TV REVIEW: "Chuck": Chuck vs. the Predator

Sam White
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This was a funny episode and a fun one to watch, and while its story line was basically wrapped up within the episode, I got the feeling that its main purpose was to set up some stuff for later on.

Computers near Chuck start to talk to him. And they seem to know when he’s alone. When he replies, the entity on the other end of the ether claims to be Orion, the original inventor of the Intersect and—Chuck believes—the person most likely to be able to get the Intersect out of Chuck’s head.

Orion wants to send Chuck some very important info and so offers to send Chuck a laptop PC that will allow them to converse securely. Unbeknownst to Chuck—and in a strange occurrence where what’s happening at the Buy More actually advances the plot—his Burbank Buy More has been selected to get some slick new computer before the Beverly Hills branch, which is causing an internecine war between Buy More branches which—up until now—has involved pranks like TP’ing one another’s stores.

But then, the super-laptop from Orion shows up and Lester—assuming it’s the new PC Buy More will be selling—tells the delivery man he’s Chuck and takes possession of it. Thinking they’re playing a game, Lester, Jeffrey and Morgan accidentally call down a Predator strike on themselves, which Chuck eventually averts. (During this, we learn why and how Jeffrey spends so much time in the bathroom while at “work”: he has the handicapped stall “tricked out” to be a miniature office and even wears a suit when in there.) This mix-up, and Chuck's subsequent acquisition of the laptop, causes a misundterstanding which leads Big Mike, Morgan, Lester, Jeffrey and Emit to illegally enter the Beverly Hills store and--through incompetence--do actual criminal vandalism.

We also get to see the general “in person” rather than sitting behind her desk on a computer screen. When she enters Casey’s apartment and sees his picture of Reagan, she tells him “The 80’s are over, Major,” to which Casey growls. The funny thing about that moment, to me, was that a big thrust of the episode seemed to be to make the audience dislike the general. In which case, I would have guessed that Hollywood would have transferred their own dislike for the Gipper into having the general actually praise him. What I took from this scene was an attitude of, “How can I like anyone who doesn’t like Reagan?”

Another thing that led me to believe this episode was designed to set the stage for later developments was that Sarah seems to have made some sort of a decision (after last week) about how she feels about Chuck. Now, we’ve all known that she was as enamored of him as he of her, but she began to express herself last night in a way that was somewhat uncharacteristic of her. So, either it was bad acting (I doubt) or she’s starting to slide off the fence and is coming down on Chuck’s side. Whether Chuck trusts that her slide is for real or not is yet to be seen.