Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.
In “Intersect Download,” Tek joins the Nerd Herd with Chuck.
Season 4: The Spy (Part 1)
Secret spy archive! Mama Bartowski!! Russian crime syndicate!!! Less talk. More Chuck!
Chuck Versus the Anniversary
Ok, Chuck’s mom is a spy and has been for decades. At this point, you just totally roll with it. That being the case, just as I found myself asking, “Who is going to play Chuck’s dad?” in season 2, the new question was, “What actress will they get to play Chuck’s mom?” Thankfully, they put it right out there in the first moments of the season 4 premiere, revealing Mary Bartowski to be none other than one of the toughest moms to grace the screen, Sarah Conner herself, Linda Hamilton! And the crowd goes wild. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Chuck and Morgan get to travel the world Indiana Jones-style, the Buy More, like a phoenix, rises from the ashes to become a fully-fledged CIA base, and our new evil organization, Volkoff Industries, is introduced. This is the 4th season premiere of a show that barely made it past 2 and therefore all stops must be pulled out.
Villain of the week: The deceptively brilliant Dolph Lundgren, who got to deliver some paraphrased versions of his most famous sinister Ivan Drago lines.
Greta of the Week: Former G4 host and star of geek dreams circa 2007, Olivia Munn. Because why the hell not?
Chuck Versus the Suitcase
I honestly thought the plotline of Chuck and Morgan working on their own to hunt down Mary Bartowski would last several episodes, but in all fairness, you can’t relegate integral/popular characters like Sarah and Casey to the background…a fact made very evident in the over-the-top runway catfight between Sarah and weapon smuggler Sofia Stepanova. I’m also glad they brought Jeff and Lester back to the Buy More in a way that made sense. Now we just need to see how Big Mike returns, especially since Morgan is now the store manager. And I’m just happy that Bonita Friedericy is now a regular. If you say you don’t like General Beckman, you’re a filthy liar. And, of course, just as Mary Bartowski is introduced, Ellie gets pregnant and misses her mom for the first time in years. Kind of a rehash of wanting to hunt down Stephen for Ellie and Awesome’s wedding in season 2, but I guess that’s how a writer ties a season together.
That Guy of the Week: Lou Ferrigno. You won’t like him when he’s angry.
Chuck Versus the Cubic Z
Nicole Richie needs to stop talking. Just stop. Of all the characters to bring back from previous episodes, I doubt Heather Chandler was anywhere near the top of the request list.
Meanwhile, at the Buy More, I was wondering how long it would take to see Big Mike again. When you have an actor in the regular cast, you can’t keep him out of the scene for too long. I was also worried Morgan would only be Manager for one episode, almost negating the whole ordeal with him and Beckman. It does make me sad that the General won’t be hanging around the store, though.
Villain of the Week: The return of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as Hugo Panzer.
Greta of the Week: Stacy Keibler. Didn’t she just get dumped by George Clooney?
Chuck Versus the Coup D’Etat
As a 180 from the Nicole Richie nonsense, I’m so glad they brought back Armand Assante as Premier Goya. The Generalissimo is an enormously fun character, especially when coupled with Casey. And Assante looked like he was having a blast in both episodes.
And speaking of Casey, the “buddy cop” relationship with Morgan is definitely going to be tested (or get even better) now that Morgan is pursuing a relationship with Alex. *grabs the popcorn for this one*
Chuck Versus the Couch Lock
Hey look, it’s the plot from Three Kings, only I don’t think Clooney (wow, second Clooney reference in this post…), Wahlberg, and Ice Cube had to deal with John Casey. Morgan, however, willhave to deal with him now that he has revealed to Casey that he and Alex are dating. Thankfully, it doesn’t stop the duo from pairing up for yet another mission worthy of an 80s cop movie.
Finally, Chuck gains some traction on the hunt for his mother, aka Frost. However, mom isn’t a prisoner, but in fact working for the bad guys at Volkoff Industries. I guess not every spy in the Bartowski family is a good guy.
Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror
So in this one, Batman Chuck goes up against a scientist who uses fear gas. Paging Doctor Crane? But that is all just the backdrop for the bigger picture. Chuck is still trying to figure out which side his mom is on. Is she a CIA spy undercover at Volkoff Industries? Is she 100% villain? Is she a Volkoff spy working for the CIA as a spy that works for Volkoff? Is she….ow…my head…
That Guy of the Week: Robert Englund. If anyone’s going to have fun with nightmares, it might as well Freddy Krueger himself.
Chuck Versus the First Fight
There are a few moments from this series that have honestly made me laugh out loud with joy, and Chuck jumping out of plane with Timothy Daltonis definitely one of them. But I am getting ahead of myself…
I love that the whole team is fed up with the mystery of Mary Bartowski to the point where they take her into custody, but Chuck still has faith. At least Mary got to have the meeting with Ellie that was rudley interrupted by Sarah’s poorly-timed abduction effort.
The fun of the episode is clearly with Chuck, as mentioned above. He gets to team up with James Bond himself in an effort to clear Mary’s name. And, of course, in a fantastic twist of television writing, Bond becomes the Bond villain and proceeds to blow up Stephen’s archive and Mary wipes the Intersect from Chuck’s mind. The twist was great, but the destruction of Stephen’s files disappointed me because I was hoping the archive would set up some Warehouse 13-style episodes. Thankfully, there’s one little piece that Stephen left for Ellie.
Side note: During the airplane fight, “Ghosts N Stuff” by Deadmau5 plays, and whenever I hear that song, all I can think is this little gem.
We’ve only just started season 4. Our villain has been revealed and there’s plenty more to come. Check back for the next flash on the season!