Tonight’s season five premiere of NBC’s action-comedy “Chuck” marks an exciting moment and a little bit of a sad one too. It’s exciting that “Chuck,” which has a small, but very passionate fan base, is beginning its new season, but it’s sad because this is the beginning of the end, as season five is the show’s final one.
It’s really a miracle that “Chuck” has lasted until a fifth season as its ratings have always been very low and it’s been right on NBC’s cutline pretty much every year of its existence. The show’s fan base, as previously mentioned, is very loyal and they really should give themselves a huge round of applause for this show getting the sendoff this season that it so greatly deserves.
There are literally dozens of things that I love about “Chuck” and I could go on all day about why it’s one of the greatest shows of the last half decade, but I figured I would just narrow it down to my favorite aspect of the series. The aspect that will always be the first thing I think of when thinking of this truly underrated series years down the line is the almost fairytale love story between our hero Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) and his spy handler Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski).
There have been a lot of really wonderful love stories throughout the long and illustrious history of television and you honestly probably wouldn’t expect to have a great one in a spy action-comedy, but Chuck and Sarah is the one I’ve swooned over, I guess even though that sounds so sappy, the most in my many years of TV viewing. It’s really one of the all time great TV loves.
It’s really hard sometimes to put into words exactly why you feel certain ways for TV shows and their characters, but I feel that great fictional relationships all have a similar aspect to them whether it’s in TV, film, literature, etc. I think it’s a truly wonderful relationship when you start to fall in love with her (or him) and you start to wish you were him (or her). I’ve felt this way for five seasons with Chuck and Sarah.
It didn’t take too long for the series to develop Sarah as a love interest for Chuck in season one, but this storyline really picked up some great steam in season two, which remains my favorite season of the series. I’ve always had a theory (maybe … probably? … a wrong one) that the best part of a relationship is the courtship part before the relationship really even starts. It’s the part when both people are really starting to realize they have feelings for each other and sparks are flying rapidly in every direction. That was season two of “Chuck.” That was the moment that I wish I could’ve lived in forever.
At the end of season four, Chuck and Sarah are married and season five will pick up right after that. It should be interesting as to how the series’ creators and writers finish off this great storyline (it’d be a little cliché for them to have a kid, but that’s probably what will happen). One thing is certain; I hope to savor every moment of this final 13-episode season of “Chuck.” It’ll be sad, though, to see television’s greatest couple fade off into the sunset.
“Chuck” can be seen locally on KARK Conway Corp. Channel 4 on Fridays at 7 p.m.