'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Masquerade': Casey & Morgan vs. the third wheel

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I transfer my energy... 

"I think it's time we both grow up." -Morgan

There's a lot going on in "Chuck vs. the Masquerade." It's one of the rare episodes these days to not only feature the entire cast but to give them all something of note to do. (Well, maybe Big Mike's presence was a bit skimpy, but he at least had a good reaction to the shell-shocked Ellie and Awesome.) It has a spy plot (Operation Bartowski has to save Volkoff's daughter Vivian), a spy subplot (Robin Givens tries to recruit Casey) and various personal subplots all built around various characters trying to grow up and figure out what to do next with their lives. It has one of those rare-but-welcome Sarah/Morgan scenes, a whole lotta Chuck and Morgan bonding, and an Ellie/Awesome subplot that's actually entertaining on its own (as opposed to the "well, at least they got screentime" feeling I sometimes get when those two are on their own). It even has room to stealthily build up the character whom I'm assuming will be one of the big bads of season 4.1. 

It is, in other words, a much denser episode of "Chuck" than we often get, and one that handled almost all of its assignments superbly. Lots going on, but it didn't feel too busy. Read More...



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