The Haitus, She Is Over
Daniel Fienberg has put up the last part of his interview with Josh Schwartz, on the coming season of Chuck. The discussion is surprisingly far ranging, and yes indeed, covers issues near and dear to our Chuck-lovin’ hearts.
JS is asked about the structure of each episode, and I’m struck by the complexity that they, the writers, crew and on-screen talent, have to manage.
HitFix: Within that structure, is it sometimes hard to remember you have to service the Buy More characters?
JS: It’s not hard, because we love servicing those characters. The show is a very complicated show to do and we have unbelievable writers who are balancing all of these elements. We’ve gotta service the spy story of the week. We’ve got to service the larger mythology story, the Chuck-Sarah dynamic, Chuck and Casey, there’s the Buy More dynamic, there’s Chuck and his sister, there’s Ellie and Captain Awesome, there’s Chuck and Morgan’s dynamic, there’s Big Mike running the store. We really try to get a lot in every episode and sometimes it is a challenge, because we don’t want to feel like we’re arbitrarily going back to the Buy More, so we try to design the show in a way where even if Chuck can’t intersect, no pun intended, with the Buy More world in that episode, thematically, what he’s going through is similar to what, say, Morgan is going through. And then sometimes we have episodes where everything converges at the Buy More.
And of course, the interview can’t proceed without asking about Charah. JS ends by telling his his approach to angst.
HitFix: I hate to tip-toe down this road, but when you think of the priorities that you guys have for the show, how high up is Chuck-Sarah as a love-match on your list?
JS: Oh, it’s very high. We always say Chuck and Ellie’s relationship is the soul of the show and that Chuck and Sarah is, in a lot of ways, the heart of the show. We’ve had episodes that we’ve looked at and we’ve said, “It’s pretty good, but there’s something that seems off” and then we’ll add a Chuck-Ellie scene and suddenly the show feels more complete in a way that might surprise people. But Chuck-Sarah is something we know that a lot of viewers are very invested in. We love watching them together. And at the same time we’re sensitive to how long can we keep them apart? We’ve brought in some obstacles for them, romantic obstacles, in the form of Brandon Routh and Kristin Kreuk. Those stories are going to be more complicated than they originally seem as just romantic obstacles. But at the same time, we don’t want to make people feel exhausted by will-they-or-won’t-they. So I’ll just promise that you will not feel that way. I won’t say how or why or when, but just that we get it and we’re gonna own it this year.
Maybe it’s me, or the mood I’m in. But that doesn’t seem so bad. Mr. Schwartz seems to know all the buzz words used by the (vocal) fans on the boards, and to my eyes, it looks very much like he knows what the fans think.
Doesn’t seem so bad? It seems downright great!
The interview wouldn’t be complete without one big spoiler:
JS: [Avatar‘s James] Cameron’s a huge “Chuck” fan.
It’s worth the time to read the whole thing.