'Chuck' Recap: 'Chuck Versus Sarah'/'Chuck Versus The Goodbye' (Series Finale)
While Beckman's life is in the hands of Casey, Morgan, and Jeffster (yes, you read that right), Chuck and Sarah pursue Quinn. She shoots and kills him before he can shoot them, and Chuck tearfully realizes he has to use the glasses to re-upload the Intersect in order to save the day, even if it means Sarah being unable to get her memories back. To the tune of Jeffster's performance of A-ha's "Take On Me" (complete with Morgan conducting a symphony orchestra behind them), Chuck heads back to defuse the bomb. When Sarah suggests the porn virus he used years ago, he realizes that she remembers at least something. And look, there's an awkward, adorable Beckman/Casey hug!
"If you ever want to save the world again, you know where I am," Beckman tells Chuck, Sarah and Casey afterward. Yep, the band is breaking up. But hey, Casey and Chuck have a really awkward hug of their own before my favorite character exits Castle. Sarah is next to go, telling Chuck that she needs some time to be alone.
Thus starts our sequence of seeing what will happen to all of our characters. Subway takes over the Buy More. Jeffster catches the attention of a record executive. Alex and Morgan decide to move in together, but the two are shocked when Casey hands them the keys to his apartment. He's on his way after his new girlfriend Gertrude Verbanski. Also departing are Ellie and Devon, who have gotten other job offers elsewhere. Left pretty much alone, a mopey Chuck is nudged by Morgan to find Sarah, and tracks her to the beach. She asks him to tell her their story, and he starts from the beginning, as we're treated to more clips from the past five years.
Finally, Chuck does what we've been waiting all episode for him to do: he kisses Sarah. And that's where we leave them, not knowing if she'll ever get her memories back...or if they're about to start their story all over again. That's left up to us to decide.
I don't necessarily know if the Chuck series finale will go down as one of my favorite finales ever, but I do think it's an ending that fit the show so well, both literally and in the intangibles. The finale really represented the show as a whole well. It had each of the elements we'd come to appreciate about the series, whether it was poignant moments between Chuck and Sarah or the triumphant return of Jeffster. These two episodes had plenty of callbacks to things, places and people longtime fans would spot and no doubt enjoy, and more importantly, they had the heart we'd come to expect from Chuck. That's always been the show's strong suit - that it was a show with real heart, that tugged at our heartstrings. I completely understand if fans take some issue with the last scene, but even if we don't know for sure that Chuck and Sarah had their happily ever after, at least we can pretend they did.
It's hard to really put into words what a series finale means to anyone. It's the culmination of this experience that we call television viewing. I think I could write paragraphs more and still feel incomplete, so I won't do that. But before I finish up my last Chuck review ever, I want to say thank you. Thank you to the cast and crew for five years of your hard work and not just respect for, but involvement with the fans. Thank you for a show that allowed me to do things like meet Adam Baldwin and wear a Buy More polo to a Best Buy just to mess with the customers. Thank you to all the people I've met while covering Chuck, in particular Melissa Lowery of ChuckTV. Thank you to the Chuck fans, for reading my reviews and for all your tweets and emails. Although I came to the party late, it's been a pleasure to be a part of something that means so much to the fans, and where the fans mean so much to the people who made it happen. I'm glad that I was a part of it with all of you.
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