Just when you thought it was safe…
One of the things we all discovered while doing the weekly Alternatives discussions during the misery arc, was that we didn’t need to be unhappy with an episode or idea to come up with intriguing ways of re-writing it. Should be obvious, right? I mean, fan fiction exists because people love a show or character(s). So I resolved then that this should be a recurring project. After the jump, we’ll discuss things that might have made for interesting twists as S3.5 reaches the halfway point.
I’m not going to promise how often I’ll do these posts. But they’ve been fun, and the discussion has been awesome. So rest assured, we will get around to this periodically. In fact, I’m thinking I need to go back at some point and do some dedicated S1 and S2 posts on this subject too.
I do expect this post will be a bit on the short side. For starters, I’m pretty happy with episodes 3.14-3.16 which is the period this will cover. The only real issue I have with the show in this period is Chuck is lying too much in Tooth. Apart from that, I guess I would prefer a more consistent theme of “Chuck and Sarah vs the world”. I always think that’s the show at its strongest; and no doubt, that’s exactly how I wanted it to be. We’re starting to see Morgan as Casey’s comic side-kick, which I also think is a lot of fun. There will occasionally be problems with how Morgan is portrayed later, but I like the idea of Morgan being useful as an eccentric, but never in a conventional, or even expected sort of way.
I’m pretty indifferent towards the Intersect malfunction story. I imagine it could have been more interesting, but I don’t really care for the Chuck’s lying, which seems to be the main issue of the malfunction in canon, so I’m left pretty ambivalent about it.
Fan Fiction has not provided a whole lot for this period of the show either. Well, maybe a number of pure fluff pieces coinciding with Honeymooners; and the Turners and Dr. Dreyfus have been mentioned a number of times. But little in the way substantive alternates.
Ironically, a Honeymooners AU has appeared recently. Its “Chuck vs Le Renard” by 2old2write. This is a more extended European holiday for Chuck and Sarah (and Casey and Morgan!). Its been a lot of fun. Currently its five chapters long and could be read in 90 minutes or so. I don’t know how long it will get to be.
So, I told you this wouldn’t be very long. I’m hoping there’s still interest in this sort of discussion among readers at this site. So I’d love to hear any ideas folks might have had for different or extended stories from this period of the show. I expect to do this again after Ring II, to talk about the rest of the arc, and between season stuff.