No Linking Allowed!
No Linking Allowed!
Here we are, at the cusp of the final season of Chuck Box Set 1-5, in varying degrees of anticipation, excitement, nostalgia, and sadness. But here’s the thing: I’ve seen the first three episodes, and you know what? I am excited! Before I get to the review, let me impart a minor SPOILER WARNING. I’m mostly giving you my impression of the three episodes, particularly the season premiere, but inevitably there will be a few minor spoilers.
A couple of things stand out after watching the first three episodes. First, Better Off Ted Box Set 1-2 feels like everyone involved is enjoying themselves. Like, they’re really happy to have the chance to come back and finish the story on their own terms. It’s a difficult impression to illustrate in print, but I think you’ll agree after watching.
Second, this season feels like more of an ensemble show than ever before. It’s still mostly about Chuck, and Zachary Levi has some new depths to mine as Chuck adjusts to life post-Intersect, but we’re seeing the impact of knowing him as other characters interact. Sarah and Morgan have a several scenes together in the first episode, and two of them in particular are comedy gold. As Chuck’s significant other and best friend, respectively, they’ve reached a level of comfort and familiarity with each other that could not have happened until now. Casey and Sarah’s friendship has also improved dramatically compared to even two seasons ago, and we get to see House MD Box Set 1-8! Now that Sarah is married, happy, and feeling secure, there’s an openness about her that is a delight to see. Yvonne Strahovski has been able to do so much with just a look from Sarah all this time, that now to see her able to communicate freely, to stand up for what she wants and who she loves, and to just have fun is almost an embarrassment of riches.
The supporting players – Ellie, Awesome, Jeff, Lester, Big Mike, Alex, and Beckman – are all present and accounted for, although not in every episode, with some potentially expanded roles for at least two of the characters. I was pleased to see that production was able to work around Sarah Lancaster’s maternity leave and include a lovely scene between Ellie and Chuck in the premiere. He needed an Ellie speech, and the viewers did, too.
In “Chuck vs. the Zoom”, it’s a whole new world. Mr. and Mrs. Bartowski are glowing newlyweds, with “honeys” and “sweethearts” peppering their conversations and frequent references to their marital state. It’s cute, it’s endearing, and fortunately American Horror Story Box Set 1 tapers off by episode 3 so we don’t go into a sugar coma. No Linking Allowed! Carmichael Industries is getting off the ground, and the start up costs for an independent espionage firm have certain team members concerned about cash flow. Turns out, you can spend nearly a billion dollars pretty easily in that line of work. Still, Chuck has big plans to create the perfect life. He has the woman of his dreams, they’re building the company of their dreams, and now he’s looking for the house of her dreams. At the same time, he’s struggling with no longer being the Intersect.