Chuck – Season 5
At the end of season 4, Chuck finally got rid of the Intersect but instead his best friend Morgan Grimes accidentally got put up with it. Of course this brings forth the necessary complications, not the least the fact that this version of the Intersect contains a bug that affects the memory as well as the personality of the person having it in his/her brain.
Meanwhile, Chuck together with his wife Sarah and John Casey are trying to start up their own spy business but despite having the financial means of Volkoff Industries things are going as swift as expected. That Jeff and Lester from the Buy More have suspicions that something is going on with the three and have started their own investigation into this doesn’t make it simpler one bit.
The fifth season is also the last but we have to say that the makers would have done better to quit while they were ahead with season 4. The “schwung” is a bit gone, the pass goes up and down like a jo-jo, the everlasting discussions about going forth as spy or not start to irritate, and the jokes aren’t as refreshing anymore either. And then we’re being nice as in reality they’re as funny as a ham sandwich on a plate.
The makers try to keep things entertaining by introducing for instance Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) and having Linda Hamilton pass by again, but it’s all in vain. Season 5 can’t convince at any time and it’s a major downer for the fun we’ve had with past seasons of this series. As such we can only suggest to let this one pass by and consider season 4 as the final.
The image is plagued quite a bit with grain, doesn’t really look nice, and certainly on a big screen it’s all but fun to watch. The makers used this grainy texture deliberately to give a filmic feeling but it looks very messy instead. Qua sound we can’t complain as the 5.1 track as Always does its thing nicely even though it doesn’t shine.
To end the series we do get a ton of extras including a thank you to the fans (Sandwiches and Superfans – The Saving of a Show) and a behind the scenes (Chuck versus the Final Episode). “Scoring the World of Chuck” gives more information on how composer Tim Jones made the music for the show, while “Chuck: The Beginning” is a five minute piece on the start of the show and “Chuck: Through the Years” brings forth the transformation of the lead character through the years.
“Goodbye, Buy More” is a fast-forward movie in which we get to see the set being taken down, we also get two fake commercials that passed by in the series but now are shown in full length, and Chuck: The Future is a piece in which the main cast talk about where they think their characters would be in a couple of years. Last up there’s an extended version of the season (and series) finale, deleted scenes, 2 audio commentary tracks and a gag reel.