Why We Watch Sarah Walker
Now, I write the Why We Write series here on Castle Inanity. And maybe that philosophical approach has given you the impression that I'm trying to be above issues of vanity. Well, I gotta say, mxpw's b-day has given me the perfect opportunity to dispel that myth. In honor of our very own Double Agent, this entire blog post is dedicated entirely to exploring why Sarah Walker is so awesome, and why so many of us tune in every Monday to watch her.
Spoiler: It's because she's f'ing hot.
So, yeah, there's more than looks there.
But, uh, let's not leave that area just yet, okay?
Because god damn those looks.
Now, let's get this out of the way. Sarah Walker-- Yvonne Strahovski-- is not perfect. Her two front teeth are strangely oversized, her lips never really pout the way you see models' lips in magazines. Take a look at her in a sports bra and workout pants (as if you really need an excuse) and you'll see that-- yes, okay, toned without being body-builder muscular, tough without being rough-- but she doesn't have that traditional hourglass figure that we've kind of been programmed to see as normative beauty.
And despite (or maybe because of) all that, she's still frickin' fine as all get out.
So, yeah, I guess my point is that one of the biggest reasons we watch Sarah Walker? F***ing look at her.
But again, as previously stated, that's only part of the picture. If it were the whole thing, well, we wouldn't care quite so much. So, let's go and look at the other things that make Sarah Walker pretty freaking great.
Allow me a moment of digression: Part of what I do for money is write about music. The other part of what I do for money is act as a real life Chuck Bartowski. Yep, I'm a member of the Nerd Herd, aka Best Buy's Geek Squad. Maybe it's from that perspective that my second reason that Sarah Walker is awesome is that she loves Chuck Bartowski.
Let's think about that for a moment. Just as characters are wont to do on the show, you as an audience have to notice that they're an incongruous pair. And I'm not talking about looks so much as personalities-- a beautiful, badass CIA ninja falls in love with an awkward, pop culture-spewing video game nerd. Now like I said, maybe that has something to do with the fact that I can literally put myself in Chuck's shoes, but I think more accurately it speaks to the underdog in all of us-- especially those of us in the audience who presumably relate with our titular hero.
The line of logic goes, however accurate or flawed or the result of a kind of ridiculous TV show it may be, that Sarah Walkers fall for Chuck Bartowskis in this world, and part of the reason we love watching this particular Sarah Walker is that we get to see it happen.
Now, some of the joy of seeing that is how wonderfully and nuanced Yvonne Strahovski plays Sarah Walker, adding a boatload of depth and sympathy to a character that never seemed destined to have much. Without Yvonne giving us such a rich visual story (and not just like that, you sickos) behind Sarah Walker, well, she wouldn't be so worth watching, would she? It's moments like her face when she sees Chuck at the fountain in Chuck vs the Break Up that keep us coming back for more.
Oh, and did I mention that she can $%@# some s*** up?
Knives, roundhouses, guns, S.W.A.T. uniforms, hiding underneath moving vehicles, Porches, catfights, wet High School reunion catfights (!), poison hairpins, lunch tray Casey beatdowns, mid-air knife deflections, goldfish protection duty... Is there anything Sarah Walker can't do?
I think Stephen J. Bartowski incredulously said it best: "Does she have an Intersect in her head?"
Whether it be pita delivery girls, La Ciudads, high school cheerleaders, or anyone in between, we watch Sarah Walker because she kicks some gorram ass.
So that, mxpw, is my birthday present to you.
How about one more pic of Sarah?
There we go. Perfect.