David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and Natalie Cole all have something in common recently. They all have died over the past few weeks and it made me think of how death can bring an end to something or someone special.
Chuck fans are lucky enough to have young cast members, but let’s not lose sight on the potential of death hitting the series. There are certain things that I know for sure. I can’t see anyone play the characters we love other than those that have played them.
I remember reading how Sopranos was close to coming to the big screen, but the death of James Gandolfini all but ruined that chance because no one can play Tony Soprano better than James.
We also should think back at the moments when we saw death or near death moments that nearly broke those around Chuck. We begin with one scene or should I say two.
Bryce Dies Twice
For a man thought to be dead, Bryce Larkin has the proverbial nine lives. The opening moments of the series had us believe Larkin was killed. Casey held claim to the demise of one Bryce Larkin, but like Hollywood often does we learned Bryce was anything, but dead. Bryce’s return makes things interesting as it was untimely. Why? you ask. The moment would interrupt the first magical moment between Chuck and Sarah known as the incident. While Bryce’s return would move the kiss to the backburner, Bryce’s impact on the couple would become a series wide effect. However, Bryce would meet his demise in Ring II. What was your favorite Bryce moment?
My favorite Bryce scene would be his interaction with Tommy. If you read Impact Players, I felt Tommy was a great single serving baddie. He had some awesome lines like the ones standing outside the elevator when Bryce was escaping in Nemesis. Tommy said, “I wouldn’t want you to kill some random person. I’d feel just terrible.” he followed with, “This is your chance, Bryce. This is me being reasonable. Let’s go. Let’s be friends again.”
Bryce wasn’t the only one who faced death multiple times. Daniel Shaw also felt death’s wrath, but was not really dead.
In Shaw We Trust
The agency would put their faith in Daniel Shaw to help guide Team Bartowski through a war with rival spy organization The Ring.Little did they know The Ring would have plans to turn the special agent superspy. The Ring Director would show the footage from the night his wife was killed. When the video showed Sarah killed Eve. Shaw would seek revenge against the people responsible.
It would force Chuck to do something he thought was not possible which was to use a real gun. Like Bryce, Shaw would be shot and presumed dead, but he was anything but as well. Shaw orchestrated a coup within the CIA in hopes to destroy the institution from within. It left Team Bartowski to work together to stop Daniel which they do.
The problem is Shaw does something very evil. The kind of evil that words can’t explain the destruction Daniel caused. He killed Orion. A death that would impact Chuck and those around him. Orion’s death would be one that I question if a revival was to occur could be possible of a return. Orion’s location of death could be reasonable to believe Orion may not be dead. A Frost/Orion reunion would be a nice thing to see. The final part of this brief article would be Chuck’s near death occasions.
Near Chuck Deaths
Some of the best death scenes came when we saw reaction from those watching. Sarah and Casey both show strong emotion at the thought of Chuck being dead.
First, Chuck takes a trip down a side of a building when Colt drops him. We saw Casey show some emotion at the sight of Chuck dropping his way. This wouldn’t be the only time either. In Best Friend, which was the best emotional scene from a team aspect. Casey and Sarah both show great emotion at the idea of Chuck being dead. The handlers were visibly disturbed with the idea of Chuck being gone, but when Chuck was not dead. They were upset with Chuck disobeying orders, but were just as relieved to see Bartowski alive.
Verbanski Does the Job
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