With the Chuck season 4 premiere, everyone’s favorite reluctant spy is back. Of course, after the events in the Chuck season 3 finale, nothing is going to be the same in the life of Chuck Bartowski. With Chuck’s father being killed in the finale, his world was turned upside down. That was, of course, until Chuck found out his father’s biggest secret – his mother is still alive.
As we start season 4, Chuck’s focus is solely on tracking down his mother. His mother, in this case, just happens to be played by the Terminator fighting Linda Hamilton. For a geek show, such as Chuck, that part couldn’t have been better cast. With The Ring out of the way and Ellie now knowing Chuck’s alter-ego, their relationship will be forever changed. While Ellie may know that Chuck is a spy, she still doesn’t know that her mother is alive. Neither does anyone else in Chuck’s life… except for Morgan.
Preview (courtesy of NBC)
Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) go on a rogue globe-spanning mission to find Chuck’s mom. Meanwhile, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) follow a trail to Russia as they investigate the mysterious Volkoff Industries and its operative, Marco (guest star Dolph Lundgren). Back at home, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) delivers big news to her family. Bonita Friedericy also stars.
From start to finish, the episode was fantastic. Ellie finally finding out Chuck’s secret was a wonderful reveal – one that was played out in a simple, yet impactful scene. Many other series would have built up that moment until the last minute, but considering how many equally as impactful reveals are contained in this finale, there was no room for that – and, for this, I couldn’t be happier.
Side note: (The butt kicking spy work that is always at the core of everything might, at times, over-shadow Chuck and Ellie’s relationship. That being said, chalk it up to good writing, great acting or me being sucker for NBC trickery, but Chuck and Ellie, in my opinion, have the most realistic brother-sister relationship on television. )
In the end, the cowboy-esque final fight between Chuck and Shaw was pretty great, but made so much better by the Jeffster! music video playing in the background. Morgan and Casey as the new power couple are hilarious as ever, but made even more so by the fact that Morgan is going after Casey’s daughter. When it comes down to it, Chuck can be defined as a series that takes each and every storyline, character and idea and makes it better in every single way.
With as much closure as the third season finale provides fans, there was equally as much foreshadowing of things to come in the fourth season. What makes it even better is the fact that Chuck has literally reinvented itself – the term “game changer” has never been so appropriate.
The promise Chuck made to Ellie that he would retire out of the governmental spy business surely puts the fourth season in an odd predicament. Luckily, everyone loves a good loophole and one is wonderfully provided through Papa Bartowski’s secret vault where Chuck, as a spy now working for himself, can take on as many evil organizations as his heart desires. Oh, and then there’s his mom!
People talk about how character development is integral to the success of any show, but often they forget to mention that the development and growth of a series itself is just as important. If you look at television today, you’ll see many series (Read: CSI, NCIS, Law & Order) that, week after week, deliver cookie-cutter programming. Thankfully, Chuck is the antithesis of that type of show and is the perfect example of a series that continuously grows and develops along with its characters.
With an amazing fourth season already slated for a fall premiere, I have no reason to believe this series is going anywhere.
Chuck airs Monday’s @8pm, on NBC
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