Review: Chuck 220 Versus the First Kill

Review of:  Chuck 220 Versus the First Kill Chuck

Overall Rating: 8




When Chuck's ex Jill is recruited out of prison to rescue his father from Fulcrum, trust is put to the test; at the Buy More, Emmett devises a ruse to steal Big Mike's job.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

Chuck verses the First Kill brings the theme of who can you trust to an apex.  I really liked how they used Chuck’s and Morgan’s experiences to debate the various nuances that goes into trust.  Trust is earned and reciprocated.

I love how they used the music in this episode.  First they use Twisted Sister’s "We're Not Gonna Take It" to symbolize the rebellion at the Buy More.  They Play Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” during a chase scene that added a hilarious joke level to the scene.  The return of Twisted Sister’s "We're Not Gonna Take It" but in a cathartic, striking back context.

I was very skeptical when they claimed that the last few episodes of the second season of Chuck would change everything.  As corny as they promotional campaign sounds I must agree.  With the reveal of Chucks dad in the last episode and with the bold twists taken in this one it appears that they are systematically turning every aspect of Chuck’s life on it’s head.  I must credit the writers for taking such a bold move.  To risk the fun and successful template that they had for the show in order to keep it from going stale deserves applause and I’m excited to see if they can pull it off.

The look inside of a Fulcrum recruiting agency was a very interesting part of this episode.  They have up on the walls a motivational poster “Leadership First” that has images that are very reminiscent of the Hitler youth images.  I found this a fascinating touch and supporting of my theory that the struggle between the government and Fulcrum is symbolic of the struggle between democracy and fascism.  When they show the video watch it closely…

Likes



  • The subtle and light debate on torture made through some quick comments by Casey and Sarah.

  • Casey and Sarah’s subtle interaction was hilarious in this episode for instance Sarah’s look when Casey makes a crack about how Chuck now qualifies for conjugal visits.

  • The Morgan a combat maneuver worthy of Max Smart

  • Emmett who is a Machiavellian genius

  • The “Are you wearing a wire?” running joke in this episode was brilliant.

  • The Homage of The Godfather


Dislikes / Concerns



  • The Subway product placement:  I found it sleazy… Like Big Mike I too enjoy Subway but if I were to ask the question what food does Big Mike like the most what comes to mind?  Doughnuts! they really build this up through out the first and second season without mention of his love of subs.  They should have done a better job with the product placement.  This scene really shattered the immaculate reality, fun and adventure that the show usually maintains so well.


Favorite Quotes



  • “Talk about beauty and the beast, you must be loaded”

  • “I don’t know if he wants to kill me or eat me” while playing hungry like the wolf by Duran Duran


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Next Week: Chuck Versus the Colonel:  When Chuck and Sarah go to free Steve, they discover spending time together allows for uncharted chemistry.



Spoiler Alert



The Morgan:  A combat maneuver invented by Morgan in school used to defend himself while being beat up by girls.  Chuck gives more credibility to this maneuver in a brilliant Max Smart manner when Chuck gets his first two kills because of it… kind of.  I love this touch.  To execute the Morgan one would cower and cover the vitals… that is the head and groin area.


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