The Little Show that Could

As 2012 comes to a close there are alot of site people etc doing year in reviews and after reading the tvsurveillance site I feel the same way –

Cameron White: The last two hours I spent with Chuck were some of the best hours I’ll ever spend with any TV show, and there were two moments contained within those two hours that will stay with me forever. The first is in the penultimate episode, “Chuck versus Sarah” when Chuck takes Sarah back to their dream house (which they had shopped for previously in the season, and into one of the doorways Sarah had carved “Chuck + Sarah”) and tries one last time to get her to remember her old life. The “that anyone could love a nerdy guy like me” speech will go down as one of Zachary Levi’s best moments in acting; for a while, Chuck had become a real spy, and the heart of the show (that a nerd had been thrown unceremoniously into a world he’d only seen in movies and TV shows before) had gone missing. But in one tearful monologue, Levi brings it all back. It’s a damned tragedy that it isn’t on YouTube somewhere.
The second moment is, of course, the final scene of the series. Sarah has been slowly remembering her past life over the course of the episode; she and Chuck meet on the very beach from the pilot, where Sarah made a promise that Chuck could trust her, no matter what. Chuck makes a similar plea, and the show, one of those most well-known for its excellent deployment of music, makes its final move in using The Head and the Heart’s “Rivers and Roads” — a song that, incidentally, played not but a week later on How I Met Your Mother, in “The Drunk Train.” This reminiscing of the show, framed as Chuck telling the story of how he and Sarah fell in love, doesn’t hold back its emotions, just as the show had never held back on delivering emotional gut punches over the course of its run.
These two moments are especially important because they represent just how much I’d become attached to Chuck since I first started watching it ahead of Heroes back in the WGA strike days. Over the course of 2012, I began to understand exactly what it meant to forge that kind of emotional bond with fictional characters; I saw it in the reactions to Game of Thrones, and to Girls, and to Gossip Girl (weird, that one). And so the year is defined, for me, by the ending of a show that I swear to God was never going to make it past the year 2007. I’m tearing up just thinking about it now. 2012, for me, is “Chuck? Tell me our story.”

It was a great run and I look forward to 2013 hoping that the story will continue to unfold

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