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 fanfiction.net. 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
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…
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
NBC Synopsis: SARAH MUST KEEP A SECRET FROM CHUCK IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH A MISSION — ANGUS MACFADYEN GUEST STARS AS ‘NICHOLAS QUINN’ — After a harrowing mission, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) returns to Chuck (Zachary Levi) with a huge secret. Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) are presented with a new opportunity that could change their lives.
Chuck This Ranking: 26
Dave’s Ranking: Much Lower
First Impressions: Chuck vs Sarah and Goodbye First Impressions
Full Write Up: Episode 5.12 by Dave, Joe and Thinkling
NBC Synopsis: A MISSION ABOARD A JAPANESE BULLET TRAIN SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL, PUTTING THOSE CLOSEST TO CARMICHAEL INDUSTRIES IN DANGER – ANGUS MACFADYEN GUEST STARS — When a mission in Japan becomes a hostage situation, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) must face the merciless Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfadyen, “Braveheart”) aboard a speeding Japanese bullet train. Meanwhile, the mission leaves Casey with an impossible decision.
Chuck This Ranking: 23
Dave’s Ranking: 30 lower
First Impressions: 5.11 Chuck vs The Bullet Train – First Impressions
Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Bullet train (5.11) by Dave and Joe
Plans, Trains, and Chasing the Dream by Thinkling
NBC Synopsis: Chuck and Sarah must go to Vail on one last mission, where they get some help from Bo Derek; Jeff and Lester continue their mission.
Chuck This Ranking: 48
Dave’s Ranking: 20 lower
First Impressions: 5.10 Chuck vs Bo – First Reactions!
Full Write Ups: Chuck vs Bo (5.10) by Dave and Joe
Those Were the Days by Thinkling
NBC Synopsis: GERTRUDE VERBANSKI RETURNS WITH A MISSION FOR CHUCK AND A PROPOSITION FOR CASEY — CARRIE-ANNE MOSS GUEST STARS — While Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) contemplate the next step for Carmichael Industries, Casey’s (Adam Baldwin) forbidden love, Gertrude Verbanski (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss, “The Matrix”), walks back into his life with a questionable mission in South Beach. Meanwhile, Jeff’s (Scott Krinsky) enhanced intelligence leads he and Lester (Vik Sahay) to suspect that something unusual may be happening at the Buy More.
Chuck This Ranking: 55
Dave’s Ranking: 10 lower
First Reactions: 5.09 Chuck vs The Kept Man – Reactions
Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Kept Man (5.09) by Dave and Joe
NBC Synopsis: SARAH’S PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT HER AND THREATENS THOSE CLOSEST TO HER — CHERYL LADD AND TIM DEKAY GUEST STAR — Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) is forced to confront a secret from her past and feels she must do so alone, while Chuck (Zachary Levi) urges her to let him help. When Sarah encounters her original handler, Kieran Ryker (guest star Tim Dekay, “White Collar”), she fears that he will harm those closest to her, including her mom (guest star Cheryl Ladd, “Las Vegas”).
Chuck This Ranking: 8
Dave’s Ranking: 3
First Impressions: Chuck vs The Baby
Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Baby (5.08) by Dave and Joe
Oh Baby, What An Episode! by Joe
Sarah: Then and Now… by Thinkling
Alternatives: Season Five Alternatives: Zoom to Baby by Dave
NBC Synopsis: Chuck and Sarah learn who is trying to destroy Carmichael Industries; Ellie’s Christmas plans come undone; a computer virus threatens to ruin Christmas at Buy More.
Chuck This Ranking: 36
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower
First Impressions: 5.07: Chuck vs The Santa Suit – First Impressions
Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Santa Suit (5.07) by Dave and Joe
The 12 Days of Chuckmas – Chuck vs The Santa Suit by Thinkling
NBC Synopsis: A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY GIVES ELLIE AND AWESOME A DATE NIGHT THEY WILL NEVER FORGET — REBECCA ROMIJN GUEST STARS –Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) race against time to take down a dangerous computer virus, pitting them against Robyn Cunnings (guest star Rebecca Romijn), a ruthless spy who will stop at nothing to get what she needs. Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome’s (Ryan McPartlin) date night takes a dangerous turn and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is sent on a special mission to recover Chuck’s P.A.N.T.S.
Chuck This Ranking: 84
Dave’s Ranking: I agree
First Impressions: 5.06 Chuck vs The Curse: Specs and Reacts!
Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Curse (5.06) by Dave and Joe
Romance, Torture, Spies, and the Bartowski Stupid Stick by Thinkling