14 January, 2012

CHUCK Vs. Bo - 5.10: The Frosted Tips Strike Back


Bo Derek graces CHUCK with her presence and name in this week's episode.

Apparently Morgan, while under the influence of his frosted tips and the poisonous Intersect, stole some Intersect glasses from a bad dude and Bo Derek. The latter playing herself as an evil spy who bangs the rainbows out of Grimes.

Grimes' paralleling story is that Alex got the rainbows banged out of her by a surfer dude while Morgan and her were on a break (or she cheated on him, as if anyone cares). Why do these story lines? Shrug. Because it's kind of funny? Because it leads us to ridiculous stuff? Don't ask. Just enjoy.

The main plot of this one is that Chuck and Sarah have decided to stop going on dangerous missions and instead work on cyber terrorism and the like. Everyone but Casey is all for it, though the team talks him into it eventually by calling attention to just how many times he's been shot (great little nod to fan discussions over the years).

But when this Intersect issue comes up, they have to go and complete just one more dangerous mission or worry about that device coming back to haunt them, or something. They go. Hilarity and action ensues, and eventually the team does find the Intersect glasses hidden away in a game display at another Buy More (with some gender roles reversed from their Burbank Buy More doppelgangers).

Just as the gang thinks they are out of the spy game, Chuck gets kidnapped and Sarah and Casey have to go save him. I won't even mention that they could have called the CIA/NSA/FBI/SWAT and everyone else to come back them up because this show so rarely deals with that realm of reality (and mind you, MOST entertainment avoids these realities as well just to make their stories somehow work), but the two get into a big shootout and are overwhelmed. Sarah, having brought the Intersect glasses to trade for Chuck, sees no other way out of the situation (and she is known to do wildly irrational things when she thinks any harm could come to her man), so she Intersects herself and kicks the living shit out of her opponents.

I have held onto this moment for some time. I am a bit surprised they even ran with it. But when I initially heard they were keeping it in, I was worried. It sounded like a really bad idea (like Morgan getting the Intersect). It feels like the writers really ran out of ideas this season. AND YET, that moment worked for me. Sure, Sarah shouldn't really need the Intersect. But it is difficult to show what a Sarah using the Intersect would actually look like on this budget. So, we have to suspend some disbelief and accept that Sarah looking only somewhat more badass with the Intersect would be SO MUCH MORE BADASS with another $1 million in the budget. And in that moment, I actually felt a rush. I enjoyed it.

I didn't mention the Jeffster side story which was HILARIOUS! Yeah, I know, if they always had this forget-shit gas, why didn't they use it before? Because the writers just thought of it, obviously. I forgive that kind of writing since, again, it is done on virtually every show except a couple of cable shows that are able to write all their scripts before they shoot their episodes. Anyway, Jeff and Lester being repeatedly gassed, put back in the same car, in the same place, with the same exact conditions, and both always figuring out that it had to have been Team B's doing, never stopped being funny to me. Well, maybe until the end when the Subway commercial showed up in the form of Big Mike.

I laughed a number of times during this one and enjoyed it, but also felt some of the pacing was off and that it dragged a bit too much in places. One of the best working elements is still Chuck and Sarah simply having a conversation. You would think the writers, dealing with an ever decreasing budget, would have just given us more of those moments THAT WORK SO WELL but no. So, we get weak pacing, poorly structured plots, and some strangely written episodes this season. I'm not saying I haven't enjoyed a majority of them, but I am coming away from this season feeling a bit like I did at the end of season 4. Underwhelmed by the season while still having enjoyed individual episodes.

Alright, let's get to my favorite portion of every review.

QUOTABLES!
The team meets to discuss the idea to shift the company to a safer line of work.
Morgan: Well, I love it, okay. You know how I feel about bullets. Which is to say negatively, okay? This is fantastic!
Casey: Where do I fit in? What am I? Chief Googler?
Sarah: Well, actually, you'd be doing a lot of the same stuff that you already do.
Chuck: Yeah, I mean, we're still gonna need field ops to recover stolen systems and breaching company security to find their weak spots.
Casey: [grunts]
Morgan: Plus, wouldn't it be lovely to not get shot at?
Chuck: Exactly! Aren't you sick of getting shot at?
Sarah: Or getting shot. I mean, you get shot a lot.
Casey: Not considering how much I get shot at.

After waking up in a crashed car with booze and panties, memory-wiped Jeff and Lester begin to piece things together.
Jeff: Lester, something really weird is up.
Lester: Yeah, last, last thing I remember is that there's something going on underneath the Buy More. Yeah, that's right. With Bartowski, and Grimes, and Casey, and that whorey blond.

While on the mission and Grimes having to sex up Bo Derek to get information, Sarah playfully taunts Chuck's star crush.
Sarah: Hey, Chuck, how's it going with Bo? Have you had any sneak peeks of your childhood crush's boobies?
Chuck: What?! No! [pause] Shut up.

Later, when Bo reveals herself to be an enemy agent, Sarah saves Chuck and Morgan by knocking her out.
Sarah: [smiling] Sorry I had to do that to your girlfriend.
Chuck: Oh, you didn't hit her in the face, did ya? [Sarah's smile disappears] I'm kidding! I'm kidding. But it is Bo Derek.

If I had to rate this episode, I'd give it:

89 out of 100

Good humor, some good action, fun references, and a thrilling ending (we could debate the necessity of it all until the end of time) but like much of season 5, flawed. Let me also say that I thought Bo Derek did a fine job. Not that I expected anything else. She is a capable actor.

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51 comments:

  1. One of the best working elements is still Chuck and Sarah simply having a conversation.

    So true.

    I like Sarah having the intersect. I am a little worried about what's to come, while also excited. I know this season has been uneven but I hope the show goes out with a bang.

    With all the problems of the show, I still love these characters and I hope they get an emotional and satisfying send off. We shall see.

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  2. Chuck has the intersect in his P.A.N.T.S. Eps. 5.12 /Chuck vs. Sarah. They take on each other like him and Morgan did and he has to get her memory back. Then Beckman has to come in and erase both their memories. She gets killed by Quinn which causes all of them to get out of the spy business. They all move away. Happy ending.

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  3. I didn´t like Lester referring to Sarah as "that whorey blonde".

    Mostly agree with the review. Seeing Sarah with the intersect was surprisingly awesome considering, that it always looked as if she really wouldn´t need it.

    The flashbacks with Morgan were pretty fun. I did not like that rainbow storyline much.

    I like drama and in a way I am very much looking forward to things getting dark, but I don´t quite like the setup of that conflict so far. I wish this Chuck/Sarah conflict would be something where I could see both sides. If Sarah is corrupted by the intersect, it´s not really Sarah and it wouldn´t be a legitimate conflict. So I hope that is not how it will play out.

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    1. 'I didn´t like Lester referring to Sarah as "that whorey blonde".'

      Where is my eye-roll thingy?!

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  4. Good review, ok epi for me. Wasn't expecting that ending. Intriguing.

    The intro to Nicholas Quinn was a bit weak compared to other big bads. He came off as a child with a tantrum. Almost like an afterthought. Bo was fun.

    Really hope the ending is satisfying somehow..

    S.

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  5. Lester was correct to call Sarah a whorey blonde. Before she met Chuck she was a slut who enjoyed fucking her marks :)

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    1. Then Chuck's superwhorey--look at how many women he's slept with in the course of the last five years, i.e., since the pilot (Jill, Hannah, Sarah, possibly Lou).

      Though Morgan's even more of a whore than Chuck (Anna, Carina, Alex, Bo Derek). Thus Morgan is currently the confirmed slut of Chuckdom.

      In contrast, Sarah (Chuck, Shaw) is equally as whorey as Casey (Ilsa, Gertrude), Big Mike (Mrs. Tang and Bolonia), and Alex (Morgan, Dale the Stoner).

      She is, however, more whorey than Awesome (Ellie) and Ellie (Awesome), and more than Jeff and Lester (no confirmed partners.) ;)

      Cor

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  6. As Ron Swanson says....she does not fuck anymore she makes love.

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  7. This is the first review from this season where i agree with what Magnus said 99%

    Magnus you said : "I am coming away from this season feeling a bit like I did at the end of season 4"
    My question to you : did you feel the same way after the first 10 episodes of season4? because to me season4A looked a lot better then this unnatural extension called season5

    I love this show(id watch 5 more seasons as bad as this one just out of love for the characters and their relationships)but this season feels wrong on so many levels
    I understand its hard to keep the flow going after 5 years(especially with a decreasing budget)but its not only that, its like they don't want to use the key elements that worked so well for this show since day 1

    Hopefully the last 3 episodes will find the pace from the previous seasons and provide a strong ending for this wonderful show ; ) i know people are worried about the Chuck/Sarah upcoming situation but maybe that's exactly what this show needs to be great again.. more focus on their relationship(even if that focus comes with angst)

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  8. One thing I loved is how the bad guy assumed that the reason Sarah married Chuck was because of the intersect. To this day nobody still believes that Chuck could bag a hot chick like Sarah, which makes not total fucking sense since Chuck fucked Hannah, Jill and probably other hot chicks (oh Hannah, where art thou...I was really rooting for you and Chuck...what chemistry). So why all these people keep saying it just makes me laugh.

    BTW....Chuck is a total dream, hehehe.

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  9. This is the Mature site, where I can use ugly words, right Magnus? :)

    GINA :

    I'm so glad you brought that up, cause I read somewhere something similar, of course that typical Shipper immediately jumping the conclusion, this will be Chuck need to Win Sarah back, without the intersect, wich would be also Very lame, But I kind of Dissapointed , no, actualy Strongly dissapointed where the story is leading if I am right , but that one for later.

    But I look at that sentence differently than you.
    Chuck said, something like : There is nothing good came from the Intersect
    And Nicolas said,something like : look at you wife , you think you can get her without the Intersect?.
    Wich is , wait for it , IS TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE. IF Bryce not sending the Intersect to Chuck, then Chuck never ever meeting SARAH!!!!! This episode is also prove that Chuck vs baby is a SHIT.

    So no AdriaN`S this show is not need more Chuck and Sarah love melodrama, what would need is Beter Writing, better Story, but they Run out of the Ideas.

    But to late now, I'm wating for the rest of the episode, but mostly because I want to be over.

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    1. @ChipLecsap

      I didn't mean it necessary needs Chuck/Sarah drama,angst i meant season5 had the least focus on their relationship because they tried to pull an ensemble format and its clearly not working that well
      As for the writers running out of ideas, you think so? : ) they are at the stage where they are just passing the intersect around from character to character : )

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    2. YMMV, AdriaN. I think the ensemble format of s5's worked a lot better for everyone, Chuck and Sarah included, than the CHARAHCHARAHCHARAH focus of s4 that pretty much made the rest of the cast useless to varying degrees.

      Cor

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  10. Wow! Just saw the episode! Sarah really kicked ass! It was absolutely awesome! :D

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  11. Well, i have an idea. Next episode, give Casey the Intersect. Team's complete. But I think it's awesome that sarah has it. She really owned that guys!

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    1. What, Casey heroically sacrifices himself to the Intersect to give Chuck and Sarah a chance at a normal life? Yeeeah, don't see it happening.

      Well, hey, if he goes out that way at least he didn't get shot again. ;)

      Cor

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  12. I honestly don't know what to think about Sarahsect. I think more eps of this and less of the pointless, go nowhere, mean nothing conspiracy would have helped.

    I don't mind the idea (I think), I just don't think there is time to do it justice and resolve it properly.

    A 2-3 minute resolution at the end of 5.13 will be totally unsatisfactory. (It's Chuck so I'm prepared for just that).

    Chuck's drama has always been very divisive amongst the fans. I hope it all works out and the show ends on a high note. It deserves that.

    CM

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  13. I have the feeling they're headed for a memory loss plotline, and I'm admittedly not a fan of those. They're usually magically and totally resolved by a heartfelt and emotional plea from a loved one (see: "Phase Three".) Amnesia really doesn't have a handy on/off switch like that.

    Then again, this is the show that had Awesome taking a blood transfusion from Casey after he just got surgery for a wound to the femoral artery...

    I can overlook a lot of plot and logic holes in favor of enjoying "Chuck" (see the above, for example) but Magic Amnesia was something that annoyed me even before this show. So if amnesia is indeed the plan I hope they do it a bit differently than just Chuck pleading with Sarah to come back to him because he loves her, and she suddenly remembers everything.

    It's not going to ruin the entire five-season run of the show for me and make me throw things at the TV screen, granted.

    Cor

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    1. Cor- I agree I'm not a huge fan of amnesia story lines and I was totally hoping they wouldn't go there with either Chuck or in this case Sarah. It definitely doesn't seem from the promo like this Intersect is affecting Sarah the same way as Morgansect but I'm sure that doesn't mean they couldn't do it if they tried.

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    2. OPD, granted, I'm just speculating here off scant evidence and trying to not get too spun up over shit that may or may not happen. It's more of a "(sigh) Really?" kind of a thing than rage against the Fedak.

      Ostensibly, Sarahsect appears like s3 Intersect that gave Chuck physical pain on flashes, and as I remember it, that was eventually going to give him severe brain damage. Which would pretty much nuke your memories at some point, I'm sure.

      Cor

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    3. Worse than amnesia storylines . . . it was all a dream . . . or Chuck is in a psych ward because he went crazy and this was all his imagination . . . or he has been sitting at the Nerd Herd desk and writing his first novel-happy ending, he has a career. :P

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  14. Sarah loses her memory . As a last resort Chuck takes her to the vandalized house and shows her their names carved in the door along with tbe p.a.n.t.s. Box , flooding her memory with flashbacks. Totally fucking cheesy . Anybody wanna bet that's how it goes down ?

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    1. Haha oh man, that would be classic Chuck writers... I don't even know what to say.

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    2. Dallas anyone ? Any takers ?

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    3. They start kissing and a giant heart around them starts closing and then porky pig comes out and says : Th-th-th-tha-tha-tha-that's all, folks!

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    4. It looks like they get split up in the next ep. Could Sarah be working for Quinn against Chuck because of the intersect?

      CM

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    5. "Sarah loses her memory . As a last resort Chuck takes her to the vandalized house and shows her their names carved in the door along with tbe p.a.n.t.s. Box , flooding her memory with flashbacks."

      HAHAHAHA!! No please NO.

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    6. I really hope they won't be that lame.

      Cor

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  15. Maybe the writers should have been given the intersect because I think they have amnesia from not watching the show from the pilot. Sarah: Chuck "Here's another fine mess you got me into." Chuck: "Why Soitenly! "

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  16. Chuck and Sarah should name their first kid 'UP" because the writers killed it for me. : (

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  17. I think giving Sarah the intersect is an interesting development that could work out well.

    It actually made sense to me within the contex of the show and the episode.

    It didn't feel like it was just tacked on and unnecessary like it did when they gave Morgan the intersect.

    I liked the episode very much but i had one big problem with.

    I get that Nicholas Quinn is this evil guy that wants the Intersect because of it's power that makes sense to me.

    But in the episode Nicholas Quinn says that he was suppose to be the first intersect before Bryce Larkin stole it.

    I was like what the hell because as i recall in the first season the CIA/NSA were surprised that anyone would be able to absorb all that data in their brains.

    It wasn't until late in season 2 when the CIA figured out how to put it into other people's brains that they began intersecting other agents.

    If i'm understanding it correctly.

    That Nicolas Quinn line was unnecessary and it screws with established canon over the first three seasons.

    Compared to the other seasons the writers in season 5 have done a piss poor job of keeping with the shows established backstory.

    What Chris Fedak and the writers for this season should have done is rewatch season 1.

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    1. If I remember correctly yes, the CIA and certain members of Orion's team were suprised that it could go into one person with such efficiency. But, that doesn't mean they weren't gunna try. The intersect was designed by Orion to go into an agent (heck, he tested it on himself). So when it was up and running, of course they were gunna put it into an agent (and apparently that agent was Quinn). That is one of the reasons (among many others) Orion ran, because he knew how dangerous the intersect could be and that is why he had Bryce steal it.

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  18. i think you guys complain and nitpick too much i thought it was a rlly good ep and funny as well, i just want to enjoy the last season and so far i like it

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    1. If you enjoy it that's fine but if they are screwing around with establised continuity it's my right not to like it.

      I always hate it when a show does that.

      I could nitpick every little thing about this show but i never do.

      I draw the line at retcons or if the spy plots are totally stupid like in Business Trip.

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    2. I think if the writers did their job from day one none of us would be arguing. Plus Greenblatt needs to remove his head from his sphincter muscle and apologize for his remarks because as I see it his network is looking pretty Grimm "At that rating, on that night [Fridays], it’s impossible to make money," he told reporters during the winter Television Critics Assoc. press tour, "and we’re not in the business of losing money.”

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  19. "Just as the gang thinks they are out of the spy game, Chuck gets kidnapped and Sarah and Casey have to go save him. I won't even mention that they could have called the CIA/NSA/FBI/SWAT and everyone else to come back them up because this show so rarely deals with that realm of reality ..."

    LOL yeah or that they could have just called the CIA when they found out about the missing intersect glasses in the FIRST place, and just let THEM deal with the entire issue!! But of course then we wouldn't have an episode at all.

    But as usual if you can get past the fairly ridiculous logic issues, the episode was really fun, for me anyway. I thought it was funny - I loved the running rainbow bit (I love that this show throws in some surprisingly dirty jokes fairly often, given that it's always been an 8pm show), and the Jeff/Lester stuff was great. OH and the jokes about Morgan's wardrobe problems from his "frosted tips" phase?? Affliction t-shirts and the terrible fake-dreads-ski-hat? Hilarious.

    The Sarah-sect at the end was a twist that I definitely didn't see coming, and it was pretty effective for me in that scene, but like the rest of you I am also worried about where they are gonna go with this. I HATE HATE HATE memory loss storylines ... it is absolutely the cheapest and soapiest and cheesiest route to go to generate melodrama. So yeah, needless to say, I am really praying that writers weren't stupid enough to go that route. I am really really hoping that the intersect affects Sarah differently than it affected Morgan. Fingers crossed that they don't completely ruin this show in the last 3 episodes.

    As much as the past 2 or 3 seasons have not been nearly up to par of the quality we got in the first couple seasons, I have to remember that practically EVERY other show I've loved has gone SO far off the rails halfway through that it made me HATE the show. Like Alias after "Syd you've been dead for 2 years" and Dexter after Deb's "Oh I think I'm in love with my brother!" revelation. AWFUL, and when I think about that stuff, it really makes me appreciate Chuck. Yeah the show is pretty ridiculous and goofy at this point, but at least it's still really enjoyable. So fingers crossed that they don't completely screw the pooch in the last 3 episodes after they got this far without f*cking it up too bad hahaha.

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  20. Seasons 2 and 3 were the best.

    BTW, I don't get WHY Quinn was supposed to have the Intersect before Bryce sent it to Chuck. He said he was also ex CIA, so the CIA wanted to upload it into his brain or just him? Not sure. Any way, he's kinda like too OLD and out of shape for that, no? You'd think that the government would want young and strong people as the Intersect... lol.

    S.

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    1. Maybe 20 years ago he was thin and young but the CIA waited until Bryce had it to release the new intersect?

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    2. Plus, you don't need to be in shape or to be young to use the Intersect.

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    3. to fully use it I think it's best to have a healthy and strong body.

      S.

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    4. LOL! You're a fuckin' expert on the Intersect now?

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    5. (reading that back, it sounds like I'm being far more antagonizing than I intended to be)

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    1. We didn't need "how Sarah was assigned to Chuck" answered. We already knew it. She was Bryce's partner and was cleaning up his mess. That was a total waste of time AND it fucked up established continuity. It was a pointless thing to do and made the episode worse.

      I will give the writers credit when they deserve it. They didn't deserve much credit for Chuck Versus the Baby. And anyone who thinks they do is the reason why shitty television happens.

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    2. Nice removal... but my comment is still here, pat. ;)

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  22. While I've been watching S5, enjoying some funny moments here and there, I've not been very invested in the story. I've kind of just been riding it out, since I've been here since the very beginning.

    After watching the final moments of this episode, I will say this...Why didn't they Intersect Sarah in the finale of last season, for crissakes?? In my opinion, and yes, I know opinions are like assholes, but dang, this is a season arc that I could've become invested in. I really think they will be doing a disservice to an interesting idea with only 3 episodes left in the series.

    With Sarah being Intersected, with a bad, malfunctioning one, wow...She could've totally went off the rails, Chuck needing to come and save her from herself. He could've used all the spy stuff he's learned over the past 4 seasons to save his "one true love". Casey could've been used very effectively. They still could've used the Verbanski story to enlist Verbanski Corp help. Shaw could've came back with even more crazy results. Heck, they could've even brought back more former good or bad characters as Chuck tries to save Sarah and maybe shining some light on what the 'Intersect' story 'really' is.

    Imagine the possibilities of Ellie helping Chuck find a way to get it out of Sarah's head, with her neurological background. Bring in Mama B to do some spying to find out more intel.

    Then, once they get the thing out of her head, and she loses memories (like Morgan did) bring in Sarah backstory to fill the holes.

    Morgan being Intersected was a waste of time and produced very little comedy gold. I kind of wonder if Fedak and company thought it would yield better laughs than it actually did.

    Of course, a season long story arc where Chuck and Sarah aren't making googly eyes at each other and pecking each other on the cheek wouldn't have sit well with the crazy shippers. They would've predictably accused Fedak and Company of pressing the angst button one too many times (argh) BUT in my opinion, it would've been angst worth watching.

    I will, of course, watch these last few episodes, and find enjoyment where I can. I'm just a bit sad thinking of what might've been a much better season arc. Too bad something like this wasn't thought of earlier. Not saying my idea is best or anything, but there are many arcs that would've played out better than the one this season has presented.

    Chuck has always been a victim of too many late show renewals and back end pickups, so I guess I should just be grateful.

    -Christine aka kyrssy (twitter handle)

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    1. I'd rather they not have Intersected anyone. This season feels the most tired of the series. The writers seem to have run out of good ideas because they used them up on the first three (and the payoffs went into season 4). Season 5 is essentially season 8, story telling wise, and I don't think they had more than seven seasons in their minds from the beginning.

      So, 5 is the "shit, we don't know what to do now" season... and it shows. Sure, there are fun episodes, and a couple of really good to great ones, but the story arc hasn't been interesting since season 3.

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    2. HGF, I can totally agree with all you've said about them running out of good ideas :) The only episode I truly loved this season is vs. The Santa Suit...

      Not Intersecting anyone would have been an interesting idea as well.

      I guess I'm just venting because I didn't like the Morgan-sect at all, and began to loathe it after it came to the painful reality that it wasn't going to pay off in a way that I think 'they' thought. Any idea would have been more interesting than that. Keep in mind though, Morgan-sect is only one of several things that have irritated me regarding this season. As you stated before, and I agree, it's more like "shit, we don't know what to do now" season. :-(

      After listening to your podcast, I'm also very trepidatious on how this is all going to work out. It just seems like an interesting idea (Sarah-sect) that is not going to pay off and end up being just as stupid as the Morgan-sect was.

      -Christine aka kyrssy (twitter)

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