We’re kind of at a low point now for official Chuck activity, and this site has shown it. Over a month since the season finale, and several weeks yet until we’re likely to hear any real news about S4. But there is still plenty new to read over at FanFiction.net. So I thought I’d take some time to talk about a few more favorites of mine and update things that have been discussed before.
For tradition sake, and to prove I truly have no imagination, I’ll discuss three stories that haven’t wound up in the main body of the blog before. The three of these stories are from throughout the history of the show, and two have been mentioned in the comments section of these entries before.
The first I want to mention is “Sarah vs. the Long Flight” by Go-Chuck-Go. Its quite an old story now, first published in December of 2007; so that’s before S1 had even finished (between 1.11 and 1.12 to be precise) which means several things will come up that we later know to be impossible, so just remember the S1 reference point. Its a sequel to “Chuck vs. His Reality”, if you’re ambitious, read both. But honestly, the sequel is far stronger. Go-Chuck-Go obviously put more care (and a more thorough beta process) into the second story. But the story’s hook is inspired and the reason for my consistent recommendation of this story. It picks up after Chuck has reason to believe Sarah and Casey both are trying to kill him; so he flees “off the grid.” We know from the start its all a misunderstanding, but the government wants their intersect back, and its quickly clear Sarah has other plans. Suffice to say, Go-Chuck-Go’s version of Sarah has been inspired by Yvonne herself, which leads to a unique resolution. Its a fairly short story that can be read in two hours or less, and there are no major content concerns.
The next piece I want to mention is a one-shot, that is a single chapter, called “Finally” by Aardvark7734 who should be familiar to all regular readers of this site as a valued contributor. It was written mid S2 on the premise of the intersect project coming to an end in the near future. Its Chuck’s last attempt to reach Sarah before she is reassigned. Its a fun piece than can be read in 15 minutes and has no content concerns at all.
The last thing I want to mention is a massive work in progress called “What Fates Impose” by Frea O’Scanlin. The author is a brilliant narrative story-teller and captures the feel of the show, including minor characters, very well. “What Fates Impose” is a complete Chuck AU; that is, it starts in September of 2007 with a completely alternate beginning and back-story. It seems Chuck was never kicked out of Stanford, and he joined the CIA right after graduation. But things didn’t go so well from there, and he wound up a failure in a secure bunker in Siberia. Bryce still sends him the intersect on his 26th birthday, and Sarah provides an immediate rescue from said bunker to get things off to an exciting start; but things are otherwise quite different in this setting. The writer is currently 28 chapters in and we’re only just past the 2007 Thanksgiving gathering. As I said, this is epic stuff. Excellent story telling. My only concern on this work is that updates are coming very slowly; when one considers how far we have to go (the writer has suggested she’s going at least as far as Intersect 2.0), I’m wondering if this will become another abandoned work (several writers have started fun tales they never finished). I hope this story is finished, if it goes the distance, it will be novel length. I would allow 5 to 6 hours just to read the work so far; its a great story so far and Frea O’Scanlin has a good narrative style; handles humor, drama, and action well. The content is a little more intense than the previous works I mentioned, let’s say a PG-13.
I need to update previous works I’ve mentioned here too. The Dark Intersect by BillatWork is now complete. This was a long and involved story, that finally has a satisfying end. For a long time, Bill was providing an example of how to tell a good story with Chuck and Sarah as an established couple; but now that the show itself has gone there, he seems to consider himself obsolete. Hopefully he’ll find more stories he has to tell, I’m already missing his regular updates.
BDaddyDL, another regular poster and friend of this blog, recently finished his first story, “Sarah vs the Death of Charles Bartowski.” Don’t let the title fool you, its a heartwarming and upbeat piece of writing. It only takes about 1 hour to read and would be rated PG. The author has already started work on a sequel that will hopefully start posting soon.
The other work I’ve been commenting on NinjaVanish’s “Chuck and Sarah vs Themselves” continues to update slowly (maybe its just a summer thing!). In his last chapter of this retelling of S3, most of the team had just returned from their mission to Afghanistan, which I don’t seem to recall actually happening in S3; so this seems to be getting more “AU” as it goes! I’m really excited to see where this goes next.