Behind the scenes we’ve been watching as the counter ticked away, and Friday morning while we were all sleeping it happened. We reached 1.5 million hits. We wanted to take the time to thank those who read and those who post for their support and invaluable contributions. Why not wait till 2 million? Well because we may not get there for a while. The show is over, readership is naturally dropping off, and even at present rates it would take nearly 2 years to reach that goal. Coincidentally just about as long as a weekly re-watch of every Chuck episode. Things are changing here at ChuckThisBlog. We’re slowing down and as our favorite Costa Gravan marriage councilors said, while that sweet jungle love doesn’t have to change, change is inevitable. Join us after the jump for some of our thoughts on the future of ChuckThisBlog.
I suppose if you’d told me when I slid that first Chuck DVD into the player to check out the show that it would turn into a nearly obsessive hobby for the next 3 years I’d have thought you a bit crazy. Now I find the fact that I still do this, and still want to do this, perfectly normal. The love is still there.
I like to think that people are still discovering Chuck, and will still discover Chuck for years to come. I didn’t discover Firefly till the fall of 2005 when a SciFi marathon of the series for the upcoming release of Serenity and my rainy vacation in late September coincided. When that Chuck movie results in a few people checking out the back-story of that series, I want us to be here. I want that for a simple reason. Firefly was like a shooting star. It died young and never in my opinion suffered the growing pains, the awkward teen years, or the infirmities of age that other shows sometimes do. Chuck wasn’t always easy, and it was sort of an odd duck to begin with, but I like to think we helped each other through the rough spots, and can continue to do so.
So here’s the plan. This Sunday we are starting a re-watch. Starting with episode 1, the pilot we plan to watch one episode per week. More or less. As I mentioned, things are slowing down, we are moving on to new pass-times along with our readers, but we want to keep the blog and the connection with all of you and our favorite show going, so we’re not making this a rigorous thing, just pledging that starting this Sunday, roughly once a week, usually Sunday nights, some subset of us will share whatever thoughts we have on the next episode of Chuck until we reach the end.
Is this the end of the blog? Certainly not. We just want to assure you that there will be new stuff to discover here, so keep stopping by, tell your web friends and all your Chuck twitter friends and neighbors, because that describes the minimum. As we get new posters who have stumbled on to Chuck the discussion could get lively, or one of us might be inspired upon seeing the show through new eyes to write some epic ode to Morgan’s awesomeness. And when that movie deal is closed, we’ll be here waiting. What? It could happen… It’s Chuck, a show where magical kisses make sense. Anything is possible.
It’s pretty awesome just how active this site has been for the last three years. Suffice to say, I’ve never been a part of anything quite like this before. It’s been so much fun to be able to discuss a show I love with equally committed
lunatics fans. I think the discussing has led to an even higher level of enthusiasm and investment than I started with. I feel like some good friendships have been made too. That is a very strange thing to me. I have no doubt these are mostly “one issue” sort of friendships; but even so, the shared passion, lively debates, and often unexpected shifts in viewpoints and alliances (!) have made this a very exciting and fun meeting spot. And none of you have ever made fun of how I talk or dress, bonus.
The only real problem is my little Chuck hobby has gotten bigger than my wife’s more legitimate art lessons and Interior Design sites, so really, head on over to those sites right now. And sign up for her art classes if you happen to be passing through southeastern Michigan. Be sure she knows this has nothing to do with Chuck. Nothing at all. We’ll get her up to 1.5 million in no time…