Tonight the action-comedy series Chuck returns for its fifth and final season on the American network NBC with an episode called “Chuck versus the Zoom”. Personally, I can hardly await watching it and I’m really sad to see this show coming to an end.
the main cast of season 5
Chuck is an American action series that consists of dramatic and comedic elements in equal shares. It premiered in the fall of 2007 and was created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak.
The eponymous protagonist is Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi), a former Stanford student in his late twenties, who now fixes computers as a Nerd Herder at Buy More, a chain of stores selling consumer electronics, after he got wrongfully expelled. He moved back in with his sister Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and her boyfriend Captain Awesome. Among his colleagues are his childhood friend Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) who developed a very sophisticated technique which allows him to work as little as possible, and Jeff and Lester, who also form a band called “Jeffster”. The two of them are as perverted as it gets and known as stalkers.
Jeffster!!! Does it shock you that 80% of their encounters with women have been without their knowledge?
One day Chuck’s life changes drastically, when his archnemesis Bryce Larkin who turns out to be a CIA agent that has gone rogue destroys a secret government super computer known as the “Intersect” and sends the only remaining copy of its data to Chuck. When he opens Bryce’s mail a series of encoded images pop up and embed the Intersect in Chuck’s brain. He is now in possession of the entire merged CIA and NSA intelligence and whenever certain faces, voices or keywords trigger the Intersect he flashes on related information stored in the Intersect database. That way Chuck reluctantly accepts his second occupation with the CIA, which by all means needs to be kept secret even from his closest friends and family members, and helps to thwart terrorist attacks and assasinations. Team Bartowski gets perfected by special agents Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), who poses as Chuck’s cover girlfriend but soon develops genuine feelings for him, and Major John Casey, briliantly played by Adam Baldwin, who is best known for his role as Jayne Cobb in Firefly. Like Jayne Cobb Casey is badass and very cynical. He is unable to show affection for anything other than his country or his bonsai tree. As Chuck once pointed out so aptly, Casey has an “angry center” instead of the traditional “calm center”.
Don’t puke on the C4!!!
Throughout the series each of the protagonists undergoes comprehensive character development and more and more of the background story gets revealed while the team has to deal with varying enemies. Although many episodes are case-of-the-week every season has a strong framework plot in which they fit in perfectly.
The season four finale provided a massive game changer as for the first time Team Bartowski operates without patronage from the government.
Unfortunately, next spring Chuck will end after five seasons and a total of 91 episodes. The upside is, an established end date gives the authors the opportunity to write a real series finale that provides closure and no cliffhangers which would never be unwound. Sadly that has become a great rarity these days.
Chuck is one of my favourite tv shows of all time. What makes it so special are its unique characters, who are all very likeable although most of them would be considered nuts if you met them in real life, and its extraordinary sense of humour which is often augmented with scifi and pop culture references.
The series so far easily gets 5 out of 5 Kurisus.
In order to get attuned here’s a video that gives you an idea of Casey’s amazing communication skills: