Wow. Ok, so this is not only my first post, but my first time visiting this site in I don't know HOW long. I became understandably less invested in the show after Chuck and Sarah got together in season 3 and have been of the opinion that it's pretty much been all down hill from there. Which is why I stopped visiting the forum. I felt obligated, however, to return to express my reaction to the the finale, as I have been watching the show from day 1 and was--at least, at one time--an ENORMOUS fan.
I HATED the finale. I felt gutted, physically empty, upon its conclusion. Everything good about my memories of the show, namely the terrific Chuck and Sarah romance, they took away. They just took it away. And if the whole "decide how it ends for yourself" thing works for you, then God bless. But for me??? Nope. Nuh-uh. That just doesn't cut it.
I read a few people here hinting at their initial disappointment, but not delving into it, saying that they wanted to "sleep on it." They WANTED to like it. They wanted to give them the BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. Funny, I remember feeling that way about the beginning of season three. But you know what? They don't DESERVE the benefit of the doubt. Not anymore. How many times have the writers proven that they have what it takes to deliver a great set-up, but ZERO follow-through? It doesn't take a genius to see that they just don't got it 'em. The definition of a GOOD story? Something with an interesting premise that builds logically to a surprising and satisfying conclusion. They got the "interesting premise" part down. The "satisfying conclusion" part? Not so much.
So don't give them the benefit of the doubt. Rail against 'em. Give 'em what they deserve. Because if you're like me and you, at one time, loved and even FOUGHT for this show, you should realize that you gave them five years of loyalty and in return what did you get? A factory new Sarah walker and sniveling, season one, "please love me" Chuck. And that ain't right.