For Other Than Season Three…
Unbelievable but true! There are stories being written about things other than Season Three of Chuck! Actually, there’s been a lot of good stuff going on recently. Most of it, I believe, is of the complete Alternate Universe variety. And a lot of it is really outstanding. So this time, after the jump, we’ll look at a few recent complete AUs.
I think the single most appealing aspect of the Chuck phenomena is the characters themselves. Starting with Chuck and Sarah, and continuing through a whole assortment of charming, goofy or relate-able figures. So its hardly surprising that a favorite pass time for many fans is putting them into new situations. It pleases me especially that so many writers are still at it over a year after the show ended. So with no further time wastage on my part, let’s get right to another assortment of stories.
A very fun AU that starts with a Pilot alternate is “A Good Man Goes to War” by ygbsm. This story has a Chuck who’s already a government agent of some sort. That puts it in the broad genre of stories I call “Macho Chuck” stories. That does mean some of the ordinary guy/fish out of water aspect that was so key to the original series is sacrificed. But the tone here is sweet and fun enough to overcome that handicap. In fact, what is gained, a very over-the-top James Bond/Avengers/Sky Captain sort of spy-tech comic book action is well told and tons of fun. The story got off to a fast start, Chuck and Sarah seem to like each other a lot, oh and the Intersect comes with a humorous twist I won’t give away. So far the story could be read in 90 minutes or so, but I have no idea how long it might go. I would rate it PG-13 for comic book sort of action violence.
Movie adaptions have been very popular in the fandom recently. Many of them have been extremely good too. The latest is no exception. I’ve also recommended other works by dettiot; so its no surprise the latest would be fun too. Its “The Fairy Tale of Sarah Walker” and its adapted from the movie Sabrina. This is just very well written and lots of fun. The source material is more of a pure romance, but the spy world has a role to play here as well. The catch is, this Sarah Walker is maybe a little more young and naive than in canon. We have a romantic rivalry of sorts between Bryce Larkin and his older half-brother Chuck Bartowski. What’s that? Did Dave just recommend a story with a built in love triangle? Well yeah. And it is interesting. This Sarah may be younger but she’s no dummy; and Bryce may be a convenient tool as she wrestles with the same sort of career vs love issues canon Sarah did. The construction of the plot is clever, and the parallels to both sources are intriguing. So far its only five chapters in and could be read in a couple hours. I would guess we’re around a third done. I would call it a PG rating, but the writer tagged it a “T” which is typically more like a PG-13 so it may get rougher in some aspect in the future.
edit: Wow I misread that one! Dettiot has posted this story will run seven chapters. So call it short but sweet!
My next recommendation is post-series. It is “Chuck Versus the Lost Years” by Angus MacNab. I promised some months ago I would warn readers if I ever recommend a post-finale story where Sarah doesn’t leave the beach with Chuck. Well that is the case here. And I have to admit, when I first started this story I thought it was too dark for my taste. The first few chapters are kind of tough. So I gave up on it. But Angus is an occasional visitor to this site and someone I often agree with. And I love his other on-going tale (“Sarah Versus the Farm“), so when other readers recommended the tale, and Angus gave his sales pitch, I decided to give it another try in a few months when it was complete. Best decision ever. This story is awesome. It is post-series, it takes place over a few months time, and its Chuck and Sarah’s next adventure. Beyond that, I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say it is high adventure and intensely romantic. I really can’t imagine any reader with sensibilities similar to my own being at all disappointed. So bite that bullet, get through those opening chapters, and be ready for an awesome ride. This is certainly among that upper crust of the very, very best post-series AUs. The story is now complete and can be read in about ten hours (novel length). I would call it rated R for both painful violence and passionate, well, uh… you know.
Other favorites are on-going.
“Chuck VS Life, Love, & Lies” by Uplink2 has entered its 3rd Act.
Jason75 (AKA Old Resorter) has been updating “Chuck vs The Long Island Debutante” after a hiatus and reports he has a few more ideas for new mysteries.
“Chuck vs the U-boat” by NinjaVanish had a new chapter added recently. Let’s hope this fun adventure in a unique AU continues. NV is reporting work is taking too much of his time. Lame.
And “Chuck vs The Sound of Music II” by Quistie64 has been consistently updating every other Thursday. It may be nearing a climax, but I’m not sure if it will be the end? I kind of hope not, this story has been a constant in the post-Chuck era. Loosing it will be like the show ending all over again…
So this was fun. We’ll have to do it again some time.