My thoughts as we approach the “Final Five” for “Chuck” Season 4

“Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.”

–Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

Well, fellow Chuck fans, it’s come down to this. By this time tomorrow night, folks on the U.S. East Coast will have seen the first of the last five episodes of Chuck Season 4…And yes, we must face facts, possibly the last five episodes of Chuck, period.

Please understand: I don’t say that to bring anyone down; as I said in this earlier blog post, this isn’t over yet. It will not be over until Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak, and NBC announce definitively that it is over, and that Chuck will not be coming back. Until then, we can still send postcards of thanks to advertisers, we can still try to win over some “11th hour” new viewers, and we can answer the questions about each episode at the Tuesday after it airs.

I only bring up the unpleasant reality that this season may be Chuck‘s last because the sooner we all make our peace with that, the better off we’ll be, and the more we’ll be able to enjoy these five episodes to come.

Instead of allowing ourselves to become bummed out over the possibility of cancellation, we should be doing what I’ve seen many Chuck fans doing on Twitter tonight with their “BeforeWeHadChuck” tweets: Celebrating the show that we’ve all enjoyed these last few years and that we’ll still be able to enjoy again and again even after it does end. We should also offer our encouragement and our thanks to Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak and their amazing cast, who have brought us so much genuine entertainment with this show, and whose frustration over the uncertainty of its future most definitely surpasses our own.

Whether Chuck is renewed for a fifth season or not, we should all decide right now that we’re going to enjoy these episodes, and that we will always remind ourselves and other TV viewers that in the midst of all the garbage on television that glorifies negative behavior and panders to the lowest common denominator of society, there was at least one show that–with its themes of patriotism and service to country, loyalty to friends and devotion to family, and commitment in romantic relationships–did better. A LOT better.

Long Live Team Bartowski!!! Long Live Chuck!!!

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