Let me start by saying I’ve never watched a TV show the entire way through. For me, Chuck is the first.
When I first started watching Chuck, I can tell you I was definitely hooked at the beginning. However, it was never in the front of my mind. I’m pretty sure Season 1 aired on Mondays on NBC. Back then, Chuck was just the cool spy show that came on after Heroes. I loved Heroes with a passion and was traumatized when it was canceled. But after these past few episodes, I can honestly say that Heroes will never live up to the impact Chuck has had on my life.
This show had it all. It was funny, smartly written, action-packed. But that was only what was on the surface. The cast is what made it special. Ellie and Devon, always Captain and Captainess Awesome. Jeff, Lester, Big Mike, and the Buy More; hilariously idiotic. Carina, Bryce Larkin, Steven and Mary, The Volkoffs. I could list tons of characters that all contributed a little something to the show, each of them portrayed by a stunningly good actor. But none of them compare to these four.
Morgan, the guy who was always just there. The kind of guy you just write off at first before seeing what a great person he is. He’s loyal and optimistic. He’s the best friend that other best friends aspire to be. When Morgan downloaded the Intersect, I wasn’t particularly happy. I couldn’t see how it would benefit the plot line, but it did. His whole douche phase made me realize how relatable his character had been all along.
Casey. Look up the word ruthless, and you’d see his picture there. There would be times when you’d question Casey’s intentions, when you’d question his character. But in the end, you always knew where his heart was. And then Alex came along. Alex was such an amazing addition to the cast. She not only brought insight into Casey past, but she also made him human.
Then there was Sarah. I’m gonna confess something to you now. I never really liked Sarah all that much. To me, she was really just… there. I didn’t learn to appreciate who she was until much later in the series. Hell, even when they got married I was still a bit meh. But I love her now, and that’s all that matters, right?Sarah was so strong a woman. She forgot everything she knew, gave up everything she thought she wanted. All for Chuck. And not because she had to, but because she wanted to. And for that, I have nothing but respect.
In all honesty, all of the characters had to take time to grow on me. All of them except one. Chuck Bartowski, Charles Carmichael. Chuck reminded me so much of myself. He starts off working for the Nerd Herd at the Buy More. He lives with his sister and does nothing but collect nerd-junk. His life was basically going nowhere. But then Bryce sent him that email, and everything changed. Let’s just say, I’m waiting for that email. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t wonder what life would be like if I’d never even existed. Chuck’s shown me that life doesn’t have to be that way.
If there is an underlying theme to the pass five seasons of Chuck it would be this: Take a chance. This is what Chuck does every season, every episode. He took a chance on the spy life, on the Intersect-less life, on the spy-for-hire life. He took a chance on Sarah. Look where ended up. He got himself a house that he could spend the rest of his life in, friends that would never leave him, a wife that he loved more than anything. But like any good story, once you’ve reached the top, there’s nowhere to go but down. When Sarah lost her memories, my heart literally split. And while the finale hinted at hopes of recovery, we, as fans, will never know what happens next. We’ll never get to see Chuck and Sarah live happily ever after.
I guess what I’m trying to say is there’ll always be a hole in my heart where Chuck once was. It’s there next to Harry Potter, Ender’s Game, Heroes, Smallville, and so many others.
I’ll remember Chuck for years to come because he and I are the same. I’m sitting here waiting. Waiting for my email. Waiting for my Sarah. And when they come, I’ll still be sitting here ready. Ready to take a chance.
I remember designing and making this T-Shirt in tech class, about 2 years ago. I guess it’s time to retire it to somewhere safe and special.
It’s crazy how a television show can have this much of an effect on somebody. I didn’t think I would be this emotional, I didn’t think it would be like this, but man, what a great 5 years it has been. You will be missed, Chuck. You will be missed.