Where were you? 10 years ago today…

Today is the 10th anniversary of the first airing of the Chuck pilot.  Over the last couple years the show has finally started to fade from the forefront of my thoughts.  But it’s still had the biggest impact on my life (and spare time!) of any show I’ve seen.  And no, I’m not trying for any silly “how Chuck changed my life” sort of testimonial here; I only mean to say it was the largest hobby any television show ever has been or is likely to be for me.

So this anniversary just has me fondly remembering that first viewing and first experience.  I can’t swear I saw it Monday night.  Not only is Monday always a gym night for my wife and I, but of course, this is football season.  So really good chance I actually watched it on Tuesday.  But I sure do remember that first viewing!

My wife always insists she had read about the show in a magazine or something and told me about it. I mostly just remember the previews during Sunday Night Football.  It’s always a good sign when I laugh several times in a preview.  I had no doubt this was something to check out. And it sure didn’t disappoint.  I’ve said here before, Chuck may have been the most completely satisfying pilot I ever saw.  I have had many favorite shows over the years, and I still have a few that I eagerly look forward to every week.  But dang Chuck was something special.  I still can’t believe how much I enjoyed this show.  Every week I was excited.  Even when I was steaming mad at the choices the writers made there was never even a question of missing an episode*.  It had a hold on me!

To this day I read Chuck fan fiction, even if the amount of new stuff has slowed way down. I still hope for a movie some day.  And I still miss the daily discussion/celebration/argument at this site. That was the most fun part of the whole experience!

Sorry if this didn’t deliver the sort of deep analysis and retrospective this show may have deserved on its tenth anniversary.  But feel free to correct my failing in comments below!  Once again, I would love to hear from old friends and new fans.

~ Dave 

* – such absolute statements do not apply to rewatches; complete, thematic or otherwise!

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65 Responses to Where were you? 10 years ago today…

  1. BDaddyDL says:

    We have “cut the cord” when we were deciding to do so I realized I no longer had to watch a show every single week. Chuck may be the last show I ever follow so closely.
    It got me to meet some wonderful people, and opened me up to so much.
    Thank you guys for helping that. Yall are amazing.

    • atcDave says:

      We sure enjoyed chatting with everyone for several years. Between show, website and fan fiction it was an amazing experience.

      It’s great to see your name again.

  2. I don’t remember much about the beginning of Chuck. I know I watched it right from the beginning and recall the advertising leading up to the premiere, but it’s largely removed from the context of the time.

    I very much hope that Zac and co. will find a way to get some sort of Chuck movie out there again. However, I can live without a new Chuck and I hope instead that Zac, Yvonne and all of the other cast and staff will continue to find success in their chosen careers.

    Dare I raise the subject of Yvonne Strahovski’s recently announced marriage to Tim Loden? I’ll say simply that I wish them all the best and hope that they experience a successful, joy-filled life together.

    Russ aka resaw

    • atcDave says:

      Obviously I wish them all well in their careers. Only Adam Baldwin has shown consistency in choosing work that interests me (!), but I guess that’s hardly surprising.

      Congrats for Yvonne.

      • I must say, I haven’t seen a lot of their post-Chuck work either. Not generally my cup of tea for the most part. I did try watching Last Ship for a while, but it couldn’t sustain my interest. Chuck fanfic on the other hand, has brought a great deal of enjoyment, and I thank you, Dave, for making me aware of the riches available in that genre.

      • atcDave says:

        Corrupting impressionable minds for 54 years…

        Errrrr, I mean you’re welcome!

  3. Theresa says:

    I saw the first episode and had to record it for my Sister. She had not gotten to see it first because she was at work.

  4. joe says:

    Hi, friends. I’m in total agreement with Dave – the show changed how I watch TV. There’s been some excellent stuff made since, but personally, nothing has come close to the impact that Chuck had on me week after week. And certainly, this blog changed the internet for me too.

    I’m right in the middle of watching the whole thing again (uh, for the umpteenth time, if you’re counting) and still seeing things that I missed before. I’m stunned at how well the ground work is established early on to set up the conflicting emotions of Charah’s professional and personal relations and the way those emotions interact with Sarah’s desire to have normal life and Chuck’s desire to be a hero (like Bryce?) to win her.

    Speaking of Bryce, Dave? Has anyone written a fan-fic with the premise the Bryce doesn’t die, but essentially becomes a Daniel Shaw character? I could see much of S3 playing out similar to what we saw. Bryce could become Chuck’s trainer in the CIA, even becoming an intersect himself and going bonkers when he loses Sarah to Chuck. But I’d have that S3 arc end with Stephen saving Bryce from the intersect (after he saves Chuck from Bryce, of course).

    Ah – dreaming!

    It’s good to see the familiar names!

    • atcDave says:

      I’ve seen a lot of different treatments of Bryce, most often as a flawed hero and even as a good friend to both Chuck and Sarah.
      A few S1 and S2 based AUs have him as a more determined rival. But apart from a few more outrageous “I hate Bryce” sort of hit pieces I can’t think of any more serious works like you mention. It’s sort of a shame, especially since we do know they once intended to use Bryce in something like that role. I’ve long had my eyes open for an actual S3 alternative for if Matt Bomer had stayed with the show for another year. That might be fun, as long as it wasn’t played for yet more angst.
      Back when I was doing my alternatives posts NinjaVanish posted his own idea for how this might have worked right here on our site. (I’ll make this link hot later if I actually find it!)

      Okay, here’s what I was thinking of. Its actually from my post on the break between S2 and S3 and NV is specifically talking about how things might have played if Matt Bomer hadn’t gone to White Collar. He makes a pretty strong case!

      • joe says:

        Wow. NV was very insightful with that post.
        There’s only one thing that gives me pause – I don’t think I’d enjoy Bryce going through the “Bridge Death Scene” anywhere near as much as I enjoyed Shaw taking that dive. I’d prefer Bryce being saved (by Stephen, especially) before that. In my mind, the difference is Shaw being evil, Bryce being deranged-but-fixable.

        After that, there would be a whole new story line.
        Aces, Dave.

      • atcDave says:

        That scene definitely would have played differently. Many of us would have felt Chuck’s agony at the situation instead of thinking “just plug him already…”

  5. anthropocene says:

    Ten years ago today I was still a season-and-a-half away from getting hooked on the series. For some reason the initial ad blitz for the new show (and I recall that plenty of ads were aired, many during football games NBC broadcast) didn’t pique my curiosity at all. I got the mistaken impression that the show was just slapstick, and didn’t have a good sense of any of the cast except for Zach. What finally got me was channel-surfing into “Chuck versus the Ex” the next year, fortunately right at the geekiest moment of that episode. Too bad I didn’t stumble into the Pilot the first year! I did make up for lost time pretty quickly though.

    • atcDave says:

      One of the early descriptors I saw of the show was “Get Smart for the 21st Century” (I think that even showed up on the S1 disc jacket?). No doubt if that was the first thing I saw it would have diminished my interest a lot, even though I liked Get Smart! (well gee that was fun… once!)
      I do know there was enough positive buzz from other sources it helped ramp up my interest. But there were a lot of things that actually didn’t help the cause, like an uninspired title…

  6. Hello all,

    I was aware of Chuck when it initially aired but scheduling conflicts and lack of separate TVs prevented me from watching it until the final season was shoved to Friday, I watched all 13 episodes and shortly after it ended it found its way onto Netflix where I watched endlessly for about a year, and when I was finally dried up on my long term binge I found this site, and was able to catch the tail end of traffic before things really started slowing down, which led to a lot of fun back and forth–even wrote my fanfic during this period–this site forever altered my opinion of season 3 (I still can’t fathom how I ever thought it was good tv) but in the muck of sites with online forums this place is so refreshing because there is no opinion bashing only heated disagreement spirited by how much everyone cares about CHUCK here. I think that was 3 years ago which blows my mind!

    Dave I can’t say I haven’t been spirited about other shows since Chuck on the same unhealthy level (the flash, stranger things and big bang are my top three in this context) but the one thing I am most grateful to this site and to CHUCK for is it taught me how to recognize both amazing and awful TV and appreciate the former quite a bit more because it is so rare.

    I will forever love CHUCK.and actually still have a second fanfic floating in limbo on fanfic.net but sadly it will likely stay as such indefinitely because I recently returned to collage, majoring in IT programming and development.–I’ve been good with all things computers since I was young–Chuck was part of what inspired me to go back, and while I have bigger plans than being behind the desk at a retail store I would love to change the world like Chuck did because i’m a computer nerd through and through and he made that a positive thing, to feel good about.

    • atcDave says:

      Wow Josh, it’s awesome to hear you’re going back to college! Good for you.

      I definitely have a few shows I get excited about still; I loved Castle until the final season turned me off. I loved Grimm all the way through, another “very favorite” sort of show for me. There are others I enjoy but don’t quite go nuts over.
      But yeah, part of what was so special about Chuck was how it changed my relationship with television; both in terms of appreciating what I like and recognizing why many things rub me wrong.
      But no doubt Chuck will always be the most special to me. I miss it often.

  7. Ernie Davis says:

    Well, with owning the entire series on iTines, two full DVD copies (one is mine one I push on friends and family) the only way I saw to celebrate was to buy all 5 seasons on Amazon as well. They will have to pull my Chuck from my cold dead profile…

  8. DKD says:

    I saw Chuck for the first time much earlier than most people. I saw it when they previewed it at San Diego Comic Con. In appearances, Zac says most people were there because of Adam’s having been on Firefly. I can’t say that was the reason I decided to attend the panel. I read the discription in the schedule, thought it sounded interesting, and there weren’t any concurrent panels that sounded better. So, I attended.

    They launched right into the pilot. Everyone really seemed to enjoy it. They laughed in the right places. Adam got applause when Casey first appeared. It was a really good pilot. The cast came out afterwards. Most people, including me, didn’t know any of them except Adam. But, they did a good panel for newbies.

    When the show finally aired on the 24th, I think I did watch it again.

    On this anniversary, I wasn’t as engaged as I might have thought I’d be at this time. Passions fade. I haven’t watched an episode in a while. I’m not even sure I want them to do a movie. I’m sure I’d be disappointed by it anyway.

    I’m really tired of people constantly hyping the latest interview where Zac is asked about reviving the show when he isn’t really saying anything he hasn’t said before.

    I did watch Handmaid’s Tale and it was fantastic. I’m so happy to see Yvonne associated with something that is award-winning and prominent. She was great, BTW. I look forward to the second season.

    I like when Zac does Broadway. But, he doesn’t seem to be doing much in film or TV that is great. The roles he’s getting aren’t very big.

    • atcDave says:

      It is cool you got to see it like that!

      I do understand about the passions fading, it sure isn’t what it was. I go back and forth on if I want a movie, but I have no doubt if one ever looks likely to come I will get pretty excited!

    • Idk, Yvonne is definitely a more skilled actor than zac, I think it may be a little due to the fact that he had a defined niche role and its hard to gain attention for “playing a nerd” where Hollywood is concerned…

      Reminds me of tom welling and Jenna Fischer both were perfect in their “Big break” roles and had great chemistry with their gender opposite leads, but both fell off the map after the corresponding series ended; of course, the former was never interested in being a “huge star” but was amazing as Pam Beasly-Halpert, and by Smallvile’s late years there was no better clark kent.

      Being type cast is rough, that’s why i give the cast of Big bang credit, there willing to stick with the show as long as they can…the original five even willing took a pay cut splitting a $900,000 per episode evenly so that Miyam and Melissa could get a pay increase too, making around $750,000; they love working together too which is refreshing and stark contrast to say, Castle which ended over money jealousy

  9. thinkling says:

    With our back and forth schedule to Brazil, we miss a lot of things when they first air. But hey, there’s Netflix etc to catch up all at once.

    I found Chuck (after S3) on a Castle blog, through someone’s spoiler-y wish that “maybe Castle and Becket would get together mid S3 ‘like Chuck.'” Well, I thought to myself: at least with Chuck (whatever show that is), there would be an end to the much detested (by me anyway) wt/wt. So, I asked Mr. Google about Chuck.

    I was pretty hooked from the start. I caught up that summer and found ChuckThis … and a community of fans who became friends. I started participating on the blog at the first of S4. The authors graciously invited me to write along with them. It was a unique experience, to say the least: fun, satisfying, intense, and … consuming. As much as I loved it, I couldn’t have kept it up indefinitely. But it was quite a ride, and quite a show … unique in my viewing experience, for all the reasons we’ve elaborated on this blog for so long (and not to be repeated in this comment).

    I’ve kept up, often at a distance, with the actors. I’ve kept up with Last Ship (haven’t begun current season yet) because of Adam. I watched 24-LAD for Yvonne. She did a great job and I enjoyed seeing her. Though she was my favorite on Chuck, and though she’s done quite a lot since, I’ve seen her the least because most of her other projects just weren’t anything I wanted to watch. Bummer. I’d love to see her headline a show that I could be interested in. I saw ‘She Loves Me’ (through BroadwayHD live stream) to watch Zach. He was great, and it was so fun to see him in that role.

    My Chuck energy bottomed out after a long period of intensity, but who knows … it may be time for a re-watch.

    Thanks to my fellow authors and friends and thanks to all of the ChuckThis community of Chuck friends. I miss you and think of you fondly and wish you all the best in your current and future endeavors.

    • atcDave says:

      It is always interesting to me how much similar energy there was with Chuck and Castle. It’s easily the biggest crossover with another show.
      BTW, although I’d say much the same about Yvonne, certainly no interest whatsoever in her current work, but I would recommend Astronaut Wives Club. It was an interesting mini series and a different, fun look at a well known bit of Americana. Now I completely don’t remember if you watched that or not!

      I don’t honestly don’t know how long my energy could have kept up for this site. No way I could have kept up with the S3 insanity, we could easily have over a hundred comments a day! But later was a lot of fun, I definitely miss it.

      • thinkling says:

        Yeah, I miss it too. I watched AWC through Apollo 1, when Gus Grissom and crew burned up. Then I sort of quit. It seemed like Yvonne’s role was much less then. How was the rest of it. I did find it interesting, and I thought Yvonne, as always, made the most of her role. It was fun, a different role for her.

      • atcDave says:

        Yvonne’s role was surprisingly big to the end, apparently Rene Carpenter remained involved with the other wives to some degree even after Scott left the program. But the latter part of her story wasn’t so much fun and Rene and Scott both came across as pretty flakey in the end. But the interest I had in other characters kept it compelling to me, especially the change and growth of Alan Shepherd. In spite of the name of the series, he was ultimately the most interesting character of the bunch; and so much of that story I did not know. (Perhaps parallel to Sarah being the best part of Chuck!)

      • thinkling says:

        Huh. I’ll have to watch the rest of it.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        With AWC, Rene Carpenter had sort of a second “career” after her divorce. She had a few DC talk shows and was “in” with a lot of DC society in the 70’s as a notable feminist. Later episodes deal with some of that aspect of her life.

    • joe says:

      You know – this “Castle as a follow-on successor to Chuck” has always been sorta interesting. I really understand why someone (me!) could think that, but I’m not sure why. I mean, yeah, Rick and Kate certainly had an on-screen chemistry that Chuck and Sarah had in abundance, and you really, REALLY wanted R&K to get together before the end. But really, it didn’t last through the last season. Also, reading stories about the relative lack of real-life chemistry in the Castle cast was – um – disconcerting.

      I just loved hearing/seeing that the cast of Chuck got along fabulously (and I refer you to Linda Hamilton’s comments about how much she enjoyed her time there).

      And ultimately, that “And they lived happily ever after” ending on Castle left me disappointed. Such a cop out! You’re gonna hate this, Dave and Thinkling, but it really made me appreciate Chuck’s much more thought provoking ending.

      But that’s just me!

      • atcDave says:

        Well I won’t argue one bit that the last season of Castle was a clunker. But until then, I would have described it as the same sort of light hearted action adventure as Chuck; obviously it was different in pretty much EVERY specific detail! I wasn’t really aware of the cast problems until we got to that last season.
        I would also agree Castle’s end rang false. But it’s a false choice between two weak endings! Castle’s previous season finale was terrific and would have been a wonderful series finale. Likewise the Chuck S4 finale would have made a pretty terrific series ender. But unlike Castle, I wouldn’t trade the last season for a better ending.
        I’ve made my peace with it, but I’ll never LIKE it.

      • joe says:

        “But unlike Castle, I wouldn’t trade the last season for a better ending.”
        OOOOH!!!! I LIKE this formulation.

        Now if we only could have a movie to bring it all together…
        See? Some dreams die hard!

      • atcDave says:

        Absolutely!

      • You aren’t alone there Joe! I’d take a million ends like CHUCK over what was thrown together on Castle…they should have not bothered with the last season. The end of S7 felt like it would just continue on off screen, Bones went this route and it was extremely satisfying, my view is if you know its the end make it meaningful or wrap it up in a bow don’t tac it on like Spackle. Chuck’s end wasn’t perfect but it was meaningful.

        Now if you want a bow ending from the last five years, The Office and Parks and Rec are perfect examples and it’s not a coincidence they were created by the same person

      • joe says:

        Josh, for my money, the best ending of all time was the last episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I still remember the principal characters hugging, crying and laughing at the same time as they sang “It’s a long, long way to Tipperary.” For that show, it was perfect!

      • thinkling says:

        That was a good ending, Joe. One of the best, in my mind–if not the best–was the end of Monk. He solved Trudy’s murder, found a part of her in the daughter he never knew she had, and began to heal. The very end shows him picking out something other than his usual brown suit and heading to work, finally able to get on with his life. Perfect.

      • atcDave says:

        It is interesting how rare a really good series end is. I think in many cases the writers simply over think it and try to do too much. Especially for shows that aren’t particularly serialized anyway (whenever NCIS ends it does NOT need some spectacular wrap up).
        I do agree with saying Monk had a pretty perfect ending. But it’s interesting I can’t think of many others.

      • atcDave says:

        Oh I got one! Forever had one of the best wrap ups for a one season show I’ve ever seen. It resolved the season’s arc, affirmed family/friendship roles nicely, left us with an intriguing, but not painful, “how do you answer that?” Sort of moment and left me an overall warm/fuzzy feel for the show and characters.
        Limitless was similarly effective although not quite as warm/fuzzy.

        Funny I had to go to one season shows to find favorite finales.
        I loved the end of Newhart, but it only worked because it was a pretty bonkers comedy and I was happy to laugh at the unexpected stupid final joke. I would have been pretty POed if if a serious show ended that way!

      • thinkling says:

        Yeah! Those were good. Both shows I wished would have continued, but they both did a satisfactory wrap. In fact I had just thought of Limitless, too. I remember thinking at the time what a good job they did, especially since the show’s fate was probably as yet undetermined. I can’t remember if Forever had enough of a head’s up to know for certain it was the end. Maybe that’s the key: having to write a show that could be a fitting end but still leave room for the show to continue. Maybe that’s better than over-thinking, as you put it.

      • atcDave says:

        The not knowing may actually help. And I think shorter series have less baggage and an easier time keeping it simple.

      • joe says:

        Think, you’re right. Monk had a great ending too. Another one was Person of Interest. It’s a bit different, though. I came away with the idea that the story evolved more than ended.

        I haven’t seen “Forever” – sounds like I missed something! I’ve been watching “Mr. Robot” intently. It’s no where near a conclusion, but It’s been so imaginative with twists & turns that I can’t imagine the ending won’t be surprising.

        Oh, another one that left me a bit cold was the end of “The Mentalist”. It was a good show that lasted one or two seasons too long.

        Dave – you’re right about NCIS too. It won’t need any wrap-up of an ending. It’s usual story-telling format will be fine.

      • atcDave says:

        Oh but you know they will! We’ll get nine episode arc with a two hour movie finale for a show that was never even particularly serialized!

      • Ernie Davis says:

        One of my favorite one season DVD’s (the show lasted 3-4 episodes, but they were far along enough in production to finish) Wonderfalls, had a pretty great ending, where things were resolved, but had a coherent path to continue. Enlisted is also a one season wonder that ended very well. Watch it in the “proper” order (thanks Fox). Probably one of the best endings ever was Six Feet Under. Google it and watch on Youtube. I may be influenced by the fact that the last 10 minutes are a musical montage.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        It’s funny about Castle, because it is a show that really re-created the Moonlighting curse. The thing on Moonlighting was that Bruce Willis and Sybil Shepherd could not stand each other. She was supposed to be the star, he was getting all the buzz and press as a breakout as the writers wrote more and more to his strengths (reverse the sexes for Castle). Yet somehow they had great on-screen chemistry early on, but more and more had to keep them apart with contrivances that made little sense plot-wise as the show progressed. It was one of those things where the production environment was driving possible story lines.

        It was a sad end for Castle. Nathan Fillion seems to be such a genuine charming guy, and at least on Firefly he seems to have had a great relationship with his whole cast and crew, to the point of making sure many of them guested on Castle. But it seems that with Castle syndicating relatively early in it’s run, Nate got his FU money and became a bit of a diva. It’s a shame.

      • atcDave says:

        Castle just makes me sad.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I can still watch and enjoy Castle, but I agree it is sad how it ended and what it showed us about some of those involved.

      • atcDave says:

        Oh yeah, the early seasons were terrific. And it holds up even after Castle and Beckett were together. It’s Nathan and Stana’s fall out in the end that ruined it.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        An actual application of the real Moonlighting curse

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah pretty much the same. Even to the writers trying to separate them on screen.

  10. noblz says:

    I wasn’t going to comment since I came to live watching late (S3). I discovered Chuck by buying S1 on sale at Wally-world. I was hooked. I then pre-ordered S2 on Amazon and powered through it in the three and a half days until S3 premiered on Sunday Jan 10, 2010.

    I then watched in shock the missed shot known as Pink Slip. The next ep on Sunday and the third on Monday were OK, so I stuck it out and did not regret hanging on through the Chuckpocalypse.

    This has to be my favorite all time tv series. I still watch two or three eps a week when I can. I miss it. I have followed the stars and have watched Last Ship, Heroes Reborn, Dexter (only Yvonne’s episodes, would never watch it otherwise), 24:LAD and AWC (very soapy, but growing up in Jacksonville and St Augustine and going to Edward H White HS made me love anything space program). Otherwise, Yvonne has not played in anything I would like (that Amazon pilot was terrible, not Yvonne’s fault, just bad). I wish Zach and Yvonne would work together again as they have great chemistry.

    Don’t know how I feel about a movie, I guess I’d definitely watch it.

    Oh well, good old times.

    • atcDave says:

      You could have waited two years to comment on this thread…

      Seriously, thanks for the comment! We know a lot of fans came to the show a little late, and your experience sounds awesome.

    • I refuse to say a show wont come back in some format unless the people involved come out and bluntly say no. or some part of the cast is deceased. 10 years is the average wait time but i think its foolish to say it won’t happen. Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, Heroes, 24, X-files, Will and Grace, and Rosanne is on its way…heck even smallvile got a two year stint as a comic book after it concluded…i’ve even heard whispers of The Office coming back over the last year. The point is patience is key

      • atcDave says:

        I don’t disagree about patience. I would point out all the shows you mention were higher profile with better overall ratings, at least during part of their run than Chuck. Not that things won’t happen, but we may need to be ready to provide some push if things ever look like they could get moving.

  11. duckman says:

    A few older shows that came back, at least as tv movies, that I’d kinda forgotten about. Gilligan’s Island, Brady Bunch, Columbo, Dukes of Hazzard, Star Trek. When you think about it, It’s not that far fetched to expect something to happen. 10 yrs. seems to be the minimum wait time. I’m keeping my expectations low, but I’ll be surprised if we don’t see something in the next 10 yrs, even if it’s another cheap shot at the “shippers”. I’ve been watching a bunch of interviews on youtube done by someone called the Archive of american television, of a bunch of writers, producers,actors ,directors, pretty much everyone involved in tv since the 50’s. A lot of these people are either old enough, or successfull enough that they are quite frank about how things happened on those old shows, pretty fascinating, even for shows I’ve never watched. I hope I live long enough to see something like this with the people behind Chuck.

  12. I just rewatched the pilot (neighbors had me up late yesterday from noise) it was such suburb TV. I like everyone but Casey is the only character on the show I liked from start to finish, seems like the writers just nailed him from beginning to end…and it is not always easy to write the tough guy!

  13. kehwie says:

    I was late to the Chuck party (I’m late to everything–I think the only show I started watching with the first episode was Psych, which if you haven’t watched you definitely should–and it does end darn near perfectly), but I loved it once I did start watching in Season 4. I kind of hate that it ended so soon after I discovered it! (Although not watching Season 3 live had its advantages–I didn’t have to wait too long to resolve that terrible arc–just blasted right through it!) 😉

    I started watching because a friend of mine recommended it. She said “It’s like a gender-reversed, modern and updated version of Scarecrow and Mrs. King.” And I watched, and sure enough Chuck had enough similarities/parallels to SMK that it was almost spooky at times but it also had its own fresh stories and spin. I just loved it. I’ve rewatched several times, and I’m slowly making my way through some of the fanfic–I definitely appreciate your recs for that! (I’ve read a fanfic or two that crossed over Chuck with SMK and one that did so with Psych–those are fun too!)

    Anyway, it’s a great show, and it’s fun to look back on all the various ways we discovered it. Really fascinating that someone saw it at Comic Con! And yeah, with all the reboots and revivals out there, we may eventually get more Chuck. Here’s hoping. 🙂

    • atcDave says:

      It’s great to hear from late comers too! And i’m Really pleased you’ve liked some of the fan faction.
      I loved Psych as well, I think there are some strong similarities. I’ve also heard that about Scarecrow and Mrs King, i’ve Only seen a couple episodes, it’s something my wife and I have considered catching up on sometime.

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