Yeah, I thought that was a major flaw in season 4, and at the time I thought for sure it was a red herring when Beckman announced that it was Vivian who tried to blow up castle. I just didn't buy her evil transformation or that she would trust Riley.
I totally agree. On top of that, Riley's evilness came out of nowhere. Ok, he was a 'lieutenant' (?lawyer?) of Volkoff but why should we assume he was evil? The lack of consistency/continuity is why I didn't enjoy the Volkoff plot in the back eleven as much as the first 13.
That said, I still loved season four and Timothy Dalton was amazing throughout. Every season has flaws, but seasons three and four had some of the best and most entertaining episodes IMO. I also loved Morgan finding out in Vs The Beard which was one of my favorites of the series, and his whole character evolution and developing relationships with Casey and Alex. (And with Sarah too, even though they didn't have many scenes together, but when they did they were golden.)
Totally agree, again. Watching 4 seasons in the past months, their growth were very obvious and their effects on the interactions and on the plots (how characters approached different/similar situations over time). That's why I understand why some people might be bummed when reflecting on the events of the finale regarding Sarah (arguably the character who has grown the most in the first 89 episodes).
While I think Seasons 1 and 2 were the most consistent seasons and had the highest concentration of great episodes (Season 2 handily wins in that department), it's safe to say all seasons, so far, have had their gems. And it's no disrespect to Season 3 or 4. On a standalone basis, those seasons are kick-ass. However, they both came after what is, in my opinion, one of the best TV seasons of all time (Season 2) so it's easy to feel a let down and nostalgic.
One thing, so far, Season 2 had over every other season is that we had the perfect mix of Spy-stuff, "relevant" (and funny) Buy More stuff, humour, drama, epic episodes and great villains/guest stars. It was, by far, the most balanced season of all and still had that Season 1 feeling despite becoming darker and angstier towards the end of the season (Chuck?Sarah, Orion/Roark arc).
I'm a big fan of Chuck music and Alex Patsavas, the music director who's work I have enjoyed on other shows.
Patsavas is one of my favorite directors as well. The O.C., Chuck, Grey's and Gossip Girl have awesome music. Can't thank her enough for all the good music I've discovered over the years by watching her shows.
Slimekay, I really enjoy reading your thoughts and envy you getting to watch the episodes for the first time. I think there is often a certain angst that colors opinions for people that watch in real time, so it's fun to read the thoughts of someone watching it on DVD when it's already over.
Thank you very much :)
Just like The O.C. (I was young back then), Chuck managed to captivate me from the first act of the first episode. In the case of Chuck much more than The O.C., the cast is just adorable and has such an amazing chemistry. I am taking it slow with Season 5 for obvious reasons but I have a feeling my blurays are going to stay in the reader for a while.