*** CHUCK can be watched on NBC WCMH Channel 4 for Time Warner and Insight Communications customers ****
I adore NBC’s Chuck, which aired it’s season 4 finale this previous Monday.
But I’d regret to be honest by saying this was a great end to a great season, as the honest thing to say is that with what the writers are given, this was a great end to a lackluster season. But I won’t complain. Chuck to it’s fans and other on-lookers, is the little show that could, evading capture and death last minute since Season 2. While Season 3 the show had a renewed vigor and seemingly viable precense on the internet, which previously for a show where people didn’t know the show exsisted was awesome, it soon faded a bit into season 3 as it aired.
In both cases of Season 3 and 4, Chuck was saved last minute twice. Not only did the show have a smaller episode counts, it was then given the ‘back nine’ aka additional episode orders for the season, so the show had already been written to end a certain way and then the show continues on for a few more episodes with a new way within 4-6 episodes to create an engaging storyline and end the season. Again.
So believe it when I was quietly ushering in the dawn of Season 5 which could be it’s last, while some, even big Chuck fans, were a bit hesitant on Season 5, enjoying Season 4, but feeling it should be the last. And lo-behold, my prayers were answered. NBC renewed Chuck for a final season, more likely due to reruns and what profit syndication would bring, but still, it was a grace note for fans, with a final chance of 13 episodes to end the epic story of Chuck. And so I’m pumped. The problem is that while the sum of it’s parts of Chuck Season 3 and 4 are fantastic, it’s some of the smaller things that got lost in the shuffle.
Once being a big supporter of the stuff that happened behind the scenes of the Buy More, I am now cringing a bit of seeing Jeff and Lester appear. The birthing of the baby at Jeffster wasn’t as epic as Chuck vs. The Ring part 2, and made me actually groan. The problem I had with the big reveal at the end of the 4th season of Chuck is two-fold, and relates to the problem of Jeffster, which, I love Morgan. I do, and I am so happy that he is more involved in the show. But now giving him the intersect? It seems a bit one of those ‘you’re a litle late for that’ kind of moments. Another problem I had, which again, they couldn’t control as well due to rushing of the arc to meet deadlines, was the idea that the Volkoff kin vs the Bartowski kin was great, but was too swift. I would have loved to seen a longer arc wth this. But again, this was tacked on the end of how they planned to end the season and they figured they might not see another year, so I don’t blame them.
Now not to say I won’t sit anxiously and get a bit excited to see Chuck return to normal wth a bit more training in his belt, but still old school Chuck, helping out Morgan who is now the intersect. And if the rumor of there being a bigger conspiracy is an interesting one, leading me to believe that either the General is the one who is the bad guy, or she’s involved, against her will, in whatever the conspiracy is. I fully believe that the show is doing something very organic, (no matter how late I feel the thought process is here) and dare I say, I hope that Chuck gets some of his curls back? Sounds weird but I miss the days of Chuck looking like he didn’t have it together, cos it matched his personality. And I still think it will. (note: I am a fickle fan in this regard, I’m sure if I saw it back to normal, I would argue about the glory of the trimmed hair and oh, how I’d miss it so.)
With a show like Chuck, I can wax on about the story, which was about the final showdown between Chuck Bartowski and Vivian Volkoff over the (impending?) death of Sarah Walker his soon to be bride, but what good will it do? Either way, the show which has had such great struggle in our wonder if it would return or not, begs an even greater question of how will the show now end in it’s upcoming 5th and final season?
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