Inane Chatter - Chuck 5.06 - Chuck vs. the Curse
Hey, y'all! It's Shoe again. I know having a new job as a graphic designer has made me a bit of a bad minion, and I have a confession to make...after I give a short synopsis of Chuck vs the Curse.
Chuck and Sarah are on the run after being framed for Decker's murder. Morgan has helped Casey escape from prison and is the only team member of Carmichael Industries not under suspicion of murder. Ellie and Awesome have a "date night" that is memorable, but puts them into harms way and Chuck makes some questionable decisions in saving them.
Find out what kind of confession I make after the jump.
Confession time: If you followed or follow me on Twitter, I sent out a slightly cryptic tweet about going to L.A. in September. Many were wondering why I was going out there, and the reason was that I was going out there for a Chuck tour.
I went on the tour with Steph (@sundoll) and Kris (@MrsHemki), plus Steph's daughter. Steph was the amazing person who planned the trip out and I’m so glad I was able to participate in it.
The people who do the WB tours absolutely love Chuck fans since we know a lot about the show, and even some things people forget. We got to tour the sets, such as the apartments, Buy More, and even posed for a picture with a Nerd Herder. And we had an awesome guide who managed to score us a way into watching them film a scene on Stage 10. Stage 10 is the green screen stage and where Castle is (although we didn't see the Castle set. But I did get to see the Wienerlicious sign hanging up in the rafters!). Anyways, the part of the scene we got to see being shot was the Ellie/Awesome interior limo scene. We didn't get to meet or talk with the cast, but I did get to talk to the VFX Supervisor. I was happy I got to do that, since I want to have a job doing motion graphics! But it still would've been nice to see Zac on set...
Alright back to my review. Even though I am quite aware I may get virtual rocks thrown at me by Crumby (@DNWACrumb) and Catrogue (@Catrogue) and possibly Frea, I have to say right off the bat, I had some high expectations for this episode. I extremely enjoyed the previous episode, and I was so excited to see if the scene I saw being shot would make it in.
I will say there were enjoyable parts for me, especially the Ellie/Awesome scenes. Instead of SWP, we got EWP. Ellie looked amazing in this episode, and it was nice to see Ellie not be the overprotective sister. As I said before, the part that I saw being shot was at the part when Awesome says, "We need to roll out of the limo while it's moving." I had no clue what Agent Provocateur was until later on when we passed by a store in L.A. It was a little hard to hear what they were saying the first take, and Ryan kept flubbing his lines at times. They shot the wide shot/two shot first, then had to re-set the camera and shoot the close ups of both Ellie and Awesome separately. It is a bit of a process, but it was amazing to see anything of Chuck being filmed, and seeing the sets before they were broken down. Also, I have missed any kind of good Ellie/Awesome scenes in the show, so this episode was nice just for them.
Unfortunately, this episode was a bit all over the map and I get that some things are trying to call back to previous seasons, but Oh Chuck. Sarah even told him that she would go with him to rescue Ellie and Awesome since they are her family now too. His stunt reminded me of what Chuck did in Chapter 52 of Fates—which further confirms my sneaking suspicion that some of the writers read fan fiction. Don't know why but parts of this episode felt like it came from fan fiction. It did bother me that Sarah or Casey didn't turn off the virus and that seemed bizarre considering they were trying to stop it from happening. Yet, they had to come up with a "way" to bring Shaw back...
I told my partner in review, BDaddyDL (@BDaddyDL), that the women took the cake in this episode. They were more sensible, aside from the Robin Cunnings character, and definitely portrayed the strength they have. In a way, it reminded me of Steel Magnolias—the women in that movie portray a strength that you don't necessarily associate with Southern women.
Chuck does have strong women, but this episode just seemed to showcase it more. Alex, who I haven't seen do something kickass since Casey said he was her father, is her father's daughter when it comes to guns. That I was not expecting since she just seems like a sweet and gentle person. But she is Casey's daughter and has the temper to go with it. I was glad she stood her ground with Morgan again, even though some had issues with the PANTS thing, I found it funny. And boy, can Alex turn the waterworks on and off on a dime when calling 9-1-1.
Beckman and her clever Morse Code finger tap; I knew she still had to be supportive of Team B at the beginning. Ellie was a bit of a surprise to me. She was actually the one who was more aware that their "pick-up" was less friendly than let on. I don't know why Awesome wasn't as aware, but I guess he's always been that way in regards to the spy life. The problem with Robin, is that I keep seeing Mystique, and electrocution just isn't Mystique's thing. But I wouldn't want to play with that "toy," only to have it turned on me later.
I've yet to figure out how Chuck knew Sarah would come and save his ass, but her reaction was classic and reminded me of Fates Sarah. She was in her right to be utterly pissed at Chuck's stupid stunt and you could feel the doghouse vibes coming from her. Her threat to Chuck at the end of the episode about being a "trained assassin" did feel like she would go through with it, if Chuck did that again. And I was mad Chuck did the dumb thing and left his wife behind. This is why they stuck you in the car, Chuck, at the beginning. I guess Chuck has not learned that yet.
While I did not have as many nitpicking issues with this episode as some did, I did feel like there were scenes missing towards the end. Now, it could be because I saw some "spoilers" when we visited the sets, especially in Casey's apartment. By the way, when those men go "upstairs," it's just one step and then nothing. I don't want to say what I saw, just in case it is something that may come up in the next episode. Overall, I was glad the Ellie/Awesome scenes were a strong point of this episode.
I hate Shaw, but I still want to see Sarah kick his ass even though the promo shows otherwise. And I'm a little excited for that episode...please don't hurt me. Also, apologies that I spent a good chunk talking about my set visit.
So what did y'all think of the episode?