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post #4021 of 4046 Old 01-28-2012, 06:48 PM
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I watched it twice and thought the ending was fine. I felt that while the ending might seem ambiguous, that Sarah was starting to get her memories back.
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Aside from throwbacks to old episodes, the finale did manage to include a few fun geek references as well. Like the Leeroy Jenkins moment when the guys are figuring out a plan to get into the intersect room, and Sarah just gets bored and dives in. In all honesty, I'd be hard pressed to imagine a better finale. It was pretty fun.

Actually, that sequence with Sarah was a reverse copy of Bryce Larkin escaping from the Intersect room in S01E01. The jumping through the window, the chair, the sequence of kicks to the guards etc.
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The first two seasons of Chuck will be waiting on the shelf, ready to give me a boost when I need one. I know I'll revisit them every few years. I enjoyed the clips from some of my favorite episodes, and I thought Zachary Levi was amazing. The writing for the finale was as uninspired as I've grown to expect, but this show will always have a special place in my heart.

Zach Levi was excellent but everyone else kind of coasted through the ending and didn't really get any good material. It was even more low-key than previous finales and didn't involve an assault on the Buy More at any point. That is de rigueur for Chuck!

Sarah's amnesia took up so much time that it didn't leave room for anything else. If they had wrapped that up earlier they could have left the last half hour for the team to do something together to take down Quinn in original Chuck style. Casey didn't even get a shot off in the last two episodes.

Some nice callbacks to earlier episodes however, but the ending left me kind of frustrated. Chuck now has the most powerful Intersect ever but nobody acknowledged it. With that capability he should have been able to make some Intersect glasses of his own and download a Sarah 2.0 program.

At the very least the last scene should have been a close up of Sarah's eyes widening in a surprised expression to give some kind of clue there was a response.

One very obvious mistake they made in the last episode was at the very beginning. They made a big deal about showing Sarah's ridiculous porn boots on the plane, but when she was walking out of the ocean they were completely different flat-soled boots.

Farewell Chuck and hello my season two Blu-ray collection which I still haven't watched yet ...


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Good catch on the boots.

I thought these two final episodes were mostly good, but certainly not perfect (a Chuck tradition by now, I suppose). I'm not sure how I feel about the ending right now; don't love it, don't hate it. But with any series you've followed for a long time and have had any affection for, expectations can't help but go up knowing that THIS WILL BE THE END. It's as if the ending will have the burden of answering for and summing up all that came before it, good and bad. It's probably bound to disappoint to some degree, no matter what.

I liked all the "looking back" aspects, especially with Sarah looking back at her video logs. A contrivance perhaps, but I wish there were even more of those.** I liked the fact that they gave some of the longstanding Buy More worker dweebs some actual dialog. Classy final touch to expand their roles a bit, and it was nice to finally hear some of them speak (or speak again - some may have already spoken once or twice before).

With the wrap up of this series, the thing I've most enjoyed about Chuck is the ensemble of actors. I think they were all very good, from top to bottom.

** Yvonne Strahovski never coasts


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At least we got a finale. Some of my favs have kinda just ended.
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With the wrap up of this series, the thing I've most enjoyed about Chuck is the ensemble of actors. I think they were all very good, from top to bottom.

** Yvonne Strahovski never coasts

Except in this episode she had no choice but to coast. The finale regressed her to first season Sarah, so all she had to do was run through three emotions - shouty, detached and teary.

As you just said Chuck was about an ensemble of actors but thanks to the shippers complaining whenever another romantic element or focus appeared, the writers have had to corral the show into being all about Chuck and Sarah and the finale just emphasized that. Morgan was Chuck's best friend throughout the series and in the finale he only had two things to do. Stand up and sit down.

Awesome didn't even get the chance to say "awesome."

Not to mention how much the show episode just breezed over major details to fit in another scene trying to get Sarah to remember things. Subway bought the Buy More? Eh, Chuck owns the Buy More. Did he sell it in between running after Sarah? Is he now rich? Does it still have a secret government facility underneath it?


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Unless they have a good syndication deal Teddybears are going to have to start writing more hits. Chuck won't be using their song "Cobrastyle" for the action and chase scenes almost every week.



Cake, you need to get back on TV as well somehow. Just sayin'



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Actually, that sequence with Sarah was a reverse copy of Bryce Larkin escaping from the Intersect room in S01E01. The jumping through the window, the chair, the sequence of kicks to the guards etc.

I know that. It was still very Leeroy Jenkins-ish.
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I haven't watched much Chuck in a long time. I thought it got really boring when Chuck and Sarah got together. Saw that it was ending though so I recoeded the last two episodes. I thought they were perfect. So much like the first season.

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I haven't watched much Chuck in a long time. I thought it got really boring when Chuck and Sarah got together. Saw that it was ending though so I recoeded the last two episodes. I thought they were perfect. So much like the first season.

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See if you can get the other 11 episodes of this last season... they were very reminiscent of the season 1 and 2 overall "feel".

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Did anyone notice that the guy behind all of the spy stuff was the guy who played Jacob on LOST? I thought that was a good inside reference.

I also agree that the kiss worked and Sarah got her memories back... You can't have a show like "Chuck" end on a downer!
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Found the last episode just ok. Was dissapointed that all the build up to their relationship and time together was erased and they basically have to start over. Kind of lame. So many better ways to end the show but oh well, it was time for this show to go anyways. It was a nice ride while it lasted.

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In the final episode- did any Star Trek (Voyager) fans notice the operative sitting directly next to Casey inside the black helicopter? He had a few throw away lines interacting with Casey.

You could immediately recognize it as a "setup" shot to get a Chuck insider some screen time in the series finale. It goes by quickly, but upon re-watching it's fairly easy to recognize the operative's face, he's also mentioned in the cast credits at the end of the last episode.

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In the final episode- did any Star Trek (Voyager) fans notice the operative sitting directly next to Casey inside the black helicopter? He had a few throw away lines interacting with Casey.

You could immediately recognize it as a "setup" shot to get a Chuck insider some screen time in the series finale. It goes by quickly, but upon re-watching it's fairly easy to recognize the operative's face, he's also mentioned in the cast credits at the end of the last episode.

He's a producer/director of the show.

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A good fitting end to the show. It was better than I expected.
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I loved the finale myself. All the characters got satisfying conclusions, and Sarah was clearly getting her memory back, and she also obviously still had feeling for Chuck, so they got a happy ending as well.

I don't care all that much about the hanging plot threads...the characters were much more important to me. That being said, the only real question for me was whether or not they took the intersect out, or if he still had it. Either way, I'm sure they went ahead and started their software security firm or whatever.

Mo Ryan covers it pretty well, and I agree with her on just about everything as far as the finale goes. I know people had issues with the show (I did at times as well), but it's definitely gonna be missed.
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I wouldn't be surprised if NBC had them leave it a little open ended on purpose. I could see them ordering Mini season or multi part tv movie if they have a mid season fail next year. You could have a fun little 3-6 ep story tying things up and showing their lives a few years down the road. Maybe the "old" gang has to get back together to do one last mission but now they all have their own lives and families to deal with.
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I wouldn't be surprised if NBC had them leave it a little open ended on purpose. I could see them ordering Mini season or multi part tv movie if they have a mid season fail next year. You could have a fun little 3-6 ep story tying things up and showing their lives a few years down the road. Maybe the "old" gang has to get back together to do one last mission but now they all have their own lives and families to deal with.

won't happen - just about everyone involved will have moved on to other projects
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True, people often seem to hold out these hopes of future movies or mini-series and such for many beloved series that have ended. If it ever happens at all, it's very very rare. I think people get snookered in to hope and anticipate because people involved with these shows will often speak about how they would enjoy getting back together to continue on with the characters in some way. But it's almost always pie-in-the-sky.


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Yep. I bet Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovsky and Adam Baldwin are going to be fielding some serious offers in the coming months. One character I won't be surprised to see showing up in comedy films and/or TV series in the not too distant future is Vic Sahay (Lester). Of all Chuck's secondary characters, he comes across as having the most range, and the best comic timing and delivery.

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Farwell Chuck.
So-so finale.
I have fond memories of 2007 Monday nights after work anxiously coming come to spend an hour watch chuck season 1, with all its charm.
I hope to see more of all the actors on the big/little screen in the future.

+1

I more or less stopped watching Chuck midway through season 3. Didn't watch the finale and have no intention of catching up or doing so.

But I must tip my cap at the show that was. Back in 2007 I didn't even bother watching regular network TV at all (thanks, HBO) until I read a review by Tom Shales of the Washington Post that made me think it would be worthwhile to tune in:

"As a hapless and helpless victim of circumstance, Chuck is a distant relation to Roger Thornhill, the advertising-man hero of Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," whose life goes haywire when he's mistaken for a secret agent named George Kaplan. Producer and series creator Josh Schwartz has in fact decorated the series pilot with many a Hitchcock reference, including a rooftop chase as in "Vertigo," the prevention of a political assassination as in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and that Hitchcock favorite, the icy blonde -- in this case Yvonne Strahovski as one of the prides of the CIA."

Those were good times, and seasons 1 and 2 made my Monday nights a little more enjoyable, at least for a brief time.
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I wouldn't be surprised if NBC had them leave it a little open ended on purpose. I could see them ordering Mini season or multi part tv movie if they have a mid season fail next year. You could have a fun little 3-6 ep story tying things up and showing their lives a few years down the road. Maybe the "old" gang has to get back together to do one last mission but now they all have their own lives and families to deal with.

Give me Firefly first.
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True, people often seem to hold out these hopes of future movies or mini-series and such for many beloved series that have ended. If it ever happens at all, it's very very rare. I think people get snookered in to hope and anticipate because people involved with these shows will often speak about how they would enjoy getting back together to continue on with the characters in some way. But it's almost always pie-in-the-sky.

It's probably easier with animation, but we've seen it with Family Guy and Futurama. And with live-action we've seen it with Firefly/Serenity and soon we'll see it with Arrested Development and 24. Kristen Bell has tried to get Veronica Mars on the big screen, but apparently WB doesn't want to do it. We saw it with Dead Like Me as well, but that wasn't exactly...um...good. O_o

But, the precedent is there, so you never know.
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I could easily see them doing a "movie of the week" type thing in a year or two. You know that the entire cast will come back if able to do something like that. Just like you know everyone from Firefly would drop everything to do it again if given the chance. Chuck is one of those rare shows like that.

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I thought the ending was apt. Since Chuck had won over Sarah as the intersect/spy, it makes sense that now that the show is over they would have a chance to fall for each other simply as regular people (albeit with all their past).

So many shows never get to wrap up their plots - kudos to NBC for doing Chuck a solid.
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And I doubt we'll ever see another Chuck again - the interest simply doesn't demand it. Be thankful that we got what we got.

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