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Chuck Recap: Episode 17, "Chuck vs. The Predator"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 17, "Chuck vs. The Predator"

Well, not only is our Chuck Bartowski becoming something of a spy, he's apparently also going rogue. That's what we learn on this week's installment of Chuck, which reveals that not only has Chuck been keeping a chart, he's also created a super-powered computer search for Orion, the only person who could possibly get the Intersect out of his head. Meanwhile, the Buy More crew faces some stiff competition from the besweatered legion of well-groomed nerds from Beverly Hills. Ready to chat about it? Just


Chuck being handy with a computer has come up from time to time, but I'm not sure if he's ever done anything so advanced as track down a highly secret operative. But when this episode begins, Orion is reaching out to Chuck, talking to him through his computer — many computers, actually — and trying to arrange for them to meet. The General is less than thrilled that Chuck's set up a rogue search, and even Sarah gets angry, one of the few times we've seen her really upset with him. And for good reason: Chuck ends up held at gunpoint twice in the Buy More by the same Fulcrum agent (even though the baddie supposedly ate a suicide capsule in between) and — maybe worse — delivers Orion into the hands of Fulcrum.

Orion knows what he's doing: He's able to redirect a missile so it blows up his helicopter, presumably killing him and all of his Intersect secrets. But that's not good news for Chuck, who's watching his last attempt at a normal life drift away. In fact, now the government doesn't just have to put up with Chuck — the General wants him around. She comes all the way to Burbank to say so (in one of the first scenes where we've ever seen what she looks like from the elbows down, heh), telling Chuck it's time for him to become a spy. Now not only do all of the nation's secrets live in his brain, but the outcome of the government's war with a rogue faction rests squarely on his shoulders. But there might still be an out: Chuck discovers a package from Orion that contains diagrams of the Intersect. Maybe he can still save himself, but he'll be doing it in secret and against the government's wishes. For now, though, that looks like a risk he wants to take.

Meanwhile, the Buy More plot fits in seamlessly: Just as Chuck, Sarah, and Casey are trying to keep Orion's computer out of Fulcrum's hands, the Buy More crew is trying to protect the same computer (which they think is for gaming) away from their slick counterparts at the fancy Beverly Hills Buy More. I loved the reveal of Jeff's office (inside an unusually large, out-of-order bathroom stall) and the entire sequence with everyone wearing ski masks and freaking out Emmett, but two moments stand out: first, Emmett scaring off the "robbers" (actually Jeff and Lester) with his pepper spray, only to get clubbed in the head by Casey; second, Emmett taking a little swing with a baseball bat that sends the entire Beverly Hills store into disarray.

Some other thoughts:

  • I'm totally digging the production design of Orion, whose face appears to Chuck as nothing but a constantly changing series of letters and numbers.
  • Love Jeff's disappointment with the "video game" that's actually a few seconds away from sending a missile straight into the store. "First impression: boredom. It feels like we're flying an actual Predator."
  • How spooky was that shadowy Fulcrum panel? I want to see more of that!
  • A+ for Jeff's pathetic attempt at throwing his voice.
  • Agent Casey: "I always have a gun."
  • The General, upon discovering Casey's Reagan picture: "Wake up, Casey. The '80s are over."

In the end, Chuck's ordered to stop his search, keep the Intersect, and become a real spy — but possibly not with Sarah, as the General's now suspicious of her relationship with Chuck. How's Bartowski getting out of this one?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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Jammi Jammi 8 years
I loved the part where Big Mike was like 'If you think Morgan, is scary, look out for Emmett' or something along those lines, hahah I agree, the substory was actually more interesting to me than the main, though that was pretty good as well, lol. Ditto most everything nonmr said also, lol.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I truely love this show and hope NBC wakes up soon and renews it!
deeann deeann 8 years
i think this was one of the best episodes of the season so far. i like how chuck's become craftier and jeffster!
littlebmac littlebmac 8 years
I really, really hope that the show gets renewed for another season! I told my fiancee to tell everyone that he knows they should be watching the show!
spacebear spacebear 8 years
oh! and i loved how the guys from the other buy more thought the burbank crew was tough and scary. lol. the comic chuck was reading at the end to hide the fulcrum info - the guy on the cover looked like bryce.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
i agree with so much nonmr said! i love love love this show but i was a little more interested in the buy more story line this time. man morgan in bed hearing his mom and big mike, the whole masked scene, and chuck taking charge were awesome. c'mon nbc!!! renew renew renew!
nonmr nonmr 8 years
Raves: - Chuck being so determined to get the Intersect out of his head. It seems as if he really wants to have his normal life back and probably get his relationship with Sarah to the next level. - OMG, it's Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) from the Mummy! I commend the producers for getting him into the show. - Speaking of Imhotep, when he rose from the dead while in the underground base behind Chuck, I just had a "The Mummy" flash, haha! - The Buy More sidestory was really awesome. IMO, it is probably one of the funniest sidestories they had in a while. Also, I found the sidestory more interesting than the Intersect/Orion plot. - Morgan's agony being next door to his Mom's room and apparently, Big Mike has moved in. I feel for him hearing them on a regular basis. He really has to move in with Anna soon. - I loved the Buy More Burbank vs. Buy More Beverly Hills rivalry. The toilet paper prank by the Beverly Hills guys was nothing compared to what Emmett did to their store, haha! - Morgan's Mom to Big Mike: "Do we have time for a quickie?" XD - Chuck to Fulcrum Agent/Imhotep: "That sounds like a fun class" mimicking his deep voice, haha! - General Beckman to Casey after seeing Raegan's photo: " Wake up Casey, the 80's are over" - I liked General Beckman's lines to Casey and Sarah. She's a lot more sarcastic than Casey, and a lot shorter too! XD - Jeff and Lester's eyes all teary, thanks to Emmett's pepper spray XD - Also, I kind of liked the Buy More Beverly Hills branch's interiors. I thought it was like walking into an Abercrombie & Fitch store, but for nerds =) - The Orion laptop really looked like one of those Alienware laptops (Hey, I should know since an Alienware laptop has been on top of my wishlist!) =) - Jeff's office in the men's room (Or as Chuck puts it, the little boys' room)! So unusually large, quaint and homey, amidst the smell probably since the location isn't quite appealing =) - Emmett's antics--portraying as a Sheriff while guarding the Orion laptop, and it more interesting when everyone wanted to get their hands on it. It was so funny! Rants: - No Awesome and Anna Wu. But it's okay--I'm looking forward to the Bartowski-Awesome nuptials and Morgan and Anna moving in together, yey! - Chuck being one step closer into getting the Intersect out of his head. Like the General, I personally don't want the Intersect removed from Chuck but I can't blame him for wanting to have his normal life back. - Seeing next week's episode preview, I kind of feel sad knowing that Sarah would be replaced (if that's the real deal). - The show not "yet" renewed for another season. What is NBC doing or even thinking at this point? It's a fun show--they should let the producers continue the story =)
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i don't think Sarah knows that they'll kill Chuck if he's not the intersect. The general told Casey that when they were alone didn't she?
Taadie Taadie 8 years
is the plan still to kill chuck if he's not the intersect? if it is, do you think sarah will ever tell him that?
BubbleSpice BubbleSpice 8 years
I don't think Orion is dead, but I DO think Orion is Chuck and Elle's dad. Can't wait to see how that one plays out!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I agree, this show better get renewed! It's just such a great show! I loved Casey's disappointed growl when The General told him the 80's were over. Casey's so awesome.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i love when chuck mentions how little the general is! She IS short! and mean! I'm bummed he didn't get to talk to Orion more, hopefully he learns as much as he can from all that stuff. And Sarah better not leave! There's no way! That new girl we saw in the preview for next week was too manly!
PirateKitty PirateKitty 8 years
This episode was great, i will just die if this show doesn't get renewed! In what world is it normal for creative shows like this and 'Pushing Daisies' no to do well yet 'Dancing with the "Stars"' has so many people watching?
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