Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Chuck: Semper Fidelis

The second season of Chuck has worked much better due to some minor retooling, namely, putting less focus on the relationship between Chuck and Morgan. Last night marked a return to that Chuck/Morgan focus, but because we haven't seen it week after week (after week,) it actually was quite refreshing. "Chuck vs. the Best Friend" also worked well in it's incorporation of the Buy More into the mission, something that's not always so easy to do gracefully. Add to that the 8 Mile homage of a side story for Jeff and Lester's band Jeffster, and you have probably the best episode of the new year for the sophomore series.

Which makes it all the more unfortunate that "Best Friend" was pre-empted by President Obama's address a couple weeks ago, as it forced NBC to air it out of order (flipping it with "vs the Suburbs,") blemishing an otherwise fine pair of episodes. The main issue I had with last Valentine's day episode was the added layer of awkwardness between Chuck and Sarah that went unexplained. The touching moment they share near the end of the episode carries over into last week's mission in the suburbs. Seeing this retroactively makes Chuck's heartbreak more real, but also makes it more annoying that they aired these episodes out of order. Would folks really be that put off by having Chuck's Valentine's Day episode a week after the holiday?
Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure whats deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become
I enjoyed Jeffster's take on Toto's "Africa," in part because it provided an interesting lift to the rekindling of the Anna/Morgan pairing, and also because it provide the opportunity to remember just how bad some of the lyrics were to this song. Elsewhere, in a Morgan/Chuck flashback we were treated to some classic Jane's Addiction ("Been Caught Stealing,") which served no purpose other than to illustrate the time.

The other choices, however, worked better in telling more of the story. Chromeo's "Momma's Boy" provided a nice backdrop to the geek surveilance being laid out on behalf of that *momma's boy Morgan. But it was Benji Hughes' "Why Do These Parties Always End the Same Way" that provided the most succinct commentary on Chuck, pointing out (with a nudge and a wink) the inevitability of something going wrong, as it goes with any party that Chuck attends in the series. The ending here isn't nearly as bad as in the song, though ("We need to call the cops, somebody killed the DJ!")

*Speaking of Morgan's mom, you can add her new relationship with Big Mike as another casualty of the episode flip-flop. I've been assured that they do indeed pick up that storyline again next week.

Playlist: Chuck - Episode 2.14
1. "Been Caught Stealing" - Jane's Addiction
2. "Momma's Boy" - Chromeo
3. "Why Do these Parties Always End the Same Way" - Benji Hughes
4. "Africa" - Toto

Previously: How do I work this? (Episode 2.13)

1 comment:

christina said...

I love to Watch Chuck. I have watched it's season 2. All episodes of 2nd season are great. I like Episode 13 ("Chuck Versus the Suburbs") and 14 ("Chuck Versus the Best Friend") of season 2. The best scene of the show is when Chuck tears down his best friend as horribly as he can in order to save his life. That was too emotional.