Hi I’m Dave and like to welcome you all to this new web site…
I think we just set a record for longest period between posts here at Chuck This. Sadly, this may be the new normal. I still have a couple ideas percolating in my little brain, but for now things will likely remain slow. But, as I’ve said before, don’t mistake slow for completely dead (!). And since there is still a trickle of new fan fiction being published I thought I would take that as an excuse for a new post.
So once again, after the jump…
Let me start with a one-shot by WvonB. This is a newer writer, his first work only goes back about a year. All seven of his works are on my favorites list. I particularly like Sarah vs The Darkness. This takes place the night after episode 2.11 when Sarah shot Lt Mauser. It starts very reflective as Sarah grapples with what her actions mean to her as a person, why she did it, and what it means for her and Chuck. Pretty tough stuff! It gets more interesting from there, and has the sort of resolution to this story that I think would have satisfied more viewers than the short punt we actually got in canon. I recommend this (and everything by this writer) very highly. It would be rated PG for some thematic issues and takes about a half hour to read.
I’ll follow that up with a longer, on-going adventure. Chuck vs Jen Burton: Spy Girl by PJ Murphy. This is well written and a lot of fun. It starts about where the show does, except that Sarah and Casey are stars of prime-time television show called “Spy Girl” who just happen to be real agents. So when Chuck first encounters “Vicky Vale” at Buy More, he knows exactly who she is… except for the spy part. The story does follow the first seasons of the show with that major change impacting how everything plays out; starting with a cover that involves publicists and gossip columnists.
As a basic twist this is entertaining and well executed. The one warning I will have for readers is PJ Murphy’s continued (over) use of his pet OC Jimmy Slade. This character is well written and plays well with the story, but I’m sure many readers would prefer if he’d been left out of this one. I suppose the good news is that much of the darkest angst can play out through him instead of Chuck or Sarah. And as I said, Slade is well written and integrated with the story. But he is a distraction sometimes.
Still, I recommend this story quite highly. It is a lot of fun, especially all the twists to canon coming from this alternate set up. It would be rated PG-13 for some language and situations. It is already novel length and I don’t think its into the final act yet, so it could be on-going for a while.
Another entertaining serial comes from willynilly23. Many readers are no doubt familiar with this writer’s previous work, and this post-series story is nominally a follow on the previous “Chuck vs The Love Scenes“. But “Chuck vs The Unknown” is more in the realm of other epilogues. It initially focuses on Sarah’s attempts to reclaim her memories. Some of the initial set up (Sarah and Chuck apart for several weeks as Sarah gets treatment) was forced; but the characters are always extremely well written. Ultimately this joins the ranks of very satisfying post series stories and is as much fun as any. It would be rated PG-13 for an amorous couple and could be read in a couple hours.
My last recommendation for this post is “Chuck vs Sam” by Sir Chucky. This is a “Fake Name” alternative that, like many others, finds a much more satisfying way of resolving that episode. It is fascinating to me how many viewers interpreted what was happening on screen at this time about the same, and were itching for a satisfying turn that was far too long in coming. This would be rated PG and take 10 minutes to read.
For now, these occasional fan fiction updates are the only posts I can promise. But eventually we will start another re-watch. For now, fan fiction is the only source of new Chuck material so I encourage fans to check out these, or any of the many other excellent fan works I’ve linked from here over the years.