16 January, 2012

21-Days of CHUCK! Day 11: Chuck's Functional Family


It may sound strange to call the Bartowski's a functional family, what with both Mama and Papa B running out on their kids, but there exists both a solid foundation and a heavy dose of love between Chuck, Ellie, and their parents. Not to mention their supportive secondary family members.

As we see in flashbacks, at some point Chuck and Ellie had healthy relationships with their parents. They were read stories by mom and dad seemed to have well meaning and thought provoking conversations with his kids. There was apparently pancake time that held some significance (both good and bad).

Problem for the kids was that mom and dad were secretly in the spy game. And eventually mom had to leave to go on an extended deep undercover mission (yes, it is ridiculous but at least it didn't violate canon). Dad stuck around for a bit until he too disappeared while on a pancake run (see? I told you it could go bad).

As we would find out later, both parents abandoned their children in order to protect them. At least they had each other. Ellie became more of a mother to Chuck and the two remained close until the end.

Morgan, with his own personal and perhaps family issues, latched onto Chuck when they were boys and they became fast friends. They two would become as close as brothers and either would give his life for the other.

Ellie would meet her future husband, Devon aka Captain Awesome, in a supply closet in med school and bang him so hard that he would never leave her side (until the writers needed a subplot where we found out they broke up or something at some point, like it matters).

Captain Awesome would become something of a big brother to Chuck, at least until he found out about his spy life, when the two would essentially flip roles.

Eventually, Chuck would find his dad, then his mom (after dad was killed by the evil Daniel Shaw) and find some kind of closure with respect to the wounds of his childhood. But even with the abandonment by his parents, Chuck always had a solid, functional family around him. It made him the man he would later become and defined how he utilized the powers he would eventually be given (or did he take them?).

In the previous article, I talked about how Sarah had a dysfunctional family and how that drove her into Chuck's world. Perhaps part of Chuck's attraction to her, outside of the fact the she is a smokin' hottie, is that he sensed her need for someone like him. Be it subconscious or something he was aware of, the two had a seemingly instant connection.

She needed his stability and dedication to family.

And he needed to be there for someone who needed him.

A perfect combination forged by the actions and sometimes misdeeds of those who loved them.

What say you, fans? Comment below or I shoot the penguin.


33 comments:

  1. You have a thought provoking and beautiful way with words and ideas. You claim to not be a shipper but I suspect you are a romantic. Am I right?

    --Steph

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  2. Aww you big ol' softie. Marshmallow ;)

    Well said and I agree.

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  3. You are riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside an enigma, Magnus. Sometimes you are wild and funny. Sometimes crude and cruel. Other times you are fiercely aggressive and ready for battle. And then you say or write something really sensitive and thoughtful and spin a confused girl around.

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  4. You'd have to whisper a few more sweet nothings into my ear before that happens. Plus, isn't the man supposed to do the proposing?

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    1. I believe in empowering women.

      Granted, I must warn you, I will only break your heart. Trespass is bitterly cautioned. ;)

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  5. GET A ROOM YOU TWO!

    Well said. Article I mean.

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  6. Well said DR.... but the article needed at least one fuck or motherfuck.

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  7. You tied those two articles together nicely.

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  8. "Captain Awesome would become something of a big brother to Chuck, at least until he found out about his spy life, when the two would essentially flip roles."

    Never really thought about it that way, but that's a good observation.

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    1. Agreed. Magnus may be the best in the entire fan base when it comes to minute (is that how you spell it?) character details most of us never even think about.

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    2. I think HGF is referencing all the times Awesome stuck up for chuck with Ellie and all the advice he gave chuck including dance lessons :)

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    3. Also the way Chuck looks up to Awesome as a larger than life guy. The way you view a big brother.

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  9. Well Chuck me!! I think he's got it.

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  10. BTW--As we ramp up to the finale, I'm using your top ten list as the episodes to watch.

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  11. One thing that is probably worth a mention is that Chuck's family not only affected Sarah, but also Casey. He has always been "kind", as much as Casey can be, to Ellie (maybe because of her cooking), and for me now he is to some extent part of the Bartowski family too.

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    1. I talked about the effect Chuck has had on Casey in Casey's article. But I don't think the family aspect is what changed him. Casey is more self absorbed. He is about what happens to him and how it affects his world. His call to duty is a white knight phenomenon, whereas Sarah's is a need to belong. That's why Chuck's family is so directly important to her.

      That's not to say that Casey doesn't care about Chuck's family. But Sarah would have killed for and died for them early on because she knew how much they mattered to Chuck. To Casey, Chuck's family was an objective. It's not until Morgan and him become friends that he begins to warm up to the family aspect of his life.

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  13. With the theme of how important family is to Chuck and Sarah I hope we have something that ends on that note for them in the finale.

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    1. Considering this season they've been talking about quitting spying, wanting normal life, wanting babies and looking for a dream home... it would be bizarre if all that didn't somehow factor into the finale.

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    2. Yeah but this is Fedak he who said that he likes to open end things with us thinking they are going on their next adventure.

      I can see some last minute twist that keeps CS with strong ties to the spy life.

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    3. Well, this time they knew for sure that the finale was actually going to be the last episode ever. And Chuck and Sarah will still have some ties to the spy life if they go through with the plan introduced in "vs the Bo".

      So no, I can't see them abandoning the direction they've been moving Chuck and Sarah this season.

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