We’re racing to the conclusion this week! Chuck (Zachary Levi) has been captured by Nicholas Quinn (Angus Macfadyen) and is aboard a bullet train in Japan in Chuck Versus the Bullet Train. Written by Nicholas Wootton this episode debuted on 20 January, 2012.
Chuck thinks Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) are dead, but they’re on the train, and ready to spring into action. Unfortunately, every time Sarah uses the intersect it affects her mind more and more, making her forget things, and people, and even when they temporarily best Quinn, it seems he does hold all the cards…
… because back in California, he’s got people (Ben Browder and Erin Cahill) holding Casey’s daughter, Alex (Mekenna Melvin), hostage. And while Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) work with Morgan (Joshua Gomez) to attempt to figure out the long term effects of the intersect, things go sideways at the BuyMore quickly, leaving things in the hands of Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay).
With a special opening titles sequence, this episode is setting tons of things up for the final two episodes, including the fact that now, Sarah has been captured by Quinn (who is posing as her handler) and she’s forgotten everything, except for the assignment he’s given her… kill Chuck Bartowski!
So much going on, and yet, it feels like everyone is getting a moment, here and there, to shine, to move the story along, and show us how much the series has grown since it started. But what’s going to happen when it’s…
… Chuck Versus Sarah.
Written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc, the penultimate episode of the series first aired on 27 January, 2012, and sees Sarah working for Quinn, and working to steal the clean pair of intersect glasses, and killing Chuck!
As the pair confront one another, Chuck lays it all out on the line for her, and giving us flashbacks from episodes of the series even as Sarah wrestles with what she believes to be the truth, all while Quinn makes his final moves.
But when the final confrontation, Chuck, in the ultimate act, takes a bullet (he had a vest on) for Sarah, who ends up in the wind while she tries to sort out what is going on.
Filled with tons of emotional moments, this one puts Levi through his paces as Chuck tries to deal with losing Sarah, as she runs. But before she can, Casey delivers a disc of her mission logs, which reveals how she really feels about Chuck, even if she doesn’t remember it.
It’s great to see how the character has let herself fall in love with Chuck, and how it affects her current state. It’s a very nice moment for Strahovski.
As the episode ends the two characters come together, and while Sarah admits she believes Chuck, she doesn’t feel what she did, because she doesn’t remember it, and she reveals she’s leaving.
And that leads us right into…
… Chuck Versus the Goodbye.
The series finale, which picks up two weeks later, was written by one of the series creator’s Chris Fedak and debuted on 27 January, 2012.
Every body gets their moment to shine in this episode, Jeffster is reunited, Chuck’s mom (Linda Hamilton) shows up, and General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) makes a final appearance.
While Sarah pursues Quinn, Ellie and Awesome prepare to relocate to Chicago, to work at the hospital there, Morgan and Alex prepare to move in together, and Casey is preparing to go after Verbanski as Carmicheal Industries wraps up its spy business.
But where does that leave Chuck? Sarah still doesn’t have any memories and isn’t sure of what his future holds in regards to job, life, and his relationship with Sarah.
There are callbacks and nods to countless moments and names throughout the series as the show wraps everything up nicely, leaving us with a nicely poignant, tender, and a happy moment on a beach, the same one from the first season.
Man, I enjoyed revisiting this series, and watching it as one cohesive whole just makes it all the more enjoyable.
Thank you Team Bartowski, I’m ready for more spycraft! And find out which one next week!