NBC has finalized a deal to bring Chuck back for 13 episodes and ordinarily, I'd be upset that it was so few, but considering how close this show came to cancellation, I'll take whatever I can get. This does mean that the show will have to cut down on appearances by some of its recurring cast members -- maybe even lose someone altogether -- and just generally make budget cuts all around. That might be a little difficult considering that the season just ended with Chuck inheriting an entire set of spy skills that could require some wild James Bond/Jason Bourne/Sydney Bristow stunts and action sequences. With that in mind, here's what we'd like to see next season -- though frankly, the fact that I can type the words "next season" makes me so giddy that I won't quibble if they go their own way.
Less Buy More
I like the guys at the Buy More, but now that Morgan has quit to live his dream as a Benihana chef, and Chuck left because he thought he had gotten the Intersect out of his head for good, the store seems irrelevant. Unfortunately, I'm sure they'll need a cover for Super Spy Chuck, and he'll have to go back to working there. But at the very least, I'd be more than happy to do without the B-plots that have absolutely no relation to Chuck's spy storyline. Maybe Chuck's hours at the Nerd Herd get cut back due to the economy and a lack of people buying high-tech equipment and needing home installations. Timely and relevant!
More Captain Awesome
Now that he's Chuck's brother-in-law, my fear is that he might seem extraneous to the plot. He's not. He is, as advertised, awesome. The fantastic moment when he learned that Chuck was a spy and had to keep the intel from his bride-to-be/Chuck's sister Ellie was one of the best of the season. He'd be a fantastic confidant for Chuck, and we'd even like to see him get roped into helping Chuck/Sarah/Casey on missions. In a role reversal, he could even take on the layman role that Chuck himself has had these last few seasons.
Bring Back Bakula
I'm sure Scott Bakula isn't their cheapest guest star, but it would be great if they could find a way to make it work for sporadic episodes. His relationship with both Ellie and Chuck and his ability to manipulate the Intersect and make fun new gadgets adds entire layers to this show that it never had before. Plus, he's Scott Bakula.
Better Product Placements
I'm all for more product placements if they can help keep this show afloat, and maybe some other advertisers will jump on the bandwagon, since Subway got a nice little promotional bump from the "save our show" campaigning. Ideally, they would be ones that have tastier products to offer, so that next season I can actually eat something I enjoy if I need to help get Chuck another season.
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
Explosions and car chases and that sort of traditional spy fare cost a lot of money, but now that Chuck's got martial arts training downloaded into his head, I'd love to see a lot more hand-to-hand combat. In fact, if they could somehow arrange it so that Chuck and Casey have to beat each other up for some reason and Chuck can finally best the cocky agent, I'd love it even more. Because nothing is better than Casey hell-bent on revenge.
Love Is All Around
Chuck and Sarah's nice little relationship might have hit a big old roadblock now that Chuck's presumably going back to work at the CIA. Maybe Sarah won't need to be his handler if he's an actual employee this time around (just speculating), but there could be some workplace romance rules or some career jealousy going on that would keep these two from getting too lovey-dovey all the time. I wouldn't mind that, to be honest, because while I love their sweet moments together, keeping them apart gives the show an added tension.
Even if they have to cut out some of the Buy More subplots, I see no reason that Jeff and Lester need to suffer with less screentime. The duo could perform random '80s cover songs at any event. Or if somehow the Orange Orange is destroyed and replaced with a coffee bar, maybe they could be the house band. Morgan can be their manager... that is, when he's not busy cutting an egg with the blade of a knife in midair.
Your thoughts on what you'd like to see happen in Season 3? Leave 'em below.
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