This week on “Chuck” was the series finale with back-to-back episodes entitled, “Chuck vs. Sarah” and “Chuck vs. the Goodbye”.
I didn’t expect this type of “Chuck” ending at all. While I give them credit for not having a predictable “fairy tale ending“, as a fan, I still have a problem with it because unless there is a “Chuck” movie the ending wasn’t satisfying enough. I needed closure, but the ending was ambiguous where I have to interpret if Chuck and “amnesia” Sarah will re-discover their love from a kiss. In addition, we don’t know if Sarah will remember all of the relationships she built with the other characters.
My dream “finale ending” scenario was Sarah slowly recovering her memories of her and Chuck and the rest of her family since she was slowly remembering certain things during the finale. Then, we see glimpses of time passing where Chuck and Sarah was running Carmichael Industries as a tech firm and moving into their dream house with Sarah carrying a baby in her arms.
While I felt unsatisfied by the ending, I do want to mention that the final scene was poignant and touching for “Chuck” fans where while Chuck was telling Sarah their story, they had such a beautiful and teary-eyed montage of their relationship over the past five years.
Even though Yvonne Strahovski played it brilliantly, I just wasn’t comfortable watching a cold-blooded/amnesia Sarah. I knew that she lost her memory but I had problems seeing an emotion-less Sarah and Chuck where I felt like I’m watching another show and/or couple that the chemistry wasn’t there in the first hour like in the bedroom scene. I also wasn’t a big fan of Sarah pointing a gun at Ellie and using her as a hostage. However, as the finale progressed, I saw glimpses of their old relationship where Chuck gave a tearful message to Sarah at their dream house and Casey giving Sarah a DVD of “Project Bartowski”. Old Sarah made a video diary of her time serving and protecting “Intersect” Chuck and amnesia Sarah sees her old-self falling in love with Chuck where at that point amnesia Sarah begins to trust Chuck. I just wish there was more of those scenes to balance the cold-blooded Sarah scenes. In addition, I just think it would’ve been great if she lost her memory in the beginning of the season but just to do it in one episode that turns out to be the finale, I wasn’t thrill by it. I also want to mention that I didn’t like Ellie and Casey being gung-ho over getting rid of Sarah in the first hour where I felt like they treated her as just another of Chuck’s girlfriend and not family that they have developed over the years.
I wish there was more of an explanation on why Chuck sold the Buy More but I wasn’t surprise to see that the new owner was “Subway” to Big Mike‘s approval.
I did get one “finale” prediction right which was Chuck getting the Intersect back. However, like the Sarah and Chuck’s relationship, we will have to guess what Chuck does with it since he’s not re-joining the CIA and I feel he will concentrate more on getting Sarah back.
My “laugh out loud” moment had to be when Chuck was trying to stop Quinn, he fired a warning shot in the air that hit Casey’s chopper. After the helicopter was brought down, Casey got out, saw Chuck and told him that he shot him with his own gun.
My biggest cheer of the finale had to be seeing Jeffster performing one last time to the “A-Ha” song, “Take on Me” with the symphony backing them. Their performance turned out to be heroic because they were saving the lives of General Beckman and the crowd inside the auditorium from the bomb. I thought Jeffster was going to join Chuck and the rest of the spy world, but wasn’t surprise and prefer to see that Jeffster get a record deal in Germany.
After praising last week that the character would’ve been one of the all-time best “Chuck” villains, Quinn in the finale was just there and I saw more of Sarah being the villain in the first hour than Quinn. In fact, I was amused that Quinn’s demise came from Sarah shooting him down. As I said last week, the character just didn’t have enough time to be develop and taken seriously as a formidable threat to Chuck.
I did enjoy all the callbacks from the pilot like seeing a “Weinerlicious” restaurant in Berlin, Sarah putting on the “Weinerlicious” outfit and Sarah mentioning (and remembering) the “Irene Demova” computer virus to diffuse the bomb.
Even though I was hoping to see Carrie Anne-Moss one last time as Gertrude Verbanski, I was glad to see Casey deciding to leave Alex behind with Morgan in search for his special lady. In addition, it was touching to see Casey give Chuck a goodbye, Russian-style hug before he left.
It was great seeing Linda Hamilton back as Mary Bartowski and had a pivotal scene of explaining to Team Bartowski how Quinn is reassembling the Intersect. I also laughed when Mary was pointing a gun at Sarah that Awesome was covering the eyes of Baby Clara.
I had a laugh that even though this was the finale, I can’t believe how fast the Woodcombs were packing their stuff after getting word like a day ago (an hour in real time) of a job opportunity in a Chicago Hospital. With that being said, it was nice that one Bartowski member does get their dream home.
Overall, the series finale was pretty good thanks to the callbacks, the final montage, one final Jeffster performance and besides Chuck and Sarah, the rest of the characters had their happy ending. However, I just can’t rate this finale an all-time great or even close to labeling it the greatest “Chuck” episode ever. As I previously mention, I want a finale that has closure (or pretty close to it) and not left with so much uncertainty when it comes to Chuck and Sarah. While I do believe Chuck and Sarah will rediscover their love, I don’t want to have any doubts, which I do have because Sarah hasn’t fully recover her memories of their relationship meaning like Sarah said that she doesn’t have the same emotions that old Sarah had for Chuck. Here’s hoping for a “Chuck” movie for not only a Chuck and Sarah resolution, but to have another opportunity to write a “Chuck” review. I’m going to miss writing about “Chuck” because it was such a fun show to watch and write about it.
Thank You, “Chuck” cast and crew for an awesome five year ride!!!