Last night NBC aired what might – but hopefully won’t – be the series finale of their grossly underrated Chuck. The series, starring Zachary Levi, focuses on an average guy who just happens to have all the top secret intel the government has downloaded into his brain. Naturally, he becomes a top asset for the government and is forced to foil baddies while hiding his identity on a regular basis.
Actually, his identity has been so well hidden that no one knows who he is. Seriously, no one watches the show… well, almost no one. The numbers generated by the show last night weren’t very good. Which is such a shame, because the majority of the episode was utterly and completely fantastic.
Spoilers are about to abound, so if you don’t want to know what happened last night, odds are you ought to not read any more.
The two weddings of Ellie and Awesome played out beautifully, particularly the utterly brilliant performance by Jeffster and the Back to the Future reference therein. The second wedding was purely the sappy necessary bit, but the first wedding really showed how well the show combines action and humor and drama. There was Ellie, all happy about her wedding, but Chevy Chase showed, demanded the Intersect cube, and Morgan had to stall the wedding. Casey parachuted in and saved the day, or at least the world; he didn’t so much save the wedding which was destroyed by Jeffster’s shenanigans.
There was so much packed into the wedding scenes, all of which highlighted just how good the show can be. There was Chuck’s struggle with his family, Chuck’s struggle with his relationship with Sarah, the world ending, and the clowns from the Buy More. There was enough in there for an entire episode of television, and the show packed it all in and left time for more.
Okay, maybe that last bit was a mistake, because I wasn’t really a huge fan of the ending. Those of you paying attention to the show know that Chuck had the Intersect taken out of his head last week. It made Chuck’s government position unnecessary and provided the show with no reason for Casey and Sarah to be sticking around and getting into trouble on a weekly basis. Consequently, the last act in the finale was entirely about making Chuck important again, and I’m just not sure I like the results.