When watching television, movies or reading books. We are able to distinguish the villain and the hero. Some are easy to spot and others take time to reveal itself, but does a villain always have to be human? We often know that writers use figures to represent an ultimate theme. For example, a grim reaper represents death, or a dove represents good, but what happens when the main baddie really was a whale, ocean or could it be a profession?
The CIA and NSA play a role in all of the character lives in Chuck. Some of the bad guys were at some point or another affected by these two intelligent agencies. Let’s take a look at some of the people that were affected the most. Daniel Shaw, The Bartowski family, Sarah Walker, Devon, Alexei Volkoff/Hartley Winterbottom, John Casey, Bryce Larkin, Morgan, Nicolas Quinn and Ted Roark have all have had their lives turned upside down by being a spy. Lies, cover ups, manipulation, and backstabbing all played roles in agents’ crossings lines.
The idea here is to take a look at how the spy world was full of double crosses and created some of the best bad guys, who were all working for the CIA at some point, from Roark to Quinn and everyone in between, we can pin point the real villain of Chuck.
Quinn, Shaw and Volkoff
All of the key bad guys are intrigue part of the Intersect story, and some were directly affected by the program. The CIA/NSA turned Hartley Winterbottom into the world’s psychotic weapons mongrel/developer, Alexei Volkoff. The story all was connected with Orion, Roark, and a scientist named Hartley. All three men created the original Intersect, and despite Orion’s protest Hartley wanted to be tested.
After being tested, the CIA gave Hartley a cover, which we know now as Alexei Volkoff. The cover suppressed the mind of Hartley and assumed Volkoff as his real identity. What happen to Volkoff was the same path Chuck was on in season three, the difference was Chuck had a stronger support system in leading him from the dark side.
What happened to Hartley would ultimately make Orion spend the rest of his life trying to look after and help Hartley, and Orion I believed sent Mary to look after Volkoff, but it did not help. The CIA made Volkoff a mark, and taking down Volkoff Industries became the mission of the intelligent agencies.
Team Bartowski soon learn of secret files about Patient Agent X, which would be information on, who Alexei Volkoff really was. Enter Decker, who removed the intersect out of Hartley. The CIA still was hell bent on keeping the whole mess quiet because of the implications it would bring from the public. Decker was used to clean up the mess, and ultimately would cause Chuck to turn on the CIA for a day.
Hartley would be one of the worse cover ups the CIA did, and the methods in which to prevent the secret getting out speaks volumes on how bad the CIA screwed with people and families.
The next bad guy on our list would be Daniel Shaw, this story would be more about the CIA and Langston Graham, than the intersect, but the theme would be the same. Graham ordered Sarah Walker to kill Evelyn Shaw, and it would be her red test. The CIA would tell Daniel Shaw that the Ring killed her.
Like Hartley, Daniel Shaw was a good guy at first, and he would spend the next five years on taking down the Ring, He would eventually join Team Bartowski and work with the very woman who killed Eve, and what makes matters worse Sarah and Shaw began a romance.
Shaw never knew this until the Ring showed him the surveillance from the night of his wife’s death.
It was understandable for a man who was lied to by the very agency he worked for. His new mission would be to break the system from within. Chuck or Sarah ( not willingly) did not cause this, but attempting to kill him made him an enemy of him as well, but not the main focus.
The villain here is not so much Shaw, but Graham. What was the real reason for him to order the hit. We will never know, but we can speculate. Why was Sarah the one chosen to do the hit? So many question still about the reasons Evelyn was killed, but that didn’t matter anymore for Shaw.
Shaw joined the Ring and attempted to kill Sarah. She was saved by Chuck, but the reasons for trying to kill her was to show the CIA they betrayed the wrong man, and feel the pain he suffered during that time. I personally can’t fault him for that. I also can’t fault him for wanting to kill Sarah, and the real crime here is the CIA covered this up as well. We than get to one of the series interesting and diabolical baddies in the entire series. Nicholas Quinn, who did the most damage of all the bad guys in the series.
Unlike Shaw and Hartley, Quinn is a very different character, in fact I want to voice my opinion on this character here, I am a big fan of characters that make impacts, whether it was a good guy or bad guy, and Quinn offered an impact that none of the other baddies offered. Let me explain.
The most important thing to Chuck was his family and friends, and by Quinn erasing Sarah’s mind, Quinn hurt Chuck where it mattered the most. This kind of impact should not be left for the last four episodes of the series.
Nicholas Quinn’s connections to Bryce, The Ring, Fulcrum and Volkoff Industries means he was involved throughout the series and to be mentioned at the end of the series really was a poor decision by the writers.
Now with that off my chest, Quinn claimed that he was a former CIA agent, who was supposed to be the first agent to download the intersect, Bryce stole it from him, which means Fulcrum was trying to get it for Quinn, and the Ring would take over after Fulcrum failed. Quinn also explained that he was bunkered and phased out of the agency once the Intersect was located in a civilian, which meant the government didn’t need Quinn anymore, which would turn him into working with Fulcrum, The Ring and Volkoff Industries, which all three were taken down by Team Bartowski.
He knew everything about Charles Bartowski/ Carmichael, and if this is also the case than he has been involved since day one of this story, so again why leave him for the final four episodes.
All three major bad guys all affiliated with the CIA, and all three were expendable because of covers and lack of need. It caused them to become enemies of the agency, and ultimately taken down by Team Bartowski. However, there was a price for each side. Chuck loses his wife and parents. Bryce gets killed and Sarah Walker becomes a stone cold killer until the baby incident. The NSA also screwed with Casey, which will be the topic of the next article.
The next article will showcase how Team Bartowski was affect by the CIA in more detail.