Wednesday, March 4, 2009


In "Chuck vs. The Beefcake", 'Chuck' and his spy handlers Casey and Sarah met MI-6 agent Barker, Cole Barker, in typical "Marvel Team-Up" fashion. At first they battled each other and then after misunderstandings were ironed out, they teamed up to fight a common enemy - the rogue spy organization Fulcrum.

At one point Sarah was looking over Cole's online dossier which included an order of recognition from the Queen for distinguished service.
We don't know what Cole Barker did to gain that recognition, but it happened on St. Patrick's Day in 2005. It might be that his role in saving the hostages in a Heathrow terrorism plot - detailed in a newspaper clipping seen on the computer screen - is the reason. But since Cole Barker looked to be the type of secret agent who handled such crises on a daily basis, I'm thinking the order of recognition was for a separate case. He probably has a scrapbook full of such notices.
Many historical events, great and small, have been fictionalized for Toobworld - the bombing of Hiroshima, the explosion of Vesuvius, the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, Roger Maris' run to beat Babe Ruth's home run record, the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. So perhaps something happened on March 17, 2005, into which Cole Barker could have been inserted.

Looking over the major events of that day in Wikipedia, two stand out as pozz'bilities:

London police say they have foiled an attempt to steal £220 million from the London offices of the Sumitomo Mitsui Bank.

Russian police arrests an Australian man who threatened to blow up a passenger plane
In both cases, Cole Barker could have been involved, but obviously the Russians would have downplayed his participation in that hostage crisis. And to keep "The Bear" pacified, the British government would have played along, thus the need to give Barker some quiet recognition for his heroism.

Just sayin', is all......

Toby O'B

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