Oh my golly, how great is Chuck this year? I have a feeling the internet disagrees with me, but the internet is only in it for the kissing, so what would they know! Nothing, that’s what — mostly because I don’t ship anyone on that show except Ellie and Awesome. But I SHIP THEM SO FREAKING HARD. SO. FREAKING. HARD. I cried at their wedding. No lie.
BUT! Until this season, I wasn’t terribly invested in the REST of the show. I love Casey mostly because he used to be Jayne, and he beat the tar out of Angel that one time. A++! Level up! Jeffster amuse me greatly, and I used to have a crush on Zachary Levi when he was the hot one on that show with Sara Rue. But the show itself often felt like it wasn’t going anywhere in particular. They were pretty happy to move through the same paces every week — Chuck falls over! Casey is angry! Morgan has a beard! — and I, at least, never felt like there were any particular stakes, as there never seemed any particular RISK to either the missions or Chuck’s cover.
But lately… oh boy!
Upgrading the intersect to give Chuck the physical as well as the intellectual was the best idea EVER. Exposing Chuck’s double life to Awesome and Morgan was the second best! And BRANDON ROUTH, YOU GUYS! I suspect the internet is holding a serious grudge against Brandon Routh for being all wicked freaking cool and stealing Sarah away from Chuck, but internet, your rage is sadly misdirected! Brandon Routh + hot blonde secret agent = A VERY BIG NUMBER. Sarah + Chuck = sorry, what, I fell asleep again. YAWN. WAKE ME UP WHEN SOMEONE PUNCHES SOMEONE IN THE HEAD.
The show used to do a lot of TALKING about what it might mean to Chuck’s adorable Chuckness if he became a “real” spy, but I never FELT it until now. I confess this week I was ALL AQUIVER WITH TENSION, wondering if Chuck was actually going to pass his red test. I really thought he might do it! I really thought the consequences of him really doing it could be so really freaking intense.
… Of course, he didn’t do it. That would be too far. But last year I would have taken a nap during that episode, knowing he’d NEVER have to do it.
And Sarah thinks he did it! That could lead to some interesting drama! Or just some more damp-eyed, sad-panda emoting. Man, I’m so opposed to Chuck/Sarah. Nothing against Sarah — she’s kick-ass and awesome and smoking hot, all qualities I like and respect in a fictional woman, but I want Chuck to move on so badly I was even backing his relationship with LANA LANG.
LANA LANG, WORLD. That’s desperation.
Chuck has opened up its world so much this year, and it’s just EXPLODING WITH AWESOME (please, don’t explode Awesome!) because of it.
Awesome. So awesome.
Supernatural could take a lesson.