More Fan Fiction

Last time I went over a year between updates, now its only been a few months!  There is quite a bit of life in Chuck Fan Fiction.  This won’t be a huge post, but some of what’s coming out now is interesting so I felt a need to update.

Let me start with the most obvious, Zettel has finished Chuck vs The Beautiful Creatures. That was a fun story all the way to the end.
Perhaps the biggest news though is that he has started a new story.  Cables to Aces is very different from his first work.  It is an S1 AU that starts right at the end of Imported Hard Salami (1.09).  We see significant decisions made by both Chuck and Sarah that make this immediately “alternate”.  Chuck embraces his inner Piranha.  Funny how in canon he didn’t really remember his hacker past until S5, well this time he will use his skills to work on taking control of his life quite early.  Whether that means researching the Intersect or giving himself privacy when he wants it.
Sarah also makes a change, instead of denying the “incident”, she has an honest talk with Chuck.  This has a far bigger impact on the story than just the obvious.  Chuck and Sarah will still have some major issues to face, but this time that is done more together and at a much earlier date.
Things unfold rapidly from there, things that played out over a longer a period in canon, starting with Ellie being read in.  But look for the 2.0, Orion, Frost all to come at them fast.  It’s almost like the whole series in a few months which makes things breathless and exciting.  The pace of the updates is almost as breathless as the pace of the story. Zettel has written 51 chapters in 51 days! Granted they are shorter chapters, but dang!  This is a sort of excitement I haven’t felt in fan fiction for years.  Every time I open my browser I’m thinking something new could be up, its awesome! (Devon would be proud!)
So far the story would be rated PG-13 for some mildly intense action and violence and would require a couple days to read.  I believe we’re into the last act (maybe 10 chapters to go?) but only time will tell. And at this pace, not very much time!

The second story to mention is updating almost as rapidly.   Sarah vs The Life Unexpected by David.Carner is the best sort of fluff piece. Really. It says so right in the author’s description, along with the warning it may cause diabetes.  It almost shockingly sweet, and that is a big part of the fun of it.  There are two major changes to canon right from the start.  You remember in the Pilot when Morgan tells Chuck that Bryce remembered his birthday?  Well no worries this time, when Morgan sees who the e-mail is from he deletes it without saying a word. Perfect.  And apparently just before that when Sarah took baby Molly to her mom, Emma said “only if we raise her together”.
So the story starts five years later.  Some not entirely happy things have happened in that time, but the upshot of it has a much more open and mature Sarah Walker running her own security business while raising Molly with Emma.  And a likable and decent but sadder Chuck running a software company while raising Clara.
When Chuck and Sarah meet things unfold at a blistering pace.  Molly is a big part in all the proceedings, beyond precocious.
This story would be rated PG, only for a lot of talk about where babies come from.  It could be read in a few hours. It isn’t done and updates are coming at a rate of several a week, I’m not sure how much further it might go.
Just to make the point about where this is heading, a short add-in is already published and complete. Sarah vs The Life Unexpected: Christmas Time is Here is a holiday piece set only a few months after the parent story and starts with a Chuck and Sarah Bartowski.  This could be no surprise after even one chapter of the original so it spoils nothing.  But it deals with Sarah helping Chuck come to terms with his first Christmas without Ellie.
All of this is great fun, especially for those who just want to have fun with favorite characters.

Next I have a new story by a new writer, Crashing Castle by Dillwg.  This is an action piece, of the sort ninjavanish used to write.  Lots of gunfire and a reasonably knowledgeable description of weapons and capabilities.  Fun in the BOOM sense of the word.  It is nominally set in S3, but it feels more like mid S2 to me.  At least to say Chuck and Sarah are fine but apparently still in a cover situation? It’s early, and I’m not sure yet what significance may be in the author saying S3.  The story is straight forward, bad guys show up to attack Castle. Casey is in the Orange Orange while Chuck and Sarah are across the mall getting stuff for a weekend getaway.  Gunfire ensues.
It might have been early for to me recommend this, its only two chapters in. But its well written and the style is fun.  It might be PG-13 for violence, but again, its early and things could get more graphic?  Currently it could be read in less than an hour.

Lastly, many readers may have noticed there was no update from KateMcK on Its a Wonderful Cover Life this Christmas. But that isn’t quite true.  She posted a ten years later short one-shot called It’s a Wonderful Family Life. I could say it spoils a lot of the main story, but again, we all knew where that was heading anyway!  Kate has not been very active in the community these last couple years but she insists the story will continue. The Author’s Note to this suggests maybe a new chapter before another full year passes? We can always hope!

These last couple months have been the busiest period for fan fiction in several years.  Its been a lot of fun to tag along for the ride.  At this rate, it may not be long before I have another update!

~ Dave 

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So I now have permission to make a disclosure here. It will be interesting if any readers here can guess at or recognize this connection.
But Kelly Dean Jolley, the philosophy professor who writes about Chuck at his blog here;  IS the fan fiction writer Zettel, whose first work I previously recommended in my last fan fiction post. He did not want the connection made prior to his first story being finished.
If you’ve ever thought about fan fiction and waffled, or even if you haven’t thought about it before, this might be the time to check out a story. Zettel is a good writer who tells a fun story. Its called “Chuck vs The Beautiful Creatures” and is sort of a mash up with the 2013 movie “Beautiful Creatures”. But the characters are all Chuck (so its not actually a “crossover”). In many ways calling the Intersect “magic” makes more sense than what we saw in canon! And you remember all those times we discussed “Sarah” and “Agent Walker” like they were two different people? Well Zettel makes good use of his setting to make that almost literally true.

Really, Check this out!

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A New Chuck Website!

sort of…

I’ve recently encountered a website by a fellow Chuck fan that takes a fun and in-depth look at a few fan favorite sort of questions from the show. It’s the sort of analysis that Ernie Davis, if he’s still living, would love!

But the site isn’t really a fan site at all.   It’s the personal musings of a philosophy professor at Auburn University, one Kelly Dean Jolley. Who is apparently a Chuck fan!  This link will take you to  the Chuck posts at the site.  There is really some fun stuff here, especially sorting out Season Three and the Finale.  The writing goes into good depth without being too difficult.

Bonus points, Professor Jolley has also written a book, “Chuck: Real Love in the Spy Life” and includes links to multiple free formats. There is plenty of material here to keep a Chuck fan interested and entertained. Check it out!

~ Dave 


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Fan Fiction Again

One thing with fan fiction output slowed way down, it almost seems like less is going on than actually is.  I was surprised the other day when I took a look at my favorites list to realize there were quite a number of stories I’ve favorited in the last year.  So I guess that means its time for a new post! Continue reading

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Where were you? 10 years ago today…

Today is the 10th anniversary of the first airing of the Chuck pilot.  Over the last couple years the show has finally started to fade from the forefront of my thoughts.  But it’s still had the biggest impact on my life (and spare time!) of any show I’ve seen.  And no, I’m not trying for any silly “how Chuck changed my life” sort of testimonial here; I only mean to say it was the largest hobby any television show ever has been or is likely to be for me.

So this anniversary just has me fondly remembering that first viewing and first experience.  I can’t swear I saw it Monday night.  Not only is Monday always a gym night for my wife and I, but of course, this is football season.  So really good chance I actually watched it on Tuesday.  But I sure do remember that first viewing!

My wife always insists she had read about the show in a magazine or something and told me about it. I mostly just remember the previews during Sunday Night Football.  It’s always a good sign when I laugh several times in a preview.  I had no doubt this was something to check out. And it sure didn’t disappoint.  I’ve said here before, Chuck may have been the most completely satisfying pilot I ever saw.  I have had many favorite shows over the years, and I still have a few that I eagerly look forward to every week.  But dang Chuck was something special.  I still can’t believe how much I enjoyed this show.  Every week I was excited.  Even when I was steaming mad at the choices the writers made there was never even a question of missing an episode*.  It had a hold on me!

To this day I read Chuck fan fiction, even if the amount of new stuff has slowed way down. I still hope for a movie some day.  And I still miss the daily discussion/celebration/argument at this site. That was the most fun part of the whole experience!

Sorry if this didn’t deliver the sort of deep analysis and retrospective this show may have deserved on its tenth anniversary.  But feel free to correct my failing in comments below!  Once again, I would love to hear from old friends and new fans.

~ Dave 

* – such absolute statements do not apply to rewatches; complete, thematic or otherwise!

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Is the CIA Operating in Northern Michigan?

Processed with MOLDIV

You be the judge.

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Fan Fiction Update

Hi I’m Dave and like to welcome you all to this new web site…

I think we just set a record for longest period between posts here at Chuck This. Sadly, this may be the new normal.  I still have a couple ideas percolating in my little brain, but for now things will likely remain slow.  But, as I’ve said before, don’t mistake slow for completely dead (!).  And since there is still a trickle of new fan fiction being published I thought I would take that as an excuse for a new post.

So once again, after the jump… Continue reading

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Guest Post: Music for Chuck

We’ve offered this forum from time to time to guest writers.  And now seems like a great time to make that offer again.  Many readers may already be aware of Anthropocene from his regular comments here, and his outstanding hypothetical Season 6 of Chuck at  So many of you may realize how big a role music plays for him as a fan.  With no further ado, Anthropocene on Chuck Music.

Do You Still Hear Them?

Music was a defining characteristic of Chuck, right from the iconic opening credits sequence set to an instrumental sample of “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake. The complex soundtrack by Tim Jones—finally released to eager fans just a little more than a year ago—fit the dramedic nature of the series like a glove: at times playful, at times deadly serious—always authentically “spy,” with just the right hints of Bondian chords. Over the course of 91 episodes, the Tim Jones soundtrack was skillfully interwoven with hundreds of eclectic musical cues, selected by the celebrated musical director Alexandra (Alex) Patsavas. The playlist leaned heavily on alternative/indie rock songs, frequently by artists somewhat out of the mainstream, but once in a while we’d hear a classic Neil Diamond or Journey ballad, a Western-movie showdown theme by Ennio Morricone, or a rowdy Oingo Boingo tune. Episode 2.5, “Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer,” was essentially plotted around the eponymous hit by Rush. Continue reading

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Chuck in Overview: The Complete Series, Part 2

So another re-watch is complete, and we’re all several years older.  How have perspectives changed?  How does the show still effect us?  Why do some of us still visit this site?!

After the jump let’s take a brief look at Chuck, a few years on…

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Goodbye (5.13)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK’S FINAL MISSION BRINGS HIM BACK TO HIS ROOTS AS HE FIGHTS TO SAVE HIS FUTURE – ANGUS MACFADYEN AND LINDA HAMILTON GUEST STAR — Chuck (Zachary Levi) enlists his family, friend and some unexpected allies as he races to stop Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfadyen, “Braveheart”) from destroying everything Chuck has built over the past five years.

Chuck This Ranking: 38
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower

First Impressions: Chuck vs Sarah and Goodbye – First Impressions

Full Write-Ups: Chuck vs the Goodbye (5.12) by Dave and Joe
A Grief Observed – A Hope Retained (Chuck vs The Goodbye) by Thinkling
Coming to Terms with Goodbye by Dave
Chuck vs Goodbye (Review) by Faith

Alternatives: Finale Alternatives and Epilogues by Dave


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