Made You Hold Your Breath, Didn’t It?
When Sarah said “What could possibly go wrong?” we just knew something would. Right? Even Chuck knew that things were jinxed when he heard those words, and I’ll bet you knew that too. I know I did.
Every week we found reasons to be concerned about what we saw happening, and we all knew that from the beginning the odds were against that elusive fairy tale ending, the one we all wanted. Seemed like no matter how many times things worked out, there was always going to be something else in the way. No defeat is final, but no victory is permanent, they say.
Of course, I’m talking about Sarah collapsing suddenly to the ground right at the moment when Chuck had reason to be most sanguine. The nerd was officially getting the girl after all, and it was all over but the shouting.
But I’m also talking about the unexpected early verification (and even earlier rumors) that Chuck had been green-lighted for a fifth season. Both were emotion laden moments that appeared out of nowhere. And boy, did they get our attention! Why, Ellie was so caught up in the moment that she passionately kissed the guy who’s on-line handle is, I believe, “Wombraider”. (Okay, I made that up, but it’s too good to be false! Stop groaning. 😉 ).
It’s pretty clear to me that in this world, both fortunes and emotions can change on a dime. And they did this week. It’s the follow-up that’s so interesting and arresting. All the while it’s been easy for me to have confidence that the show would be renewed and I always felt good about the odds. But there was always that bit of uncertainty and doubt that comes with being human. That’s why I breathed a tremendous sigh of relief when the rumors became the story and the story became believable.
Likewise, although there’s always this little bit of a doubt, it’s easy for me now to have confidence that Chuck or Devon or Ellie or Casey or Mary or Morgan or Jeff or Alexei will save Sarah and the wedding will go on and be glorious.
No wait. I said that wrong. I have confidence, but only if you change every “or” in that last sentence to “and”. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I am confident in the fact that I am going to love it. I’m going to enjoy that coming together, that “one for all and all for Sarah” moment I see coming. We’re going to find out that Chuck is not the only one who loves Sarah Lisa Walker as much as the fans, and as I think about it, that’s something I did not see coming. I have not been thinking in those terms.
Who’s Taking Care of Whom?
I should have seen it coming because, in the show, everyone has the habit of lending a hand when needed. It’s one of the constant details – a theme, really – that I hadn’t quite noticed before. In Chuck vs. The Last Details Mary put herself in harm’s way for only one reason – to help out Chuck and Sarah, so that they could have some time off before the wedding. Casey did what he could (which consisted mostly of chiding, insulting, obstructing and avoiding Morgan) to help Alex (and Morgan too!) have a relatively sane life and keep out of danger. Well, that’s our Casey; whatever works!
It didn’t stop there; Chuck had to delegate some wedding responsibilities, and Morgan was glad to help him. But Morgan had to help Casey and Chuck with the spy work. So he delegated to Jeff and Lester, who were also glad to help! And of course, when the person most willing to help Chuck all his life, Ellie, dropped the ball on the video, Jeff was there to pick it up. Mary toasted Chuck and Sarah, asking them to take care of each other.
In the final tally, everyone’s looking out for everyone just like they always have, and that’s why this finale will be so special. They make me happy and confident that, somehow, the wedding we’ve seen in our imaginations ever since Sarah told Longshore “He’s my guy!” will take place. They make me believe that someone – everyone in the cast and crew – has been looking out for the fans too.
But oh, those doubts! Sarah’s Season 1 predictions that “You’ll forget all about me.” and her statement (about a famous kiss) that “What happened was a mistake, one I will not make again!” were – wrong. Not lies. Wrong. They had an effect, though, causing me to have this little grain of doubt that’s lasted until this day. It was quite intentional on their part, I’m sure, because it keeps me coming back for more of the story. Even though we saw a thousand signals that Sarah loved Chuck every bit as much as he loved her, and even though we just knew they could overcome the obstacles, the reasons for doubting could always be found.
Likewise, the ratings were worrisome all season, so we had our doubts. There were a hundred reasons to believe that NBC was happy with the show, and over five million reasons to believe the advertisers were happy with the fans. We gave them those reasons. In both cases, excitement and despair go hand in hand. Excitement will win out in the end for Chuck&Sarah this week and real life sometimes mirrors that.
There’s a sweet sadness about it. Too early, it seems like we see the end way on the horizon and I think it’s because we’re getting what we’ve always wanted – Chuck and Sarah together, and another season. With the news that Season 5 will be the last, we can’t help but jump ahead to the end, even though we know there’s plenty of time left. It’s sweet-sad because it will be good for the cast and crew to go out on top, and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye.
We’re not there yet, and it’s definitely not going to happen tomorrow. We have a wedding and another season to look forward to. After that, Chuck would be the first to tell you that there’s always surprises coming your way when you’re open to them.