“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
– Orson Wells
Season Five of Chuck begins soon. There’s something about this season that’s going to be different from all the rest. [Joe taps his forehead] What is it? What is it?
Oh! I know. It’s going to be the the last season.
Actually, there’s something familiar about that too. Seems like every season of Chuck came with the distinct possibility of being the last. The Fans knew it, the cast knew it and and the show runners knew it. With every season came the urgent need to bring things to some sort of satisfactory ending and to give the fans some sort of closure. So if you wanted Sarah to admit that she felt something for Chuck, well, we got that at the end of Season 1, on a roof top in Burbank when she told Long Shore that Chuck was “her guy” in The Marlin. Did you want something more? At the end of Season 2, we got Barstow, Chuck losing the Intersect and Chuck getting the Intersect. He got the girl.
Of course, in Season 3, Chuck and Sarah got their first honeymoon (what an ending!) and nine episodes later, Chuck became a full fledged spy by defeating his enemy and rival.
But there were still some family issues left to tie up, so in Season 4, Chuck found his mother. Oh, and he and Sarah made it permanent. I like it. So each season has, in it’s own way, is a conclusion to the saga.
Of course, like Orson Wells told us, the story didn’t stop just because we have happy endings. Storytellers, being who they are, ended each season with something unfinished; the proverbial cliff hanger to lead us into the next. Each stepping stone has made the series seem more (dare I say it?) epic to many of the fans. I won’t deny that it did just that for me.
But what can we hope and wish for now that the only deep threat to Chuck and Sarah’s continued happiness is – Jeffster? What is it we hope to see addressed in Season 5? What are our fondest hopes and wishes, now that the presumptive #1 wish (Chuck&Sarah together and married) is checked off our list? I know I have a few left, things I want to see accomplished before we’re through, above and beyond resolution to the final threat left by Clyde Decker.
I’ll tell you what I don’t need to see on screen first, though. I’m alright with Bryce not returning, except maybe in flash back. Or Jill Roberts either, for that matter. They’re both part of Chuck’s past, and that’s enough for me. PLIs have no place in the show now, except maybe as they reminisce, while the Judy Collins version of The Beatles In My Life plays in the background. That would be nice.
For the same reason, I’m okay if “Omaha” isn’t brought up again. Chuck’s not going to ask about it, because it’s between Sarah and Bryce, and Chuck is the kind to respect her privacy about that. I’ll be happy if they do.
Oddly, I don’t need to see Chuck regain the Intersect. I’ve seen one promotional clip from S5 that shows him handling himself quite well without it, thank you very much. The GRETAs told us, and it’s true, that the Intersect is a burden, and Chuck simply doesn’t need the skills it provides any more; he’s got his own, and in many ways, they’re superior. I won’t mind it if he does regain it, because, you know, once a super hero, always a super hero. But from the beginning Chuck’s dream has been to be normal. Perhaps he knows now that this is something he really can’t have, because there’s no such thing. As it is, Chuck and Sarah are unique. Together, they are extraordinary and that remains true with or without the Intersect.
As for what I would like to see on screen, there are only a few things. I would finally, definitively like to know if Sarah Lisa Walker-Bartowski has a sister, like she said early in Season 1. Was that an impromptu cover story? Was that a seed left to germinate all this time, until the issue of Sarah’s family could be addressed? If so, now that Sarah has in-laws who know she’s been a spy, it doesn’t seem like it’s something she can’t cop to. It would be worth a scene with Ellie and Devon at the proper moment. And if she actually has a sister, I’d love to be introduced.
But it hardly changes things either way! I’m just curious to know.
I definitely want to see Morgan and Alex stay together, or even engaged. My prediction is that, although we’re going to have the Morgansect for more episodes than many fans want, he’ll ultimately be rid of it. Mark my words now; that will happen with Alex’s help. I’d love to see her become the season’s next big hero, the way Morgan was many times for S4.
I want to see Jeffster remain an existential threat to Chuck&Sarah’s happiness. Or at least, to Ellie’s. Baring that, they can take their show on the road.
I would still like to see Casey and Kathleen get together, if only for Alex’s sake. It’s odd how I’ve come to care about Casey’s happiness – he was a robot in the beginning, especially in the way he handled Bryce. But now there’s a real person in there somewhere. I have no idea how Gertrude Verbanski works into this, and I fear her presence may turn Kathleen into Casey’s “Anna Melinda Wu”. We’ll see how that goes.
The next thing I wish for in Season 5 is the answer to an unspoken mystery! Here’s the set up: Sarah is deep into Volkoff’s organization and proving herself to him. As far as Alexei is concerned, she’s been turned just like Frost was turned twenty years earlier. Chuck can’t stop him (Chuck only has office supplies and Morgan to help him) and Orion is dead. Except… Chuck is awfully good with plans and there’s that threatening message from Orion.
I WANT MY WIFE BACK.
Just because this happens before we have any indication that Chuck actually has a plan (much less implemented it), and just because this first message from Orion is never referred to again, I have a glimmer of a shred of a piece of a hope that it really came from Orion, that Stephen lives.
We don’t eat until your father’s at the table
Yeah, yeah. I know. A resurrection too far. But I’d still like to see it.
Finally, the next thing I’d love to see is Sarah reunited with her mother, maybe played by, oh, I don’t know, maybe Cheryl Ladd.