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 2)
Alexei Volkoff has been revealed, the Intersect is gone from Chuck’s head, and Morgan is dating Casey’s daughter! Where’s the REAL danger here?
Chuck Versus the Fear of Death & Phase Three
With the Intersect gone, the show asks a very good question, “Does the Intersect make the spy?” It’s a great opportunity to see how far Chuck has come, but I feel like they didn’t explore it as much as they could have. That being said, there are times when the show takes a step back with regard to Chuck and Sarah’s relationship. We’re almost halfway through the 4th season and we have a moment where Sarah says that Chuck is not a spy in an effort to keep him off the next mission. After how many episodes of successful missions and encouragement from Sarah, Casey, and Beckman, why is there a sudden loss of faith? This brings it back to the question about the Intersect.
This, of course, leads to a month’s worth of tests to see what happened to the Intersect, and when those turn up nothing, Rob Riggleshows up to play some mind games with Chuck in order to jump start his brain. These include sparring, sneaking into Chuck’s apartment, and eventually going on a mission to Switzerland. Once we meet our villain, the Belgian, things get a little dark as Chuck is nearly lobotomized in the bad guy’s effort to extract the Intersect.
While all of this is going on, Ellie and Awesome are back home investigating a secret message left by Stephen. Even in death, Orion continues his work.
Greta of the Week: Summer Glau. This “Greta” thing is getting weird. The CIA can’t come up with different cover names for the rotating Nerd Herd ladies?
Chuck Versus the Leftovers
If you didn’t cheer when Linda Hamilton dropped the line, “Come with me if you want to live”, you don’t deserve to be watching this show.
Despite a wonderful Terminator nod, we get another Die Hard homage, even better than “Chuck Versus Santa Claus.” Volkoff even has a fake Theo hacking the computer systems at the Buy More/Castle! With Morgan crawling though the vents all John McClane-style, you think he’s finally going to earn his stripes and help resolve the crisis. Nope! Same old Morgan.
As if that wasn’t enough, once Volkoff learns the truth about Mary’s family, we get the most awkward Thanksgiving dinner ever. The switches between ruthless Russian arms dealer and semi-goofy house guest (charades FTW), Timothy Dalton reminds me why I’ve always liked him as an actor.
To cap off yet another great holiday-themed episode, Chuck regains the Intersect from the laptop Stephen left for Ellie and Chuck.
Chuck Versus the Balcony
I can’t think of much to say about this one. We get it. Chuck wants to propose. Romantically, of course. But, if I’ve learned one thing, nothing goes according to Chuck’s plan…even though having Morgan as “the man in the van” was pretty amusing as it all played out.
However, the episode has quite possibly the best John Casey moment of the series, thus far.
Chuck Versus the Gobbler
So Sarah’s deep undercover at Vokoff Industries. Nice. Although, when I see Yvonne with dark hair and a black catsuit, all I can think is Miranda Lawson.
Chuck, however, is torn between keeping the faith that Sarah won’t lose herself in the role and will accomplish her mission, or worried that she’s been turned and will never come back. Throwing Casey out a window doesn’t help the matter, but, of course, she is still the spy we know and love…despite the hair.
On a personal note, Timothy Dalton must’ve gone to the Sean Connery School of Acting Russian.
Chuck Versus the Push Mix
Knowing full well that this was episode 13 of 24 for season 4, it was surprising to see the Volkov/Mary, Ellie’s pregnancy, and the proposal arcs all come to fruition. Now I’m super curious to see what plays out in episodes 14-24 to round out the season. (Note: My sources tell me that season 4 was only renewed for 13 episodes at the start and the back 11 were picked up later, hence the “finale” feel.) And it turns out Casey was right. All you need is the girl.
Part of me was definitely hoping to see Stephen again, but the reality of the Orion messages coming from Chuck the whole time was pretty clear. Also, I had two more of those “cheer out loud” moments when 1) Chuck opened the cabin door to reveal General Beckman and an entire army platoon, and 2) he asks for a truck to get to the hospital and Beckman replies with, “Get this man a chopper!” Pure gold.
Lastly, I can’t believe it took me this long to realize this, but while Alex has been making several appearances, both as Casey’s daughter and Morgan’s girlfriend, it has not been mentioned once that Alex’s mother, Kathleen, is aware that Alex Coburn, the love of her life, the father of her child, is actually alive. You’d think that would be a big thing? Has Alex really been keeping this a secret the whole time?
Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible
Oh boy, John Larouquette is back as Roan Montgomery!
Even though the wedding talk has begun and the team goes on a romp with Roan, the best part of the episode is the little bit of backstory we get for general Beckman. Her interaction (and history) with Montgomery is great, plus she actually gets to go out in the field AND shoot a rocket launcher! I’m glad she stuck with the red hair, though. Diane doesn’t rock the “dirty blonde.”
Returning to the topic of Chuck and Sarah’s impending nuptials, Sarah’s family is clearly her one fear about a wedding, so attention could now turn to her story. We’ve met her grifter father, Gary Cole, in season 2 (“Chuck Versus the DeLorean”), but Sarah’s mom remains a mystery. Season 4 looks to be becoming “Mom” season with the introduction of Mary and Ellie giving birth to Clara, so we may have our MacGuffin for the latter half.
And, of course, as soon as I mention the hanging subject of Alex, her mom, and Casey, it’s addressed in this episode. Naturally. We’re not done with that one, though.
Chuck Versus the Cat Squad
Aaaaaaand cue the Charlie’s Angelsreference! Couple that with two stale TV/movie clichés and we have a pretty frustrating episode. Carina returns to perpetuate the horribly predictable “I’m going to go out of my way to make your girlfriend think you’re fooling around with me” nonsense, putting Morgan in a difficult position with Alex. Boooooo!! And if that wasn’t enough, we have a mole in the CAT Squad. Could it be the angry chick who has a history of mistrust?! Could it?! COULD IT?!?! Of course not. It’s the bubbly one that nobody (except Chuck) even suspects. BOOOOOO!!!! Lazy writing, folks.
Chuck Versus the Masquerade
Ah, there’s the story. Lost you there for a second.
Looks like I was wrong about the Volkoff arc coming to a close. Welcome to the fold, Vivian McArthur…or should I say Vivian VOLKOFF?! Naturally, as the team attempts to protect Vivian from her father’s own organization, she finds herself drawn to the Volkoff Industries HQ to find the truth for herself. With access granted to her by her father, Alexei, we clearly have our villain for the latter half the season.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Casey gets courted by Director Jane Bentley of the National Clandestine Service while her team begins moving into Castle and setting up shop. More mystery on the way.
Season 4 has just taken two big turns with the resurrection of the Volkoff story and a new secret project brewing in the heart of Castle. Check back next week for the final flash on season 4 of Chuck!
In the meantime, OTF is headed to SDCC!!