The closing moment of our previous discussion talked about how a baby can become a game changer for a character. Sometimes a character needs that moment when life stares them in the face. Decision of do I stay or do I leave becomes a daunting one, but the reality was Sarah Walker had reach that moment.
Writers have the opportunity to evolve a story over the course of time. They can either give a story legs to carry or wither away within a story. When we see Sarah Walker staring at the baby. We see a soldier become human. Her career may be over, but the decision to protect the baby would become her nature. The experience taught her a life lesson only a baby can deliver, but time was of the essence and the longer she hesitated the sooner Ryker would find her and the baby.
It’s why the ballerina wasn’t love at first sight as people would proclaim. The ballerina was a little girl much like a baby. Chuck was rescuing the father’s mishap which Chuck was not required to do. Sarah and Chuck have that bond. They both have a heart. It’s the very reason Sarah took it so well. It reminds her of the little girl she rescued. A different circumstance for sure, but a recital mishap becomes life or death situation for the father when he returns home without the video. When Sarah watches Chuck, the wall around her heart softens. A sense of belonging overcame her. The need for positive influence in her life begins to flow through her veins. The more she watched Chuck, the more she became intrigued by him. Remember Sarah has dealt with dangerous people all her life and Chuck’s actions was anything but dangerous. A complete 180 for her.
It would all disappear because Sarah Walker was in full agent form when speaking to Langston, but her eyes show interest in knowing who Chuck Bartowski was. The more she studies him the more she wants him. She does fall for him, but Carina told us she didn’t know it. If anyone can read Walker the most it would be Carina. Walker comes up with excuses in staying even though her mission was complete. Computer was destroyed. Chuck showed no evidence of working with Larkin. There was no need for Sarah to stay in Burbank, but there was. Sarah planted roots the moment she saw the ballerina and Chuck Interact.
There was no false pretenses here. The ballerina needed help. When does this moment come up again? When Lou comes to the store for help. Real help to boot. Sarah also tells Graham she could fix this mess. She asked Chuck on a date, but there is significant difference between Sarah in the pilot from Sarah in First Date. Same situation. Two dates with the exception of one being real over the other, but was that true?
Agent Walker was dressing for a cover date. She is packing weapons and a vest. It’s not something you would do on a real date. Sarah told us this in First Date, but Chuck didn’t know he was walking into a staged interaction. However, the flowers caught Sarah off guard, which brought Sarah Walker to the dance.Sarah was still talking with her boss on how to deal with Chuck. Agent Walker taking advice from her superior. Agent Walker all poised for a typical cover date. It’s a standard day at the office, but not really watch Sarah’s reaction to the flowers.
Sarah asks Graham what should she do if Chuck ran. He said “kill him.” Sarah gets the order, but we can see Sarah was never going to pull a trigger on Chuck. She has become compromised. The desire for humanity has begun to seep through the agent posterior. It’s a very scary situation for someone like Agent Walker. In a matter of months, Sarah was getting an education on the dark side of the agency. It’s humanity pulling at her. It’s why Burbank was the best place for her. Burbank was on the other side of the country. Far from Washington, but sometimes the perils of one’s past keep resurfacing.
The name may be false, but Bruce really took his toll on her. The truth couldn’t be more evident once Sarah saw Bryce lying dead in the intersect room. Bryce was her partner and former lover. The first real intimate relationship she ever had, but his hold on her wouldn’t last once meeting Chuck. Not once did we ever hear Sarah say she had feelings for Bryce, but rather Bryce was a mistake. It’s why Sarah was able to shoot when Bryce was being used as a shield and not Chuck. It’s why Sarah was on the doorstep of Dr. Dreyfus proclaiming her love for her beloved.
The Early Stages of Intimacy
The first intimate moment in the history of Chuck and Sarah comes in the pilot. We know they are on a date, but let me show you the difference between Sarah in the Pilot fromFirst Date. I noticed something different besides the gun staying home.
Look at Sarah’s dress choice. It’s simple and attractive in the pilot, but compare that to First Date.
Sarah is bedazzling herself for Chuck. Walker took the time to do her hair, pick out a stunning dress and was invested in this date emotionally. There are no weapons to be seen by the viewer. It’s a far cry from how she dressed in the Pilot. Yet, we are to believe Sarah fell for Chuck during the Ballerina scene. We are to believe Sarah was into Chuck when sitting in a porsche saying she would be done once Zarnow took the Intersect out or Sarah grieving over the death of Bryce. Do you notice the killer stare Sarah gave Casey. Agent Walker still is front and center. It makes sense too. Sarah doesn’t know Chuck that well. Thus, there is no emotional investment yet. Bryce was still on her mind. It doesn’t help her when having to work with the man who pulled the trigger.
It’s also a contradiction in writing when we see two scenes strongly suggesting Sarah was at the point of moving on at one point. However, when attending Bryce’s funeral we see the human side of Sarah for the first time. The two scenes suggesting Sarah has moved on from Bryce, the human side of Sarah shows Chuck has grown on her. It brought my first question of how much did Sarah really love Bryce?
Sarah’s expression in her hotel room and actions on the beach sold the line somewhere between fixing her phone and defusing a bomb was when she fell, but crying at Bryce’s funeral provides the question in my thoughts. Most will tell you when body contact of some kind occurs, the feelings Sarah was developing had commenced. Sarah has become the protector, but shoulder bump on the beach is very much the first intimate contact of the series. The first action maybe Sarah has indeed fallen for Chuck.
All of these expressions used in just two episodes brought to life by the acting of Yvonne will be the discussion of the reboot of Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker Series.
Chapter two will discuss How Human Interaction help heal Sarah’s heart, but the Killer inside was not far behind.