The Rewatch Has Begun
Welcome to the first annual Chuckaholics rewatch. You are about to go on a journey with us that will end on the 91st week of this rewatch. There will be laughs and cries, and sometimes we will scratch our heads wondering what the writers were thinking, but with all that said. Today, will start a experience for everyone to enjoy.
There are plenty of Chuck sites and podcast out there for people to read and listen. but what makes Chuckaholics different is we plan to talk about the episode
After we watch each episode, a article will be available to read. We then will compare and contrast the authors take to that of the shows. Each article of the week’s episode will be discussed on this site. It is our way of connecting the new fan with the old. Its discussing the very thing we all love on this site. It is also a way to keep Chuck alive and trending on social media.
Today marks week one of the Chuckaholics rewatch. Chuck vs The Pilot was and will probably be the series second best opener of the series. It offered everything you can ask for. From action to a little romance.
So with out further delay, below is the first article of 91 weeks of watching and discussing Chuck. Enjoy the ride and remember to keep each discussion simply about the week’s episode. In other words, limit the spoilers if at all possible.
Chuck and Bryce Trying to Escape
I will be posting reviews of each episode of Chuck from season 1 through 5. My favorite seasons are 3 and 4, and some posts will be shorter than others the reason would be I don’t have much to say about some of the episodes. For those articles, some of Chuckaholics other contributors will take the mantle from me on those particular articles. After each season finale, Chuckaholics will give an overall review of the season in one post. I encourage everyone to post their opinions and look forward to the discussion about all things Chuck.
One of the best things about Chuck was the action sequences from the start we get Bryce Larkin infiltrating the CIA’s Intersect room. In the meantime, we have Chuck trying to escape his birthday party. What I love about this scene is we all at one time or another wanted to leave a terrible birthday party, we finish the sequence with Casey shooting Bryce, while Bryce was sending the Intersect to Chuck.
One of the best lines of the episode was given by Casey here.
Casey: [Fires gun at Bryce] don’t move.
The best things about Casey was his sense of humor and one liners. He would say these kind of lines throughout the series, which was very funny. Now on with the story.
Ultimately Chuck opens Bryce’s Email and the Intersect was downloaded into Chuck’s brain. The concept of the intersect was intriguing. The fact that he heard something from the radio would cause a flash, which was very cool. I do like the story about the Intersect, but I didn’t like what it did to the overall character of Chuck. Here we have a technical expert, who on the outset was very smart. It seemed as the series went on the Intersect would become more of a crutch for Chuck than help him. Sure, it helped him on missions, but defusing a bomb with an internet virus had nothing to do with the Intersect, but we will get into that more on a later date.
We get the reason for the development of the Intersect Program between the CIA and NSA, in which they explain the government created a way for all the government secrets would be stored in one super computer and uploaded into a human brain. They sent Casey to Los Angeles to find those secrets. Since Casey represented the NSA, the CIA sent one of theirs. Enter Sarah Walker.
When we first meet Sarah, we see a beautiful woman, who would turn the heads of most men, but not for our nerd hero. He was both amazed and bewildered by such a woman in his presence. What I like about this scene is the chemistry we get from Zachery Levi and Yvonne Strahovski. I also will discuss here my first point of view here. The scene also includes the classic Vicky Vale reference to Batman.
It has been said by both fans, Sarah and bloggers that Sarah Walker fell in love with Chuck in this scene. Especially how he handled the little girl’s dilemma, but I have a hard time believing it. Don’t get me wrong, I do think she developed an attraction, but this was more of Chuck breaking down the wall around her heart, but love is very strong and way too early in the story.
Sarah came to the Buymore to learn about Chuck and his connection to Bryce Larkin. She was told that he was sent government secrets by Bryce, and she went to feel out the threat, but unbeknownst to her, Chuck will be only a threat to her way of life, and interestingly enough he will also affect the life of Casey.
For Chuck, he was not interested in Sarah in the beginning. Morgan kept asking him. Why won’t you call this girl, which was telling because it was something that would follow Chuck for the first three years of the show. Chuck never believed that a woman like Sarah would be interested in a nerd, who works at a Buymore. Sarah will have to prove over time that just being Chuck Bartowski was good enough.
They eventually end up going on a date. Chuck and Sarah are enjoying each other company, and then we get my second favorite line of the episode. Sarah explains to Chuck the reason for her move to Burbank. Her Boyfriend “Bruce” and her just ended a long term relationship and she may come with baggage, and we will learn over time the baggage she brought was both important to both Sarah and Chuck. Chuck response with the very charm that she begins to fall for.
Chuck: I can be your very own baggage handler.
The line is simple, gentle and by the reaction Sarah gives was like cupid firing his arrow. They go on to dancing and finish up on the rooftop, where she reveals the truth about Bruce. He wasn’t a Bruce. He really was Bryce. Sarah’s Partner and soon will be also her ex-boyfriend.
It is revealed on the rooftop that Chuck is the intersect and that there was a bomb in a hotel designed to kill the NATO General. The action scene from the dance hall to the rooftop was top notch and what also kept me watching the series. The romance angle will always be my first interest, but the stunts and action sequences always delivered. After team Bartowski foil the plan of killing the general. We get an iconic scene that will resurface later in the series.
Sarah clearly cares about Chuck already. There is no denying it now at this point. She shows the ability to be a shoulder Chuck can lean on. Her line here is a theme throughout the show
Sarah: There is one more thing you can do for me….Trust me Chuck!!!!!
Something that gets tested throughout the series.
The rest of the episode have funny moments. Especially how Jeff tells Chuck that maybe the ninja will return to finish the job. There were two characters that I found very annoying. Ellie and Morgan seemed obnoxious at times. The truth is Ellie is the least favorite of mine of all the characters.
Morgan comes off very clingy in this episode and throughout season one. I didn’t like Morgan in this season, but nothing compares to what happened in season 5 more on that when it comes.
Overall, I enjoy this episode a lot. The truth I was hooked on Chuck after the first scene with Bryce and Chuck both trying to escape, and it ends with Casey and Sarah both in the Buymore. Something that will be a theme throughout the series.
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Next Week’s Episode will be Chuck vs The Helicopter. Also please note that some of the images are from Chuck and Sarah Media.com. They have excellent pictures of both Chuck and Sarah. I highly recommend them to everyone for viewing purposes.