Sarah's past has always been something of a mystery on "Chuck", so whenever we get a glimpse of it, it's usually a good thing. However, I felt like Monday's episode, "Chuck Versus the Cat Squad", fell flat in that department, possibly because it tried to wedge the revelations about Sarah's past into her present storyline with getting married to Chuck.
I think part of the reason I didn't like the episode as much as I could have is that to me, the more interesting part of Sarah's past is her family history, and that was only really hinted at here. There's even a more natural tie in, with what Morgan's going through with Alex and Casey and their family, so that would have made more sense. It seemed so weird that Chuck was pushing Sarah to have "friends" (plural) at their engagement party, when the only friend we ever see Chuck spend any time with is Morgan.
Morgan's story, with Carina messing things up for him and Alex, was solid, but was kind of one of those things that can only happen in the world of TV -- which pretty much describes everything that happens on this show, so I'll let it slide. Still, Morgan referencing the few relationships he's ever had (and it's really a stretch to call what he had with Carina back in her previous appearances a "relationship") gives me hope that we might get an Anna Wu sighting this season.
On the whole, the episode wasn't bad, it just didn't excite me either. The Cat Squad thing just seemed like a lame Charlie's Angels spoof, the kind "Chuck" should be past at this point, and the twist of who was the betrayer was entirely telegraphed. Now, had Sarah been the one who betrayed the group, adding a layer of intrigue to her already mysterious past, that would have been interesting. Instead we got another episode with lots of guest stars, lots of characters complicating things that would have been simplified with basic conversation and no real meaningful progress.
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