The Fat Lady Isn’t Singing, But She Is Warming Up
No, it’s not over for us yet, so don’t despair. We have nine episodes left to see. But as Yvonne noted days ago, the end of Chuck is here for the cast and for many of the crew.
I’m amazed that many of the other cast members have tweeted about this. I guess I shouldn’t be. Zac and Josh have always admitted to being techo-nerds, and twitter is where the action is at the moment (I’m sure that’ll change tomorrow). That explains why they tweeted. I always suspected that, as a group, they were the sentimental sort (ya hear that, Adam? U 2!). So the mention of tears is not surprising to me at all.
I don’t think I’m invading their privacy, but in passing, I’ll say that I suspect there’s bitter-sweet truth behind Josh’s and Zac’s humorous lines.
These people are a bit special, aren’t they? Ernie wrote a marvelous piece just recently about how the business model for television has changed. One other thing that’s changing, I think, is the relationship between the stars and the fans. They have to be much more accessible than they ever were before. Of course, the cast of Chuck has been on the front lines of this revolution (that’s what it is, really) by being so involved with social media. And boy, have they been involved.
Well, the stars of many other shows do that too. But these guys really want communicate with the fans, and that is something I find unique and amazing. I must say, getting a personal response back from any of them is a joy – and it’s not particularly uncommon.
The fear is that we’ll miss that joy in the future, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
We’ve seen for years now that the fans of Chuck are an engaged group. We recognize plainly that this comes from the top. It starts with Zac Levi, of course, who’s made a habit of spreading his energy to the rest of the cast, guests, crew and fans. It’s harder to see, but I believe that he gets this from many places (family and friends, most certainly) and from people we’ve been routinely calling TPTB. Yeah, some are studio execs, much more concerned about the bottom line and “the next big thing” than about the health and welfare of one little show (much less the satisfaction of the fans). But some, Chris Fedac and Josh Schwartz among them, are more than business men. We’d know if they didn’t care about the fans, because Zac and Yvonne and the rest would stop caring after a few 16 hour days of shooting. The work world will do that to you. So if this is a “good-bye, for now” to the cast and crew, I want to extend that to those whose faces we didn’t see so often.
Their faces may not be as pretty, but I’m convinced their hearts are.
Sarah: You know, someday, when the Intersect is out of your head and you have the life you always wanted, you’ll forget all about me.
Chuck: I seriously doubt that.
But like I said, it’s not done for us yet. We may be seeing Zac and Yvonne and Josh and Adam and the rest move on to bigger and better things, but Chuck, Sarah, Morgan and Casey aren’t gone yet.
Quick Update: I’ve been hoping to see this for days, and almost thought it wasn’t going to happen. We’re going to see Mama B one more time.