Chuck Versus the Predator

Season 2, Ep 17, Aired 3/23/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Chuck is contacted by "Orion", the creator of the Intersect computer. He starts having trust issues and doesn't know who to lean on for help. Meanwhile, the Buy More staff needs to protect their newest acquisition from the jealous Beverly Hills branch, not knowing that it was sent by "Orion" and meant for Chuck.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Yvonne Strahovski

    Sarah Walker

  • Joshua Gomez

    Morgan Grimes

  • Ryan McPartlin

    Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

  • Mark Christopher Lawrence

    Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

  • Scott Krinsky

    Jefferson Barnes

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • things are getting interesting-er

    By sramv9, Mar 25, 2009

  • Another awesome episode.

    By efc91, Apr 22, 2009

  • This episode had me excited about Chuck really going in a new direction, with the development of the Orion character and later on the mention of Chuck being trained as an operative instead of just an information asset.

    By cortheas, Apr 04, 2009

  • Chuck becomes increasingly versed into the spy world and becomes more assertive in his roll and position between our three musketeers. With "the Predator' loyalty, friendship and respect between the three is further pushed to the limit!

    By tommey2008, Mar 31, 2009

  • Is Chuck really growing up!

    By JPPT1974, Mar 31, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Chuck: My handlers think that you're Fulcrum and to be perfectly honest, I'm on the fence myself. Orion: I'm not Fulcrum. Chuck: Thanks. Thanks, I'm glad we cleared that up.

    • Chuck: You're coming here? Beckman: Hopefully, I won't have to shut down Operation Bartowski because of one foolish mistake. But if Fulcrum knows who you really are, pack your bags, Chuck. You're leaving with me. Tell your family and friends... Tell them nothing.

    • Orion: This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. I've always wanted to say that.

    • (Chuck watches surveillance of Sarah, Casey and General Beckman) Chuck: Wow. Beckman is tiny. Sarah: General, what if Orion can help Chuck remove the Intersect? Erase it from his mind? Chuck: Yeah, yeah. Good question, Sarah. Beckman: That's exactly what I don't want. Chuck Bartowski is absolutely vital to national security. He can never meet Orion.

    • Chuck: General, you don't want the Intersect out of my head, do you? Beckman: No, I don't. Sarah: Ma'am, Chuck has done everything that we've asked of him. Beckman: Agent Walker, you want to protect him, but play time is over. Chuck, I hesitate to say this... Chuck: Please. Please, hesitate. Beckman: We are in the midst of a secret war with Fulcrum, and I believe the outcome of this fight will rest squarely on your shoulders. Casey: Oy. Chuck: No, listen to the man. He's right. I'm no spy. Beckman: Do you know how many agents I've lost to Fulcrum? How powerful they are? Only this operation, only you have found a hole in their armor. See, I can't lose you, Chuck. I need you. It's time for you to become a spy.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - Chuck a pred├ítor (Chuck and the Predator)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: May 25, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: September 29, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: October 4, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: October 22, 2009 on FOX8
      Sweden: October 26, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 24, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: September 9, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: August 15, 2012 on Markiza

    • Although credited, Ryan McPartlin (Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb), Sarah Lancaster (Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski) and Julia Ling (Anna Melinda Wu) do not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (5)

    • In the last talk between Big Mike and Morgan you can clearly see an Israeli Navy SEAL (Shayetet 13) Insignia attached to Morgan's vest.

    • The laptop Orion sends to Chuck is actually an Alienware laptop with the distinctive alien head shaped lighting disguised. Almost all of the lighting effects are a part of the real machine.

    • In Hong Kong when Orion notices Fulcrum agents closing in on him, he turns his screen to the black message screen. When the scene cuts to another camera angle, the screen is back to normal and then black again in the next camera change.

    • In Chuck's flash on Vincent, a service history of LTC Vincent Smith is shown, that falsely calls him LTC Wolfe.

    • Featured Music: "Making Love Out of Nothing At All" by Air Supply (Morgan listens to Big Mike and Bolonia) "Amazing Life" by Matt Pond Pa (Closing scenes)

    Allusions (4)

    • This episode has several references to the Mummy series: The main bad guy in this episode is Arnold Vosloo who played Imhotep. The Buy More was TP'd or "mummified". Emmett, while at the Burbank Buy More, hits the cardboard cutout and knocks down the DVD/Music display racks in the exact same way both Evelyn and Alex did it to the book racks in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

    • Big Mike: I love the smell of Burbank in the morning. Smells like...victory. Big Mike's line is almost a direct quote from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. In the film, Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (played by Robert Duvall) delivers the same line, but with "napalm" instead of "Burbank."

    • Orion: This disk will self destruct in five seconds. This is an allusion to Mission Impossible, originally a TV series (1966-1973) and more recently three films. The mission was always given on a tape and the phrase "this tape will destruct in five seconds" was always the final line of the message.

    • The comic book Chuck appears to be reading in the final scene is titled "Ex Machina," Latin for "From/of the Machine." This could be a reference to Chuck and the Intersect in his head, or to the dramatic arts term "deus ex machina," (literally "the god from the machine"), defined in contemporary times as any plot device which summarily resolves the major conflicts in a story. The diagrams Chuck has hidden in the comic would certainly qualify. "Ex Machina" is written by Brian K. Vaughan, who also wrote the "Y: The Last Man" comic book series. A "Y" poster is one of several that can be seen on Chuck's bedroom wall in this episode.

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