1) Lou was a nice reminder for both other characters and the audience (not that this audience member needed the reminder!) that Chuck wasn't just the out-of-his-depth, socially awkward 'dork' clamoring faithfully after the impossibly gorgeous, smart, successful, hyper-competent, awesome-in-nearly-every-way CIA agent who might at first glance seem to be wildly out of his league. He was a guy who other attractive, interesting women found very appealing.
And Lou made no bones about it, either. The complete opposite of Sarah, who was dithering and indecisive (for valid reasons, of course) and unable to say or do anything about what she was feeling. Lou openly said "I like almost everything about you" to Chuck. And that was a confidence boost that I think he really did need, at that point.
It also gave Yvonne Strahovski to play jealous, and I always enjoyed it when Sarah got to indulge in some immature behaviour. She was usually so collected and competent, that seeing her thrown for a loop by Chuck wanting to break up their fake relationship and date someone else was a really fun change.
I adore those scenes so, so much. And I'm not sure I ever love Ellie more than when she's all loopy with its effects. Her quote about how if *everything* is awesome then, really, it's just mediocre, is classic.
That was another great scene. And I liked that, instead of Awesome getting offended over her making fun of him, he just immediately went to being concerned about Ellie, and then apologetic to Chuck and Sarah when Ellie burst in on them.
5) So what do you guys think of Morgan? More annoying as the series wore on? Less annoying as the series wore on? Always equally annoying? Never annoying in the first place? ;) I tend to be a big fan of platonic TV friendships in general, and Morgan's love and even touching (and, er, slightly creepy!) dependence on Chuck redeemed the character for me. I have to admit, though, that at times I wish they toned down his obnoxious irksomeness.
I remember Morgan being very unpopular during season 1, but he never bothered me too much. He was too attached to Chuck, and there were a couple of moments where he almost seemed to be jealous of Sarah, which was just a bit creepy. But I liked Chuck Versus The Sizzling Shrimp, where Sarah and Chuck had to agree to "an evening of Morgan" (Sarah's words), and the dynamics between the three of them seemed to even out a bit.
From season 2 onwards, I thought he was pretty great. As solid as a rock for Chuck, but with his own life as well. Giving him Anna as a love interest worked in terms of establishing him as his own person. And in Chuck Versus the Best Friend, there was a moment that legitimately made me tear up, where Chuck talked about how Morgan had stayed with him all night after his mother left, and then again when his dad left. It felt like, up to that point, there was still something of a question as to why Chuck cared about Morgan so much, amongst the audience and even amongst characters like Sarah and Casey.
I think that part of the reason I've never watched season five is because I don't want to see Morgan acting like a dick.
6) I'm similarly torn on the Buy More scenes in general. On one hand, I do sometimes appreciate their humor and I think they're a definite part of what distinguishes Chuck from a more typical spy show. On the other, they can feel kind of forced and over-the-top for me.
Pretty much. Sometimes they did feel very forced and silly, but sometimes that silliness just worked. Like them starting a revolution, to the soundtrack of Fortunate Son, or the great moment in season 4 where Morgan rehires all the old Buy Morons and they get the ridiculous 'hero' slo-mo entrance.
I think the show would have been poorer if they'd got rid of the Buy More completely.