Chuck's final goodbye is quickly approaching. Next Friday, 1/27 is the two-hour series (and fifth season) finale. How the show lasted this long, given its ever-declining viewership, is a mystery.
When this final season was first announced, I was grateful that the show got to end more or less on its own terms with just short of 100 episodes. I still am grateful, but at the risk of sounding ungrateful, this season is mostly pretty sucky.
Frosted Tips Morgan as Intersect was just plain bad. After that, a stretch with no Intersect at all was boring. The return of Shaw was weird. The biggest and most entertaining development of the season was the "curing" of Jeff, which ultimately lead to last week's top-10-of-all-time episode "Chuck Versus Bo," where Lester and Smart Jeff struggle to remember exposing Carmichael Industries.
There's one final arc left to play out in the remaining three hours: the ultimate Big Bad's (Nicholas Quinn, the man behind every threat Chuck has faced...how convenient) quest for the Intersect, which is now implanted in Sarah's brain.
Interestingly, Tim DeKay (from White Collar) had a guest spot this season as Sarah's original handler. This gives me a little hope that somehow, someway, Bryce Larkin is going to make one final cameo (wouldn't be the first time he came back from the dead). It would've been super neat if DeKay played Bryce's handler.
Please bring back Emmett Milbarge for the finale. Wait, did he die? I don't remember. Bring him back anyway!
This was a pretty terrific season, as as expected, lopping 12 hours from the usual format meant much more streamlined storytelling. Good action, no eye-rolling time-waster subplots and some genuinely heart-wrenching moments (i.e.