Chuck 3.10 "Chuck vs. the Tic Tac" Review

Chuck Vs. Don't Take The Blue-And-White Pill! from io9:



Last week's Chuck may have brought a long-awaited (and long-overdue) revelation, but last night's episode went one further with a couple of moments that no-one could've seen coming... including the characters themselves. Go Team Status Quo Change! Spoilers ahead.


If Chuck keeps messing with its formula as much as it has in the last couple of episodes, they'll have to start using the old DC Comics tagline, "Not a dream! Not an imaginary story!", in their teasers for what's coming up. While last week's "Morgan learns the secret" was fun - and his "You know?" scene with Awesome the comedic highlight of the episode - seeing Casey knowingly betray his country and his friends for the woman he loved brought the drama, as well as giving us some hints as to where the rest of the season's going to go. Let's consider the main points, shall we?


Casey's Fired?

I'm torn between "I hope this isn't a 'He's actually in deep undercover" fake-out" and "He'll save the world and be reinstated before too long" about this plot development, but I really like it; Casey - who's always been the one to place duty and honor above everything else (Remember that he was the one who hunted Sarah and Chuck at the end of last season without a "We can make this all better, just you wait!" ulterior motive, unlike last night's vice versa?), even, as we saw last night, the woman he loves and his own identity - as a civilian makes for a potentially awesome flipside to Chuck's own story, if they're willing to let the character grow. We know that Chuck becoming the perfect spy has been dehumanizing, but can Casey stop being a perfect spy and start being... well, human?


(Also, Casey's real name is Alex? What's with all of the real names all of a sudden?)


Casey Has A Daughter?

Please please please let this not be entirely dropped forever. Being a cynical bastard, I wasn't won over by the "This is the woman I gave up for my country" angle, but I have to admit: I'd love to see Casey try to be a father, if only for the comedic potential and seeing Adam Baldwin's grunts take on a resigned, defeated by a teenage girl, tone.


The Magic Pill

So there's a pill that makes Chuck into "the intersect he was always meant to be"... But that, apparently, includes Darth Vader-style strangling enemies to death if no-one interrupts (That was a great fight sequence, though). Chuck's look at the end of that scene made it look as if he's realized that wasn't a good thing, but between the revelation of the pill's existence and Sarah's "Never stop being Chuck, Chuck" speech, I can't help but feel that this plot is far from over. What happens if someone forces Chuck to take a pill that blocks all his emotions, for example? And who would do that? The good guys? The bad guys? Shaw, who may be either one at this point?


Sarah's Leaving?

Well, firstly: No, she's not; it'd break the show. But the idea that she's considering it is interesting, because a lot of this season has shown how necessary she is to keep Chuck grounded. If she leaves, will he turn into the killing machine General Beckmann seems to have no problem wanting? And is that why Shaw and Beckmann seem to be luring her away?


Robert Patrick Is Awesome

He just is. He wasn't in last night's episode for very long, but when he was on-screen, you couldn't take your eyes off him. Someone needs to take him on full-time. Warehouse 13, you'll do.


Last night's episode may not have been as great as "Chuck Vs. The Beard," but it was still one of the best of the season, which seems on a definite upswing - and definite direction towards some conclusion. Shame it was the least-watched show of the series to date (Damn you, daylight savings time!). Here's hoping that next week, viewers return and we find out more about where this whole thing is headed.


But what did you think?


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Mar 16, 2010 7:20PM EDT

It was ok

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Mar 16, 2010 7:35PM EDT

It was an alright episdoe, not great, but far better than that awful 3 episode block pre-vs the beard. The whole Casey plot line is one where you can see exactly how it will be resolved, which is actually ok with me, as long as they do not abandon his character until then. He will be a civilian(hopefully with hilarious results) for a few episodes, but then in the season finale everyone will get kidnapped by the ring. It will be one of those things where Chuck is by himself and everyone has been captured so he will turn to Casey to help. Casey will come in and help him save the day and then get his job back. That part is obvious, and fine, its just that they better not relegate Casey to background guy again while they build to that episode. He better have scenes where he is climbing the walls not knowing what to do with himself, maybe chuck walks in on him and morgan playing call of duty in their boxers while eating pints of ice cream; just something to play off of the "Casey as a regular guy" angle.
As for the Chuck/Sarah relationship, this is it for the creators, either do it or don't, but I think if they once again put them close only to pull back, then that plot line will have completley lost its cache. Its pretty much like the other Josh Swartz show The OC where the Marisha/Ryan relationship was never really fully realized and it just became an annoyance after a while. Please learn from past failures in that department and actually do something with that plotline or please just abandon it and move on.

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Mar 16, 2010 9:06PM EDT

You know, a thought occurred to me when I saw Casey's daughter enter the scene. What kind of mess would it be if she were introduced as a new love interest for Chuck? Now, she may be a bit too young for him (around 20?). I didn't really get a good look. But it would be an interesting new dimension to the core team's drama factor. Probably not really do-able, but intriguing at least.
Also, I too am getting a little tired of the strained relationship between Chuck and Sarah/Sam. I'm beginning to lose interest. While I could put myself in the nerd's shoes the first couple of seasons, I don't think I could ever really see it working out between them. Maybe it's because she doesn't smile much any more.
This season is far different from any of the preceding ones. I'm anticipating its future with both curiosity and concern.

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Mar 17, 2010 3:52PM EDT

'Casey and Morgan playing Call Of Duty in their boxers while eating pints of ice cream...' - f*****g hilarious!

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Mar 18, 2010 1:06AM EDT

I agree this episode was great.Ak10 with regards to the oc comparison I tend to agree I feel what they where hoping for was a seth and summer type of following but where poor in there execution ending up annoying the core shipper fanbase which is never a good thing.The blueprint for chuck season 3 is the Oc s2 .The interesting thing about tv is when shows share parents you can always see where the original concept for the character started out which isnt a bad thing but the growth of the character over the course of the show is where you begin to see how well the new environment has shaped those characters.The title for the pilot should have been chuck vs the secret identity code name cohen .getting off topic I think a very funny idea would be if caseys daughter came into the buy more and became involved with morgan or lester now thats hilarious if they decided to go down the road of lester his daughter could potentially threaten jeffster comedy gold.

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