There’s been a lot talked about, speculated and not so much written about this penultimate (I say penultimate because I’m considering 5.12 to be an extension of 5.13) episode. Until now…
I’ve always acknowledged that the mythology of the show can get a bit sketchy; the missions, same but the emotion was always real. The way the characters felt, what they felt for each other, that was always real and so it’s gratifying for me to hear this from:
Chris Fedak: …we just finished the cut on episode 11 which is “Chuck vs. the Bullet Train,” which is set in a Japanese bullet train. And the ending is so epic, especially in regards to the emotionally epic. It’s not just about things exploding because we’ve always found on our show that you can have bombs and explosions and a lot of the really fun stuff like that but really it’s the emotion of the characters. And we mess with those emotions in a big, huge, dramatic way and our episode 11 will tease up the final 2 episodes which will air together kind of like a 2 parter on one night. It’s going to be, not only a huge action adventure…but we’re also going to have huge emotion. Everything is on the line. It’s going to be a, very kind of, emotional experience. We’ve all kind of found that as we’ve been working on the episode, that it’s not just about blowing something up, it’s really about where we’re taking these characters over 5 years, and just how different they are. (Credit to @MrsHekmi of the SWFG for the quote, time and awesomeness. Look for the upcoming full piece on TVFanatic. Meanwhile visit their site here).
Now I know that some will read that and say, huh, just another example of Fedak pulling our strings but…hear him out. Listen to what he’s telling you. They’re going to tell a story, an emotional story beyond just playing us like an emotional yoyo. It’s been an emotional journey. At its heart, Chuck has been an emotional show. To this day I still feel the loss of Break Up, the euphoria of Best Friend, mournful of Subway, don’t we want to feel those things as the curtain falls? I’m gratified that I’m given that chance. At the end of the day that’s all you can ask for. A chance. So I ask you fellow Chuck fans, give these last arc (which begins tonight-because as we know Chuck does things in 3s) a chance. At the end of it, all we will have will be our memories and if we’ve missed a chance to live in the moment…it’s gone forever.
Tonight is going to be an “emotionally epic” night, we won’t have much more of these. So…take a chance. I think it’s going to be good, and I’m not alone in that. Here’s Yvonne’s take (via TVLine):
“I loved that episode” she told me (during the same chat in which she taunted us with this). “Buzz [Feitshans], our DP (Director of Photography), directed that episode, and it was his first time, so I’m super-excited to see how it worked out.” OK, but what can we look forward to in front of the camera? “It’s a really cool episode,” Strahosvki promises, “with a lot of kicking ass on the train.”
Let’s just hope that they get in the train because as we know, inside train = good, train platforms = bad. 😉
Trust the show, trust the love. Enjoy!