We have looked at the good and bad sides of Chuck Bartowski, but what about the ugly side? There are really two things that stand out and require some attention. His relationship with Hannah and giving up the Omen virus are examples of how ugly Chuck can be. He was a hero, who can out smart evil organizations and weapons dealers, but at times perceive to make poor decisions that reflect how much of a buffoon Bartowski acted sometimes. The whole Hannah relationship was really bad timing and bothered a lot of fans more than the virus, and here is why
This is not an attack on Hannah. She would have been better suited than Lou, but that is here nor there. Hannah did not know the history of Chuck, and his decision that he made prior to being on the very plane he was on.
This all started back in Prague, and a decision to say “I can’t” to Sarah, A lot of fans would complain that season three was terrible writing by the Powers That Be and some consider it the Misery Arc, but the Prague incident really was the final test that brought our favorite couple together at the time, but unfortunately Sarah losing her memories would be far worse than this
Chuck’s decision was an honorable one at the time, he did what Bryce taught him in the first two seasons, and that was \spies can’t be in relationships.
He started to believe the only way he could be with Sarah was by entering her world, but Chuck never heard Sarah’s side of things. She never told him he had to be a spy nor was she given a chance to express herself. Chuck always cut her off before she could get a word in.
Chuck never saw this expression when Sarah found out she would be working with Larkin again, and would be leaving in the morning.
All Chuck heard was she was leaving, and quickly considered her being at the wedding for cover.
Chuck does not see the pain and agony in Sarah’s eyes as he walked away. The near tears Sarah Walker was not at Ellie’s Wedding as Agent Walker. He didn’t notice how hard it was for her to say that she was leaving. He didn’t take the soft touch and sigh when she touched his chest as a sign that she was struggling. Chuck was thinking selfishly. All he heard was Bryce was back and again the threat of her leaving was because of Bryce the spy.
Sarah Walker at this point in the story was ready to commit to Chuck. The way she locked on him on the beach. Her eyes fixated on him, showed she was in love. the very reason Bryce said “Your not coming with me are you.” Her love was stronger than protecting the country,
By not noticing all of this happening, Chuck felt it was important to download Intersect 2.0, and what ultimately lead him to tell Sarah he can’t run with her. The thing was no one told him he had to download it. All Bryce said was to destroy the computer. In fact, Bryce told him how the new Intersect was dangerous. Chuck decision to download the Intersect was his, and his alone.
We know what happened in Prague, if you haven’t watch Chuck vs the Pink Slip to understand the Prague Incident. I provided the scene.
After the incident, Sarah was hurt and angry with Chuck, She put her heart out there for him and he denied her. Something she never expected. She was caught off guard, which made it hurt even more. Chuck’s reason for doing this was for the greater good and because he loved her. Really Chuck, because you love her? Then why a month later you are with another woman.
His first solo mission was in Paris, and during his flight he met Hannah. They quickly bonded and had a nice chemistry going, but like with Sarah, Chuck did not notice Hannah was into him. He doesn’t even realize it when she showed up at the Buymore, and started working there.
Hannah was making her move, and Chuck like usual was oblivious. He doesn’t notice until Hannah kisses him in Chuck vs The Mask.When Hannah kissed Chuck, and Chuck was reciprocating, I screamed at my television because I knew Chuck was going to enjoy it, and all that he said in Prague would go up in flames, which it does.
Hannah and Chuck began dating, and again Sarah had to play second fiddle. My problem with this was if the reason Chuck said “I can’t” to Sarah because he wanted to become a real spy, what made Hannah change his mind This was the only storyline I had a problem with in season 3.
Hannah and Chuck relationship began to evolve more into a serious one. She met Ellie, slept at the apartment, and ate dinner there. Something that hit Sarah hard. She could handle him dating other women. Sarah has been through it enough, but where it struck her in the heart was watching Hannah at the very table and with the very family that she calls hers At this point, Sarah was broken. We need to understand the significances of what the apartment, Chuck’s family and of course him mean to Sarah, and she is watching another woman at the table she ate at. The table where she wants to be. The driving force that leads her to comfy in Shaw. Really Chuck, you said “I can’t” because you wanted to help others, and you love Sarah. It does not seem like it from Sarah’s point of view.
The Apartment, Chuck’s Family and Chuck’s bed
The apartment represented a real home for Sarah, a place that was positive and warm. It was nothing like anything she knew in her life, and Chuck’s family provided that as well. She saw how Ellie and Devon interacted with Chuck and embraced it as well, “You are my home Chuck, you always have been.” it was a refreshing feeling from a life on the run and fake identities. Sarah seeing Hannah in her apartment was the first blow.
The second blow was finding out Hannah slept in her bed. After the Truth Sarah enjoyed sharing the same bed with Chuck. She felt safe and secure with Chuck. Everything felt right for Sarah. Except now another woman laid in her bed. How does Sarah react to the news that another woman slept in her bed?
A woman that was reaching her limit with how much she can take. Who can blame her? Chuck said, “I can’t” now he was sleeping with someone else. In her bed. Now for the final blow, and one that crushes Sarah. Something more sacred to Sarah than a bed and an apartment. The dinner table with Chuck’s family. Hannah was sitting at the dinner table, and eating with Ellie, Devon and her Chuck. For Sarah, an agent that was fearless, uncompromising and most importantly not phased by anything. Showed an emotion we never saw from her. One that showed deflation.
She had to leave. Something she has not have to do in the three years she knew him, but in Prague Chuck said “I can’t” because he wanted to train, but now he was eating with another woman in her apartment, with her family, slept in his bed and most importantly was with her Chuck.
This scene was the driving force for Sarah hooking up with Shaw, She didn’t want to be with Shaw, she didn’t want to leave with Shaw, but Chuck broke her down, and the walls he knocked down made her vulnerable. There was really only one person she could comfy in and that was Daniel.
The Omen Virus
Over the course of five seasons, Chuck would do things that would be downright buffoonish. Things under different circumstances Chuck would not do. This is the same man that came up with plans to take down Shaw and lure Volkoff out of hiding. Yet, for a smart man, he would do things that would scratch your head.
The idea that giving the Omen Virus would spare his sister and Devon’s life was so idiotic that it was out of character, and going against his wife’s wishes of going out on his own. We have been critical of Sarah for not backing Chuck at times of trouble, but it was different now. She was his wife, and was by his side. However, the nerd in him reared its ugly head, and he takes off alone.
No intersect, no back up, and no Sarah. It was like the five years of spying taught him nothing. He arrived at the warehouse, and he gave the baddies the virus, who uploaded the virus. What did you think they were going to do Chuck? Everything they said they wouldn’t do on the phone end up happening. They attempted to torture him and he gave up where the virus was. He was in dire straits until the Calvary showed up.
Sarah had every right to be mad at him. What he did was stupid and irresponsible. The two scenes above show you the idiocy of Chuck Bartowski, which was truly an ugly side