For other uses of the term Intersect on this Wikia, see The Intersect.
It is shown to be a near unique ability to be able to hold an Intersect in one's mind, with many agents being shown to be driven mad or even killed by being exposed to a full Intersect download. Several Fulcrum and kidnapped CIA agents are seen in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs" to be sent insane or outright killed by the Fulcrum Intersect.
The CIA used one of George Fleming's image recognition classes at Stanford to find people who could recognize encoded images, looking for possible candidates for the Omaha project, an early Intersect version. Chuck was a perfect candidate as the keywords in his essay responses correlated with 98% of the subliminal images in the exam. He would have been recruited, if Bryce had not sabotaged him and got him kicked out of Stanford University to keep Chuck from the spy life.
The Intesect host who has retained the Intersect data receives feedback from it in the form of what have been labelled "flashes" by Operation Bartowski.
In each case, the flash itself is virtually instantaneous; however, the user experiences brief disorientation as he flashes. Chuck's handlers have learned to spot the subtle indicators (with spotty accuracy, so they frequently ask him if he has flashed), such as Chuck briefly going slightly cross-eyed and fluttering his eyelids, rapid wide-eyed blinking or suddenly exhaling and catching his breath. Another clue is Chuck suddenly showing fear as a result of passively flashing (see below) on something dangerous. Otherwise there is little external indication that such an event has occurred.
Stephen Bartowski has an early version of the Intersect in his head, which is apparently inferior to the finished product. His flashes apparently take longer than Chuck's, and the flash makes him momentarily go weak.
Physical flashes Edit
If the human host has the Intersect 2.0 type in their brain, the Intersect can not only grant them flashes of information like in former models but it can supply the host with physical flashes.
Physical flashes are when the Intersect supplies the host with information, via upload, on how to perform physical moves which ran range from knowing Kung Fu, a foreign language or how to play the guitar. He flashes on these skills just as they become useful for solving problems, which in "Chuck Versus the Ring" occurred just as Sarah was put in mortal danger. However Chuck is not always able to get theses physical flashes as the Intersect 2.0 was meant for "a real spy, like Bryce Larkin", who was cold, calculating and in total control of his emotions. Chuck's emotional nature has a direct effect on the functionality of the Intersect and makes him struggle to activate the Intersect when he wants to use it.
In early episodes of the third season, these skill flashes are shown to be able to directly control Chuck, or cause him to react automatically to the source of the flash. In "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip", he had to make a concerted effort to resist throttling Emmett, while in "Chuck Versus Operation Awesome" he launched into an angry tirade against a customer berating her in Thai and reflexively kicked Lester in the face.
Problems caused Edit
If the human Intersect survives the upload it isn't plain sailing as many things can effect the Intersect and the Intersect can thus cause problems. The Intersect 2.0 model is shown to not work correctly if the human intersect is not in control of their emotions, causing the Intersect not to flash. This can be counteracted by Laudanol, a drug which effectively removes the emotions from any one who takes it. In "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac" Chuck takes the Laudanol pill and is able to perform much better in fights, even being able to dodge a bullet that's fired at him. The pill has a negative effect on Chuck, seemingly making him unable to know when to stop, as he has one of Keller's men by the throat, slowly strangling him. The effects of the pill are somehow overcome by Chuck when Sarah urges him to stop.
Over time the use of an Intersect that's stored in a human brain can start having negative effects on that brain. It is possible that we saw this effect at the end of the second series when Orion flashed on the agents taking Bryce to have the Intersect 2.0 uploaded, resulting in Orion suffering pain. What makes this even more likely is that Orion doesn't have a governor on at the time.
The negative effects the Intersect can have are bad flashes when the intersect images interfere with the user's vision, causing them pain. Chuck began to experience vivid nightmares that were eventually traced back to the Intersect itself, and Chuck's psychiatrist expressed concern that the Intersect may soon overwhelm Chuck's mind entirely. During the final two episodes of the third season, the condition worsens while Chuck flashes on information or skills, causing him to suffer random flashes of information and a lingering ringing noise in his head. This prevents him from recovering from the flashes, leaving him vulnerable.
Stephen Bartowski, the creator of the Intersect, managed to counteract the negative effects the Intersect has on the host's brain by inventing the Governor. The research Ellie completed via Orion's Laptop, looking at the Intersect from the P.O.V. of a doctor not an engineer, may have lessened some of these problems.
Known human Intersects Edit
- Charles Bartowski - Intersect prototype, First Intersect, Fulcrum Intersect, Intersect 2.0, Laptop Intersect (Removed), Intersect 3.0 (Input via Intersect Glasses).
- Stephen Bartowski - Orion's Intersect. (lost due to subject's death)
- Hartley Winterbottom/Alexei Volkoff - Hartley's Intersect (removed)
- Manoosh Depark - Intersect Glasses (destroyed)
- Daniel Shaw - Ring Intersect, Intersect 3.0 (Input via Intersect Glasses) (removed)
- Richard Noble - Laptop Intersect (removed)
- Victoria Dunwoody - Laptop Intersect (removed)
- Morgan Grimes - Intersect 2.0 (Input via Intersect Glasses) (removed)
- Sarah Bartowski - Intersect 2.0 (Input via Intersect Glasses) (removed)