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Published on January 21st, 2012 | by Melody Simpson


‘Chuck’ Season 5 Episode 11 Review: Chuck vs. the Bullet Train

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Chuck began with a very special opening title, one fans will definitely appreciate especially since this was not the series finale and fans would love nothing more for familiarity come then. Perhaps the original opening awaits us in the finale episode? No matter, this week was the calm before the storm and an almost movie like opening set the tone perfectly for this week and the final episode. Embrace the movie like opening, people because this is it.

In “Chuck vs. the Bullet Train,” Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and John Casey (Adam Baldwin) are on a mission to rescue Chuck (Zachary Levi), to Chuck’s surprise, with the intersect in Sarah’s head. Chuck was understandably worried about this result but watching the two later bond over how awesome the intersect benefits are was quite a moment. There are not many people on the earth who have had the intersect in their head, let alone a husband and a wife, so this was definitely a touching moment. In fact, Chuck’s time detained on the train turned out to be a wonderful romantic getaway, at least for a few hours until Casey’s hand was forced and Sarah found herself with a case of memory loss and an order to kill Chuck. What an incredibly touching moment for Casey, turning over his own men to save his daughter. There are not enough words to describe how moving this moment was. We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of this in the series finale, which brings the anticipation to an all time high.

Everything about this episode was so well crafted and timed. What may have surprised viewers is finding that while Sarah clearly needed saving from the intersect, she was not the only one in need of help. Sure, Chuck was detained but we’ve seen the gang get each other out of such situations before, this wasn’t really the conflict at hand. Sarah’s latest mission and Casey’s forced hand make for most of the suspense of the night. One conflict led to another, each minute was more suspenseful than the previous. If Morgan (Joshua Gomez) thought he had it easy back at Castle, he thought wrong.

Back at Castle, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) run tests on Morgan with Alex (Mekenna Melvin) by their side to figure out when and how Morgan’s brain deteriorated at the time that the intersect was in his head. Woo hoo! Ellie and Awesome in Castle working on the intersect, who would have thought we would have seen this day? Did anybody notice though that we did not see the “jerk” side of Sarah like we did Morgan? While Morgan had the intersect longer than her, the number of flashes that Sarah experienced were enough to make her forget her own fiance. So it is interesting that the memory loss was a major focus but a bad attitude, a selfish, egotistical attitude was not at all touched upon. Hmm.

Unfortunately, while Morgan is being tested, Alex takes a break from being the supportive girlfriend and heads up to the Buy More. Bad move. Alex ends up kidnapped by the big bad’s crew dressed as Buy More employees and the rest we will find out in the finale. While unfortunate to ask, has anyone else been slightly irritated by Alex’s actions this season? She is far too oblivious and carefree for someone whose father and boyfriend both work for Carmichael Industries. Not believing Morgan the numerous times that he told her about a certain mission (gone wrong), she laughed it off, knowing all that has happened. So why would she go for a walk in Buy More when some of those situations in fact took place in that very spot? The safest place to be was Castle and she walked right out. Disappointing. While many would love to see the series finale end in one nicely wrapped bow, this does bring up the question, “Who will not make it out on a high note when we last leave them?”

While “Chuck vs. the Bullet Train” was indeed a wonderful episode, many may have found themselves thinking throughout the hour broadcast, “I wonder how this ties into the finale” and “I hope this gets answered in the finale” and even “General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) better be in the series finale!” There’s so much going through the mind at this time, it at times may have been overwhelming to watch. Lester (Vik Sahay) and Jeff (Scott Krinsky) reeled us back in when the gang had no choice but to use them for help. Was anyone else wondering where Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) was in all of this? Too bad he wasn’t clued in. But the less, the better? Anyway, Nicholas Quinn (guest star, Angus Macfadyen) was not given as much screen time as I anticipated but when he was seen, he made a major impression. Still, some may find it hard to find the energy to care about this villain since we have so little time to get to know him and know what the general outcome will be anyway. So it will be very interesting to see what goes down in the two hour series finale. This week was a fabulous set up to what’s next so now we wait.

Watch Chuck The Two Hour Series Finale this Friday at 8/7c on NBC.

*Photo Credit: Byron Cohen/NBC

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