The next part of comparing storylines would be two of my favorite episodes, which are First Class and Fear of Death are similar because Chuck goes on missions by himself. Once with the intersect and the other without the supercomputer, and both situations have two very different sides of Sarah Walker.
The other thing I love was how two outsiders both claiming Chuck can be a great spy, but Casey and Sarah hold him back. The most notable Sarah. The truth was She did not want to see Chuck hurt, and him flying solo without her was too much even for her agent persona.
The difference was the two sides of Sarah, In First Class, we have Agent Walker present, and in Fear of Death, Sarah Walker the girlfriend has taken over. Two similar stories, but very different Sarah Walkers. This also showcases the talent of Yvonne. Her character’s development really has changed in season 4. She loved Chuck in Season 3, but she was still upset over what happen in Prague, and in season 4 Chuck and Sarah have become one. We begin with First Class, Shaw forces Chuck to leave the van and go on his first mission.
Daniel Shaw organized a team meeting, and the focus was to figure out why Team Bartowski at times seemed dysfunctional, and his conclusions he found was Sarah and Casey held back Chuck, and this point of the story, I agreed.
Chuck was always undermined by his team. No matter if he proved that he was smart enough to decrypt a microchip or rewire a ring phone just by looking at the phone’s schematics, This was awesome spy work, but both Sarah and Casey said he was not ready.
Chuck learned his mission objective and would be traveling to Paris. His mission was to secure the key for a lock box that obtaining ring Intel. We will eventually learn that the box belonged to his wife. However, while packing for his mission Sarah voices her opinion on the matter.
Agent Walker’s plea
Chuck: Ok, fine, the nunchakus are a little crazy…You weren’t supposed to see those, but Shaw an honest to god, real life special agent for the CIA Thinks that I am ready. He thinks that I can do it, and I want to prove that he’s not wrong about me.
Sarah: I am not saying that you can’t do this, but please…..please just don’t go now. Okay? You need more time.
Shaw: He’s going
What we have here is a balance of Agent Walker and Sarah the girlfriend, who was use to going on missions with Chuck. Her facial expressions are pleas from a jilted girlfriend, Chuck’s safety was still her concern and it showed . It was Agent Walker presence that sparked the tone of the plea and also the walls around her heart also were trying to prevent feelings being the cause for concern, which was much different in comparison to her plea in Fear of death, look at the difference in tone.
We also get a very defensive agent when it comes to finding out Chuck was sent on an mid air mission., and with two ring operatives to boot. Something that made Sarah a very unhappy partner.
Hey Heather Chandler, this is what Sarah looks like when she is upset
Sarah Walker the Girlfriend
In Chuck vs the Fear of Death, Agent Rye iwas trying to get the Intersect working again, and his theory was Fear of Death would lift the psychological rock that prevented the intersect from working. Remember Mary used a suppression devise to prevent Chuck from following Alexi and her.so, Agent Rye, like Shaw needed Chuck to do this mission on his own.
The difference at this stage of the story, Sarah is Chuck’s girlfriend, thus we get a very different kind of plea.
Sarah: General, Chuck can’t go on a mission without the intersect that’s insane.
Here is the first line of the scene, So, to Sarah Chuck was not ready when he did have the Intersect, and that was crazy, but this is worse right? because he had no Intersect this time.
Further in the scene, General Beckmann says there was a perfect mission for Agent Rye’s therapy. A perfect fear for your life mission for intersectless Chuck. How does Sarah response?
Sarah: This is not great, this is crazy.
Agent Rye: Agent Walker, this is what Chuck Wants, Right Chuck?
Chuck: Whatever it takes to get the Intersect back working, General
After listening to Chuck’s response we get a look from Sarah that we don’t often get in front of the General and Casey, one of concern and visibly upset. This is defiantly not Agent Walker we got in First Class.
So, how does she handle knowing Chuck was going with Agent Rye alone to find out about the diamonds? Not good,
Chuck: Sarah, the only way I will be able to flash if there is no safety net.
Sarah: Yes, But Chuck then there is no safety net
Chuck: Wish me luck!
Sarah: Chuck don’t, don’t be a hero, just come home safe to me, Ok?
Ok, I get it, we have two different situation with regards to where Chuck and Sarah are during these two episodes, but are we really? Sure, they are a couple in Chuck vs the Fear of Death, but Sarah still thinks Chuck is no good enough to be spy.
She clearly said that in front of everyone, and what is worse is Sarah is on the other side of the world and can’t do nothing about it. Except get on a supersonic jet that will get her to Switzerland. The problem is unlike Hugo Panzer, Baddie the Belgium was not the kind of guy you leave to chance. She was able to help on the plane, but read the chilling words from Baddie.
Sarah was so close, yet so far from stopping her worse fear, and for 5 days lives without the man she loves. Bad news for the bad guys who took Chuck, this is what life is like for Sarah without Chuck, and her biggest fear of all.
A woman’s life was turned upside down, and you can tell in her eyes she is lost without him.. which leads to an emotion we don’t get to see too often out of both Sarah Walker the girlfriend and Agent Walker A scene that is by far the best scene ever for both Sarah and the acting of one Yvonne Strahovski.
Tell me what you guys think of these two episodes, leave a comment