I personally thought that the writers could have done a much better job on this one. They really need to work on carrying more of the storyline from episode to episode. I was expecting a cliffhanger, like Sarah and Casey realize he is being taken away in the ambulance and they're running after him or something.
They need to establish some sort of running plot line. They currently have to keep stalling the Charah relationship because they don't have any thing that will keep tension in the story if there isn't any of the whole Charah tension and angst.
Then, there was the Chuck and Sarah interaction in this episode. They always do the build people's hopes up and then put them down. I heard some people saying they were stopping watching it because it was getting so annoying. In this episode we see Chuck give her the bracelet, her acting warm to him, that's the hopeful part. Then, of course, we get some angst. This was more angst than we've had in a while. I don't mind angst, but seriously we need something good for the amount of angst we are getting. Sarah kills a man to protect Chuck. Nothing wrong with that. But Chuck doesn't see the man's speech about how Chuck will never be safe while he is alive, instead he sees the man offer to come peacefully and Sarah shoot him in cold blood.
I personally didn't like this episode very much because of the angst. I understand that the angst is necessary, but we need there to be more, than just Chuck and Sarah interactions, that carries between episodes. We need to have more than 3 episode arcs. We need to have a story line about trying to deal with some problem. I used to watch the show Dexter (first two seasons) and I believe that the writers need to model some of their show more off that (not the whole serial killer part). What I mean is in Dexter they have great season long arcs that continue a single storyline. Before Chuck gets something like that we are just going to see more hope with Chuck and Sarah before the eventual getting shot down by some issue.
I'd give this episode 3/5 stars.
The plot gets it 3.5/5 stars, even if I do think they should continue the story line. I mean, this guy says that he is so important to Fulcrum, why? For being a single episode I did like the plot line, although, I think that there were a lot of ideas that they didn't incorporate. I kind of feel like they wasted the hostage situation. They could have put so much more into it.
The Charah gets it 2.5/5 stars. Some people said on the Chuck boards that this thing wasn't too damaging to their relationship, but I disagree completely. From Chuck's perspective he sees Sarah shooting a guy who is willing to go without trouble. The reason this upsets me is I think they are going to lose viewers. The people who have been dissatisfied with their relationship up to now will be extremely upset with this one, right before the six week break. This doesn't seem like a good idea to me. It seems like there is a chance people will stop watching.