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 3)
The spectre of Alexei Volkoff continues to haunt Team Bartowski, and the sins of the father look to corrupt the child.
Chuck Versus the First Bank of Evil
No good things are hidden behind secret doors, especially cryptic number sequences. Vivian is now along for the ride, but I still spent the who episode thinking she would be playing the naive bystander and stab Chuck and Co. in the back at the very last second. While it didn’t play out exactly that way, we’re still on track with our new villainess. Plus, the Matrix homage during the bank “robbery” was cool.
Meanwhile, Casey has been courted by Director Bentley, and a secret section of Castle is under construction. Mystery!
Lastly, the Morgan/Casey relationship has definitely been building toward this particular moment: the two of them becoming roommates. We’ve gone from “buddy cop” movie to sitcom scenario. Hilarity ensues.
That Guy of the Week: Ray Wise. Mr. Scherbatsky, I presume?
Chuck Versus the A-Team
I’ll be honest. I don’t like Director Bentley. I don’t like the “Gretas.” I felt the same way when Shaw had the Intersect in his head. It was an insult to Chuck; an attempt to take away part of what makes him unique. (And what about Governors? Do they have them? I know it hasn’t really come up since the start of the season, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a factor anymore, does it?)
Chuck versus the Muuurder
OH. MY. GOD! BENTLEY MUST DIE! At least Shaw was somewhat likable at first. Somewhat. And who doesn’t love a bottle episode?
This one brought me back to the same argument I made last episode. Why are we still looking for Intersect candidates? After the “Greta” program failed, you’d think they’d learn. This is Bartowski tech. It should stay with Chuck. Bringing new people in and spreading the Intersect around has proven to be a bad idea, even if Chuck himself is screening candidates. And I am SO glad they did not give Bentley the “hero’s death.” She was too much of a bitch and did not go through enough of a redemption arc to qualify for a heroic sacrifice. Thank you, Chuck, for thinking your way out of that one.
The bottle/murder mystery episode was cool, but the glaring blemish on this episode is elsewhere. The writers of this episode should be ashamed of themselves. Poop jokes? Really? The entire B-story is about the Buy More guys making bad “BM” jokes. I thought we were better than this, folks.
At least we have the saving grace of Ellie’s story as she continues to explore the Orion laptop left to her by Stephen. Now, either I haven’t been paying attention for nearly 4 years, or we were never truly made aware of Ellie’s area of medical expertise. Apparently, it’s neurology since she has been cranking through Stephen’s Intersect data like a boss.
Better hurry up, Volkoffs. There are only 5 episodes left to the season for you to pull off your nefarious plan.
Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff
And look at that. They get right to it.
I honestly thought we were going to get a diabolical father/daughter team-up, but it looks like dear sweet Vivian is out to ruin both men who have wronged her. Meanwhile, I’m glad we’re reexamining the Casey/Alex/Kathleen situation. I think Alex has been keeping this secret long enough.
Lastly, my initial theory about “Agent X” is that it’s Chuck, going off the fact that we saw a flashback of little Chuck getting a dose of proto-Intersect in Stephen’s work room (“Chuck Versus The Ring: Part II”), but I’ve been wrong before.
Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner
Yes! Gary Cole is back!
This season has definitely had a strong “family” theme, from Chuck’s mom, Volkoff and his daughter, Ellie and Devon having Clara, Ellie reconnecting with her mom and dad (to an extent), and now Sarah and her father. I’m still holding out hope for Sarah’s mother, but it might not be this season with only three episodes left. Still, Gary Cole showing up again and getting the whole team in on a con was priceless, especially since they used government resources just to get back at another con artist.
I am also genuinely glad Casey got to tell Kathleen the truth. That had been hanging in the air for so long and I like that she got see him as the man he truly is.
And on a personal note, Sarah’s “flash” face was hilarious. I’m glad the show has reached the point where they can get away with that.
Chuck Versus Agent X
TWIST!! I will admit, I thought Agent X was going to be Chuck based off the flashback of little Chuck getting an early dose of Intersect (“Chuck Versus The Ring: Part II”). But alas, we are not done with season 4 villain Alexei Volkoff. Plus, the name Hartley Winterbottom is hilarious. It was also a but scary to hear Casey say that this was a massive screw-up on the government’s part and they might each get a bullet in their head for learning about it. Chills, man. Chills.
I’m also glad we finally resolved the Ellie situation. The scene where she comes into Castle and sees Sarah, Casey, and Morgan at the table really drove home that she is going to be 100% involved now.
Chuck Versus the Last Details
How much is there to say about this one? It’s really just the episode (specifically the last few minutes) that gets us to the finale.
It was, however, an episode with some great references. Chuck and Sarah escorting Casey (“Chewie”) made the Star Wars fan in me giggle, and the shot of Mary doing pull-ups Sarah Connor-style was a great nod to Terminator 2.
Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger
Take Team Bartowski, the extended family, and the Volkoffs, add some CAT Squad, throw in an awesome spy bike and a new nemesis, and you have the incredible season 4 finale.
Since Chuck was on the bubble at the end of pretty much every season, it’s clear that they went for broke with this one, obviously unsure if they would be returning for a fifth round. Much like how season 1 ended, I love to see everyone come together, notably how Awesome and Ellie kept watch over Sarah (and reminding the audience that they are, in fact, doctors), Mary was the “man in the van”, Morgan called in the CAT Squad for support, Casey embarrassed the new douche nozzle, Decker, and Chuck got to work alongside a former 007 once again, bringing the Alexei Volkoff/Hartley Winterbottom interaction full circle…in a way. This is Chuck. Great spy action that makes you cheer, drama that truly makes you care for the characters, and that splash of overt humor that you love but still makes you facepalm. And, like a Shakespearean comedy, it ends with a wedding.
But, of course, we can’t just leave it there. Season 5 is clearly going in a brand new direction now that the team is fired from the CIA/NSA, they now have an ungodly amount of money (Timothy Dalton ex machina?), and Chuck is Intersect-less, but Morgan had it accidentally uploaded into his brain. (Not sure if I’m cool with that last part.)
On to the final season!