If there has ever been a polarizing storyline on our beloved Chuck it has to be Morgan (Joshua Gomez) being the one who got the Intersect that General Beckman* left for Chuck. Not only did Chuck not get the intersect that was supposed to be his, but it put a firm wedge in between the ultimate bromance: Chuck and Morgan.
Here’s the thing though, I don’t think it was the worst thing that it happened. In fact, now stick with me, I think it will be a good thing. And not just because this is the final season and I don’t see them ending the show on a bad note. But the logical TV viewer part of me can’t ignore that fact. This is why I like it….
– Chuck is proving to still be a good leader and spy without it. If he had gotten it back at the end of last season, it would have been too easy. But now, given this “handicap,” as it were, he is proving not only to Sarah and Casey (who already know it) but to himself, that he is a good spy. His intelligence and quick-thinking have already gotten him out of some sticky situations this season.
– Morgan needed a kick in the butt. While he doesn’t see it now because the intersect appears to be melting his brain, he will eventually figure out that this spy stuff isn’t just a game. I think he learned it on some level last season, but being the intersect and seeing the power that has will eventually make him realize what Chuck went through.
And here’s the biggest reason of all:
– It’s proof that Chuck (Zachary Levi) is special. Last season we saw the intersect isn’t perfect in other people when it turned Stacy Keibler and the Old Spice Guy into robots. Bryce (Matt Bomer) sent the intersect to Chuck in the first place for a reason. Papa Bartowski left the intersect and the information to Chuck and Ellie for a reason. They are special. The intersect is only every supposed to work for Chuck. The show is about him because HE is the one that is meant to have it. So the fact that it is destroying Morgan’s brain (not knowing an Indiana Jones reference! For shame!) is proof of what we’ve known all along. Chuck and the intersect are the perfect pair.
So here’s my point – give it time. I promise you, as much as anyone who is not on set or privvy to any future plots can promise, that it will be fine. This is all for the best. The Chuck/Morgan bromance will survive. And if I were a betting girl, which I’m not – I go to Vegas for the food, but if I were, I’d bet the intersect is back where it belongs in Chuck’s head by the end of the series.
*Or, apparently not!
Note: This piece was written before “Chuck vs the Frosted Tips” aired.
Written by Melissa Miller. Find her on Twitter @serrae