Inane Chatter - Chuck 5.01 - Chuck vs. the Zoom
Here we have the very first review by one of our new Chuck contributors. You may know her as @ShoeLin_1685 on Twitter, but here on the blog, we just know her as Shoe. And Shoe has written us a wonderful review of Chuck vs. the Zoom.
Read more and find out what she thought of the episode after the jump.
Hey y'all! I'm Shoe and yes, I say y'all because I’m from Texas. Frea has asked me, as well as BdaddyDL, to give our reactions to this season’s Chuck episodes. I have a tendency to go lengthy on reviews, so here we go with my review of "Chuck versus the Zoom!"
After being kicked out of the CIA, Team Bartowski decided to form a fledgling spies-for-hire company called Carmichael Industries. Morgan accidentally downloaded the Intersect at the end of “Chuck versus the Cliffhanger” and now has to undergo some growing pains as he adjusts to his newly acquired abilities. Chuck must come to terms with Morgan being the new Intersect, and also wants to give Sarah her dream house.
Things have not been going according to plan for Carmichael Industries, which is shown at the beginning of the episode with Chuck and Sarah admiring a beach view and...a few bad guys and guns. Of course, Chuck & Sarah don't wear their wedding rings while on a mission, but Jean Claude picks up on them being a married couple, without really caring about who they are. It's interesting to see Mark Hamill as a bad guy—I cannot get Luke Skywalker out of my mind, and he was definitely using the darker side of the Force in his cameo. His role was small, you only see him in that one scene and they never went into what exactly Jean Claude was a "bad guy" for. I thought they would've done some flashback, but this opening scene was not the main spy hijinks of the episode.
Now onto the Morgansect, or at least the introduction of the Morgansect. It was a humorous montage of Chuck, Sarah and Casey (rather reluctantly) claiming they worked with a "master" spy to the actual Morgan actions. He is more klutzy than Chuck was, especially scaling over that monstrous hedge and breaking the valuable vase twice. I was wondering if Morgan going through the fish ponds was a callback to the pilot when Chuck ran through the pond in the hotel. At least, I liked Morgan's apology to disturbing the fishes.
Morgan is also much shorter than Chuck, so he kinda looked out of place when he fought with the Intersect, and while I get why Morgan decided to go with "zoom" instead of "flash", it's still flash to me. Also, Morgan hit the nail on the head of how Chuck was feeling internally, even though Chuck was trying to put on a brave façade about his best friend having the abilities he used to have. The conversation between Ellie and Chuck, when he asked her if there was only one upload left on the Intersect glasses, was a great brother/sister conversation. The line "I needed a good Ellie speech" from Chuck made me heart warmed. I missed those kinds of interactions between those two and I'm glad Chuck is no longer lying to Ellie so they can have those conversations. Ellie is often underutilized as well and though it was a short scene, it was a good scene for those two.
I am probably in the minority here, but I loved the scam Jeffster tried to pull off. Or more aptly, the tug-of-war between Chuck and Morgan with Jeffster over the money collection and sign. Lester has a point about how they have been lax with utilizing the business end of the Buy More. After all, as we will see later on in the episode, the Buy More will soon become one of their main means of making money.
Casey had some great one liners and was in top form when it came to their next "client.". Even though he is not in the military any more, his version of "wooing" clients hasn't dampened his gruffness, and Chuck is in the leadership position because he is definitely more of a pleasant negotiator than Casey. It cracked me up that Casey wouldn't care about Roger Bale stealing money from teacher's unions, but he wanted to get that "animal" after hearing he stole $2 million from Rush Limbaugh.
After Morgan had his "zoom" about the actual baddie of the episode, Chuck came up with the idea to find a way into the country club to clone Bale's Blackberry, but he was shot down after suggesting he be the one to play squash. Casey, Morgan and even his wife suggested that he stay in the van, or in this case, be a masseuse. I've had massages before and they are wonderful, but the gag of using so much massage oil was just for the laughs. Plus, I would let Chuck massage me any day, but I digress. I thought it was funny that he still wore his Chucks, just white Chucks, and his facial expressions were hilarious. That guy was huge too, so it was no surprise that tranqs wouldn't knock the guy out. Morgan's squash goggles looked like they kept fogging up, but at least he somehow managed to convince Bale to invite them to his party. And the "victory handshake" between Sarah & Morgan made me think of Gus & Shawn with the fist bump on Psych.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Sarah Walker Porn throughout this episode. I loved her dresses, the white one more so than the black one, but the black one showed off her long legs for miles. And Chuck should know by now that keeping secrets from Sarah or trying to argue with her otherwise will not work on his willpower. The lingerie scene was hilarious and the most Charah sexy time we've seen since earlyish season four. Of course, Sarah found out through Chuck that Morgan had been helping him try to find her perfect house—which we see at the end and looks an awful lot like the place where the Chuck writers are headquartered. The intimate conversation about Sarah's dream house showed us how far she has come to opening up and Chuck is now the husband who she can share these things with. Chuck has come a long way from his insecurities about having Sarah, or at least it seems that way when Sarah has to use her feminine wiles on Bale to get the key card. Morgan was protective of Chuck's wife and nearly had a "premature zoom" because Bale couldn't keep his hands off Sarah's derrière. Sarah had a great comeback about the slime ball as well.
The dance between Morgan and Sarah just looked strange because she is so tall. However, it shows that Sarah has legs for miles and makes Morgan look like one of those male stars on Dancing With the Stars who just go along with the ride, not really doing much dancing. I just had some misgivings about how well Bale would believe that Sarah was married to Michael Carmichael and though it was the alarm that the CIA tripped off to alert Bale to the ruse; I still feel like he knew something was up.
I was wondering when Decker would show up to spoil the party as well. Chuck was using his hacking skills to help reclaim all the money stolen by Bale for their client. I'm not sure if we ever got the name of said client either, but Decker, the weasel that he is, tracked Carmichael Industries and their payment to Bale. He froze all the accounts, including those of Carmichael Industries, and I still don't know what his issue is against Chuck, aside from him defying him and saving Sarah at the end of Season Four. Even the last round table at the end of the episode didn’t reveal any discernible clues.
Yet the Decker Diversion allows Chuck to use his greatest asset: his intellect and Nerd Herd skills to save the day. He saved his team and himself, even though his wife looked pissed to be leaving him "behind" at first. Chuck must have reflexes of a cat to make all these high story landings he has done throughout the series.
By unintentionally leading the CIA to Bale, they have essentially lost whatever millions they had left after starting up Carmichael Industries. I was with Chuck on this and felt so bad for him wanting to give Sarah the house she wanted. But at least it gave us another good Charah moment in front of Sarah’s dream house, and the love that they have for one another through the good and bad times.
Overall, I was surprised with this premiere. Aside from apprehensions about the Morgansect, the episode did focus on the title character more than it did throughout the last season. Decker is such a smarmy asshole and poses as big of a threat to Chuck as Fulcrum did in season two. I give this premiere an 8 out of 10, but not sure how the rest of y'all thought the episode went. Until next week!
So what did y'all think?