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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chuck explodes

     NBC's Chuck is a show that has changed their game time and again, in brilliant twists, to keep the story fresh and moving.  In this week's two hour season finale, "Chuck Versus the Subway" and "Chuck Versus The Ring: Part II", it was done again.

     First, let's deal with the comic relief.  With the destruction of the iconic Buy More, will the show just jettison it's three workers who have been on the outside of it all?  I think not.  They provided needed levity, and though two were framed for the explosion, surely they evidence will clear them.  That is one part of Chuck that I don't see changing, nor does it need to.  It's all part of the charm.  The store will surely be rebuilt in no time.

     The Ring, the nefarious evil organization bent on taking over the world, had infiltrated the CIA, and managed to discredit and arrest Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Casey (Adam Baldwin), and General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy - why isn't she a main character yet?).  Chuck escaped with the help of his father (Scott Bakula), and after rescuing his friends, they managed to bring the organization to it's knees.  In two hours they defeated the villains that had plagued them for three seasons.  I guess it seemed a bit easy, but it was time.

     However, much more happened than that.  Shaw (Brandon Routh), who Chuck believed he had killed, murdered Chuck's father, and through his meddling, and an accident, Chuck's sister, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) was brought into the spy loop, now making the number of civilians involved equal those of actual spies, if you count Chuck as a spy, which he finally, fully is.  Said civilians, Ellie, Morgan (Joshua Gomez), and Devon a.k.a. Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) had to help rescue the real spies.  I don't begrudge Ellie finally finding out.  It will be a relief for Chuck and the others to not have to hide everything in their own little apartments any more.  However, per his promise to Ellie, Chuck now has to give up the dangerous life.

     Or does he?  The ending of the episode revealed that Chuck's father had many more secrets than we knew about, and it seems a large number of enemies will soon be coming after Bartowski and company.  And how Chuck's mother (yet-to-be-cast) will be a part of it is even more mysterious.  Chuck has already been granted another season, so be sure to watch for it's return on NBC next fall.

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