2012, The Year of Chuck
No, we’re not messing with the order of the re-watch again, slightly delayed from both the new year and the anniversary of the last episode of Chuck, we’re pausing to take a look back at 2012, the year of Chuck.
It’s hard to believe that it has been a full year since Chuck Versus The Goodbye. In many ways it seems so much longer, having no new episodes or COMICON news or spoilers to fill the Chuck void. In many ways the show lives on, not just in re-watches, but in the Chuck fandom, in the cast and crew’s friendships, and in the hearts of new fans still finding the show and experiencing Chuck for the first time. Join us after the jump to reminisce over the year, and the show that was.
The year started with a lot of nostalgia for the past 5. Production had wrapped and the cast and crew had said their goodbyes in December 2011, but with the finale approaching there were a plethora of interviews and retrospectives and homages too numerous to list. But here are a few of the notable ones.
Alan Sepinwall, always a great fan and supporter of Chuck, had a five part interview with Chuck co-creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak ( Part 1, Part 2, Part3, Part4, Part5 ) as well as both a finale review and a finale interview with Chris Fedak.
Maureen Ryan, also a favorite critic and Chuck fan of the fandom also scored an interview with Chris Fedak prior to the finale, but she chose to allow fans to tweet her their questions, making for an interesting fan experience. She also of course reviewed the finale.
Post Chuck Careers and Appearances
Over at ChuckTV.net there is an excellent series of year-in-review pieces for the Chuck cast and creators, so little needs to be said here, but certainly I’ll note the cast re-union at Zach’s NerdHQ during COMICON was a highlight for me.
Notable Nods and Selected Shout-outs
Let’s end the year with a few notable nods to Chuck or the cast that I’ve seen on the inter-webs recently as part of the year in review a lot of sites like to do. From buddytv.com
TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2012
#65 Mercedes Masohn, 666 Park Avenue and The Finder
#49 Olivia Munn, The Newsroom
#47 Kristin Kreuk, Beauty and the Beast
#26 Rachel Bilson, Hart of Dixie
#12 Lauren Cohan, The Walking Dead
#6 Yvonne Strahovski, Dexter and Chuck
#3 Jordana Brewster, Dallas
I thought it interesting that all of Chuck’s ex’s, Lou, Jill and Hannah all made the list as well as Sarah (Though Jill coming in ahead of Sarah is downright criminal), not to mention the original Greta, Zondra and Vivian Volkoff thrown in for good measure. 😉 Oh, and just for MyNameIsJeffAndImLost…
#8 Stana Katic, Castle
Other notables include a nice tip o’ the hat from TV Guide, as well as the fan inspired finish at TV.com (All that much sweeter because we finally beat House). Chuck also is mentioned in some Best TV of 2012 lists at Zap2it.com and TVsurveilance.
We’re Still Flying
And if you’re nostalgic for the days when Chuck fans used to dominate every online poll or contest (except for those Supernatural bastards who stole out TV guide cover!) you can vote at TVGuide for the shows you’d most like to bring back. Sadly as of this posting Chuck has dropped from first to 5th place, but Firefly is in first so that’s something.
Chuck, Firefly, Wonderfalls, Freaks and Geeks and Veronica Mars if you were curious.
One of the major themes of the finale, and the season was that the people who love you, and who you love, change you, forever, in ways you can’t predict, or stop, or lose. In the end, for the Chuck team, while they formed a bond with their characters and their crew, they also formed a bond, an inseparable one with their fans. They and this show have changed us all, from the way we look at TV, to the way we participate as fans. So the show lives on in the hearts of it’s fans as well as in the fandom and the legions of fans who haven’t yet found the show, and who knows maybe in that movie some day.
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