14 January, 2012

21-Days of CHUCK! Day 10: Sarah's Dysfunctional Family


How did this beautiful and dangerous girl turn into such an emotional mess? Ask her mommy and daddy.

Well, based on the shitty retcon in Chuck Versus the Baby, ask her mommy because she is an amazing mother who should never have let her daughter spend her childhood desperately clinging to and grasping at straws to gain the attention of her father, a grifter.

So, I suppose that no matter how kind hearted her mother was, or is, the fact that she didn't step in to save her daughter from living the life of a criminal, and forgoing all the things a child should have to develop into a stable and happy adult, makes her as dysfunctional as a parent to Sarah as the man who helped her conceive the gorgeous fair-haired beauty.

But poor Sarah, aka Jenny, aka Sam, aka many other names (though Sam was apparently her birth name) was given her primary dose of socialization by her con-man of a father who used her need to be accepted and loved by him as a tool to rob people blind. And this clearly did damage to Sarah's ability to form healthy functional relationships.

Perhaps that is why she ended up in the CIA. It was a solid foundation for her. Perhaps her first real family. She finally truly belonged to something and she seemed to excel at the job. but even then, her new family, or at least members of it, seemed to betray her at different turns. Her partner, Bryce Larkin, seemingly turned against the CIA and joined Fulcrum (later we discovered it was a double bluff). Her "handler," in the horrid retcon shitfest Chuck Versus the Baby, not only betrayed the CIA and her trust, but wanted to murder her, a baby, and eventually Sarah's mother.

It is no wonder that she was driven to protect Chuck Bartowski and to even go against the CIA when his life was put in jeopardy. After all, Chuck was always the only functional thing in her life.

But I will talk about that in one of the other 21-Days of Chuck!

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25 comments:

  1. I know baby was a shitfest and really bad retcon but if we are to use that as an indicator as to one of the reasons that Chuck rocked her world then maybe there is something in the pilot that substantiates that.

    Think the first time she meets him not only is he kind to a father in need but brings out the best of a young ballarina. For Sarah only a few days earlier she was working with people like Bryce and Ryker that would only think of themselves and what they need and want and would never ever do what Chuck did and that pilot scene is made even more relevant with what we know in Baby.

    Could this kick ass spy fallen in love with a man simply because in that particular moment he showed her something that went against everything she knew and thought about people within the spy community. The baby flashback could explain Sarah asking Casey if he ever thought about kids and a family...does that logic for Sarah make sense?

    She deals with a baby she wants to protect and realises that she does not have people in her life that can help her with a child or want to be near a child. She meets Chuck who is not only smart, charming, funny and great with kids but really likes her for her and nothing else. Does Baby make that Scene with Casey and Sarah talk about leaving the spy world for a normal life more poignant?

    I know they only put baby in there to set us up for the eventual family Chuck and Sarah will have but if one lets their mind view the situation with their hearts and not their brains then a beautiful tale can be envisioned.

    My brain says it was bad continuity and terrible story telling but my heart says the characters were always destined for this path and just never knew it.

    I guess you can only do that with characters you love.

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  2. Good write up. All the men in her life eventually betrayed her somehow: Her father, Bryce, Ryker, Chuck, Shaw. The girl had real father issues. Like you said, she was an emotional mess, so that's why I never had a problem that she started a relationship with Daniel Shaw after Chuck broke her heart. She was looking for a connection and Shaw was there and he showed interest in her. But she still loved Chuck, and when he realized that Sarah was more important that anything else and that he could lose her to Shaw, he fought for her like never before. He saved her.. literally. That's compelling writing to me.

    S.

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  3. I do not think chuck betrayed Sarah, he was just trying to be the best man he could be for his friends, family and her. She was just scared of losing a man who had innocence and sweetness. "My Chuck"

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    1. Sure, but he still disappointed her greatly and broke her heart. You can say that she was asking too much from him. He wanted to be a hero, he wanted to be a better man for her and the world. Mostly her ;).. but she wanted him out of that corrupted world. I can understand that. After all she fell for innocent/sweet Chuck, and in real life, the spy life is not a easy one. Agents/spies HAVE to do lots of controversial things and even kill for the job. If Chuck wanted to be part of the world, he couldn't stay as he was, and no doubt he isn't exactly the same man he was when she first met him. But he still retained many of the qualities that she liked and admired in him. So she had to compromise and try to undertand his position too.

      S.

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  4. I agree that "the baby" did a poor job explaining what Sarah's mother, who based on the episode seems like a pretty decent person, was doing when her daughter was running around with his conman father.

    On various forums I saw some pretty impressive explanations on the possible continuity issues in the episode, but no one really asked these questions about her mother.

    I guess people just were so happy with the fluffy Chuck/Sarah scenes + the family dinner that they didn't bother to nitpick the mother issue as much.

    Me neither, I must admit.

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    1. .. eh. *her conman father*

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    2. If fans have to explain continuity problems, then the writers failed their job. And no one could possibly explain the problem of Sarah getting the mission before she even knew what Chuck looked like (as set up in another retcon in season 3).

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    3. Where is the originality, the creativity with this show now?
      So it looks like in the final 3 episodes we get maybe 1 or 2 minutes of satisactory not even happy ending. Fedak really sucks!

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  5. According to NBC.com's Spy Dossiers she was (officially) recruited out of Harvard University. She also spent a year with the Secret Service. How come the writers didn't write that in ? Now that's dysfunctional.

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  6. I would like to know Chris Fedak's and Lefranc & Judkins thought process when writing Baby.

    I thought the show did an amazing job with building a story about Sarah's relationship with her dad from Cougars through Wedding planner.

    Then when we get the long anticipated episode about Sarah's mother they don't bother to answer why they were estranged during her childhood.

    We learned nothing about Sarah's relationship with her mother which disappointed me because it's the one chance they had in the final season to answer that.

    My attitude is why did they bother bringing Sarah's mother into the show.

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    1. Agreed, they didn't even try to make some sense out of it. But you know, all the people who LOVE the epi are the same ones who hate season 3. So as long as Chuck and Sarah are together little else matters..

      S.

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  7. Maybe as Sarah regresses from the intersect in her head we'll see flashbacks of her childhood with her mother. I know wishful thinking on my part. Meh.

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    1. You must be religious and play the lottery.

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    2. Amen. Pass the chips please. :)

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  8. If we had never had an episode leke "Baby" Sarah's backstory would be much clearer. This was an episode that muddied the backstory rather than illuminating it.

    I think my assumptions about Sarah's mom made more sense before I saw Baby than after I saw it.

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  9. **Alert** last minute dialog change eps. 5.11. Chuck: Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in. Casey: You wanna **** with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend! [Casey shoots]

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  10. Zach's still got it...he can even charm 90 year olds and get them to give him a kiss :)

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  11. zacharylevifan.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=60404&fullsize=1 Yes he does.

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    1. Man, they must really hate each other to stand there together and smile like that. Sigh. All those rumors were true.

      (that's sarcasm, you fuckin' idiots who need me to note that)

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  12. This gets even funnier. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB5wWQv7BvU&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL8BA1D60907B1286F

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