January 28th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
After one of the most memorable and successful fan campaigns in television history, NBC's "Chuck" came to an end on Friday night, after 91 episodes.
Things went back to basics, in more ways than one, picking up right where we left off last week.
Sarah's memory has been erased by the Intersect and Quinn convinced her that she was on a kill mission against Chuck (not too different from her original mission in the pilot). For a minute there, one might have thought there was going to be a weird twist - where the whole series wasn't what it seemed.
But "Chuck" has far too much heart for something like that. It wasn't long before Sarah's game was revealed, as Chuck, Casey and Morgan invaded DARPA to destroy the Intersect.
With no Intersect, no spy missions and no wife, Chuck was back to where he started.
Later, when Chuck brought Sarah to their dream house, pleading with her to remember their past life together... well, let's just say I'm not made of stone. Every faithful viewer's heart had to be breaking.
Thankfully, Sarah's video diary (how's that for setting up the finale early on?) told her the truth.
Still, it seemed like the Sarah plotline might very well have been the writers painting themselves into a corner. In the second part of the episode, Sarah went to the Buy More to get Chuck's help, something Jeff and Lester were able to figure out with their team of "pervs." (And I have to say, Jeffster finally being aware of all this spy business is one of my favorite story arcs of the last season.)
Speaking of Jeffster, they had one last grand performance of "Take On Me" as Chuck and team worked to free Beckman from a bomb underneath her opera house seat. While that was happening, Chuck discovered that the only way to save her was to turn to the thing he wanted to destroy, the Intersect.
Carmichael Industries saved the day one last time. Casey went to be with Gertrude, Morgan and Alex moved in together, the Awesomes moved out... and Chuck was still alone.
Morgan, the great friend that he was, once again had the right advice for Chuck. He knew exactly where Sarah was. He joined her on the beach and told her the story of their relationship right from the beginning. And just maybe, like Morgan said, one kiss would be enough to bring her memory back.
"Chuck" fans probably still haven't recovered from this emotional roller coaster of a finale. Even with a plot twist that seemed impossible to correct at the end, it still delivered everything a viewer would want.
So, "Chuck" fans, what did you think? Post your iReport or comment below. And long live the Nerd Herd!
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