Instant Reaction: Chuck vs. the Cubic Z

Tweet 1: Great kickoff song to this episode of #ChuckItLive.

Addendum: It was a very good choice throughout the episode. Any word on what that song is? I could look it up but I'm lazy. Either way, it made an excellent leitmotif for a rather great episode, and the first standout musical choice of Season 4. I have to say, for all of Season 3's flaws, it had some rather enduring musical moments (Frightened Rabbit's "My Backwards Walk" in Pink Slip, the Antlers' "Kettering" in Other Guy, the Gaslight Anthem's "Here's Looking At You, Kid" for the end of Tooth). I wouldn't mind some more of those cropping up in Season 4.

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Tweet 2: DeNiro serious is about top three levels of serious. #TrueFacts #ChuckItLive

Addendum: I very obviously forgot about Russell Crowe serious. Thank you for reminding me, Chuck. Where would I be without you. Knock DeNiro serious down to number four.

Tweet 3: Chuck actively filtering Morgan? Ace. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: But, I mean, c'mon. Can you blame the little bearded man? Stacey Keibler's legs are about 281937819751 feet long. And it's almost amazing she just stays upright, much less keeps those things in such ridiculously good shape. I think Chuck and Morgan had that boundaries talk that everybody was asking for in the first two episodes.

Tweet 4: "Let's savor it." Aaaaand everything goes downhill. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: I am okay with that line being an obvious turning point for the episode, mostly because it's exactly the type of foreshadowing I would write into my own fics. I am vain.

Tweet 5: Sarah has seriously kicked the ass of at least one dude every episode of season 4. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: From the "In Direct Response To Fan Unhappiness" file comes Sarah knocking out Dolph Lundgren, Lou Ferrigno, and Adam Baldwin in the first three episodes of Season 4. Seriously, all we needed was a training bra as opposed to a workout top on Ms. Walker and you could have put "FAN SERVICE" in big neon lights over her head. WHICH I AM TOTALLY OKAY WITH SCHWEDAK. Let's get on this.

Reply Tweet 1, from @asdftrishh: @racecarbrown her name should've been awesome instead.

Addendum: New feature to the Instant Reaction: I'm going to throw in any and all replies I get from fans on Twitter into the Instant Reaction. We're building a community here, and who am I to not let your voices be heard? Hope it will get more of a buzz going for #ChuckItLive on Twitter, bring more traffic to Castle Inanity, and engender even more of a dedicated Chuck fanbase. Right? Anyway, @asdftrishh speaks truth. Sarah could have easily gotten away with being Captainess Awesome.

Tweet 6: Also geeking out over the FDR fireside chat reference. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: Aside from FDR being my favorite president, it's such a wonderfully nerdy reference that I kind of squeed a little bit. It also gets bonus points for relative obscurity. Not that the fireside chats are obscure, but when's the last time you heard them referenced in prime time? I made that same comment about sexting, but FDR is obviously classier.

Tweet 7: @asdftrishh Or Sarah "Leggy Valkyrie" Walker. I'd be okay with that one, too. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: I feel like that nickname needs to be added to Sarah's official NBC bio under known aliases. Why? Well it's what I always call her in my head. Also in my dreams. And day dreams. And whenever I see a blond. Or a brunette. Or a redhead. Thinking about Yvonne Strahovski too much, you say? I'm appalled by the implication.

Reply Tweet 2, from @asdftrishh: @racecarbrown hahaha true. She's badass

Addendum: All in favor, say aye. All opposed, say nay. AND THE AYES HAVE IT.

Tweet 8: Big F'ing Mike. #Truth #ChuckItLive

Addendum: BIG. F'ING. MIKE. God I missed that big, doughy, chocolate covered marshmallow. It was even worth a patently ridiculous and almost completely pointless BuyMore plot just to have him back as assistant manager.

Tweet 9: Quippy Sarah is my new favorite Sarah. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: My firm belief is that one of the new Season 4 writers on the Chuck staff has the job of watching through piles upon piles of 1990s Arnold Schwarzenegger movies for inspiration, then writing Sarah's one-liners. I AM TOTALLY OKAY WITH THIS.

Tweet 10: Big Mike bow hunting/coming to the marriage decision is a fic that needs to be written. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: It all comes to a climax when Big Mike has to wrestle the 30-point buck to death with his bare hands, only to see Morgan's mom's face in its soft, sad eyes.

Tweet 11: Grimes. Manager. Speak. #HowImAnsweringMyPhoneFromNowOn #ChuckItLive

Addendum: What am I the manager of? Nothing. Is that going to stop me? Uh, no.

Tweet 12: Oh man supply closet sex. @mxpw99 #HeKnowsWhy #ChuckItLive

Addendum: HE KNOWS WHY. (I don't think he actually knows why.)

Tweet 13: Quippy Chuck is also fun. "When I said 'Use it in a sentence...'" #ChuckItLive

Addendum: His quips are so much longer, though. C'mon, Chuck, you've gotta make it snappy. Let's get some pizzazz in there.

Tweet 14: Aw. WWE references. #ChuckItLive #StaceyKeiblerCanTakeAPunch

Addendum: I am assuming that these two have fought each other at least once in the WWE, so they for sure know how to sell being beaten by one another. Also, have I mentioned how long Stacey Keibler's legs are this sentence? I should rectify that. THEY ARE SO LONG.

Tweet 15: Damn automated systems. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: At least when I'm working I have the decency to let people know with my real, human, not robot voice that they're going to be on hold for twenty minutes. Castle needs some Nerd Herders to get on their tech support, man.

Tweet 16: Jeffster edits are the best kind of edits. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: This post had 70% less offensive comments and/or partial nudity before Jeffster got a hold of it. I think the work speaks for itself.

Tweet 17: Sarah has also kicked the ass of a girl in every season 4 episode. #EqualOpportunity #ChuckItLive

Addendum: I think this one is also true, though I can't quite remember if she kicked any girl ass in the premiere. The point is, she doesn't JUST beat up men, okay? That would be sexist. She also beats up girls. This is what feminism is all about. I think.

Tweet 18: Chuck is handling his insecurities really well this episode. #MyBoysAllGrowedUp #ChuckItLive

Addendum: I've watched him from being unable to speak to girls without rampant self-deprecation and wild uncertainty in the Pilot, and look at him now. He's able to have his worst fears viciously hammered on by a third party and he handles it maturely and with grace and... *sniff* ... I promised myself I wouldn't cry!

Tweet 19: Jeffster poetry slam is the win. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: I have no idea what was happening in that scene. All I know is it made me giggle like a schoolgirl on Valium. No, I don't know what that metaphor means, either.

Tweet 20: Sarah's gun is ENORMOUS. #HopefullyNotAEuphimism #ChuckItLive

Addendum: Walker IS Finkle. Finkle IS Walker! Walker is a man! .....WALKER IS A MAN?! Name that reference for twenty points.

Tweet 21: A real gun? Casey what are you thinking? #ChuckItLive

Addendum: He's not ready yet! He's just a boy! A poor fragile boy! He's not ready for a real gun! Okay, now I really feel like a mother.

Tweet 22: Whoa. The cage is super organized. #OhWaitItsACIABase #ChuckItLive

Addendum: Seriously where are the computOh right everything is fixed in twenty seconds because they're all CIA agents.

Tweet 23: Stone Cold in a cage match. #ShouldHaveBeenObvious #ChuckItLive

Addendum: And here I had done so well last week in calling the Catwalk Catfight. I can't believe I missed this one. Then again, we haven't seen the cage all season, so I think I'm at least a LITTLE in the clear? No? :(

Tweet 24: Oh man hammer attack. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: Seriously? You're going to attack a man with a hammer, Chuck? That is some ice cold, Mama B ish right there. You really are your mother's son.

Tweet 25: Lay down some truth, Big Mike. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: Big Mike should have more soliloquies/monologues/parts where he just talks for three minutes. They only make everything about everything better. Even world hunger.

Tweet 26: VICTORYYYYYY!!! #BigMike #ChuckItLive

Addendum: On the next episode of WWE Smackdown, Big Mike and Stone Cold battle each other in a ladder match. Who wouldn't watch that? I haven't watched wrestling in, like, 8 years and I'd watch that.

Tweet 27: Sarah being cute just slays me every time. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: Seriously, her little dopey "aw shucks" smile is SO ADORABLE.

Tweet 28: Second Roomba cameo on this season of Chuck. I am down for more. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: Season 4 of Chuck, brought to you by Roomba. Need a room ba'd? Get a Roomba. I don't know why but Roombas are inherently funny and I am okay with every time I see one on Chuck. I am kind of hoping for an episode of BuyMore spy hijinks that ends with the bad guy tripping over a stray Roomba. If this happens I am taking full credit for the idea forever.

Tweet 29: Whoa. Did not expect this episode to end with the ring. #ChuckItLive

Addendum: I expected it to come a little bit sooner as a joke, not a lot later as SURIUS BIZNESS GAIS.

Tweet 30: Can I also say that Chuck is the worst at cliffhangers? #AlwaysRuinThemWithNextWeeksPreview #ChuckItLive

Addendum: They did that with the third episode in Season 3. I actually thought Awesome had died for a second, then NOPE he's okay! I don't think you quite the the idea of a cliffhanger, Schwedak. You don't give them the answer five seconds after you've given them the question. How will the children ever learn? Think of the children, guys.

Final note: Since mxpw and Frea go to town on the episodes in more detail, it'd be great if we could keep the Instant Reaction discussion to the topics discussed in this post. Unless you hate me and never want another chapter of Chuck vs. the Simple Twist of Fate. :)


  1. Anonymous4.10.10

    Reference: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

  2. Anonymous5.10.10

    hey hey! don't blackmail your readers men! that's abuse of power XD
    love the episode, it made me laught, like...really laught!, best part.... casey and the voice... maan that was great!!
    and chuck is back to be the man who can actually talk to sarah without getting his foot in his mouth, it's been a while since that..
    well chris... get to work on Twist, and maybe get Sarah back?? ;)

  3. Jeffster edited Fates. No joke. Shaw was in the first draft and Chuck ended up with Jill until Forrest came along to steal Jill away. #OhYeahIWentThere #AndThenCameBackBecauseTheyDidntHaveRockyRoadIceCream

    Thanks for the laugh, Chris. You rock. :)

  4. I actually didn't know until it was explained to me what I would know, but I do know now what I was supposed to know, so that's pretty awesome, you know?

    Very funny tweets, Chris. I am impressed by your quick wit and ability to always use a hashtag creatively.

  5. Sparky5.10.10

    No blackmail. Be more like Chuck.

    Sarah always kicks ass.

    Casey gave Chuck a gun in Paris too. And you don't always have to fire the guns,you can use them to hit people :P

    I would like to see Chuck using a gun wielding fight style.

  6. Anonymous: You earn 20 points! If you would like to redeem those points, um... You can't.

    Cristian: Someone posted in the mxpw vs. Frea thread that there was talk about this being a horrible episode and I couldn't disagree harder. This episode, as you said, was great. As far as working on Twist? I would! But Twist is so loooong and dramaaatic and heartbreakiiiiiing. *whining*

    Frea: Why do you keep giving away the plot points to Twist? I WONT STAND FOR IT>

    mxpw: That IS pretty awesome. I expect to see what I know you now know about on my desk by Friday. FRIDAY I SAID>

    Sparky: But blackmail is so fuuuuuuun. *more whining* You're right about Paris, I forgot about that. Though that was a different OMG ITS SARAH YOU GUYS situation. And I would be totally okay with Chuck pistol whipping people as his primary fight style. Especially if his HANDS WERE GUNS> No? Nobody else on board with that? Damn.

  7. Ayefah5.10.10

    Shaw was in the first draft and Chuck ended up with Jill until Forrest came along to steal Jill away.

    You know, I bet you could write that and make it awesome.


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