Chuck Fans Lose Their Goddamn Minds

by on Feb.10, 2010, under television

Yesterday I headed over to Alan Sepinwall, my favorite TV blogger, to check out his predictably entertaining recap of Chuck from the night before…and there was already a bit of a kerfuffle kicking up in the comments section. By yesterday afternoon, the argument was almost 300 vituperative comments long and so heated that Sepinwall felt obliged to do an interview with the Chuck head writers, which in turn led to another 150 or so angry comments.

The source of all the anguish? Chuck kissed a girl other than Sarah, and Sarah got a back rub from Clark Kent.

Look, I remember hanging out on the Television Without Pity boards and complaining at great length about the last 1.5 seasons of Gilmore Girls, and I’ve ranted myself about the series finale of Battlestar Galactica, so I’m not one to deny fans the right to get upset at their favorite TV shows.

Here, though, I think we have a clear case of shippers gone berserk. No, this week’s episode of Chuck was not particularly good, but the season up until now has continued last year’s strong run. (We got Buy More Fight Club and Captain Awesome on a mission. That’s pretty good right there.) It reminds me of all the people on the TWoP boards who weren’t so much upset that the new showrunner in Gilmore Girls season 7 turned Lorelei into a simpering, inarticulate freak as they were that she married Chris instead of Luke. But as long as the characters remain reasonably true to themselves and the writers are telling good story, who the hell cares how they’re paired up?

The sad thing is that Chuck is such a marginally rated show that even the defection of a small, crazy segment of its audience could doom its chances for a fourth season.

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