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Chuck Season 5 Blu-ray Review

The fifth and final season of “Chuck” will only appeal to fans of the cult show.

In the final 13 episodes of “Chuck,” you can expect to see the following plots: Chuck and Sarah buy Buy More and open a new spy biz (Carmichael Industries), subplots involving a spy organization named Verbanski, house hunting, a secret stealer, Carmichael Industries assignments (like finding a wanted fugitive, ), Buy More Employee Of The Year Convention, a new Buy More employee, Ellie and Captain Awesome’s relationship, Chuck being framed for a crime, Morgan being a spy, the return of Daniel Shaw, a missing Intersect, Sarah’s first handler, Jeff and Lester Buy More subplots, the villainous Quinn, and Alex and Morgan’s relationship.

Ever since I saw the pilot episode, I never got the appeal of “Chuck.” Despite the often great guest appearances (which I will get to shortly), the show just tries way too hard to be funny and “cool.” It doesn’t help that all of the main characters wind up being completely irritating (with the exception of Adam Baldwin’s John Casey). My opinion of the show has not changed in the fifth and final season of the series that has somehow escaped cancellation time and time again.

If you’ve invested in the show for the past four years, you will likely be pleased to get some closure here. The series doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but rather a respectful wrap-up (whether it’s satisfying or not is up for fans to say). As an added bonus for fans, you’ll also get to see the return of some characters from the past.

As always, it’s the guest appearances that make the show worthwhile here. Mark Hamill, Craig Kilborn, Carrie-Anne Moss, Justin Hartley, David Koechner, Rebecca Romjin, Brandon Routh, Cheryl Ladd, and Bo Derek all make appearances (or re-appearances in some cases). Personally, I find that these fun guest spots make you forget about the tired storylines that have been drawn out for too long.

Summary: Buy the final season if you love the show.

Video/Audio:

The series is presented in 1.78:1 1080p and, unfortunately, this is not the prettiest looking show. The colors may be sharp, but the show looks distractingly grainy.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does the job in music, sound f/x, and action departments.

Extras:

* Ultraviolet Digital Copy.

* Deleted scenes from episodes 5, 7, 8, m9, 10, 12 and 13.

* A retro Buy More commercial with Big Mike and a Buy More commercial with Captain Awesome.

* “Scoring The World Of Chuck”- Composer Tim Jones talks about the score of “Chuck.”

* “Sandwiches And Superfans: The Saving Of A Show”- A featurette about the fans and their devoted support to the series.

* A gag reel.

* A laid back commentary on “Chuck Versus Sarah” by Chris Fedak, Josh Schwartz, Zachary Levi, and Joshua Gomez.

* A talkative commentary on “Chuck Versus The Goodbye” by Chris Fedak, Josh Schwartz, Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez.”

* “Goodbye, Buy More”- A time lapse of the Buy More set being taken down.

* “Chuck Versus The Final Episode”- A behind-the-scenes look at the series wrap-up. Interviews with the cast and crew are included.
* Extended cut of “Chuck Versus The Goodbye.”
* “Chuck: The Beginnings”- Stories about how the show came about.
* “Chuck: Through The Years”- A look at how the characters and cast have changed over the course of the series.
* “Chuck: The Future”- The cast and crew chat about what they think will happen to the characters in the future.

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May 12, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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