Chuck Review: Zoom Goes The Dynamite

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There were many questions regarding the intersect heading into this final season of Chuck. How would Morgan fare as the new vessel? Would Chuck be okay without the intersect helping his spy game? Would any new intersects arise in the near future?

While "Chuck vs. The Zoom" began to answer at least a couple of those, who knew the most important question we should have been asking - well, the funniest anyway - was this: what will Morgan call it when he uses the intersect? That's right, in a very Morgan Grimes fashion, the bearded wonder has renamed Chuck's intersect flash to the Zoom!

Chuck Season Five Scene

The only thing that made Morgan's new ridiculous name for flashing funnier was the fact that Casey seemed to roll with it in stride. He uttered Morgan will zoom on squash with such calm and ease that it was almost as if he was doing it to purposefully bug Chuck.

That is what is so great about this action comedy. Chuck never takes itself seriously, which is why we will begin the fifth and final season premiere Chuck Triple Threat rundown with what else made us laugh during the hour:


  • The entire opening sequence at the house was fantastic, in which the three spies talk about Morgan as the master spy, all while the bearded one is doing a horrible job of sneaking into the bluff side mansion.
  • I loved Casey not being into taking down Craig Kilborn's Roger Bale until he found out that the Ponzi Schemer stole from Rush Limbaugh.
  • It is always funny when the gang makes from of Chuck. This time around it was great seeing him get upset when they told him he was terrible at sports.
  • We got a brief but to the point story about the Buy Morians. How great was it when Chuck and Morgan thought they would need to trick Jeff, only to witness him stand up out of his wheelchair all on his own?
  • The pre-mature zoom!

We were hit with action early and often in the season premiere, beginning with Morgan's first task as the intersect. Obviously Josh Gomez's stunt double is a stud, because Morgan took out those bad dudes like a karate rock star. Did you see that one high kick?

Chuck hit us with a couple other action sequences, too. I loved watching Chuck get himself get bear-hugged by the Killer, and then not being able to escape thanks to the massive amounts of massage oil on his hands. Nothing beat the slow motion running, jumping through the window, and landing on top of the van by Chuckles in the final scene, though.

It was fantastic to witness our hero come up with a plan in the nick of time, execute it perfectly, and do it all without the help of the intersect.  

We knew Chuck was going to be able to succeed as a spy without the intersect. The question was whether or not he would be alright with it. That is what spawned a heart-to-heart with Ellie about the future. Zach Levi and Sarah Lancaster work so well together that sometimes it's easy to forget that they're not brother and sister in real life. By the end of their convo, Ellie convinced her bro that he is a hero without the intersect, which probably helped him save the day by episode's conclusion.

There was also all of the stuff between Chuck, Sarah, and Operation T.I.T.S. (It's an acronym! Don't you see the dots?!?!) I love the Chuck and Sarah romance, but all of this dream house stuff just didn't seem all that important to me. You can't try to pawn off this get-my-wife-a-home-she-always-wanted business as being nearly as important as them getting together, getting engaged, or getting married.  It's not the same.

Moving Forward
There was plenty to love about the fifth and final season premiere of Chuck. I saw promise for a great ending to this personally iconic television series, which has me on a high. What did you all think of "Chuck vs. the Zoom?" And what is Decker's master plan for our hero?


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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Why do these tv shows allow you to click on WATCh EPISODE and then there is NOOOOOO Play button... only commentary? Why do all these websites make you think you can watch a t.v. episode you missed while cruising on your computer, only to find out that there is NO possible way to watch it?!!!!! FRUSTRATING!


The episode was great. I trust the writers, they've been doing a great job for four years. Morgan is still tons of fun even as the intersect. I don't think it's a fair excuse to stop watching because Chuck doesn't have the intersect. I don't think any character is losing their identity, I think they are evolving, or maturing. It's exciting that big elements of the plot change. I don't want to watch Sarah and Casey save chuck every week because he can't do anything. The story has to develop and I think the guys behind Chuck have done a great job with the story for four years. I will trust them this year too.


This was a good ep they just need a Morgan double that looks more like Morgan and and I was disappointed that there was no Captain Awesome at least let him jog thru shirtless or something. But this ep had alot of the Chuck I know and love


I miss Chuck's floppy hair! Bring back the long floppy hair!


All this time I was questioning whether they could continue this story in an appropriate manner and now it is great to see they pulled it off. It is important to realize that Chuck has evolved over the seasons and just can't continue to its earlier form. Although at first I also was sceptic about Morgan having the Intersect, but I think the first episode showed great potential and I hope they will continue this way. By the way, Chuck is awesome in his role as the leader and for that sake I don't miss him having the Intersect.


Hated it! Morgan was great as the clueless friend, average as the useless sidekick and boring as batshit as the intersect. I want Season 1 and 2 back. This is just not working.


I hated the episode and hope this idiotic Morgan as the intersect thing ends soon. Fans have been behind Chuck since the beginning... and the creation of a super spy. Throwing all that in the trash and starting over with Morgan vs Chuck makes little sense and shows a true lack of creativity. Great characters are losing their identity. Morgan is clearly no longer the former character in just the first episode. These types of dynamics often kill off shows that might have had a chance to be extended with better writing. I will suffer a few episodes with Morgan as Intersect but not a final season. As a loyal Chuck follower since first season, I will quit way before then.


I agree pretty much with everything the reviewer said except about Chuck and Sarah, no maybe the dream home thing isn't as dynamic as their other storylines, but it came off as extremely sincere and sweet, maybe it's because the two actors work so well together, but they genuinely made you care about it. You also didn't mention how Sarah seduced Chuck into telling her about Operation T.I.T.S


I loved this episode - though I'm a little ashamed that I didn't recognize Mark Hamill at the start. I've known his voice as that of the Joker for so long, but I haven't seen him in years!! I like how they continue to prove Chuck's worth as a spy without the intersect. His plan was fantastic, and he was able to execute it with his team. When Casey accepts Chuck as a leader, you know he's done good. Is no one else bothered by the fact that Sarah and Chuck are married and Chuck still knows so little about her? I mean, I love their romance and I've been rooting for it from day one, but doesn't seem fair that she knows everything about him but he still gets little grains one by one...


This episode was as good as ever. I've never missed an episode and I don't want the show to ever end.

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Chuck Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

We're still working out the kinks.


I want it noted that I took out six of their guys.