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Chuck Series Finale: Will Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak try to be Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse?

I have been a fan of NBC’s Chuck since it began a little  over four years ago. Granted, it has declined in quality, but that was because the show choose to take big risks . The season 2 cliffhanger was probably one of the best two or three TV cliffhangers in the last couple of years, even though it essentially eliminated the series’ best dynamic: a normal guy who was being chased by assassins and relied on shaky alliances with his two handlers, all the while keeping his spy activities secret from his family. Yes, the show has had good episodes the past two seasons and I look forward to seeing its ending, but I’m not among the fans who were clamoring for a back nine this season. Let’s let Chuck retire in peace, remembering that the show almost didn’t get picked up after the season two cliffhanger.

But after watching the promo for the series finale, I wondered to myself: will Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak get greedy and go for a St. ElsewhereNewhartLost style ending that leaves fans going, huh? Example: Chuck and Sarah holding the intersect glasses that say “Activating” in the promo for series finale. Say Chuck puts those glasses and wakes up in a room, where we find out that the entire series was a dream sequence that started when Chuck opened Bryce’s e-mail in the pilot.

My best evidence for this? Watch the series finale promo, where NBC talks about viewers having theories and seeing how the series ends. In the fourth season finale, evil agent Clyde Decker told Chuck (in grandiose Lost-like speak) that all of this stuff had happened to him for a reason,

While everyone who’s seen it has a strong opinion on Lost‘s  ending,  I would say that this isn’t the right way for Chuck to end. Chuck has never been a show where the mythology, while an asset, has never been as much of the center of the show, the way Lost‘s mythology was its center, or the way 24 was centered on its season-to-season terrorist crisis. Chuck was, and is, a show that start with an underachieving guy who was thrust into dramatic situations and had to figure out how to use the talents he had to protect his country and the people around him. I do think that the snow globe St. Elsewhere ending has its place and can work, but Chuck isn’t that show.  Chuck needs an ending that leaves Chuck and Sarah on a beach somewhere.

What do I think will happen? Well, if I have to guess now, my theory is, in the last minutes of the show, there will be some kind of twists that is driven by mythology, although it may not be as radical as I have suggested. Schwartz and Fedak are geek fan-boys, and like most TV writers are jealous of Lost, a show where comic geeks basically got a blank check for six seasons. I don’t think I will disown the show for such an ending, although I did think that Lost would end up being my favorite TV show of all time and I disowned that show at the end of its penultimate season. Most likely, if there is a dramatic twist, I’ll see it the way I saw the ending of Inception: it was one of the greatest, most original big budget movies I had seen in ten years, but Christopher Nolan turned into an attention whore in the last twenty seconds of it.

Whatever the case, at 9 P.M. Central Time, I will look forward to monitoring the twitter chatter once the series final moments have aired. Expect a twitter report here.

Another loose end from the Chuck rumor mill: there are people speculating that a major, with-the-show-since-the-pilot character will die in the two hour series finale, and I have to guess, I would say it’s Casey (based in part on the shot of him in the plane in the promo). I don’t think Chuck would have to kill off one of the regulars: they haven’t killed a series regular in nearly five years, and the only major death in the show has been Chuck’s father. But, like a major bomb of an ending, I would be willing to give it the benefit of the doubt to see how it’s done.

5 responses to “Chuck Series Finale: Will Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak try to be Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse?

  1. surlygurls January 25, 2012 at 3:50 am

    We too are big fans of Chuck, though totally agree that it has been in decline the last season and a half. A back nine for this season would have been a mistake.
    It’s sad it’s all coming to an end though. We’re going to miss the Spy world’s answer to the Island of Misfit Toys! We’re pretty excited for one last Jeffster! performance too!!
    We also had some predictions and theories of what may happen in the finale and some are pretty radical. It’s the series finale! Time to go big or go home! 🙂

    Please feel free to check out our ‘farewell to Chuck’ post:
    http://surlygurls.net/2012/01/24/the-little-spy-that-could-surlygurls-say-so-long-to-chuck/

  2. RedDesilets January 26, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! It’s transformed into something that has come to a full circle and think it is ending on a good note (hopefully). For those that haven’t seen it yet, here’s my thoughts on what might or might not happen: http://myshinygear.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/got-any-predictions-for-the-outcome-of-chuck-may-have-spoilers/

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  4. Frank vedastor February 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    My name frank ruge fro tanzania african. Dar.essalam i love chuck tv bart me in cd so i love to be acter. That is my fied back.

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