Chucktoid: Shadows

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. On multiple occasions, shadows are also used to imply false or double identities (though sometimes hard to see in the screen caps). The most vivid instance occurs while Sarah ...

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Zachary Levi Returns to Broadway in “She Loves Me”

Zachary Levi returns to Broadway this month in the revival of She Loves Me, the musical romantic comedy inspired by the same French play that produced the movies Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail. Set in 1930s Europe, the story follows Georg (Zachary Levi) and Amalia (Tony winner Laura Benanti), a pair of bickering perfumery employees who also ...

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Chucktoid: Brushing Off Objects

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. Among the most subtle props used on the show is the action of brushing an object off a character’s person to imply that character’s difficulty in ridding himself of ...

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Chucktoid: Double Entendre

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. Perhaps most of the series’ episode titles utilize double entendre, expressions that can be interpreted in more than one way. “First Class” serves as a typical example. Most obvious, ...

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Chucktoid: Rearranging

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. When characters in “Chuck” rearrange items, the action may well accent an interior, emotional rearrangement occurring simultaneously within that character. Near the start of “Santa Claus”, the camera focuses ...

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Chucktoid: What’s In a Name?

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. What’s in a name? In the case of “Chuck”, often more than you may think. Prior Chucktoids have linked Orion and Frost to the ancient mythological figures they parallel, ...

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Chucktoid: Long-Range Glasses

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. To accent the perspective characters gain in particular episodes, long-range lenses are occasionally used as hand props. In one variation, Chuck, posing as assassin Rafe Gruber (“Fake Name”), uses ...

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Chucktoid: Reflections and Mirrors

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. A phantom reflection motif permeates the series, most often implying the double lives characters hide from others. In “Helicopter”, the lens focuses on Chuck’s image in the mirror as ...

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Chucktoid: Baggage

Introducing a new series of mini insights into Chuck – Chucktoids, if you will – courtesy of G. Walter Bush, author of Unpacking Chuck and Unpacking Chuck 2.0. When Chuck famously responds to Sarah’s admission that she “may come with some baggage” by offering to be her “very own baggage handler”(Pilot), so begins a baggage motif to figure emotional turmoil ...

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Yvonne Strahovski Debuts as Batwoman in BATMAN: BAD BLOOD

Warner Bros. new animated feature Batman: Bad Blood premieres on Digital HD today, followed by the Blu-ray & DVD release on February 2. Why is this news? Because this is the movie that debuts our own Yvonne Strahovski as the voice of Batwoman! Official Synopsis: The mysterious disappearance of Batman (voice of Jason O’Mara), coupled with the emergence of powerful ...

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Chucktoid: Chuck as Interpersonal Intersect

Introducing a new series of mini insights into Chuck – Chucktoids, if you will – courtesy of G. Walter Bush, author of Unpacking Chuck and Unpacking Chuck 2.0. Chuck’s identity as the Intersect goes beyond just his status as the central nexus of the U.S. government’s intelligence secrets. As the series develops, Chuck also metaphorically serves as a precious link ...

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Chucktoid: Ex Machina

Introducing a new series of mini insights into Chuck – Chucktoids, if you will – courtesy of G. Walter Bush, author of Unpacking Chuck and Unpacking Chuck 2.0. Into what comic book/graphic novel does Chuck place the schematics to the Fulcrum Intersect at Roark Industries? Brian Vaughan’s Ex-Machina, subtly echoing Chuck’s desire to remove the Intersect from his brain and ...

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Chucktoid: Chuck’s First Flash

Introducing a new series of mini insights into Chuck – Chucktoids, if you will – courtesy of G. Walter Bush, author of Unpacking Chuck and Unpacking Chuck 2.0. Baptismal imagery, ranging from plunges into swimming pools to being soaked by fire sprinklers, is used repeatedly throughout the series to signify fundamental changes within characters and relationships. The first of these ...

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Chucktoid: Sarah vs. the Alarm Clock

Introducing a new series of mini insights into Chuck – Chucktoids, if you will – courtesy of G. Walter Bush, author of Unpacking Chuck and Unpacking Chuck 2.0. Sarah’s oversleeping, wearing an eye mask, & angrily knifing her clock the morning after choosing to stay in Burbank rather than leave to join Bryce is metaphorical. Not yet able to fully ...

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Chucktoid: “Mr. Roboto”

Introducing a new series of mini insights into Chuck – Chucktoids, if you will – courtesy of G. Walter Bush, author of Unpacking Chuck and Unpacking Chuck 2.0. What song does Jeffster cover at Devon & Ellie’s wedding? “Mr. Roboto”, the lyrics of which pointedly accent the ongoing existential crisis of the Intersect, who Casey calls the “skin-covered robot”.

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