I have been reflecting on all the things that made Season 3 good, bad, funny, exciting, etc. We do that very well here at Chuck This, if I do say so myself, and that is a credit to all involved with our little corner of the Chuckiverse. We make it a point here (as I speak for my 3 partners in crime and myself) to keep things civil and open to all points of view-which, if you have participated in other forums (for Chuck or another fandom), can be a challenge. It was in this reflection and consumption of all things Chuck (previews, spoilers, interviews for Season 4-what can I say, my name is Amy and I’m a Chuckaholic!), I found myself truly enjoying the cast. It is in this light that I wish to explore our reactions-how we react to things. More in a moment…
Season 3 was a disaster on many fronts. Ok, that’s just my opinion here, but I know a lot of you echo that sentiment. Rather than rehashing the why of it all (which we do very well here in various posts), I would just gently remind everyone of the people behind the show. Yes, I raise my hand gingerly in acknowledgement of some rather stinging criticism of TPTB. I am certainly guilty-I wish I had Joe’s positivity all of the time. I am not really backing off of that criticism-I think most of it was rational, well thought out, and honest in my assessment of the season. We all have various levels of where we would rate the season, on a scale from 1 to 10. Knowing that the timing of production and release of the episodes of Season 3 is really what I am trying to get to. Love them (episodes), hate them-the scheduling really left no time for TPTB to react to the vitriol that their work produced. The actors are caught in the middle.
My opinion of the Chuck cast is very high. They strike me as humble, appreciative, hardworking, and really cool. They cannot control what the writers bring to the page and with Season 3, I feel they did the best they could with very uneven material. I’ve been watching the S3 Blooper reel, Comic Con interviews, and other snippets of info. One of the clips I’d seen was them filming some of the stuff between Yvonne and Nicole Ritchie. It was like 0200 (that’s 2 a.m. for you civilian types 🙂 ) and they were still shooting. It was shot by Zac Levi on one of his live streams. I’ve seen clips where they talk about the long hours and how they appreciate the fans support-that is why they enjoy Comic Con/fan interaction so much. That is one of the few times they really get feedback. That is the insulation I speak of.
This season, we have a shorter flash to bang-it will be much sooner between filming and screening. The dreaded TPTB have gone out of their way to issue mea culpas (that’s how I read their statements of having “learned their lesson”) and have been more generous than “normal” to feed the beast-er…uh…..fans….with information. I guess I’m saying is that while it is ok to be critical, take into account the people who are bringing the show to us. I will in no way morph into a cheerleader, blindly thanking the writers/producers for what they have put out for our consumption, ala “thank you, may I have another?” (The Shaw arc comes to mind). And while I would love to hang out with Zac, Yvonne, and Adam to try and suss out their opinions of last season, I know I would never hear them, as they are all too professional to dish. Even poor Brandon Routh, who tried to remain professional and diplomatic in his comments, was left with trying to act out a character without purpose or direction.
I don’t know what Season 4 will bring. I have ideas and speculation and a few spoilers. Other than that, I have to try and enjoy the ride along with all of you. I will just try to remember that the cast-insulated from feedback (which can be good and bad), are doing a heck of a job with what they are given. If they weren’t I would have stopped watching at Season 1. Criticism will surely come, but I’m trying to make sure I know exactly where I’m aiming this season before I unleash it. -amyabn