With networks scheduled to continue announcing which shows will be renewed or canceled over the next week, fans of NBC’s “Chuck” found themselves in a familiar position: coming up with a creative way to try to keep the show on the air.
Those fans can now breathe a sigh of relief: According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has renewed "Chuck" for a fifth season with 13 episodes, although it looks like it'll also be the last.
This waiting game isn't new, of course. Since the end of its first season, “Chuck” has been on the proverbial bubble.
As any newlywed will tell you, there are always some last-minute details that have to be taken care of right before the wedding: finalizing seating charts, picking up the tuxedo, rescuing the groom’s mother from a secret prison.
Maybe that last one isn’t so universal. But it’s shockingly the least of Chuck and Sarah’s worries as they get ready for the big day.
Of course, they’re not SUPPOSED to be dealing with any spy stuff. But then Sarah breaks one of the cardinal rules of entertainment by asking “what could go wrong” out loud. Chuck calls her on it (“Haven’t you ever seen a movie?”), but it’s too late.
If last night is any indication of what we can expect as “Chuck” powers toward its season finale (it better just be a SEASON finale), then we’re in for an awesome ride.
It’s been a little while since we last saw the gang, so let's catch-up a bit: Chuck and Sarah’s wedding is approaching; Ellie is trying to figure out her dad’s research on the mysterious Agent X; Vivian Volkoff is intent on finding and killing Agent X; Ellie is lying to Chuck about what she’s doing; and Chuck is still lying to Ellie about not being a spy.
On last night's episode, Chuck and Sarah are getting ready to take off for their bachelor/bachelorette parties. Chuck and his friends are all looking forward to a weekend of debauchery in Las Vegas, courtesy of Devin, who is apparently the Vegas expert.
The best episodes of “Chuck” are a good mixture of comedy, action and sentimentality. Last night’s was a little heavy on the comedy, and it threw in some continuity issues to boot.
Luckily, the sentimental moments were enough to redeem it… almost.
We start off with a young Sarah Walker scamming some woman out of $84. Just another adventure with her con man father, Gary Cole. Cut to present day, where Chuck and Sarah are writing a wedding planner a check for more than $26,000.
After a lengthy spring break, “Chuck” is back and heading into the home stretch of this season’s episodes. Thankfully, the show isn’t going to cram too many big storylines into the time we have left.
Except, that is, for potentially life-changing events for almost every main character. Last night got the ball rolling on four of them.
Let’s get the big one out of the way first: Chuck and Sarah’s impending wedding. Everything’s moving along smoothly, but Sarah nonchalantly asks Chuck to sign a pre-nup. As expected, he starts to freak out about this, but Morgan and Casey convince him to be cool and accept that spies have secrets.
“If you’re still determined to prove why Chuck is special, all I’m asking is that you find more creative ways to do it.”
Apologies for quoting myself, but given how this week’s episode went, I wanted to acknowledge that “Chuck” exceeded my expectations in delivering on that request.
Apparently, General Beckman is a firm believer in second chances. Jane Bentley’s (Robin Givens) idea of putting the intersect in super-soldiers didn’t go so well last week. But the search is on for new intersect candidates… and the current intersect will decide who should get the upload.
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