Those of you who know me, and honestly anyone would listen is probably aware of how down I was on our little show once upon a time, back in Season 3. It got so bad that my once favorite show was suddenly causing me more grief than it was joy. That's not a good place to be. Wow, and I just read Justin's article, and I realize I'm starting to sound like that. But no worries, this is positive.
See after the cut, if you don't believe me.
So I will do this as a list, because I'm told guys like lists, and I'm a guy, mostly. So here are the reasons I once again love Chuck.
1) Fun! And yes, this one is #1 mostly because of the rhyme. But still, remember Cougars, and Tom Sawyer, and Sandworm, and all those old episodes? There may have been some drama, but at the end of the day, it was FUN. And the writers generally left you feeling happy, if a little wanting of more at the end.
Season 3 was the opposite. Instead of making us feel good to end a Monday, they would build us up, just to rip our guts out every week. Even my favorite early S3 episode, Nacho Sampler ended an otherwise fun evening with Chuck seemingly lapsing into potential alcohol dependency. Not. Fun.
But S4? It's SO much fun! Yeah, there are mistakes, plot holes, contrivances. But those have always been a part of the show. And we accept them because the positives outweigh the negatives, the positives being a good chuckle (pun intended), and characters we care about being enjoyable. Which brings me to...
2) I like the characters again. Sure, Chuck seems a little douchey at times, but if you had a computer in your head that made you Hercules, you'd probably be douchey, too. And if at night, you went to bed with Sarah Walker, well, your head would probably scarcely fit through the doorway. I know mine would be roughly the size of O'Hare International Airport. So I'll forgive Chuck that one thing, because most of the time, he isn't intolerable.
But more than Chuck, there's the character that brings me back every Monday, Sarah Walker. Has she EVER been more adorable than she has this season? I say she has not. And I LOVE it. And she gets more screen time, more real emotions, and more time for Yvonne to define awesome in a way only surpassed by one Olivia Dunham...
3) Which brings me to number three. Oh, and for the record, I'm really proud of myself for the segues, so if it's too cheesy for you, well, sod off. No one asked you, a-hole. Whoops, I mean, I'm sorry. Anyway, number three: I love Chuck again because it's no longer my favorite show.
What the what? Wep, I think you're losing it, dude.
No, I'm not. It makes perfect sense. The awesomeness that is Fringe, the show that only gets better over time, has surpassed Chuck as my favorite show. I don't think I'm alone on this blog when I say that. But that's okay. The two shows don't go head-to-head, and really, they have a much, MUCH different tone.
Which is why Fringe has made me appreciate Chuck all the more. Because, for all my love of Fringe, I watch cringing, thinking, "Wow, this--all of this--it can't end well." And it won't. Fringe isn't a happy story (sorry to spoil those of you who have yet to watch the best show on Earth). But there's always a tragic undertone, and there's always just a hint of what's to come, and it will be sad for all involved. But it's well written, so I give the Fringe writers a pass on that.
But how does that relate to Chuck? For all the melodrama, for all the crap we put up with, at the end of the day, I think we all know we'll get our happy ending, even if it's abbreviated by, God forbid, the show not being extended to a fifth season. I can watch Chuck and smile, because I know these characters I'm invested in will come out the other side, and yeah they'll have some scars, but they'll be all the better for it.
One of my complaints with S3 was that Chuck was no longer my fairy tale that I fell in love with. Now, in Season 4, I'm realizing it still is a fairy tale, it's just one that had some rough spots in the middle. And that makes me happy.
::Tips on how to love the show again::
So are you one of those people who just doesn't love the show like you used to? Here's a few pointers on how you can enjoy it again, as much as you ever did:
-Lower your expectations. Chuck is never going to be perfect. The writers aren't perfect, the actors aren't perfect (well, okay, Yvonne is perfect in many ways, but stay with me). and even the setup, which was always a strength for the show isn't perfect. But that's okay. Life's not perfect.
-Enjoy the parts you enjoy. Not a fan of the Buy More? Morgan annoy you to no end? Chuck's whininess bugging you? Forget it! Don't focus on the bad stuff! Think about the stuff you do like. For instance, SWP. Heh.
-Write fanfic. Yes, I know this one is ironic coming from me, the guy who has seemingly abandoned every story/universe he had going, but just go with it for a moment. Write fic, if you're that bothered! Write about how you'd change things. After all, isn't that how we got Fates, and the fantastically amazing Frea to begin with?
And those are all my tips. And reasons. Hmm, I'm not really good at ending things, so I guess I'll just say, you guys are awesome. Peace.