Episode Reviews

Chuck Versus the Suitcase

"Chuck and Sarah hide from Sofia"

In this week’s Chuck, we have our hero fighting another great foe, Sarah’s suitcase.

Now obviously Chuck isn’t actually fighting a suitcase, but rather the fact that Sarah, after eight months, has yet to actually unpack her stuff. It’s a spy’s life, always on the go, but there was obviously something holding her back form fully moving in with Chuck. Fortunately, the writers have seemed to find the right balance of relationship building and drama with action and comedy, without giving us too much of the former with not enough of the latter. One of the standing points that appeals to Chuck fans is the fact there is a lot of humor in the show with likable characters and odd, yet sometimes compelling situations.

Now of course Chuck is a show directly targeted towards the geeks, namely the male young adult geeks, and this episode was definitely right up that alley. Chuck and Sarah have to go to Milan and Fashion Week to catch a supermodel spy that’s stolen weapon’s technology to sell on the black market. Sofia Stephinova (played by actual Czech supermodel Karolina Kurkova) is a cold, ruthless, and “fetching” arms dealer for Volkoff, and it’s pretty difficult for Chuck to keep his composure as they attempt to steal back the weapon technology. Despite the idea that this might be a fashion based episode, it’s definitely not as it quickly turns into one action sequence after another with Chuck and Sarah working great as a team.

Back in Burbank, things at the Buy More are going perfectly well, but to Morgan’s notice a little too perfect. Both he and Devon instantly recognize the fact that it’s actually a spy base because in reality, a store like that would be filled with “people like [Devon].” From this, we solve the great mystery of how they would introduce the old Buy More staff back into the show, as they are all rehired back to help bring the efficiency of the store down a bit. I’m glad to see the return of the old Buy More employees, as I think they really gave the store a lot of it’s insane charm. The real question is how are they going to interact with the agents that are already stationed there.

With the return of a lot of the old staff, and an increasingly good dynamic between Chuck and Sarah, I have a lot of high hopes for the rest of the season.

Other Thoughts

  • This week’s Greta was Isaiah Mustafa (Old Spice Man). Lifting a TV with one hand and using a tag gun for target practice is pretty pro.
  • Chuck flashing to know what the safe code is quite a stretch.
  • Alex and Casey have started to talk again. Hopefully that means we’ll be seeing her again.
  • Casey was grounded from this mission for “stabbing a guy with a stiletto.”
  • “Strapless Versace eh? Very daring Agent Walker.” “How much Project Runway have you been watching?”
  • “I don’t wanna be an astronaut, I wanna work at the Buy More!” – Upon seeing Greta in his ridiculous perfectness
  • “Rumor has it you’re pregnant, is there room enough in that womb for two?” – Jeff, I missed the super creepy.
  • Morgan is now the store manager as Beckman and the hire ups recognize he is the best suited for the job.
  • Chuck created some tranq gloves to disable someone.

Gratuitous shot(s) of Sarah

  • Sarah in her strapless Versace
  • That one scene in with all the garment bags.


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By Kien Tran

Based in Dallas, Texas, Kien Tran is an avid television enthusiast. After spending hundreds of hours wasting away on a couch, he decided to actually do something creative with his hobby and created this very blog.

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