Les récits de GillGalad

Les récits de GillGalad

Chuck me

Comedy and action have rarely been as successful as in Chuck, the series of spies, nerds and heroes. Even if I didn’t watch the series from the start, it has played a very special role in my life ever since I caught a glimpse of it. For me, the key ingredient to this show’s magic is very simple. It’s all about the humanity of the main characters, especially Chuck Bartowski, portrayed by Zachary Lewis. As a result, throughout the seasons and until the very last episode, I felt much attachment towards the characters. It explains why I kept watching and hoping for season renewals. Whenever an episode ended well, which was most of the time, the evening also ended well. I think those watching Chuck know what I mean. Now, on to the issues at hand.

 

 

 

Needless to say, Morgan is a real hero. But how exactly did it come to that? I still ask myself many questions concerning his rise to awesomeness. Yes! You didn’t misread the word. Let’s start from the beginning. Chuck has a best friend, who’s just as nerdy as he is. The thing is, though, he’s small. Very small. And he has a beard. With that in mind, I would say there is absolutely no chance at all he could ever achieve anything noteworthy.

 

And yet, he changed, starting by shaving a little after season one.  He becomes assistant manager in season three, and before he knows it, he is being handed over the key to almightiness, the keys of the Buy More, by a CIA general. Having learned the truth about Chuck’s main occupation, this is the perfect opportunity for him to gain the trust of general Beckman and agent Casey, member of Chuck’s all star spy-team. His interventions, at first scarce, turn him into an essential asset who eventually becomes a part time operative. He even saves the guys on several occasions, proving himself worthy of Team Bartowski. And then, the Holy Grail. He meets Casey’s daughter, Alex, and together they start a romantic relationship that survives a series of heavy drawbacks. In the end, he has a girlfriend, a managerial position, an extensive spy background, and most importantly, a DeLorean. In my book, that’s pretty impressive, if not downright classy.

 

 

 

The same cannot be said about Sarah’s misfortune. I am not very fond of her memory wipe. In fact, I hate it, because memory is something holy, never to be touched. It is the most precious possession a person has. It represents their experience, their life, their entire legacy to the world, as everything you do depends on what you remember. If ever someone were to alter my memories, I would hunt them down and make them regret to be alive.

 

Seeing Sarah’s memories being wiped was unbearable. It changed the dynamic between her and Chuck, and thus, between every important character. At that moment, the series had lost something. More precisely, it had lost its vital component, the thing which everything else in the series depended on since the beginning, around which everything evolved. The bond between Chuck and Sarah, the love that brings them all and binds them, was severely wounded, even erased in Sarah’s case. Although the very last scene makes us believe there is a pretty good chance for them to get together again, it won’t be the same as before. As such, the ending has never felt like a true happy ending. It rather gives us an opening on the couple’s possible near future, and I have to admit it’s been haunting me since.

 

Don’t worry, this doesn’t make it a bad ending. It just doesn’t leave you with the usual everything-is-alright kind of feeling. The uncertainty remains. Will they be as happy? Will they buy their dream house? Will they have kids? Good thing it’s just a series, otherwise I would just overthink it.

 

 



15/05/2012
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