Fan Fiction Update

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… Continue reading

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Guest Post: Music for Chuck

We’ve offered this forum from time to time to guest writers.  And now seems like a great time to make that offer again.  Many readers may already be aware of Anthropocene from his regular comments here, and his outstanding hypothetical Season 6 of Chuck at  So many of you may realize how big a role music plays for him as a fan.  With no further ado, Anthropocene on Chuck Music.

Do You Still Hear Them?

Music was a defining characteristic of Chuck, right from the iconic opening credits sequence set to an instrumental sample of “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake. The complex soundtrack by Tim Jones—finally released to eager fans just a little more than a year ago—fit the dramedic nature of the series like a glove: at times playful, at times deadly serious—always authentically “spy,” with just the right hints of Bondian chords. Over the course of 91 episodes, the Tim Jones soundtrack was skillfully interwoven with hundreds of eclectic musical cues, selected by the celebrated musical director Alexandra (Alex) Patsavas. The playlist leaned heavily on alternative/indie rock songs, frequently by artists somewhat out of the mainstream, but once in a while we’d hear a classic Neil Diamond or Journey ballad, a Western-movie showdown theme by Ennio Morricone, or a rowdy Oingo Boingo tune. Episode 2.5, “Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer,” was essentially plotted around the eponymous hit by Rush. Continue reading

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Chuck in Overview: The Complete Series, Part 2

So another re-watch is complete, and we’re all several years older.  How have perspectives changed?  How does the show still effect us?  Why do some of us still visit this site?!

After the jump let’s take a brief look at Chuck, a few years on…

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Goodbye (5.13)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK’S FINAL MISSION BRINGS HIM BACK TO HIS ROOTS AS HE FIGHTS TO SAVE HIS FUTURE – ANGUS MACFADYEN AND LINDA HAMILTON GUEST STAR — Chuck (Zachary Levi) enlists his family, friend and some unexpected allies as he races to stop Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfadyen, “Braveheart”) from destroying everything Chuck has built over the past five years.

Chuck This Ranking: 38
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower

First Impressions: Chuck vs Sarah and Goodbye – First Impressions

Full Write-Ups: Chuck vs the Goodbye (5.12) by Dave and Joe
A Grief Observed – A Hope Retained (Chuck vs The Goodbye) by Thinkling
Coming to Terms with Goodbye by Dave
Chuck vs Goodbye (Review) by Faith

Alternatives: Finale Alternatives and Epilogues by Dave


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Episode of the Week: 5.12

NBC Synopsis: SARAH MUST KEEP A SECRET FROM CHUCK IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH A MISSION — ANGUS MACFADYEN GUEST STARS AS ‘NICHOLAS QUINN’ — After a harrowing mission, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) returns to Chuck (Zachary Levi) with a huge secret. Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) are presented with a new opportunity that could change their lives.

Chuck This Ranking: 26
Dave’s Ranking: Much Lower

First Impressions: Chuck vs Sarah and Goodbye First Impressions

Full Write Up: Episode 5.12 by Dave, Joe and Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Bullet Train (5.11)

NBC Synopsis: A MISSION ABOARD A JAPANESE BULLET TRAIN SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL, PUTTING THOSE CLOSEST TO CARMICHAEL INDUSTRIES IN DANGER – ANGUS MACFADYEN GUEST STARS — When a mission in Japan becomes a hostage situation, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) must face the merciless Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfadyen, “Braveheart”) aboard a speeding Japanese bullet train. Meanwhile, the mission leaves Casey with an impossible decision.

Chuck This Ranking: 23
Dave’s Ranking: 30 lower

First Impressions: 5.11 Chuck vs The Bullet Train – First Impressions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Bullet train (5.11) by Dave and Joe
Plans, Trains, and Chasing the Dream by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs Bo (5.10)

NBC Synopsis:   Chuck and Sarah must go to Vail on one last mission, where they get some help from Bo Derek; Jeff and Lester continue their mission.

Chuck This Ranking: 48
Dave’s Ranking: 20 lower

First Impressions: 5.10 Chuck vs Bo – First Reactions!

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs Bo (5.10) by Dave and Joe
Those Were the Days by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Kept Man (5.09)

NBC Synopsis: GERTRUDE VERBANSKI RETURNS WITH A MISSION FOR CHUCK AND A PROPOSITION FOR CASEY — CARRIE-ANNE MOSS GUEST STARS — While Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) contemplate the next step for Carmichael Industries, Casey’s (Adam Baldwin) forbidden love, Gertrude Verbanski (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss, “The Matrix”), walks back into his life with a questionable mission in South Beach. Meanwhile, Jeff’s (Scott Krinsky) enhanced intelligence leads he and Lester (Vik Sahay) to suspect that something unusual may be happening at the Buy More.

Chuck This Ranking: 55
Dave’s Ranking: 10 lower

First Reactions: 5.09 Chuck vs The Kept Man – Reactions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Kept Man (5.09) by Dave and Joe

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Baby (5.08)

NBC Synopsis: SARAH’S PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT HER AND THREATENS THOSE CLOSEST TO HER — CHERYL LADD AND TIM DEKAY GUEST STAR — Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) is forced to confront a secret from her past and feels she must do so alone, while Chuck (Zachary Levi) urges her to let him help. When Sarah encounters her original handler, Kieran Ryker (guest star Tim Dekay, “White Collar”), she fears that he will harm those closest to her, including her mom (guest star Cheryl Ladd, “Las Vegas”).

Chuck This Ranking: 8
Dave’s Ranking: 3

First Impressions: Chuck vs The Baby

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Baby (5.08) by Dave and Joe
Oh Baby, What An Episode! by Joe
Sarah: Then and Now… by Thinkling

Alternatives: Season Five Alternatives: Zoom to Baby by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Santa Suit (5.07)

NBC Synopsis:  Chuck and Sarah learn who is trying to destroy Carmichael Industries; Ellie’s Christmas plans come undone; a computer virus threatens to ruin Christmas at Buy More.

Chuck This Ranking: 36
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower

First Impressions: 5.07: Chuck vs The Santa Suit – First Impressions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Santa Suit (5.07) by Dave and Joe
The 12 Days of Chuckmas – Chuck vs The Santa Suit by Thinkling

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