While careful consideration and pondering if I should proceed with this article, it dawned on me what the mindset of the Chuckaholic experience should be. While we all love Chuck and Sarah’s relationship and their epic journey. However, there was a glaring problem that exist that we should discuss from a philosophy point of view.
No, this won’t be a trip back to your days of falling asleep in your philosophy classes, but what needs to be explored is the brilliance of two actors help blind use to the ultimate problem that would be the demise of true love.
It is easy to cheer for Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski, two young, kind hearted individuals apart, but together the very definition of magic conjures what we love most about them. Make no mistake when they are together the stars align as we watch a couple that belong together not only on camera but off as well. The relationship’s foundation of the characters they depicted were two characters that would fall into the perils of relationship doom. This is not a knock on Zachary or Yvonne nor is this a knock on Chuck and Sarah, but more a thinking outside the box reality on how and why Chuck and Sarah were not right for each other for the long haul. Let’s begin from the start shall we,
When the series began, we have a beautiful superagent in Burbank attempting to clean up the mess her former partner created. We know the story, but what we fail to forget is how Chuck and Sarah met.
We all love the ballerina scene, the moment set up for things to come. The starry eyed Chuck Bartowski starring into the eyes of the woman before him. On the other hand, Sarah shows confidence and spunk in knowing what she was doing and trying to accomplish. The converse effect that would help transform the two characters into a huge balancing act throughout the series. However, when you deconstruct the scene how was the foundation of the relationship formed? The cellphone may have indeed been broken, but it was done with purpose for Sarah to engage her mark. Insertion into Chuck’s world would’ve been tricky because his file said he was in an emotional rut. Sarah’s move was to use that information and finagle her way into the graces of Bartowski. Sarah shows no interest at this point, and it’s worth mentioning Sarah was hoping to be back on a plane awaiting her next mission, her words of a “piece of cake” would make one believe as much, but things would turn a muck after her witnessing the ballerina, but the lying and cajoling would continue.
Deception is a tactic spies needed to use in order to get a mark to respond. It was a lesson set forth by the writers of Chuck. Whether we agree with the premise isn’t open for debate here, but more of a guideline if you will. After all we are talking about someone else’s work. The idea that Sarah used lies to have control over Bartowski was heavily influenced by her training and upbringing.
The lying may have been understandable from a professional level, but here is where the lines get blurry. Sarah’s default mode personally was lying especially when it came to every day situations. A cover of being one’s girlfriend will eventually turn into something real when you spend that much time together majority of the time. Work and play, Sarah and Chuck were together.
Think of this Chuckaholics, it took a lot longer for Casey to warm up to Chuck because even though Casey lived in the apartment complex. Work was work and as John said, “Agent Walker and I don’t do much fraternizing after hours.” It took four years for John to even acknowledge he made friends.
It’s not the same assignment for Walker. Chuck and Sarah went on cover dates and Bartowski accepted her into his home. Sarah embraced it because at the time she step foot into the Buymore, she was at the crossroads of her life’s work. The baby situation, Bryce going rogue and being killed was a tremendous burden for Agent Walker. One can say Walker was in an emotional rut herself, but Walker didn’t have time to wallow in self pity because her country was calling.
Something that would occur multiple times during the series. After their first kiss, Chuck and Sarah couldn’t hash out the details of the kiss because the job and Bryce Larkin forced the discussion to the backburner. Something Sarah didn’t mind much to the angst of Chuck, but he understood the gravity of Bryce being back was priority because it had to do with him too. It still begs the question Was Chuck and Sarah’s relationship a healthy one?
When Sarah and Chuck met the foundation of a strong future was already shaky with a simple broken phone. Chuck’s morale fiber would clash with deception. It makes for a balancing act for Sarah as a result. A lesson Sarah never really understood because deception would follow into their marriage.
Deception is a selfish act. A way to clear one from any wrongdoing. Deception also gives way to manipulation. The words “Trust me, Chuck.” is a line used to hook one that is scared or is worried about the future, which later Sarah would reiterate for him to trust her, but not to believe in her. However, I disagree with the notion of trust and belief being separate.
The clash of belief and trust is something that can be proven to be anything but when it came to Mauser vs The Red Test Two very similar situations in which a lie became too much of a burden for the love struck couple. If one simply trust’s someone then when Chuck asks Sarah what happen to Mauser. She elects to break that trust by lying.
Everything would’ve of been fine for Sarah not revealing the truth about her decision to kill Mauser. The problem with the lie was unbeknownst to her Chuck saw her kill Mauser. We will discuss this more in our discussion when we shift to season two analysis. For now, we will leave you with this mind set. This kind of lie wouldn’t be the first time Sarah was caught lying.
Scottish Philosopher David Hume once said, “Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.” Chuck’s idea of trust coincides with belief. This would be the case for most normal human relationships, but in the realm of espionage and spying there needs to be a distinguishing factor.
In Chuck’s world, a spy needs to be able to make a mark trust them enough to believe what they are saying is true, but what seems like a dark way to operate is essential in Sarah’s world because of the lies and tricky the bad guy will try to use against her. It’s tit for tat,
When the question of Bryce comes to life, Sarah had to tread lightly on the subject, but again the concept of trust and belief become convoluted when lying becomes the only choice she had. The results of Chuck finding out the truth caused a rift between the two, but its not the lie that was the issue. Everything was going right for Sarah until Carina spilled the beans on the relationship of Sarah and Bryce. Something Chuck took exception too, but I have always believed that Sarah didn’t owe any explanation to Chuck at this point in the story. She was just his handler and after hearing how much of a hot topic Bryce was to Bartowski? Would it be wise to tell the truth in this aspect? So, Chuck becomes bitter towards her sooner rather then take Sarah’s approach by keeping Chuck’s emotions in check.
Parents don’t tell their children know the whole truth to protect them foom realities. Sarah needs Chuck to perform because of the Intersect, and here is where Shaw was a benefit for season three. As great as Chuck and Sarah were, those emotions they had for each other caused Beckman to send Shaw to train Chuck. They needed the Intersect 2.0 to work and Sarah’s hold on Chuck emotions cause Chuck to break down. Enter Shaw.
When Carina let the cat out of the bag about Bryce Chuck became moody and started taking liberties something Sarah was avoiding, but this problem we saw all Chuck vs Wookie was negated when we see Chuck deliver an oliverless pizza.
I think its more egregious of Sarah to withhold truth about the baby from her then husband. Again, trust and belief clash because a few episode prior to Chuck vs The Baby, Mrs. Bartowski lectured Chuck about going off on his own. Its situations like this that boggles the mind on how Sarah’s controlling of Chuck was apart of this relationship from the get go.
Is this how a healthy relationship should operate?
Fans will state they were right for each because it’s what they both needed. It would be a fair assessment except they never learned anything from each experience. In fact, Chuck and Sarah put themselves in predicaments that would ultimately lead to even worse unhealthy situations.
Conversely, when Brandon Routh and Yvonne Strahovski had their moment in the sun. The chemistry was not there, and it was easier for fans to turn on Brandon as a result. Something I feel was unfair to Brandon because Shaw offered a great deal to the spy portion of the story, but all everyone will remember is how terrible Yvonne and Brandon looked on screen. A testament on how great Zachary and Yvonne performance was.
Here is a moment between Shaw and Sarah compared to Charah. There is no question why its easier to forget Shaw and Sarah’s kiss because it wasn’t presented well enough. We ignore the fundamentals of building a relationship. Forced to kiss means a lot if you think about it. If you are interested in someone are you really forcing yourself to kiss them? or was kissing Sarah the reason behind it? When the moment was presented for Sarah to make her move she didn’t look forced does she? I never felt forced to kiss my wife when we were dating nor should one feel forced to kiss someone. Did Chuck feel forced in kissing Jill? It makes one think if Chuck was questioning his commitment for Sarah or could it be never thought there was a possibility of them being together.
Chuck didn’t look forced in these two scenes,
However, we are to believe that kissing Sarah would be forced? The actions of Chuck or Sarah would manipulate the other’s best intentions when it came to real life situations. Stressful situations that would ultimately lead to break up speeches or impulsiveness
A relationship that wasn’t real generates real emotions. The emotions created by not establishing the rules from the start. Furthermore, Sarah not letting Chuck know she didn’t want him to be spy and her interest on romantic capacity could happen , but Sarah changed the rules as they went on from a selfish perspective in order to keep her job and stay in Burbank, and Sarah didn’t need to worry until Lou came around which would cause Walker to question her own feelings and finally act on them.
The parallels of Lou and Sarah are well done by the writers because they tried to establish how both Lou and Sarah entered the life of Chuck the same way, but with different intentions. It was enough for Chuck to question what was happening between his fake relationship with that of a potential real one with Lou or later Hannah. Both women would affect Sarah differently, but the same result would occur Sarah would end up on top because of what choice did Chuck have. Sarah never was going to let another woman date Chuck because they would have to endure a rigorous screening process before they could even pursue anything with Bartowski. Doesn’t seem fair for Chuck at all if you think about it. A foundation seemed to have a lot of cracks in so far.
When a potential relationship is organically born, the feeling of interest is harmonic. There is a greeting, minor flirting, and the old cliche a smile while walking away. I never forget Clint Eastwood’s line in In a Line of Fire, “If she looks back, she’s interested.” Lou looks back, Sarah had all these features only after the Ballerina came and went, but what is the biggest of observations that came from these two scenes is the phone. The phone is really broken and Lou didn’t have a pre agenda behind this meeting.
Lou didn’t have any inkling she would become attracted to Chuck’s charms, but after one moment Lou was hooked on him. Chuck didn’t miss the clues either. However, He did miss Sarah’s hints of interest and how could he not? Everything was just for cover when it came to Sarah. However, Lou was as I mentioned organically done.
There was no covers or going over details for a double date with Ellie and Awesome. There wasn’t a fake comic con picture that had a bug in it. When Lou returns to the store, she rewards Chuck with a sandwich. A present from the heart. Sarah’s real photo comes only after Chuck pointed out the picture she gave was fugazi. The result of this comes when the two women cross paths. A losing situation for Chuck because his handler now knows the cover isn’t a cover anymore. A problem for any future prospect.
There is no secret there is a flow between Lou and Chuck. Lou has her eyes locked in on Bartowski. The organic feelings were percolating enough for Lou to flirt, but when Sarah arrives on the scene we have confusion from both Chuck and Lou’s point of view. One could assume Chuck would of moved on from Sarah at this point, but the chemistry between Zac and Yvonne was great to watch and easy to ignore the prison Chuck Bartowski was in.
This idea that Chuck and Sarah couldn’t come up with a “cover” to sell to his friends and family could’ve been done. The first half of Season Three proved they could. Especially since they knew Walker worked in the Wienerlicious, but Sarah’s inner desire for Chuck was sparked. The idea of sitting back while someone else swooped Chuck would not work for her. Sarah also knew instantly what was going on because of her expression while looking at trouble standing before her.
While Lou’s presence was troubling at the start, it gets worse when Sarah sees Chuck run across a parking lot for her. This would cause Walker to act The only one succumbing to pressure of the cover is Chuck
You can feel for Bartowski as result because he looks miserabl and with that comes falling in love with someone that would make it difficult for him to date otherwise. I will ask the question again, Is this how a relationship’s foundation supposed begin or would you prefer Lou and Chuck’s organic approach?
Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski sure made it easy to ignore the cracks in the foundation from the start despite those cracks Chuck and Sarah tried to build a house on it.
The next part of this article will discuss Season Two glaring relationship problem as we continue discussing how chemistry between two actors could overshadow unhealthy relationship patterns between Chuck and Sarah.
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