07 January, 2012

21-Days of CHUCK! Day 3: The Chocolate in Bartowski's Peanut-butter.


In the day 2 article, I discussed the shipping, or not shipping, of Chuck and Sarah. This time, let's discuss the weight of that romantic relationship. Why was it so potent? What drove fans into such a wild frenzy, not seen on most shows?

From the moment she meets Chuck, Sarah is smitten. This cold-blooded, hard-nosed, martial arts and weapons master who kills on command suddenly finds herself in a dizzying situation. She's instantly in love but doesn't know it. All she knows is that she has to protect this weird, big-bird tall geek, Chuck Bartowski. Even when her bosses try to pull the plug, having only known him for a few minutes, she fights to keep him safe. Is it because the mission is that important to her? Sarah of season 1 would at least want you to believe that. Though, Sarah of midway through season 3 will confess otherwise.

Sarah Walker, aka Jenny Burton, aka Sam Lisa something, fell in love with Chuck the moment she met him. But how is that possible? Instant true love? Is that even real? Does it need to be?

Funnily enough, everyone around them recognizes that Sarah has feelings for Chuck. Everyone that is but Chuck. He, along with the audience, is constantly guessing whether her actions are for the mission or for him. And yet he never gives up trying to tell her how he feels about her. Well, maybe a couple of times he gives up, like when he decides to go date other girls (Lou, Jill again, and hot little Hannah).

No matter what got in the way of their potential love, they eventually (never with many episodes in between) returned the show back to Chuck pining for Sarah. And Sarah either pining or hiding her pining for Chuck. This constant pulling at the heart strings of the audience is part of what made people so passionate about the show. It is definitely what helped motivate the shippers and crazy shippers to write inspired comments all over the Internet about the show.

But why did Sarah fall for Chuck? A beautiful CIA agent who could have any man. Who, previous to dating Chuck was with a man so beautiful that it could blind you, Bryce Larkin. And then was sexed up by a smoldering super spy from England named Cole Barker. Finally, before fully giving herself over to Mr. Bartwoski, she had a tall, dark, and massive Daniel Shaw to show her every position in the book.

Yet only Chuck won her completely. Sure, Bryce died. Cole probably got stuck in some blood sausage factory in Essex. And Daniel Shaw? Well, there was the small matter of her killing his wife and he then trying to kill her. So, perhaps she just ran out of options? Hell no! She was smitten from day one. Chuck was the opposite of her. He represented the things she wanted in life. Friends, family, love, kindness, and above all else, nerdy cuteness! Sarah fell for Chuck because he made her feel the way she wanted to feel. She fell for him because he was willing to die for the people he cared most about, even when he should have known better than to try to save the day. And perhaps most of all, she fell for him because Chuck would put his very awkward and untrained life in danger over and over to save HER.

Why did Chuck fall for Sarah? Because she's a hot blond. Duh.

And maybe because he could see in her eyes the love she felt for him and it made him feel like he could do anything. Because, boys and girls, if the person you think you are in love with doesn't make you feel like you can slay a dragon while curing cancer and figuring out warp drive technology all while changing poopy diapers, don't marry them. Die alone.

Chuck and Sarah reminded their shipper and crazy shipper and romance loving audience what falling in love should feel like. Over and over and over and over again. Each week, like it was a new experience.

So, what did you think about the Chuck and Sarah romance over the years? Why do you feel it worked so well?

(Side note: they say beautiful women are happier when they marry men who are not as good looking)


43 comments:

  1. Nice article. I also think research shows that women are hard wired to be attracted to other qualities in men rather than good looks, and men the opposite. Not that Chuck is not a good looking man, he is, but in an off-beat way and of course his buffness really can't compare to Cole, etc.

    Chuck and Sarah do look good together though and the best thing is they complement each other very well like you stated - they admire/value each other's qualities.

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  2. Just a general question, I understand if everyone wants to ignore. Do you guys think it is true or not that a man feels better about himself with a stunning women on his arm and a women feels insecure with a gorgeous guy on hers? And I don't mean just a good looking guy/girl, I mean somebody a bit higher than that. A women told me that once - thoughts?

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  3. I'm not a big fan of their romance. I found their WTWT thing a bit distracting and annoying at times, tbh, but overall I liked them enough. But mostly during the first 3 seasons and a bit in S5. Thought their romance felt mostly flat in S4 for me.

    I don't believe she fell 'in love' the instant she saw him.. that's just not realistic, IMO, but she definitely liked him a lot. And Why wouldn't she? He was so honest, sweet, cute, a bit heroic, very innocent and loved his sis very much. The things she was probably looking for deep down. He represented the life she really wanted.

    S.

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  4. "I don't believe she fell 'in love' the instant she saw him"

    You calling her a liar, you fuck?! FUCK YOU! WOMEN NEVER LIE!

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  5. "Do you guys think it is true or not that a man feels better about himself with a stunning women on his arm and a women feels insecure with a gorgeous guy on hers?"

    Yes. And they have done studies on this that show men feel empowered when they are dating someone better looking than them... and women feel empowered when they date men who are not as good looking. Because a man is more likely to work really hard to make a woman happy if she is out of his league, and a woman can get her way more in that kind of situation.

    And really good looking men, or men who know they are out of a woman's league, are more likely to cheat, and cheat a lot.

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  6. Sarah was probably just exagerating to make Chuck feel good.. ;) I do it sometimes, lol.

    S.

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  7. Wait... so women lie when they say shit like that?

    Holy shit. That clears up so many things....

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  8. Agree with absolutly everything you wrote. Couldn't have said it any better and there's nothing I can add, except that I am really going to miss Chuck and Sarah. I'm not sure I will ever invest in a TV couple as much as I have in them. I have also enjoyed your blog, your writing and your insight, although sometimes I think you are very tough on the show. Thanks for doing this 21-day thing. It's a great way to go out.

    Sg

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  9. Come on HGF, this show is not exactly super realistic, is it? In real life, a woman like Sarah would end up with a guy like James Bond.

    S.

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  10. Excellent explanation! Can't really think of anything else to add. Except maybe a bit more for Sarah except for her looks, lol. Before he knew she loved him back, and aside from her hotness, I think he fell for her because she didn't know what an awesome person she was. I can't actually think of one time when Sarah has actually bragged about herself. I think she know she's beautiful and good at what she does, but doesn't really think it's 'real' or that it matters. Chuck saw that and he loved her modesty. Not to mention he loves 'fixing' things and people.

    Just what I think :)
    Lindz

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  11. Well said, HGF.

    I have very little to add, except a question.

    We saw in Cougars that Sarah was a bit geeky looking herself in high school. She was picked on by the cool good-looking people. I have sometimes wondered if that is part of the reason why she related to Chuck. What do other people think of that idea?

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  12. "In real life, a woman like Sarah would end up with a guy like James Bond."

    Well... most girls who look like Sarah would. Though, I have personally dates some amazing looking women who might have actually married me if I weren't such a self destructive nut. And I'm hideous!

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  13. Agree with everything you wrote, but Chuck is good looking too. Zac is very pretty.

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  14. Nicely summarized, HGF.

    "We saw in Cougars that Sarah was a bit geeky looking herself in high school."

    I've wondered how much of her look and mannerism in high school was real and how much was part of the Jenny Burton persona. I say this because (1) at the end of the episode, she was anything but gawky when she nearly put a knife through Graham and (2) the much younger Sarah/Sam/Jenny/Whatever in Wedding Planner was anything but shy, retiring or lacking in confidence.

    Jim

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  15. Like she told Chuck in "Baby". Her father and the CIA trained her to be a loner and rely on herself to make decisions. But she also told Casey in "The Crown Vic" she wanted to settle down and have a family. She's been conflicted since childhood. When she met Chuck he changed her. She could let the real Sam come out. Her character has grown over the 5 years. My friends prefer the lovable bumbling Chuck of Season 1. But Chuck's character has grown too in the 5 years. Sure now that they're married and the sexual tension people want to see is over but they have contemplated having a family and quitting the spy business. Do people really want to see them procreating on TV ? Maybe on a cable channel. Maybe they will sell Carmichael Industries and run the Buy More as a family business or sell it. Or as the blogs say. The big goodbye could be Casey leaving with Gertrude. The Woodcombs move away maybe help in Washington D.C. building the new Intersect. Morgan and Alex get married? Maybe they all move to Washington D.C. and let us fill in the blanks. Only 4 episodes left to ponder.

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  16. I came across an article the other day on how to tell if a woman is attracted to a man. It listed everything from the way she looks, stands (if she is attracted her hips point towards him), touch, etc.

    Watching Sarah is like the actor looked these things up and just threw everything into the performance. Sarah does all the things on the list and then some. I mean even a person who watches the show for other reasons can not help but notice. Also it is like Sarah cannot help herself sometimes...I mean the most endearing has to be when chuck gives her the old we cannot be together in break up and even though he is giving her the it's not you it's me she is still straightening is hair while he is dumping her!

    Even to this day when they rescued chuck in the last episode she put her hand on his face so tenderly. So yes the reason this is so damn fucking addictive is even when during the series the scripts said they have to be apart the actors performance screamed...I cannot do that. The way she hugged him in 3.03 even though they were on the outs was endearing too.

    The thing I will also say is man did this romance almost break the series...that is how potent it is.

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  17. I forgot about Jeffster. They train them to be spies and go around the country playing concerts and spying. Big Mike could be their Manager/Handler. Do we see a possible spin-off show ?

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  18. I think the Chuck and Sarah romance was indeed something special to behold in S1 and S2. In TPTB's attempt to remake the show in S3 the "specialness" was lost - IMO it was never found again.

    CM

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  19. I agree with you @CM and i saw some articles from critics saying the same thing
    In the first 2 seasons they had this great chemistry that made you root for them no matter what unfortunately with season 3 that chemistry was reduced big time

    Some say its because once they got together the will they/won't they element was lost,others say its because the editors/Fedak/Writers etc. forbid the actors to be passionate during scenes therefore the sexiness was reduced and others say its because "the actors just hate each other" : ) so they can't perform their scenes with the same intensity

    For me Chuck/Sarah remains one of the most memorable on screen couples i ever had the pleasure to see
    Long story short Chuck and Sarah where the hart and driving force of the show no wonder after they completed their journey(they got married) the show runs on fumes

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  20. No, the truth as told a thousand times by the site owner is that it is all down to Fedak. Look have you guys not seen the interviews they did for cliffhanger? very adorable and fantastic. They were interviewing Zach and only Zach and she ran over to do one with him with a huge smile on her face.

    She has been saying since like forever that she wanted a series where Chuck and Sarah run off and it is just them. Look you can start rumours that actors hate each other...but at least back it up with some proof, I would prefer you did not but come on!

    This is not cool.

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  21. I am not spreading any rumors Gina it was just a JOKE so you can relax : )
    as i said many times before.. as long as they give good performances as Chuck/Sarah i really don't care how they feel about each other in real life

    "No, the truth as told a thousand times by the site owner is that it is all down to Fedak"

    While i know Magnus is a fair&honest person i don't believe Fedak rules the show with an iron fist and forbids the actors to be passionate in couple scenes(Zac and Yvonne cause the others are allowed)
    especially since Yvonne said in season4 they have the liberty to even skip a kiss from the script if one of them has a cold or something like that

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  22. Fedak doesn't need to rule with an iron fist. They shoot the script, not what they want to shoot. This isn't movies. This is television.

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  23. Magnus as i said in the previous post, i trust you and i am not one of the people who feel the need to know the actors are friends or something like that

    I just hate to see people insult Fedak(who seems like a very nice person and clearly loves the show) for the actors performance

    Point blank : the kiss is in the script -> the actors have to perform that kiss -> unless you know for a fact every Chuck/Sarah kiss after Colonel had the sub note "Don't open your mouth,no passion allowed" i don't think its Fedak's fault

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  24. The hot kisses are cut, did you ever think of that? Magnus says that they edited out some of the hotness last season. Fuck, even their first ever kiss if you watch closely they edited out half of it. That was probably even more steamier then that. The colonel was edited big time, so even when there are hot kisses, it is edited, lol.

    Fedak probably just does not like people kissing...but it his show, so maybe he thinks that his daughter is going to grow up and maybe one day watch Chuck...maybe he was thinking of her.

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  25. Watch the George Lopez segment from 2010. He gives Zac a golf cart. Yvonne drove it out to meet him. There is more passion there than in the Chuck show. Good friends like them kept the show together for 5 years.

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  26. Word! Look at the fun they have in the season 4 bloopers where he is pushing her on that cart and she is pointing her weapon and laughing her ass off or the season 2 and 3 bloopers or any of the other stuff. But as Yvonne did say...some of the fans that write in are distubed.

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  27. I have never heard anything from anyone who worked on the show about them not liking each other.

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  28. Just because they don't dislike each other it doesn't mean they like each each other much either.

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  29. They like each other fine, fuckin' tool.

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  30. www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-zKexNWbVw&feature=related. Watch this.

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  31. There you have it... proof that Zac and Yvonne don't like each other. They were both crying and they didn't try to comfort each other.

    Granted, no one tried to comfort them so... I guess everyone hated them.

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  32. www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD8yOBgOROg. Still hating each other.

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  33. Did you see that? They hate each other so much that they didn't even hold hands or hug! Sure, no one else did but that is fuckin' PROOF!

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  35. Some people are truly insane and need help.

    (I'm not talking about Zac and Yvonne, crazies. I thought I have to make that clear because your powers of perception are clearly weak.)

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  36. i think its not about they like each other or not..
    oh come on, chuck is the 1st tv show yvonne did in america, of course all the cast and crew must have been nice to her..they are her new family in america (included zac :D)..
    i saw zac and yvonne had a great funny day in a break time, at least in S1 and S2...there're many pics of them on the internet..
    "maybe" knowing yvonne has boyfriend already, they both just make some distance..i dont know, especially in public appearance...and zac just being understanding and respectfull..
    actually, we dont even know what really happened on the set, and how many steamy kisses scene they had to cut..:P

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  37. Sounds good to me. Case closed.

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  39. loving these columns !!! and totally made me wanna watch Chuck v The Break up again ;)

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  40. loving these columns !!! and totally made me wanna watch Chuck v The Break up again ;)

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  41. Super Hate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB5wWQv7BvU

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    1. More proof that Zac and Yvonne don't get along and can't stand each other!!!!

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  42. "Because, boys and girls, if the person you think you are in love with doesn't make you feel like you can slay a dragon while curing cancer and figuring out warp drive technology all while changing poopy diapers, don't marry them. Die alone."

    That right there? 'Das beautiful

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