show still is great creatively. I am hoping for season 5.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. oldzoom

    I rarely watch network TV because most of the shows are just like another show. Cable/Satellite has much more entertaining/educational shows.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ab

      Then don't post here troll. This is a good show and we don't need you're self-important remarks. You are too high and educated for this show. Moron!

      March 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |

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