I’m glad to see you all made it back from Grandma’s safely. Perfect timing, too. Tonight we have 3 (count ’em, 3) episodes of Chuck being broadcast on NBC; Anniversary, Aisle of Terror and First Fight. That’s pretty timely, because Dave and Thinkling will be discussing Aisle of Terror later this week, and Ernie and I will be delving into First Fight a little after we recover from the New Years Eve parties.
Well, I assume we’ll recover. 😉
Over the years Chuck fans have had to endure many intervals without new episodes. You remember. There was the writer’s strike during season 1, the infamous gap between Santa Claus and 3-D that was extended by presidential fiat (is it a coincidence that the political fortunes of this President have shifted since that mis-calculation? I think not!), and of course the threatened 10 month gap between season 2 and season 3. We’ve developed some survival skills and some ways to mitigate the jitters and depression that comes along with these long lay-offs. There’s only three weeks left until Chuck vs. The Balcony, but if you’re finding the wait difficult to endure, here are some tips.
Re-watch recent episodes on NBC.com or Hulu. Even if you’ve seen them two or three times already, you’ll be amazed at how much you missed. You’ll be even more surprised at how the passing of time changes the emphasis and import of certain scenes.
Re-watch old episodes on DVD (or if you have them, your DVR). You have the DVDs, right? Surely *someone* bought you Season 3 for Christmas! Just yesterday I saw The Pilot and Helicopter again and guess what! I picked up on a “call-back” that totally went over my head the first four times I watched Leftovers – Stephen used riddles to verify Ellie and Chuck had possession of his computer, and Bryce used a riddle to get Chuck to open his e-mail. Of course, *you* saw that. I just love finding these little gems.
Work on your Music from Chuck play-lists. New music becomes available all the time from iTunes and your local bookstore-that-still-sells-CDs and Amazon. Maybe you or your older brother have a copy of some of the music from the ’70s and ’80s (ahem – “I Can See Clearly Now” – Johnny Nash, “Africa” – Jeffster Toto…). There’s always more to be added to your iPod. Playing some of those songs again is like experiencing a particular scene with the High-Def, 70 inch, Surround-Sound with Dolby 5.2 system of your imagination. It can’t be beat! Don’t forget to exercise to your favorite playlist. Long walks taken to the music of Arcade Fire or Frightened Rabbit will give you a whole new level of appreciation, even in winter! Me, I’ve got about two inches of global warming to shovel today, so my tunes will come in handy.
Continue to visit your favorite Chuck sites on-line. We’re grateful that you visit us here at Chuck This!, but there are other great sites too, like Chuck TV.net, Chuck On-Line, The Chuck NBC Boards (where good discussions are always to be found) and many others. Thanks to the fans, the community is active and vital.
Don’t forget to check out the Season 4 Spoiler Page every so often. News has been hard to come by lately, but I promise to be vigilant and post the good stuff when I find it. Because it’s getting long, we’ll be putting up a separate page for the second half of the season, offering the same (hopefully) early look at promos and Chuck-news collected from around the net and from Twitter.
And speaking of… Check out your friends on Twitter. That’s easy enough, and a great way to get the news incredibly quickly. If you don’t have a Twitter account, go to twitter.com and register for free! Then, what you want to do is search for other Chuck fans by using the search string “#Chuck” (the quotes are not needed) and save that search! Then you’ll posts by everyone who uses that “hash-tag” in their posts; other Chuck fans. You can follow me, @JM_Buckley (I’ll follow you back, too!), and @ChuckThisBlog and it won’t take you long to find many of your friends. Warning: Twitter is addicting! We love long-long-long comments and posts here, but saying something in 140 characters or less is totally different. Need more inducement? Zac, Yvonne, Josh G., Adam, Josh S. and Mark-Christopher are all regular twitterers, as are Ali Adler and Norm Buckley (and his famous sister Betty). About the only person who needs to join the 21st century here is Chris Fedak himself. I understand they’re working on him!
So tell me! With three weeks left, how are you getting by?