Chuck vs. The Ambiguous Ending
by Andressa Mota
As I sit here, intent on writing a blog about Chuck’s ambiguous ending, the words are unexpectedly just not coming. You see, I’ve been thinking about this an unnatural amount of time, and thought this review would practically write itself, but staring at my blank computer screen, all I can think is, “Chuck was such a good show.” Before nostalgia really kicks in and I revert to watching tribute videos on YouTube, there are a few things I need to say.
First and foremost, the final arc of the show was brilliantly thought-out and performed. It was such a treat to see the Weinerlicious as well as Berlin’s version of El Compadre make a final appearance. There were other delicious Easter eggs, but if I begin to list all the awesome that was packaged inside the final two episodes, it will only just peer past the openings pages of the epicness that is Chuck. All in all, the writers nailed it when bringing the show full circle. Bravo!
That being said, I was at the precipice of rage when the final scene (the mother of all Easter eggs) came and went, and Sarah didn’t magically regain her memory. I’m sure you guys have seen the infamous YouTube video where Hitler reacts to Chuck’s finale, right? If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend it. Besides it being funny, it conveys the precise emotions I felt. I had invested so much on this show, ate so many Subway sandwiches, signed every online petition, and that was my reward? I felt robbed of my Ross-Rachel happy ending.
When Friends ended, there was a general sense of finality. Ross and Rachel were together, Monica and Chandler had their babies, etc… There was no room to ponder, no more will-they-won’t-they. I understand Friends also had a billion seasons, but they didn’t have to keep Ross and Rachel together. They could just as easily have let Rachel move to Paris. (Gasp!) But they chose to tie all loose ends (and avoid WWIII).
That’s not what happened on Chuck.
My sister, who’s also a big fan of the show, hadn’t watched the finale when it first aired. As soon as she did, she called me and the first word out of her mouth was, “Why?” My reply was, “I don’t know.” Only after the adrenaline pumping through my veins subsided and the small mounds of tear-soaked tissues were thrown out was I able to answer her query. It does take some time to digest and understand the brilliance of that ending. If you’re like my sister, who will only watch The Notebook until Allie returns to Noah, you might not like what I have to say, but hear me out. You might even agree with me.
Had the show had ended with Chuck and Sarah’s wedding, turning a blind eye to Morgan getting the intersect, it would have been a more satisfactory final chapter, wouldn’t it? If you asked me this question on that dreary January night, I would have said yes without batting an eyelash. But I’ve gone rogue.
Chuck couldn’t have ended any other way. Well, it could, but wouldn’t have had as much impact as it did. (We’re still talking about it, right?) Before I say anything else, I just want to express how grateful I am that the show was able to end on its own terms, rather than not returning for a final season. I would have hated for Chuck to have the same ill fate as some great shows, like Firefly.
The beauty of that ambiguous ending is that there is still room for interpretation, room for (heated) discussions, but more importantly, room for continuance. (Chuck vs. The Movie?) In all fairness, the final episode did tie a few loose ends, but it left the viewers wanting more. If you Google “Chuck movie,” the second suggestion offered is “Chuck movie petition,” and if you then click on that, you’ll see Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Tumblr blogs, and even petitions titled “Chuck Movie: A Proper Goodbye.” Granted, the show was epic and fans would have fought for a movie regardless, but in my humble opinion, I think the end provided extra room for us to continue rallying for the show. And one thing Chuck fans know how to do is rally.
For many of us, Chuck isn’t over, and that’s the greatest achievement a show can attain. The legend of our favorite nerd-herder and his team will remain alive for years to come. Boom! What more can you ask?
It is totally acceptable if you still yearn for a miraculous moment when Sarah regains her memory (and tells Chuck the “consequence” of their rendezvous on the bullet train is due in nine months). What? You thought about it too. But in my own interpretation, I absolutely think that Chuck and Sarah remain together. It hurts to think that Sarah won’t remember their first kiss, the proposal, or even their wedding day, but let’s not dwell on that. Instead, imagine that those events were just the beginning of their journey and there are still many special moments to come. Agreed?
Now, excuse me as I go watch tribute videos until Chuck vs. The Movie is released.