Friday, November 04, 2011

Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit: Going Rogue

When the fourth season of Chuck ended with Morgan putting on those intersect glasses, there were a few obvious possibilities as to where the series could go. It's fairly safe to say most expected a sort of Chuck 2.0, that is a sort of alternate world version of what Chuck went through in the first season, and Morgan's handling it both better and worse (better in accessing his zoom, worse in knowing when to use it).

It's already been established that the intersect doesn't work the same with everyone's brain chemistry, but I'm not so sure we needed to see 40 minutes of Morgan being a jerk to set up the twist at the end. There are already plenty of holes in the plot to overcome without having Morgan imitate a 2 year old in desperate need of a nap.

Musically, we're past the premiere, so budget cuts are in place -- leaving us half the amount of licensed popular music to link to. One worth mentioning here is the Boots Electric track, "Complexity," which backed Morgan and Chuck's battle at the lair of Karl (Jeff Fahey). Speared by Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse "The Devil" Hughes, Boots Electric is kind of like a mustachioed* LCD Soundsystem (like EoDM was a mustachiod Queens of the Stone Age).

*By that I mean both the hairy upper lip and the ironic spirit in which it is worn.

I'd also be remiss if I didn't congratulate Seattle locals Blind Pilot on their placement in the usually sought after near-the-end contemplation scene, with the song "Half Moon. The lyrics "Don't you forget you come from nothing... or you'll never get on" almost seemed like a call for Morgan intersect humility.

Playlist: Chuck - Episode 5.02
1. "Boogie Fever" - The Sylvers [mp3]
2. "Complexity" - Boots Electric [mp3]
3. "Half Moon" - Blind Pilot [mp3]

Previously: Chuck vs Zoom (Episode 5.02)

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