It’s interesting how sometimes we can jump from the frying pan into the fire. All the concerns I had last week about Sarah having the Intersect in her brain were addressed. But now, I have a whole new set of concerns. I’ll elaborate after the jump.

It wasn’t clear last week what the narrative purpose of having Sarah upload the Intersect was. Now, it’s clear that the writers; intent was to turn her into some sort of super-soldier to be used by Quinn for nefarious purposes. Sarah’s time as a badass fighting off hordes of evildoers singlehandedly was short-lived. But while it’s apparent why the writers gave Sarah the Intersect, there are a few new narrative concerns that arise from this situation.

Firstly, why would Sarah believe anything that Quinn said after waking up in her hotel room? It seemed as if Quinn was just wiping her memory, not actively brainwashing her. We might get some clarification on that next week. Secondly, why would Quinn want Chuck dead if all he’s after is the Intersect? Chuck’s status is irrelevant to his goal. It seems as if the writers are gunning for maximum dramatic impact over plot logic. More broadly, I’m worried that we’re going to be spending most of next week’s two-part series finale with a version of Sarah that we don’t know at all, and it’s an odd decision by the showrunners to completely change a character’s nature for the final couple of episodes.

But at least “Bullet Train” was a lot of fun in and of itself, even if the Jeff/Lester subplot was a tad too silly. There were some great fight sequences aboard the train, especially for Sarah, who as expected, got to kick a lot of ass this week. It was also nice to see Ellie and Devon helping along wherever they could by examining Morgan and trying to figure out how to stop the brain damage that Sarah could was experiencing. And fortunately, “Bullet Train” eschewed any silly fights or misunderstandings between Chuck and Sarah over the Intersect upload in favour a few sweet scenes; the show tends to work better when the two of them aren’t having pointless, sitcommy arguments. The green screen work in the scene where the train cars decoupled was atrocious, but to be frank, I don’t think that any network TV show has the special effects budget to depict the decoupling of cars on a bullet train realistically.

All in all, “Bullet Train” was a strong episode, even if it left me concerned about next week’s series finale. This is the last episode review that I’ll ever write for Chuck. Instead of reviewing the series finale, I plan to a kind of “retrospective” post about the series as a whole. So I’ll see you next week when we find out how it all ends.

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