Overview of the Bad Side of Chuck
When I first thought of this three part series, I began to wonder about the bad side of Chuck, and I realize there are not that many negative aspects of Chuck. However, the bad qualities are significant ones. The first bad trait would be the obvious over reliance on the Intersect, and the other would be his inability to see that Sarah truly loved the regular Chuck Bartowski.
It is important to understand that this article will not be about the skill sets or the other various functions of the Intersect. This will be more about the connection between Sarah, the Intersect, and Chuck’s insecure nature. Grant it! If Chuck never was sent the intersect, Chuck and Sarah would of never met, but it is not the reason she fell in love with him. It was his charm and willingness to help others despite himself. For example, nearly blowing himself up in order to save Morgan. A rather noble attribute
The spy world was all Sarah knew and it was taking its toll on her. She became a stone cold killer that let orders run her life, but not Chuck, he did not allow protocol to change who he was. However, he did not listen to her when she said “you’re Chuck Bartowski and you do that all on your own.” The problem was Chuck never believed it could be that way. So, we begin here.
Chuck’s lack of self confidence
After losing the Intersect Sarah asks Chuck, “These treatments… the experiments…promise me you are not doing this for me or us? ” These are the kind of concerns that are often in Sarah’s mind, but for Chuck it was a constant struggle. He countered with “No, I am doing it for the team…just never been a spy without the intersect and much like being a spy.” Sarah later says, “You don’t need the intersect to do great things. You’re great on your own.” However, Chuck does not listen.
The nerd in him won’t allow it. A beautiful woman telling her boyfriend that he was great was not registering, and it was not just Sarah. Casey would also tell him
Casey would coach Chuck by saying things like “Before the intersect…you were smart.” Encouragement was not the problem. Even the unlikely of people, Volkoff claimed he would of never found Orion’s secret base if it wasn’t for Chuck.
When Morgan had the intersect in Season 5, Chuck would claim that he missed having the intersect because it made missions easier, but it was not the intersect, who saved them from Bale. Not to mention taking down Fulcrum, The Ring, Volkoff Industries and Quinn.
He would orchestra plans that would produce better results than 20 years of work by the CIA and NSA. Something that truly was amazing to watch, yet despite all that he still felt that the intersect was imperative for succeeding on missions.
Some of his finest work came when situations were at their worst, and during these hectic moments he still manage to keep composure. For example, when he was going to be thrown off the balcony in Tango, he quickly came up with a plan to avoid being killed and maintain his cover by revealing little. This was his first field mission and the best part was he impressed Casey and Sarah. You must be wondering how this relates with Sarah.
The next part of this article will go in great detail on that subject.
Chuck Bartowski: Sarah, I told Ellie I’d quit after we stopped the Ring – and I meant it. I can’t lie to her. Think you can love a regular guy?
Sarah Walker: Well, I fell in love with a regular guy.
The quote came from the closing moments of Chuck vs the Ring II, and it was the first time she said it bluntly, but she has been saying it the whole time. She could not tell him she fell in love with him, but she would tell Chuck many times that the regular guy is who she was into. In Chuck vs the First Date, Sarah told Chuck.
He heard the occupational part, but what about the have anything you want? For a man who was technical savvy, he lack the skill set in reading between the lines of how Sarah spoke. She nonchalantly confessed her interest in him.
She says it again,
In Tic Tac,
Sarah: I thought you had changed.
Chuck: What do you mean?
Sarah: Look, I know that you wanna be the perfect spy and I know what it means to you and what you sacrificed to get there. But, please don’t lose that guy that I met three years ago. Don’t give up on the things that make you great.
Chuck: I’ll always be that guy.
He has changed already. The guy she met three years ago was not the same one in Tic Tac. He had downloaded the intersect 2.0 and was in transition to become the spy the government was going to get in 2003 before Bryce put a stop to it. The very guy she met, who did not have knowledge of having the intersect in his head. The man she witness help a little ballerina and defuse a bomb using internet porn. A regular guy did all that. All the intersect did was make him flash on who, what, and where the bomb was and who it was meant for. it didn’t tell him how to defuse it.
There have been other moments where Sarah told Chuck that she liked him from the start. Remember in Nacho Sampler, she said “They thought we could connect…You were sweet…I liked you…it made it harder.” How did Chuck respond?
And remember what happened in the pilot on their first date,
Chuck: I was thinking “either she’s a cannibal, or she’s really not that funny,” and I was pulling for cannibal ’cause I’d never met one before…
Sarah: Uh, not a cannibal, but I did just come out of a long relationship, so I may come with baggage.
Chuck: Well, I could be your very own baggage handler.
[Sarah smiles and looks surprised by the pickup line]
Chuck: So, the guy..the ex is the reason why you move here from?
Sarah: Uhh…yeah…after I realized that all of my friends were his friends and everything about Washington reminded me of Bruce…I needed a change…A big one
Chuck: uhhh.. Bruce…you give me crap about being Chuck, and you went out with a Bruce…that’s nice really nice..thats real good.
[after Sarah laughs]
Sarah: What about you, what skeletons do you have in your closet… any secrets? Any women?
Chuck: Yeah…yeah actually back at college there was one…but that’s all over now and the restraining order is very specific
Sarah: I like you Chuck
What I love about Chuck’s baggage handler line was the look he gave. He thought out loud, and both of their expressions were classic. Unintentional pick up line huh Mr. Bartowski. It should be gratifying that Sarah love it. Her eyes said so. The charms working full throttle. It concluded with “I like you” from Sarah. Agent Walker was trying to be professional and probe Chuck, but she could not resist his charms. Thus, turning what was a cover date into a real one. Sarah Walker’s heart was beginning to open for Bartowski.
This was the scene where Zachery and Yvonne really showed the world what we were getting ourselves into. They both mastered the scene and brought it to life. I felt like I was actually seeing Chuck and Sarah and not two actors performing. This chemistry they showcased was just the beginning.
As much as Sarah told him she liked him…Chuck still did not believe in himself that she would actually have feelings for him…and this really was bad because if he knew sooner maybe he does not break up with her on three different occasions and pursue women that clearly Sarah was better than. Her personality and looks make those three women seem like child’s play to be honest.
Sarah knew when to challenge Chuck and when to loosen the grip. She was protective, but willing to let Chuck evolve. Something his sister could take queue from Sarah, but we will leave Ellie for another time . All in all no matter what Sarah did before and after the relationship commenced did Chuck ever feel like he deserved her and truth be told either did Sarah
Sarah: When you get those secrets out of your head and you live the life you always wanted..you’ll forget all about me .”
Chuck: I seriously doubt that
Sarah would of not forgotten Chuck either. her struggle to hold back her tears proved otherwise
Sometimes Morgan puts things into perspective as in Phase Three, this and the other scene where Sarah tells Chuck that she wants to marry him are the most emotional driven scenes by far before watching Sarah’s mind get erased. I won’t watch or read anything about Chuck vs Sarah because of how intense that episode is for me, but still I see nothing but pure emotion come our of Sarah very nice work Yvonne, it looked very authentic.
[Shows Morgan a piece of paper she found in Chuck’s shirt pocket]
Sarah: Do you know what this is?
Morgan: No…No never seen it before
Sarah: I really miss him
Morgan: Fine I give..Its Chuck’s proposal plan
Sarah: Chuck was planning on proposing ?
[Morgan explains the plan to Sarah]
Sarah Walker: When was he planning on doing this?
Morgan Grimes: I don’t know. I mean, since he lost the Intersect, the proposal plan got put on hold.
Sarah Walker: Why? Did he think I wouldn’t want to marry him without the Intersect? Is that how I made him feel?
Morgan Grimes: No. No! Chuck knew that – Chuck knows that you love him, Sarah, okay? It’s just, you’re kind of a big fish, you know? And to a regular guy with no supercomputer in his brain, I gotta think that’s pretty intimidating.
Sarah Walker: But that’s not the reason why I love Chuck. I want to spend the rest of my life with Chuck –*with* or *without* the Intersect.
Morgan Grimes: That’s fantastic! That’s great. Yeah, and he knows that right? Because you told him?… Oh.
Most would say Sarah is partially to blame because she never told him out right. Not true…She may have not said the words Chuck needed to hear, but she showed and used words that wouldn’t get the both of them in trouble with the job and lose sight of protecting him. Whatever the case may be, she was in love with Chuck and attempted to tell Chuck in many ways. He didn’t listen…in closing that is what makes him bad at not paying attention to his partner/girlfriend/wife.
Next week we will get into the final part of the Good, Bad and the Ugly side of Chuck and there really is two big ugly issues for me. They are worse than the bad side of Chuck…I will show why Hannah and the Omen Virus was the worse of Chuck Bartowski.