Chucktoid: The Tragicomic Childhood of Jeffrey Barnes

Jeff spends the first four seasons in a very different place than the viewer finds him for the bulk of Season 5. Frankly, no one would wish to model a life after the Buy Moron during these years. The closer one looks, though, the reasons behind his substance abuse and oftentimes bizarre behavior can be traced back to a decidedly ...

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Chucktoids: Health & Fitness Tips from Captain Awesome

Much of the series portrays Devon as the nearest thing to human perfection, a status implied by his former modeling stint with Abercrombie and Fitch as a college frat boy (vs. Bearded Bandit), his turn as Adam, the pinnacle of creation, at a Halloween party (vs. Sandworm), and the Marble Me sculpted at the bequest of Premier Goya (vs. Coup ...

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Chucktoids: Tron Poster

The Tron poster proves more than just a father’s nerdy gift to his son or a nostalgic pop culture reference. Originally given by Orion to a young Chuck, it also hints at their shared secret identity as Intersects. Not only did Chuck accidentally download a prototype of the program as a 12-year-old child before stumbling upon the 1.0 as an ...

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Chucktoids: Did Sarah Leave Malibu With Chuck?

The tears and passionate kiss Chuck and Sarah share before the series fades to black suggest they will leave Malibu together. However, additional audio-visual clues during the final episode subtly reinforce this impression. Imagery The finale’s opening sequence of Sarah free falling foreshadows her ultimate awakening and transformation in a variety of ways. She revives in time to pull her chute ...

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Chucktoids: 6 Old Testament Parallels for Charah

When viewing Seasons 1-3 as a whole, several compelling parallels emerge between Chuck and Sarah’s romantic journey and archetypal elements of the Old Testament: Not only does Chuck shepherd a flock of misfit Nerd Herders at the Buy More (owned by Moses Finkelstein, no less), but he ends up marrying a wife named Sarah who initially scoffs at the thought ...

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Chucktoids: Lester of the Literati

Though it may surprise some fans, Lester, yes one of the Buy Morons, proves the most literary-minded character on the show. Indeed, the Brown Beauty quotes from at least five different classic works over the five seasons, each time his recitation accenting the scene: Lester twice cites a portion of Walt Whitman’s poetic eulogy of Abraham Lincoln, “Oh Captain, my ...

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Chucktoids: Flat Screens

Scenes filmed in the Buy More often include background projections on the flat screens that metaphorically accent the events at hand. At series’ end, when Jeffster leaves the big box store for the final time to pursue a musical career in Germany, their departure notably coincides with the scene of cowboys riding off into the sunset. Earlier in Season 5, ...

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Chucktoids: An Axe to Grind

“Chuck vs. The Living Dead” opens with a pronounced focus on Orion sharpening an axe with a whet stone in his cabin hideaway. To what purpose? It serves as a controlling metaphor for an episode in which Orion clearly has an axe to grind with the espionage life in general and the CIA in particular, given the separation & endangerment ...

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Zachary Levi Reprises ‘Tangled’ Role, Plus #SaveChuckAgain

Zachary Levi is making headlines again this week thanks to an animated performance and a new campaign. First, Disney released a teaser for Tangled: The Series, an animated series set between the events of the original 2010 film and the 2012 short “Tangled Ever After”. The series follows Rapunzel as she “acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the ...

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Chris Fedak Gets Magical with ABC

‘Tis the season for announcing new projects! ABC announced that they’ve greenlit a pilot for Deception, a drama written by Chris Fedak that combines magic and the FBI. According to the official synopsis, Deception follows a superstar magician whose career is plagued by scandal. In an effort to keep practicing the arts of deception, illusion and influence, he teams with the FBI to become ...

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Zachary Levi Developing CIA Thriller with NBC

Zachary Levi is moving into a new phase of his career: executive producer. Deadline announced this week that Zac, through his production company, Middle Man, is working with Universal Television to develop Unidentified, “a high octane thriller with sci-fi elements, which centers on a CIA operative trying to protect his family from an unimaginable secret.” That’s pretty much all the ...

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Yvonne Strahovski, Zachary Levi Returning to TV…ish

Yvonne Strahovski and Zachary Levi both have new projects coming to television…sort of. They’ve each booked supporting roles on shows based on Margaret Atwood novels coming to Hulu and Netflix respectively. Per a press release from Hulu, Yvonne has joined the streaming service’s 10-episode adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale in the role of Serena Joy, wife of Commander Waterford (Joseph ...

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Watch Zachary Levi in ‘She Loves Me’ Livestreaming from Broadway!

Broadway HD will livestream a performance of the hit Broadway musical She Loves Me to screens around the world on Thursday, June 30 at 8PM Eastern. The play stars Laura Benanti and our own Zachary Levi as Amalia and Georg, respectively. Both were nominated for Tony Awards for their performances, along with Jane Krakowski who plays a supporting role. The ...

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Yvonne Strahovski to Star in ‘He’s Out There’ Suspense Thriller

Yvonne Strahovski is about to break out those “Phase Three” moves! Deadline announced last night that Yvonne will star in the upcoming suspense thriller He’s Out There, which is a terrifying title in and of itself. Per Deadline, Yvonne plays a mother who comes to visit a remote lake house – never a good idea in a “suspense thriller” – ...

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Chucktoid: Shaw Controlling Imagery

This post is part of a series of mini insights into Chuck – Chucktoids, if you will – courtesy of G. Walter Bush, author of Unpacking Chuck and Unpacking Chuck 2.0. The first image of Shaw in the series (sitting on Beckman’s desk with his face outside the frame) and the first image of Shaw in Castle (with only his ...

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