To be perfectly honest, this review for Chuck vs. Bo, is one of the tougher reviews I’ve ever had to write. I just want to sit here and yell, “JUMP THE SHARK! JUMP THE SHARK!”
But…something interesting is happening.
Usually at this time I would wax poetic about the episode and all of its merits or demerits. Usually skipping over the elephant in the room until I absolutely have to…okay I never do that. If my review of
Gobbler (correction: Fear of Death is the correct episode. Thank you Ernie) were any indication, I usually don’t shy away but this one is a little different.
I liked it.
Now hear me out! Sarah has always done whatever it takes for Chuck. To save him, to be with him, to love him. Whatever it takes. Sarah almost shot a Fulcrum agent simply because he was going to take Chuck away from her and put him in a bunker. Sarah ran away with him to find his father, risking treason and a life of imprisonment. Sarah razed Thailand without thought to her own life or well-being. Remember the teeth on her arm? Remember the “I’m different without Chuck, and I don’t like it”? Remember the almost single-minded pursuit and emotion she showed to find him, to have him “home?” This is no different. Except this time she’s not risking her life, she’s risking her sanity. And Chuck would do absolutely the exact same thing for her. Absolutely the exact same thing, and has on many occasions.
The thing about these two that we love is that they are people that would do absolutely anything and everything for each other. Their love is so strong and so pure that reason and logic hardly ever comes into play. It’s good to have that back. It’s good to see two people who love so much that they would do anything for each other. It’s good to see it one final moment before the end (albeit there should have been better ways to go about showing it but c’est la vie).
Should she have intersected knowing full well that the intersect has glitches, is in fact a minefield and could be a risk to her sanity? Absolutely. If it it’s a question about her life versus his, she’ll save his every time. Chuck showed her he was something different when he did the same. In a life filled with Bryces and Carina, Chuck showed he was different from the get go. From the pilot and later in Helicopter when he risked life and limb to rescue her from torture, Chuck showed her he was different. That’s the guy she fell in love with (partly the reason why she was so angry in Helicopter), and the guy she’s risked everything to save. His life was in danger, her and Casey’s lives were in danger (reminds anyone of Alma Mater a bit? I think the call back was intentional) and she had no choice. So she took the glasses and did what she always does, for Chuck, for them, for that house and that life and the maybe babies she dreamed of with him.
It turns out that they were right all along. She was compromised, love has compromised her and it’s a beautiful thing.
Now for other notes: this was actually a far different episode than the way it ended. A more lighthearted, romantic romp. One with a hopeful eye to the future and a humorous look at the past and present with Bo Derek. Who didn’t laugh when Sarah said, “hey Chuck, how’s it going with Bo? Have you had any sneak peek at your childhood crush’s boobies?” And Chuck said, “what? No. Shut up.” So funny.
Jeff and Lester constantly pursuing and landing themselves back in the car, in the desert, in the middle of nowhere with their memories expunged only to find themselves wanting to end up there? Hilarious. A very nice Matrix homage as well with ignorance being bliss. For Jeff and Lester, ignorance is definitely bliss. Writers tend to plot themselves into a corner (a phrase I got from the Smallville writing room) and it was an interesting way to get out of that corner, Jeffster knowing, and doing it organically.
Even the return of Morgan’s frosted tips weren’t that abrasive. It figures that intersecting him will have had lasting and reverberating consequences (as we see with Sarah being intersected) but it was nonetheless an interesting storytelling in this one episode. Morgan Grimes and Bo Derek. Only on Chuck. Oh and for the 70’s nostalgic out there, there was also a very funny and nice homage to Jacklyn Smith with, “Lap dance from that dirty whore, Jacklyn Smith.” I love Jacklyn Smith!
In the end, all the stuff about “our last mission,” and how it never turns out well…well that goes for Chuck’s last hurrah as well. Apparently. But at least we had Chuck and Sarah’s sweet goodbyes before everything amps up, before everything did amp up for the final arc. 2 more to go (3 if you consider the two hour finale as two separate entities).