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.
When Joshua Gomez was told at the end of last season that big changes were afoot for his character, Morgan, on "Chuck," he didn't know what to expect.
As Gomez described the scene to reporters on Thursday, "Chris Fedak, one of the co-creators, went down on the set and we were just kind of talking...and he was like, you know, have you heard about [the season finale] yet? And I said no. And he was like, 'Oh, I’m going to be really interested to see what you think.' And I was like, 'Oh boy, I’m dead.'"
When Gomez read the script, "you get to the last page [where Morgan said] 'I know kung fu,' and it was like, you’ve got to be kidding me. This is insanity, I’m a dead man."
Since that moment, Chuck's best friend has had the Intersect – the entire database of CIA knowledge, along with some kung fu skills, to boot – while Chuck himself has had to work on being a spy with no special powers.
[Editor's Note: There are a few spoilers for the season in this post. Be forewarned!]
There are only 12 episodes remaining before "Chuck" goes off into that good night (including one airing tonight), but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of twists and turns still to come, at least according to executive producer Chris Fedak.
"Each episode will change," Fedak told reporters on Wednesday. "From the episode that comes on Friday night, we will end in a far different place than where we began, and by the end of [next week's episode], things will have changed again. So it’s like this season, every episode will be different, and by the end of each episode, the dynamic and the core dynamic of the show will be changing."
So far, this has definitely been a season of change, with Morgan as the "intersect" and Chuck relying more and more on his computer geek skills (and no, Fedak won't say if Chuck ends up getting it back).
Team Bartowski is back in business for what NBC has promised is the final season of “Chuck.” Last night’s premiere picked up with the nearly wholesale reboot that ended season four.
Just to catch up: Chuck and Sarah are married. The team has been fired by the CIA and has decided to branch out on its own as freelance spies. Chuck’s sister knows about the intersect, but Chuck doesn’t have the intersect anymore. Morgan does.
So we’re jumping into a completely new dynamic among the characters, but I’m not so sure it works. We’ll get back to that later.
NBC's seemingly always on the bubble series "Chuck" will add two more stars to its show next season.
According to TV Line, Craig Kilborn is slated to appear on the show's premiere episode October 21 as "Roger Bale, a charming yet conniving investor who’s stolen money from some of the world’s most dangerous people. "
Meanwhile, "The Matrix" star Carrie-Anne Moss will also appear on the show.
Secure in the knowledge that “Chuck” will be coming back with more episodes next year, fans were free to enjoy last night’s season finale without worrying about being left with an unresolved cliffhanger.
Unfortunately, there were still a lot of loose ends that weren’t really tied up. But I guess that’s bound to happen when you pack four missions, an interrogation, a wedding, a reunion and a TON of flashbacks into one hour.
We start where we left off last week, with Sarah on death's door after an attack by Vivian Volkoff. Chuck decides the only person who can help save her is Alexei Volkoff, so he heads off with Casey to spring him from prison.
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