First off let me say what a great overall episode. "American Hero" had everything from comedy to romance to suspense and I thought did a spectacular job at balancing those aspects to make a top-notch episode. I'm going to refrain from doing an in-depth analysis of the characters and storylines as next week is the finale and I figure I'd be writing it all over again. So here are some thoughts I had during the episode and next week look for a larger thought summary of how I thought Season 3: Part I played out.
- The opening scene with Chuck In Beckman's office was so well done. I always like when the show makes light of the government or serious issues, and this scene was no exception. Beckman's office was portrayed as so ordinary and casual that it seemed like your run-of-the-mill business full of secretaries and offices rather than a place of National security. I'm also a big fan of Beckman and Chuck interactions as she does put up with Chuck's "process" as she called it. I don't know about you but I find it refreshing to see an "outsider" of Team B interact with Chuck and how they react to his ways, and who doesn't like Chuck's awkwardness in the presence of the General.
- The combination of Morgan, Devon and Casey is so fantastic and I sincerely hope this isn't the last time we see these three joining up. I want to be in that freakish bubble of handsomeness and don't worry Morgan; I'll put you in that bubble too. Honestly when most of the leading men band together, what's not to like?
- Jeffster. Need I say more? When Jeffster stalks I'm guaranteed to love it. "Both men are physically fit, should be lively," was another great line from Jeff. The show knows how to use these two well and they often seem to steal an episode even when they aren't the main story.
- Shaw: Did anyone else want to play the Darth Vader "NOOOOOOOO" when Shaw found out? No, just me? Anyway I liked this reveal a lot (I have to say I called it) and very happy the show did something like it. Like I said Im, no going to go in-depth about Shaw as we still have one more episode but to sum up it is safe to say I really liked the idea of Shaw but for whatever reason it just didn't play out. More to come on that next week though you know some of my thoughts on the matter.
- I liked how in the final scene before Sarah is about to leave you see her put the gun on the bed (although Sarah should know it never works out when she does that). To me it was a bit of a metaphor as Sarah tries to leave her spy life behind but we all know it doesn't work that easily.
*Also why did Sarah change clothes? Anyone notice that...
- Walkertowski: In the beginning of the episode Sarah says plain and simple why she doesn't want to be with him: he isn't the guy she fell for. I admit, part of me wanted to scream out hypocrite since she not only kills people but in "Third Dimension" I feel like she sort of expected Chuck to move on from the Mauser incident. However, I'll let that go for now and discuss that later. In the end Sarah chose Chuck without knowing that he didn't shoot the mark. Finally it seems that they are on the same page. Chuck repeating, the phrase "I love you" to Sarah and just to say it out loud worked perfectly for me. Yes it seems like he flip-flops every other episode on whether he wants to be a spy, be with Sarah or both but I'm choosing to believe that Chuck wanted to runaway not to shrink away from his responsibilities but because he gets what Sarah was trying to tell him in the very first episode of this season; nothing else matters.
- Best line: "I love you Sarah Walker. Always have." I mean come on, nothing else was close to this line. I don't know how Sarah didn't run off with him right then as that was one of the sweetest moments and made my heart melt.
- Runner up: "You are a Bartowski Chuck, start acting like one." This surprise line from Ellie was so perfect as that is how I felt. I thought Ellie was well used in this episode and although she didn't have many lines, she summed it all up when she did.
Some questions before the finale:
- What does Sarah shooting Eve mean? Was Eve a double agent and if not, why was she ordered to be killed?
- Which path will Shaw choose? He can either go the crazy path or realize no one is at fault and surrender his revenge. I think it is clear from the promo which one he chooses.
- Will Casey continue to be a civilian or will we see him reinstated by the finale?
- Can we see the budget cuts? In a review by Alan Sepinwall* it is suggested that things aren't on a bigger scale due to the cuts and we are seeing the effects. In "Colonel" we had a big explosion and in general fight scenes seemed grander. Although there have been some great fight scenes this season, they often seem few and far between. Fulcrum seemed more fearsome than the Ring and perhaps this is part of the reason why. Even the Ring leader, and yes I'm calling him that because the Ring seems like a circus, didn't seem fearsome enough (though I do love Mark Sheppard from BSG - though I miss the shades.)
*If you haven't read the review I highly recommend you do so. I think he brings up excellent points and says things better than I ever could.
So what did you all think of the episode?