Whether you believe in a magic kiss or not has no bearing on the subject at hand. The focus here is strictly my opinion on why the theory was not ideal at the point of execution. Fairy tales used the magic kiss as device to wake up the sleeping princess, It was an illusion that a kiss can fix everything, but after watching the series of Chuck, it would not be feasible to think that would be the case.
The series of Chuck often turned great scenes into a chaotic situation. Whether it would be a first date interrupted by Mr. Colt or a passionate kiss deflated by the return of Bryce. If we are to take these events and create a pattern you will find that, while on the surface the magical kiss would rekindle the love, it would be hard to fathom that the kiss would be the final road to recovery.
The Final Scene of Chuck
The final scene would have been a great scene if there was another episode, It is often the idea of the writers/creators to leave the audience wondering, and Chuck was no different.
The kiss is not the problem, and the acting is tremendous, but this notion that the audience is supposed to accept this as a finale goes to show how out of touch the decision makers were with the fans and those that had input on the finale. Many stories follow this technique and some people did enjoy the concept behind it, but as a viewer myself I find it to be unnecessary way to go off the air.
People like closure, when you read a book what is the first thing you say when the story does not end the way you wanted. The initial reaction was shocked because you just wasted several hours reading this great book (Watched 5 years) and we were treated on a journey where the two heroes finally come together. (Only for the writers to be clever) and something way out of left field destroyed the relationship.
Chuck and Sarah was the show of Chuck, and any arguments against did not watch the show. We knew the story was about the spy life, but once we saw Chuck and Sarah having dinner we were hooked. The show would have never lasted one season and because of the strength of the romance the show lasted 5 years. I am under the full believe that the decision makers never liked that fact because it was never the intention of the show.
When you scan the social media all the fans request more Charah Moments. The fact that a kiss was the sendoff was clueless. Most shows get it wrong but some are tolerable, but what is not a cliffhanger.
Seasons 2-4 each had a cliffhanger at the end, which was resolved the next season. The kiss was never concluded. Here are some more scenes from the show’s previous seasons why it does not work.
Kisses of Death
Several times throughout the series Chuck and Sarah would kiss, the kiss would all be for not because of some unforeseen situation. A prime example would be from Chuck vs the Colonel, They have their first intimate moment without fear of being caught by the job and most of all from anyone that would find their relationship would be problematic.
As soon as Chuck realizes he did not have the proper tools for the moment, all chaos breaks loose. Casey and Fulcrum found them. Spoiling a precious moment between the two. Soon after Orion takes out the Intersect from Chuck’s brain.
The explosions in the back of Charah has always been a favorite of mine. As Orion said, it’s out son your free.”
The planes drop the bombs on the base. It is symbolic of what Sarah and Chuck were feeling. Things have changed and whether they like or not nothing would be the same. Sarah wants Chuck now. its post Day 564 and she was ready to make love to Chuck in the morning. Sarah is acting on her feelings, which leads to her implosive decision of running away.
In Path to Prague, I wrote about my theory that the famous Prague Incident actually started in the Scene on the right. This iwas television at its best. The use of imagery was well done by the creative people of the show.
Another kiss that was passionate, yet was deter by another problem. Let me show you
Do you know what these two scenes have in common? Both time a return happen soon after. The return of Bryce Larkin that is. Both times it would cause friction between the two love birds. I know they are acting, but the passion is there and without a doubt the intensity of wanting that intimate moment succumbs them. Even the risk of dying or getting caught by the job.
The first kiss on the left brought Bryce back from the dead and the kiss on the right followed Bryce getting into Chuck’s head about the dangers of a relationship in the spy game. Thus, Chuck broke it off again with Sarah, but unlike the first time. This one hurts.
Chuck: Look, we both know how I feel about you so I’m just going to shoot straight. Sarah, you’re the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. You’re beautiful, you’re smart, you laugh at all of my stupid jokes and have a horrible habit of constantly saving my life. The truth is, you’re everything that I thought I ever wanted and more. And for the last few days all I could think about is our future together. About what it’s going to be like once I finally get the Intersect out of my head; we can be together for real, no fake relationships, no covers, no lies. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that you and I can never have a future together. I fooled myself into thinking that we could but the truth is: we can’t. Because even if we had a real relationship it would never really be real. I’d still never know anything about you, your real name, your home town, your first love, anything. And I want more than that. I want to be able to call you at the end of a bad day and tell you about some funny thing Morgan did and not find out I can’t but I can’t cause you’re off be somewhere in Paraguay quelling a revolution with a fork. I’m a normal guy who wants a normal life. And as amazing as you are, Sarah Walker, we both know that you will never be normal.
Those words I want a normal life and you won’t ever be normal Sarah Walker. It’s not how he broke up with her she has been down this road with Chuck. It’s what he said that makes her break down and fight hard not to show her tears, but again a magical kiss soon gone by the waste side. However, the difference between these three kisses and the finale was the conclusion worked out for the characters, but not at the end we are left wondering if the kiss worked.
In Chuck v. The Fear of Death, Chuck kisses Sarah only to be kidnapped soon after. Chuck lost the intersect due to his mother. He wanted to prove he was still a spy not only to the agency, but to Sarah. However, this was bad judgment of Chuck and the writers. Again the couple we love are split apart because of chaotic situations.
The Belgium kidnapped Chuck, a magical kiss shared by two lovers before a mission, and it was ruined by writers trying to create a dilemma. However, Sarah’s love for Chuck reached the level where being without Chuck was excruciating for her. The reason the magic kiss worked here there was resolution.
The pattern I am trying to demonstrate is if we constitute the final kiss to be magical? Why not the rest of them. Let’s continue.
They share their last passionate moment on the bullet train. Love making and kissing before the mad scientist finale. Never again will we see them as couple that we know. Forever we have to remember this scene as the
last intimate moment of a couple that never was given the chance, which was all but destroyed. Sarah’s eyes are those of the fans that had to watch this. Fear, Concern and the end. A magical moment ruined by the writer’s desire to destroy the couple that everyone loved and still loves.
We can talk about the issues that make the magical kiss work, she was starting to remember just be reorganizing the cups at the Weinerlicious and Irene Demova virus, but the ending does not work because there is no conclusion to the story. Her memories were wiped away because the powers that be wanted to create one last test for the couple, which going out is not fair. Its bad way to end an epic story.
The next episode to look at would be Chuck vs the Other Guy, Sarah and Shaw are instructed to go to Paris and intercept The Ring’s attempt at building a new Intersect, but before they do Charah share an intimate moment. “Don’t worry its all going to happen once I get back.” they kiss and off Sarah goes. We know what happens Shaw lured Sarah to Paris to kill her, but Chuck makes the save. Another conclusion to the magical kiss.
Several magical kisses that were concluded at some point. The final kiss did not leave me with the same feeling as those mentioned above. Now what about near kiss interruptions.
Near Kiss Interruptions
The common theme of the scenes shown above are the common problems Charah faced throughout the series two characters so desperately wanting each other, and want to share intimate moments were often interrupted by either Shaw, Beckmann or even opportunity to escape. The fire and passion in the eyes of the two were what makes Charah so exciting to watch, and while they don’t kiss in these scenes the anticipation of seeing more made it more that riveting Look at the next scenes,
Each time the couple wanted to kiss, wanted to act on that fire inside of them, reality struck and they had to hold back. Great story telling because there was a chance of a conclusion. A final result of coming together.
As I mentioned at the top, the kiss is not the issue. The circumstances on how the kiss was executed was the problem for me. If the next week or a movie was to come out and finish the story than the kiss has meaning, but as of right now as it played out the kiss lost the weight when the screen went black. The power of each scene above showed when the kiss (near) was presented with a resolution, the more gratifying as a viewer we were.
Think about it ” Shut up and kiss me” was perfect timing, Chuck vs the Honeymooners was the culminating of the relationship. Vivian using the Nordsman on Sarah was resolved when Chuck made the save and was able to marry Sarah. All these point of the story mentioned had closure and we moved on to the next part of the tale.
What the finale did was leave us wondering, some thing a great story teller never does. At least for me, the story is incomplete.