Good luck, ‘Chuck’: Spy Geek Says Good-bye With Far-Flung Finale

by | January 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM | Chuck, TV News

Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) in "Chuck" (Photo: NBC)

Chuck and his nerd herd had their last hurrah Friday night on NBC — a two-hour finale that took our geeky hero and his wayward wife halfway around the world and into the skies in pursuit of the evil Quinn. (They nailed him).

In the process, Chuck (Zachary Levi) sought to restore his wife’s memory, so they could return to the married life he’d worked so hard to establish. In the end, the question of Chuck’s future with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) was left unanswered though the feeling seemed to be that we who were watching should be optimistic that the two could rekindle what they had before Quinn worked his evil magic on Sarah’s memory banks.

Whatever happens to Chuck and Sarah, though, it won’t be on TV because “Chuck” is history — a show with a loyal audience and, at least in the early days, considerable critical acclaim (OK, maybe the acclaim wasn’t exactly universal, but some critics, such as yours truly, always found this show to be kinda charming — so shoot me).

Let the record show that the two-part, two-hour finale gave the series a slight bump up in the ratings, from below 4 million viewers a week earlier to slightly above (4.222 million to be precise). Sure, those ratings aren’t exactly what we have come to know as “network-sized,” but on NBC these days, 4 million seems to be somewhat acceptable.

What happened to the show’s various characters? You can find detailed descriptions of all that on EW.com here, and on The Hollywood Reporter Web site, which has a summary here. For some reason, the THR summation omits the funniest future of all — German pop-music stardom for two of the geeks from the Buy More store, Lester (Vik Sahay) and Jeff (Scott Krinsky). Hilarious.

The THR summary also kind of glosses over what happened in the end with Chuck and Sarah. Here’s what happened there: They were seen on a beach, and Sarah asked Chuck to tell her their story. So their romantic history was seen in a touching clip montage. Then they kissed, and that’s the point where a viewer could feel optimistic about their future.

Want to read more on “Chuck”? Here’s a post-finale interview with co-executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak.