One question: Who’s Luke Skywalker?
After a fun, but rather uneven premiere, today’s episode was fast and furious with quite a bit of advancement of both the Buy More and Carmichael Industry plots. Those who were upset that it seemed like others could handle the Intersect after we were told that Chuck was special, can take solace in the fact that Morgan, who by now has had the Intersect longer than anyone without the last name of Bartowski or Winterbottom, is clearly not handling it well. Unlike Chuck, where the Intersect usually brought out the best in him, it’s clearly bringing out the worst in Morgan. After several years of character growth, he’s regressing quickly. Not only that, but it seems to multiply his insecurities and paranoia and is clearly affecting his memory as well. I was struck by the parallels between Morgan’s behavior and Ron Weasley’s when he was wearing the Horcrux around his neck in Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows. Like Ron, I think it’s safe to assume that he will eventually find his way back to his friends, but it should be an interesting journey!
Morgan haters will no doubt see this episode as justification of their complaints; however, I think it’s a great plot development. There are few people who can hurt Chuck more emotionally and now professionally, than Morgan. Not to mention the fact that Morgan risked getting them both killed at the Circle K (starting place of many excellent adventures!) and at their client’s office fortress. Makes me think back to the conversation Chuck once had with Sarah when he told her that Morgan would be there for him long after she and everyone was gone. Very ironic after the events of this episode (and what appears to be coming next week!) Unlike many fans, though, Chuck will blame the Intersect and not Morgan for his recent actions. My prediction is that Ellie will eventually be the one to save Morgan from the Intersect.
The Buy More subplot fit much better into the big picture this week and was fun without being annoying. Big Mike’s 70s commercial was awesome and the new commercial outtakes were also funny. The choice of Awesome as their spokesperson was obvious, but no less enjoyable (if only he’d taken his shirt off!). It’s nice to see a guy get the wind machine treatment coming in the Buy More doors for a change!
The initial scene of Carmichael Industries trying to sell themselves at the convention was hilariously awkward and it only got worse when Verbanski Corp showed up in full swat team mode. The whole episode emphasized how different life in the private sector is from how things were back when they worked with the CIA. They no longer have the back-up that they used to have, nor the man power. Additionally, whereas before they could also generally trust that they were risking their lives for the greater good, now things are much more morally ambiguous as in the case of this weeks’ client who tricked them into finding his brother so he could kill him instead of protecting him.
So far, I’m very intrigued by the entrance of Gertrude Verbanski and her company. We haven’t seen anyone get Casey this hot and bothered in a long time (ever?). Her company is everything that I think Chuck, Sarah and Casey hoped Carmichael Industries would be, but instead they are forced to resort to Casey baking to try to seal the deal with prospective clients. Sarah having to hire Verbanski to save Chuck and Morgan just added salt to the wound…and then Morgan went for the ultimate betrayal. I wonder if Verbanski will be any more effective at controlling him than Chuck was. I can see him becoming a pretty major liability quickly. The thought has crossed my mind that maybe he isn’t actually betraying Carmichael Industries and is going to bring Verbanski down from within… I can’t hazard a guess as to how this whole situation will be resolved, but I’m excited to watch and see!
Other thoughts and memorable quotes:
I bet Sarah and Chuck could buy the house with the red door if they sold the Lotus….just sayin’
Chuck’s definitely been taking some serious defense classes
“It made a nasty scar, right over one of my favorite scars” – Casey, describing an encounter with Gertrude
“scary, exciting, your hormones are all out of whack, you’re really discovering your body” – Chuck, apparently uploading the Intersect and learning to control it is very much like puberty!
“The Buy More seems empty. Are we observing International Pancake Day?” – Big Mike
“Do you even know what ‘bandit’ means?” – Chuck to Morgan at the Circle K
“Me and you are like Batman and Robin…unless you don’t want to be Robin…no one wants to be Robin…we’re Batman and Batman” – Morgan
“First of all, it’s ‘Mrs’” – Sarah correcting Gertrude on her marital status