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Chuck Series Finale: Chuck vs. Sarah / Chuck vs. the Goodbye

28 Jan

Well, that’s it. All the way back when I was just a 17 year old high school senior, I decided to check out a show called Chuck because I read that Rachel Bilson was going to be in it at some point (I was kind of obsessed with The OC back then), and a love was born. Now, five years and 91 episodes later, it’s all over. And I’m not gonna lie, I definitely cried.

This wasn’t a perfect season by any means. For example, Chuck and Sarah’s apparent inability to be consistent from one week to the next as to whether they wanted to be super spies or normal people (a problem that really plagued the whole series) was getting old fast. And this wasn’t a perfect series finale either. I could sit here and nitpick about different plot holes (for example, couldn’t Chuck have used the intersect that’s now in his brain again, plus his sister’s knowledge, plus whoever else in the CIA’s knowledge, to build another pair of glasses to help Sarah?), but I’m not going to – this wasn’t a Lost or Battlestar Galactica finale situation where things were so overpoweringly angering that I am still forced to rant about them to this day. Emotionally, as a series finale, it worked. I loved all the little nostalgic call backs: the Mexican restaurant, the Weinerlicious, Sarah at the Nerd Herd desk, the beach, etc. And everyone got their happy endings. Casey’s gone off to find Gertrude; Morgan and Alex are moving in together, Ellie, Awesome, and baby Clara are moving on to Chicago; Jeff and Lester are on their way to fame in Germany; and Big Mike no longer has to leave the Buy More to get his Subway sandwiches (I laughed out loud when they said Subway bought the Buy More and put that huge sign up). The Sarah and Chuck ending is obviously more complicated because of the whole memory loss thing, and I know some people didn’t like the ambiguity of it, but I think it worked. Sarah was already remembering the Weinerlicious, Irene Demova, and the beach, so the memories were obviously all still there, and, whether or not the “magical kiss” really was magical, she’ll get them back. During the whole scene on the beach, she was clearly already moving away from old Sarah and back to normal Sarah, what with the crying and the laughing and the asking Chuck to kiss her. Sarah isn’t gone, she’ll remember everything, and they’ll stay together. So, much more sweet than bitter to that bittersweet ending, in my opinion.

Now for just some of my favorite moments from the episodes, other than those already mentioned:

  • Casey in his World’s Greatest Dad apron, asking Morgan if he really thinks he’s changed.
  • Morgan and the invisibility cloak and the “You’re a wizard, Harry!”
  • Sarah basically recreating the Bryce fight scene from the pilot
  • The Nerd Herder getting one last hurrah
  • The Buy More extras getting dialogue as they helped Jeff and Lester track down Sarah
  • Morgan and Sarah getting a little scene together. Especially the exchange after Morgan surprises Sarah and she attacks him: “Morgan, hi, I’m sorry about that.” “No, no it’s actually my fault, we’ve actually danced that dance before and I should know, I should know better than to sneak up on you.”
  • Awesome shielding Clara’s eyes from the sight of Mama Bartowski with a gun. “Grandma what did we say about Baby Clara seeing firearms?” “It’s a no-no. I’m sorry.”
  • Casey actually hugging Chuck goodbye

So I guess that’s about it. It’s been a good five years. And now, in honor of the end, let’s look back at the beginning:

 

Goodbye, Chuck!

Chuck is ending so soon :(

25 Jan

So, Chuck is ending forever in two days. And I am very, very sad. And I just saw this video, which did not help in that department. So I thought I’d share my pain and post the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnjJcM2PC9Y

Now excuse me while I go cry in the corner.

 

TV round up

3 Nov

So here’s the deal. School has gotten in the way of my television habit of late (stupid school!), leaving me little time to watch and little energy to form coherent thoughts afterward. So, instead of trying to play catch up and pull multiple posts from my exhausted brain, I am going to write one word reviews of each show I’ve managed to watch since my last post, summing up my core reaction to each. This is from the soul, you guys.

Chuck–Meh.
Downton Abbey–*Flail*
How I Met Your Mother–Sigh.
Glee–NO.
Parks and Recreation–Aww.

That was fun! Now I just have to catch up on the last three Modern Families and the last three Parenthoods basically the last month of Daily Shows and a whole season of The Office…

Also, I’m going out of town this weekend and will be without access to my computer or a television so I’m going to have to wait until Sunday to see Fringe. This is so not cool.

And another thing

28 Oct

I was thinking more about how much baseball is screwing everything up and realized that it’s also going to cause poor Chuck to get absolutely terrible ratings tonight. (Yes, it premieres tonight! Watch it! Not baseball!) At least NBC has already said it’s the last season (sob) so I don’t think they’ll be paying too much attention to how it does. Sigh.

Also, just saw this Fringe promo, and it made me giggle.

“I know this must be confusing for you, but something’s happened.” “Baseball happened.” Very nice.

Chuck vs the Push Mix

3 Feb

Or, as I will be calling it, Chuck and the Yoga Seal. This episode had its flaws (really, Mama Bartowski? You were inside Volkoff’s organization for 20 years and couldn’t take it down and Chuck did it in one episode? Bad spy!) but it was mostly just awesome. The best part of the episode was that Chuck was finally Chuck again—ever since he got the intersect 2.0, he’s had less and less info flashes and less and less instances of actually using his brain to accomplish things, rather than just relying on getting kung fu flashes. But that finally changed tonight. He only had one flash and it was an info one, and then he proceeded to take down Volkoff using a plan that he and Morgan made up. And it was the fact that he didn’t even have a loaded gun when he finally got Volkoff to the last stage of the plan that really made it work. It was nice after Morgan becoming Chuck 2.0 in terms of being the new spy and Chuck sort of losing his place a little to see him reassert that he is actually a really smart, title-character-worthy guy.
And speaking of Morgan, it’s a little crazy how far he’s come from the often-annoying guy of the first season. He’s actually one of my favorite parts of the show now. His hopping around on the boat deck in his flippers and using yoga to get through the laser field were two of the best parts of the episode. And who would’ve thought in the pilot that he would one day turn into Casey’s protégé?

Two characters that have, sadly, not gotten any less annoying are Jeff and Lester. In small doses they’re ok, and their rendition of push it in the hospital was at least semi-amusing, but the show has long gotten past the point where the Buy More has seemed like a relevant plot point. Chuck rarely even shows up to work anymore, and Morgan seems to be moving in that direction. I kind of wish they’d just go the Alias route and give them cover jobs that we never actually have to see.

As for the other members of Team Bartowski, Sarah took a slight backseat in this episode, which was appropriate after the last few seeming like a pitch for the Sarah show (and what an awesome show it would be—Chuck vs. the Phase Three was definitely my favorite episode of the season). But her concern for Morgan and lending him her coat was very sweet. And it was nice to see Casey back in form, knocking out Volkoff’s guy with the bonsai tree that Alex put in his hospital room.

Other big things in this episode: Ellie and Awesome had their baby and Chuck and Sarah finally got engaged. I understand why they shot it like they did, with the words being drowned out by the floor waxer, which was also the most prominent thing in the shot, and then doing a fade to black as it was happening. After the whole episode of Chuck trying to do the whole perfect proposal thing, we didn’t really need to hear another proposal and it clearly showed that he’d gotten over his need for it to be in the perfect setting. But I personally just wish they’d gotten rid of the floor waxer and just muted their voices with the song that had been playing (kind of like on Alias when Sloane finally told Emily what SD-6 was), just because it was really weird to see these huge legs and a waxer as it was happening. But oh well, it was still a nice moment.

One concern: I hope that we weren’t actually supposed to think that the “Orion” contacting Volkoff was Chuck’s dad. I mean, this show does have a history of resurrecting dead-from-shot-wounds characters, but I still think it’s pretty unlikely they’ll do that in this case. But the way the shot was framed when Volkoff went into the cabin to kill who he thought was Chuck’s dad made it look like it was supposed to be a surprise when it was Chuck. If that’s the case, I feel very smart, because as soon as the message from Orion came up on Volkoff’s wall computer screen thing in the beginning of the episode I thought, “Oh look, Chuck’s copying his dad!”

This week’s episode was clearly written before the writers knew if they would get more episodes this season, or any more episodes at all, just like last season’s episode 13 and the season finale before that. Just like all the other episodes they’ve had to write under those circumstances, this one would have functioned well as a season or even series finale. It would have done a very good job if it had been the final finale, since it gave basically every character a happy ending, with the engagement and the baby and the Volkoff-taking-down and the freeing of Chuck and Ellie’s mother and the Morgan-Alex-Casey family unit acceptance. I’m not sure what the next eleven episodes of the season are really going to focus on now after all that wrapping up, but I’m very glad we get to find out.

Graphics yay!

28 Jan

Technically this is related to TV, and I’m pretty proud of it, so I’m posting an assignment for my infographics class. We have to trace/color a person, a place, and a thing in illustrator, so I traced a picture of Zachary Levi (from Chuck) for my person (of course.) Here’s the original:

Zachary

And here’s my traced/colorized version:

Traced!Zachary

After I was done I was seeing the individual shapes in just about everything, so that was fun. Took me about five hours to do…hopefully once I get more practice with it I’ll get faster (before this I’d traced an apple and about ten zillion maps, and this was my first time colorizing something). I’m also still not totally happy with his hair so I might go in and try to change it, we’ll see.