Oh To Be In San Diego, Now That Chuck Is Here!
Please note that I’ve updated this with yet another video from ComicCon.
This was the day! The Chuck panel convened at ComicCon and thanks to the magic of modern technology, was instantly viewed world wide by legions. And me. I can tell you the net effect in just five words: I wish I was there!
Okay, so this is my quick (and sadly incomplete) transcription of the panel today. I’m new to the concept of “live-blogging”, so please realize that this is not going to be a perfect rendition, and when you see quotes here, it’s really my paraphrasing. For more, please try Hit-Fix’s professional reporting!
I’d like to thank Lindsey Shoemaker (@ShoeLin_1685) for her twit-casting, and everyone who did live ‘casts and tweets during the panel.
The panel started with this video where Morgan tries to convince Chris Fedak that he’s not ready to be the Intersect. Zac, of course, tries to convince him that he is, all to the music of Jeffster doing Eye of the Tiger. So if you were worried about S5 and the Morgensect, don’t be. It’s pretty clear that everyone involved understands your concerns and also thinks the effort is doomed.
In attendance: Mark Christopher Lawrence, Scott Krinski and Vik Sahay, Ryan McPartlin, Adam Baldwin, Josh Gomez, Zac Levi and Chris Fedak. Sarah Lancaster did send her apologies for being unable to attend.
One of the bigger news stories from SDCC will be that Yvonne’s hair is shorter now. Personally, I think it looks fantastic, but then again, I’m biased.
About Season 5 being the last season, Chris Fedak says they’re going out on their own terms, and is glad for that.
Zac Levi: Thanks the fans for that opportunity – to go out on their own terms.
Josh Gomez is asked about his reaction to being the Intersect in S5 – “Holy Crap!” is his answer.
A Question to Chris Fedak: Is Chuck okay with Morgan being the Intersect? CF: Yeah, but Chuck is about thinking the solution (to the problem at hand). “What happens when you take away Superman’s cape? Chuck will have to be smart, just like he’s always been.”
Q to Yvonne Strahovski: What do you hope for the character? YS: hopes to take “a bit of a break from the lime-light” – “Let Morgan have it.” Her favorite episode was Thailand.
Adam Baldwin: He has a new love interest? Casey has met his love-match. Zac (?) suggests Betty White be cast as Gertrude Verbanski, Casey’s new love.
Casting News: CF – Mark Hamill as the first villain of the new season.
Q for Ryan McPartlin: Is Awesome gravitating back to Chuck’s world? RM: Morgan’s hair has morphed to be like Captn. Awesome’s. With Casey’s romance, “is there even room for Awesome?” Oh, sure, he says. He has to take care of Clara.
CF jokes Ellie is NOT being killed off in episode #1.
Q: What’s happening with the Buy Morons? Vik: What? We’re not going to be addressed individually??? Scott Krinski: “Vik says he actually gets some scenes this season.”
SK: “Can you elaborate, Fedak?”
CF: This is the season where it all falls apart for Jeffster (Awwwws from the audience). They will go out with a bang. Someone may not survive the season (CF points to Vik! – a joke). Adam wants Vik (or Lester) to die.
Adam is not convinced the show will end this year. Ryan wants a “feature trilogy.”
Q: What chance to we have for Casey-Morgan spin-off? VS: “The ‘really odd’ couple?” AB: We’re a family show – don’t want to break that up.
Q To Zac – About ComicCon – enough of a sci-fi component (in Chuck) to make it a fit. “Obviously everyone here is a Firefly fan.” Zac’s emotional at this point, and offers free hugs, free high-fives all weekend.
Q: to Ryan and Chris – What about Ellie & Awesome? CF: It’s back to basics this season. Ellie will have a great deal to do with the family business.
Q: What is your favorite stunt? – ZL: “Falling into a pool with Adam.” YS: “The Catwalk scene.” AB: “When Zac fell off the roof and I caught him. They went without the pads.” (Heh). RM: “When he stabbed Routh in the heart with a needle to revive him.” SK: “When I passed out.”
Q for Yvonne: Do you find American accents sexy. Josh Gomez: “Creepy question line forms here!” Yvonne giggles.
Q for anyone: Why is Chuck’s brain so special if EVERYONE is getting the intersect? The audience cheers this question CF: [pantomimes a quick re-write of EVERYTHING.] It (the Intersect) affects everyone differently. “Morgan will
cross his hips frost his tips by the 3rd episode.” At that, Yvonne wants to see Morgan’s flash-face.
Q: Will there be a Chuck afterlife? CF: “No matter what, the adventure will continue.” The way he’s always seen it, the end is prologue. There should be a spin-off.
Q: How much input do (you) have into the characters. VS: (Joking) “Very little.” ZL: “Quite a bit.” YS: “In the beginning, a lot.” CF: “The actors are very much building the characters. With the fast turnaround, a lot.” Adam takes credit for the appearance of Ronald Reagan in the show.
Q: Let’s have an episode where Chuck is actually asked to ComicCon. The cast says they would love it.
Q: “Casey or Jayne?” AB: “We are out of time.” Audience: “Jayne!” AB: “This is a Chuck panel; Casey would win.”
CF: thanks everyone for all the support.
ZL. “You’re epic. So epic. Awesome. All the time, money you’ve spent.” He’s tearing up.
I finished watching the twitter-cast and came away overwhelmed. These guys love what they’ve been doing and it shows through, if uniquely in each cast member. Scott Krinski, for instance, looks like an old pro who appreciates everything and is taking the ending in stride. Zac looks like he’s proud of what he’s done, isn’t quite ready to let it go completely yet, but is already looking forward to the next thing.
I have no doubt that the cast and especially Chris Fedak are sensitive to what the fans are thinking and how they react to the plot lines that have been introduced so far. It’s pretty clear that they sincerely believe we’ll enjoy what’s coming.
Update: Faith provides this link to Mo Ryan’s Chuck Panel Coverage and Post-Panel Cast Interview.
And Another Update!: Yvonne gives her opinion about Sarah’s reaction to Chuck without the Intersect and Morgan with!