How Expressions Can Tell a Better Story Than Words Themselves
Yvonne has the smile that woos most, the beautiful flock of blonde hair, and ability to make one’s heart melt with some of the best looking dresses she wore on Chuck. The taxes payers money sure did go to great use when you take in account this dress. Sometimes the dress makes the woman, but in this case we can say the woman made the dress become spectacular.While most would melt at the presence of her, Yvonne’s character Sarah Walker was a vastly different person all together. Chuckaholics have read Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker before, but I thought maybe it’s time to reboot the series as I am quite fond in writing about Sarah Walker. So, Chuckaholics enjoy the ride once more. Let’s take a journey as we take a look at the enigma that is Sarah Walker.
The first question we shall ask ourselves would be,
Does Yvonne Make it Hard to Hate Sarah’s Dark Side?
Fellow Chuckaholic Gary once asked, does Yvonne’s performance make it easy for us to ignore the callus actions Sarah took with Chuck or should I say liberties. Sarah was Chuck’s handler for most of three years, and any pursuit of a relationship would be deemed as a compromised agent needed to be shipped out of Burbank as a result, but I shall ask you this question.
What if Sarah Walker was the Sarah Walker we saw sitting across from Ellie with a gun on the table? The woman who was an elite assassin, willing to take a life if it meant the success of a mission, but something happens in the scene that makes it easy to forgive from Chuck’s point of view and that of the viewer.
The imagery happens here, Yvonne’s ability to allow Sarah to takeover really is a testament into how she molded Sarah for the viewer. Sarah’s duel personality comes into play once Chuck arrives. The killer eyes tell you she wants blood, but a few minutes with Chuck shows his effect on her.
Do we lose sight on what Sarah was preparing to do? Does Yvonne’s emotions make it easy to dismiss her actions? It’s clear we still see the Sarah we come to learn and love is still in there, but tucked away behind the persona that is Agent Walker.
However, this would not be the first time we see the killer clash with domesticated Sarah Walker. When tested enough Agent Walker had no problem coming to the surface. Remember this?
We saw Sarah Walker beside herself when Chuck was taken from her life. The proverbial calm center for Sarah was Chuck. We witnessed in Phase Three just how much Chuck meant to her. It also shows you just how much the writers didn’t understand the character themselves. When the viewer sees Sarah in this capacity. It’s hard to understand the killer beneath her skin.There can’t be this much emotion if there was no true love inside her. The killer within her begins to seek blood once the truth about Chuck’s insecurity of her being a big fish as Morgan would put it. Desperation comes to mind once Sarah learns Chuck was set to propose.
While Sarah never was confronted with loving Chuck with or without the Intersect, Morgan makes her come out with the truth. “No supercomputer in his head.” It makes Sarah see the problem from Chuck’s point of view. It makes the realization of Season Three come to pass. It’s how a simple yes becomes emotionally much more significant.
The question of love in Other Guy doesn’t seem like it’s registering inside Sarah. Chuck’s question was rather direct, and it seems like no one has ever asked her about love, but we lose sight of her wondering if she does love Chuck by her actions in the next episode. I am not questioning Sarah’s love here I am just pointing out how Other Guy really wasn’t the finished product of Chuck and Sarah’s relationship. A week without Chuck cements that love for Sarah. Raw emotion was on full display once the two reconnect in Thailand. However, the killer inside did make an appearance. It’s very sadistic in a way too. The very sadistic nature that was willing to blow up Chuck because of orders given to her by Quinn. Nickolas may have pushed the button, but Sarah left the team in the room. Orders or not love built on a long journey ruins a moment from earlier in the season.
Do Chuckaholics remember this? It makes going on this journey in understanding Sarah Walker that much more thrilling because there truly is two sides of Sarah Walker. One side we love and adure while there is a dangerous woman lurking at any moment. A Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde if you will.
You would give Sarah a pass when she was hesitant in pushing the button in blowing up the Intersect room, but she still was able to put Chuck in harms way despite her hesitation while Mrs. Bartowski was preventing her from doing it.
It’s Sarah Walker having convictions of Chuck changing to the point where she felt compelled to think of her own first kill and remembering how the first taste of blood changes a person.
Yvonne’s performance was well done to the point when the darkside of Sarah does appear on screen we forgive because of her genuine good heart most of the time.
Another time worth talking about was Sarah’s path prior to Burbank. We know the story. Sarah dealt with highly emotional situations before meeting Chuck. She had to deal with a dysfunctional family lifestyle with fighting parents.
Most children will always seek a missing parent’s approval they never see. Chuck always wanted to prove to his father he was doing something bigger then the Buymore. Jack Burton always on the road or in prison because of his chosen professional. He would naturally recruit his daughter which Sarah would always consider the invitations. The chance to be on an adventure outweighs life with mom.
The CIA enhanced the con man’s lifestyle and made her into a killing machine. Langston Graham’s personal enforcer as John Casey would say. However, one’s human nature would take over once Graham and Ryker would make Sarah realize the lengths the government would go to complete a mission. When the package Sarah was to retrieve was a baby. Sarah’s outlook on the agency changed. It would make Sarah break orders for the first time. It shows there is a heart inside Sarah that isn’t as cold as some of her other coworkers.
Sarah would question the orders, but her handler would say get the job done. It’s a difficult task to remove the human side of the equation when an innocent baby becomes the target of an assassin no matter how much of a company girl she was. The baby is a game changer for Sarah, but let’s talk more on this subject when we reach Chuck vs The Baby on our rewatch schedule.
The next part of the equation would be Bryce Larkin breaking into the CIA’s Intersect Room and destroying and sending the program to a civilian. Sarah would become the fixer of Larkin’s mess. The issue with Larkin was he wasn’t just her partner, but the Andersons had a personal relationship as well.
Thus, the news he was killed makes Sarah come to Burbank a battered and unstable woman. It’s the very reason the ballerina opened her heart to the possibilities of learning how to be a human again. Something Sarah already was beginning to inquire within herself. The look of intrigue makes the scene work. Sarah studying her mark would be thrown through a loop when she realize Chuck isn’t wasn’t a threat to national security, but a threat to her heart. The understanding part comes with where Sarah comes from. Sarah was used to assassins, spies and other underground villains that would be assigned to her. We can call this scene as the scene where Sarah falls for Chuck, but I find it more as an Icebreaker.
A refresher of sorts. A job deemed as a piece of cake from her own mouth would now become the root setter Sarah was taught to avoid all together. The idea Sarah felt the need to pack weapons on their first date indicates no love, but more of a woman still pretty much working an assignment.
However, one date changes all of that. One line on a beach changes all of that. Sarah could of left Burbank, but the power of what Chuck provided was enough for a company girl to start her reassertion into civilization. A breathe of fresh air.
Yvonne’s work made it easy to forgive the darkside with moments that take your breath away.
We shall continue with this discussion next week. As I have become a full time worker at a nursing home cleaning dishes in the kitchen. It’s why my absence as been so long recently.
I read the comments, but just haven’t had time to respond, but Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker will continue with this portion of the piece.
Carol, Lonny and Michael welcome to Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker Reboot. Please read the first 6 parts of this series if you would like.
Remember Chuckaholics is your site so play, engage but most of all remember it’s hard to say goodbye because we didn’t. We shall continue with part two of did Yvonne’s portrayal of Sarah Walker make it easy to forgive her dark side.