Chuck Rundown: Episode Nine, "Chuck vs. the Sensei"

After all the romance, betrayal, and drama of the Jill episodes, it was a bit of a letdown to watch what felt more like a regular ol' episode of Chuck this week. Not that I didn't still laugh out loud (a lot) - I just wished for more of an ongoing case or something to help focus my attention. Luckily, by the end of the episode we've learned a bit about Chuck's next mission, and boy, is it a doozy. To talk about it, just read more.

This episode is largely about moving on after a betrayal: Chuck has to deal with losing Jill again and returning to his normal spying-and-no-romance life, while Casey discovers that his sensei (Carl Lumbly! Dixon from Alias!) has turned to the dark side and has convinced several of his past trainees to go rogue. The downside of this is - well, what do you do when you get betrayed? You get wallow-y. So Chuck's not sure he wants another case and gets banished back to the Buy More, while Casey reveals that he has these things called "feelings" that can get in the way of his tough-guy act. Sarah mostly navigates their childlike emotions and tastes wedding food.

That said, there are still a bunch of great moments, like Casey luring Chuck down into the control room with his faux feelings, then using his fingerprint and eyeball to get access to all sorts of government information before chaining him to the counter of the Orange Orange - which, as Chuck discovers, isn't such a bad place to be trapped, what with all the yummy toppings. That little sequence is pretty great overall, with Chuck's gummy-worm lasso rescuing his cell phone and the liquid nitrogen helping to remove his handcuffs ("Those seven years of MacGuyver finally paid off!"). Also, Casey's usually the guns-and-intimidation guy, so to see him take down his former sensei using nothing but his bare hands and the wrath of Chuck's "I love you" was pretty fantastic.

But I'm most excited about what happens in the final moments, after Ellie's wedding-related breakdown with the irrepressible Awesomes and the revelation that she really just wants her father to walk her down the aisle. Chuck's resolved to find his dad now, which makes sense - after all, he has all the resources of the NSA and CIA at his disposal. (It's like Google-stalking, but a thousand times more powerful!) Still, though, I cringed a little when Chuck guaranteed Ellie that their dad would show up for the wedding. I mean, you can try, you can hope, but you can't really guarantee that sort of thing, right?

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Dec 5, 2008 2:36AM EST

I think this episode was well done. In fact, I liked it a lot better than some of the more recent episodes. It kinda had a little of everything that makes the show so great. Great character development and interaction, and we even got to see a bit more of the quirky stuff we expect to see going on in the Buy More while Chuck's out there saving the day, and then ruining the day, and then saving the day, only to ruin it again, and then . . . you get the picture. In the end Chuck did save the day with his special, patented Chuck-ness (I loved the MacGuyver reference!), and I'm rather pumped about his new personal mission. I look forward to this being incorporated into the next episode.


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Dec 9, 2008 4:03PM EST

Hmm, I can see where you're coming from, but I think it's good to have a break between the longer storylines, unless the whole show is a Lost-esque monstrous storyline. As awesome as the arcs such as the Jill Trilogy are, I think in retrospect it will be a good thing to have a slight break from such dramatic installments.

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