Published on December 24th, 2011 | by Melody Simpson1
‘Chuck’ Season 5 Episode 7 Review: Chuck vs. the Santa Suit
“Chuck vs. the Santa Suit” is without a doubt the most intense episode of season five and there are still a month’s worth of episodes left to air of the series. This also makes for the best Christmas episode of the series. There were lows and highs which included the most breathtaking game changer of the series at the very end of the episode. “Chuck vs. the Santa Suit” gave us action, tension, laughs, heart, and so much more. What an impressive hour.
“Stan Lee’s a spy? That is so weird!” – Chuck
The episode started off with such a downer of an opening this week. So dark. It’s been awhile since Chuck has touched such waters. The return of Shaw (guest star, Brandon Routh) came sooner rather than later and really anchored the episode. While he was definitely hated before, his little act of capturing Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) in a step of many to take over the CIA for his own intersect desires did not give him any redeemable points. General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) brought the house down last night, helping Chuck (Zachary Levi) save Sarah, save her team. The best lines of the night were undoubtedly given to her and mean more to longtime Chuck fans than the writers will ever know. Thank you. Watching Beckman and Chuck at the CIA Christmas party was also quite a highlight. Stan Lee’s cameo was awesome but General Beckman kissing Chuck so as to not blow their cover takes the cake. And let’s not forget about Mo Collins’ guest appearance as well.
Meanwhile, the nerd herd was trying to figure out how the Omen virus will work its magic. The balance between the Shaw conflict and the release of the Omen virus was much more smoothly handled than many may have thought. Moreso, it was interwoven perfectly. As Chuck said, speaking for the entire nerd herd really, “I’m a much bigger nerd than you thought I was.” Shaw just had to come back for more in order to figure that out. It will be interesting to see what other familiar faces we will see before the series’ end. Nicole Richie was a personal favorite guest star in the series. Who was yours?
Anyway, Chuck being honest with Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) was also quite a heartwarming, full circle moment. The gift that Ellie gave in return was priceless. There truly were too many moments to count this week that will never be forgotten and under appreciated. We notice everything you writers do and are so thankful for all of your hard work, especially in the final season. The dynamic tonight, seeing such superior spies, Chuck and John Casey (Adam Baldwin) in such vulnerable places, what a switch! The unusuals played hero this week. What an emotional ride.
Just as Casey leaving a goodbye message to Alex (Mekenna Melvin) began to bring tears to our eyes, the wheels started turning and hope returned. Had the writers not known that this indeed were the final season, it is unclear just how different this season and this episode in particular would have turned out. Thankfully, there was time to carefully craft the final season and that is why we have been given such a magnificent gift in “Chuck vs. the Santa Suit.” It’s also important to mention that the team just might be returning to the CIA. How fitting. This time, they do need higher ranks. And hopefully, Sarah’s past creeping up to her will not conflict with that. What do you think of the cliffhanger? Overall, this was such a fantastic episode! It is going to be hard to live up to this episode until the series finale airs. What do you think?
This Episode’s Only Fault: Sarah attempting to escape Shaw with her noisy heels on took away from rooting for her to escape. She’s smarter than that and it really does not take very long to slip the heels off and carry them.
Note: The Subway promotion is still going strong. Remember the days of the Save Chuck Subway Campaign? Oh how far we have come! Chuck really is the only series where such product placement is more than welcoming.
Watch Chuck The Final Season Fridays at 8/7c on NBC.