06 January, 2012

21-Days of CHUCK! Day 2: To Ship, Not to Ship, or CRAZY SHIP?!


Many shows have "shippers," so-called because their main focus on a show is the romantic relationship between certain characters. Most shows have several factions of shippers, rooting for different people on a show to discover their romantic feelings for each other and then to engage in some hot, steamy, network television rule-breaking sex!

But on CHUCK there has essentially been one "ship." Chuck and Sarah.

To Ship
And it is the fault of Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski. Chuck is an adorable little nerd. Sarah is a cute hottie any man would want. But it is what the two lead actors delivered in their roles that made, broke, made again, broke yet again, then remade just to break, only to make to break and break to make into a solid piece of pre-broken pounding shipper heart of intolerably angsty pain so potent that it sliced a piece of the universe in the wake of its existence!

To pine for the two lovebirds was as clear as breathing oxygen. The way Chuck looked at Sarah. The way Sarah secretly looked at Chuck. The not-so-innocent touches. The near kisses. The near confessions of their love for each other. The actual confessions of their love for each other (alright, so Chuck's confessions to Sarah). How could people NOT want to see these kids together? How could you not want to see them happy? No one in their right mind, that's who!

Not To Ship
And yet somehow, some evildoers in the CHUCK fandom weren't watching for the romance. Yes, I dare say it! They were watching for (brace yourselves) the characters! Or the story! Or, oh nos, the Buy More. Or because Sarah looked hot. Or because Sarah looked hot. Or because... look, let's face it. For the first couple of seasons, lots of young men were watching and they weren't watching because Chuck looked hot (most of them at least).

These people even rolled their eyes at the Chuck and Sarah romance! I know, it does sound like some koo koo for the puffy cocos stuff. Sometimes these crazed lovers of plot shockingly even rooted for Chuck, or Sarah, or both, to end up with people not named either Chuck or Sarah! They actually loved when Shaw was doing the sexy sexing via a manual with Sarah, or finding his dessert contained within hers or something super cool like that. Or rooted for Hannah to stick around longer because she was a brunette goddess who brought in massive ratings (guilty)!

Get on the Crazy Ship Chucktanic!
And then there were the (mostly) dude shippers who took their love to extremes that shippers haven't seen since some SMALLVILLE fans tried to assassinate Kristin Kreuk (I don't know that to be a fact, and may just have made it up). They didn't seem to just feel a passion for the Chuck and Sarah romance. They wanted to electrocute themselves with it until their internals liquefied and their hairs stood up and then ignited. They took their Chuck and Sarah needs to such extremes that if an episode didn't put them together, have Chuck propose, and Sarah accept while crying golden falls of tears while accepting her new role as the barefoot, pregnant and chained to the stove future wife of Chuck, then the episode SUCKED!!!! These fans weren't happy until about the 78th episode of the series.

So which were you? Shipper? Anti-shipper? Crazy shipper? Or did you stand on the side and just enjoy the ride, never choosing sides (independent CHUCK viewer)?


57 comments:

  1. For sure, a shipper! it's like you described- the chemistry between Zac and Yvonne is so great, and they are both so good at the "looking at you with longing" look.. plus, they are both so good looking (Zac, OMG hotness... at least in my eyes :P), how could you not want them to be together and happy? The web is full of all three groups though, and now, looking back, it's been crazy fun reading what everyone has had to say about this. The show is less than perfect (not a shout out to Zac's previous work!) but it's got so much heart, the cast is so amazing, and the lines and pop culture references so funny sometimes, that i've overlooked the imperfections and enjoyed the ride. it's sad to see it end.. but as it should be: All good things must come to an end :)

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  2. I'm a shipper, loud and proud! I do like all the other pieces of the show but Chuck and Sarah were my drug for five seasons. Not a crazy shipper because I didn't need for them to get together every episode or the episode wasn't ruined if the focus wasn't on them.

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  3. Vader's My Little Pony PillowJanuary 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I don't know if I would be considered an anti-shipper though I loved when the writers put obstacles in front of Chuck and Sarah and made shippers and crazy shippers alike cry.

    On second thought, I'm an anti-shipper.

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  4. Personally i think i am a mix of all 3

    Shipper : i enjoyed Chuck and Sarah romantic scenes and i used to think they where the best couple on TV

    Not to Ship : even though Chuck/Sarah are a nice couple and i like seeing them together i feel like from a physical point of view Chuck clicked better with Jill and Sarah with Cole

    Crazy Ship : i didn't hold my breath for the engagement and the wedding but i was pretty bothered with the way they handled first half of season3
    they where too close at the end of season2 to not become a couple for at least a while
    If that wasn't a big enough problem the way they executed their 'brake`up' and their relationships with the other lovers was awful

    Overall : i am glad Chuck and Sarah are a couple(mostly because of their great chemistry from the first 2 seasons) but i wouldn't be shattered if somehow Jill/Cole will come back to sex them up a little : ) : ) : )

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  5. I can't believe I forgot to toss Cole and Jill in there.

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  6. put me in the not to ship group. i use that because anti shipper sounds like i'm against those that do ship. my reason is pretty simple, i don't waste time with something that in almost all cases never happens. that seems like a futile endeavor to me. i just watched to be entertained.

    tw0073

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  7. I'm rooting for Lester and I. :-)

    More seriously,i'm not a shipper, I watch the show for the characters, I love all of them !
    I like Chuck and Sarah together of course, but it wasn't a priority for me.

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  8. I confess... shipper. But not crazy! Their chemistry and their character development together was/is so dynamic. Gotta love them, God I love them. Wonderful escape from the real world due to the characters, and a new extension of people I care about IRL due to the actors. Tell me I'm not crazy!

    Sg

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  9. Guilty as a Crazy Shipper. It was strange I never felt like that about a show. To get angry when the two leads were kept apart and the angst button constantly being pushed over and over again. Looking back I don't know what came over me. I watch other shows and I don't care if the leads got together or not. On Chuck that was a whole different story. I got sucked in an unbeknowst to me became a crazy shipper. Lol

    By the time I realized it, it was too late. I was already sucked in. Thinking back should have just watched the show and enjoyed the ride. :-) rich


    Rich

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  10. TO NOT SHIP!!!!! I watch for the story, comedy, intrigue and the hero journey mostly.

    Seriously, the crazy shippers are super annoying to me! And count me as one of those who enjoyed how Shaw and Hanna spiced things up! That's all. :)

    S.

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  11. I confess, when I first started watching (short after the beginning) it was mainly for the super hot blonde. But for a couple of season I have not been involved with all this crazy fandom, life was easy, and I could accept the WT/WT without problems. Then the characters started growing on me, and I became a shipper, and proud of it.
    Because let's say it, 2 years of WT/WT ok, but 3, 4 years or more...? I would have left (as I did with Bones) or I would be a very casual viewer (as I am with Castle...). Even if I have to admit that I could forgive KK, of all women...

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  12. btw, I still think that if there wasn't a month-long break after Mask there would probably be 50% less crazy shippers around...

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  13. You know why this is my favorite site that covers Chuck? Because I can say fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck fuckfuckfuck fuck fuck fuck fuck shit mother fuck!!!

    And I am a fuckin anti-shipper! Fuck Chuck and Sarah. Cole and Sarah were so much hotter.

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  14. Glad you enjoy the site and saying fuck a lot, but you realize that by saying Cole and Sarah were much hotter you... are... defining yourself as... a... shipper!

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  15. It's hard to pigeonhole me.

    The Chuck & Sarah romance was an important part of the show to me, but I never was anxious for them to get together quickly. When I watch TV shows that have romances like this, I find myself more patient than the typical shipper. I know the journey is far more interesting than the destination. However, if the Chuck & Sarah relationship wasn't in the show at all, I doubt I'd be such a big fan.

    Just as I expected, the couple got less interesting once they got together. Wondering if Sarah would empty her suitcase just wasn't as interesting as wondering if they would ever kiss or have sex. And don't get me started on the "wedding planning" stage of the show. Boring.

    I had no problem with Chuck hooking up with Hannah. It should've lasted longer. The main problem I had with Shaw was he just wasn't charismatic enough and there was no chemistry between him and Sarah. If that plot had been Cole or Bryce, it would have been a totally different story because it would have been more believable.

    Am I a tolerant shipper or just a non-shipper? I don't know.

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  16. Yeah, Shaw and Sarah had their best chemistry as enemies.

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  17. Shaw: Do you know what's the best revenge?
    Sarah: Sharing Christmas Eve with you?

    Brilliant.

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  18. I'm pretty much agree with everything MediaSavant said :) I prefer 'ambivalent shipper' though!!

    I sometimes wonder what would have happened on the show had Matt Bomer not gotten the White Collar part. I still find the Bryce character interesting.

    aka twitter handle @kyrssy

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  19. As much as I hate to admit it I would probably have to say Shipper. Although, I enjoyed the journey, stumbling blocks and all. I kind of agree with Christine65 though, my perspective on things might have been different if Matt Bomer had stuck around. I think I still would have rooted for Chuck and Sarah though, the chemistry sucked me in.

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  20. The Chuck and Sarah relationship reached its peak in the motel room in Colonel. Unfortunately its been downhill since then. The scene with Sarah and Cole in the hotel in Beefcake was the hottest the show ever shot. For some inexplicable reason the producers decided to remove hotness from the show after season 2.

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  21. THE CHILDREN! THINK OF THE CHILDREN WHO MAKE UP 4% OF THE AUDIENCE!

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  22. I've always been different fan. Well, mostly of course To Ship. I love it when the plot develops between Sarah and Chuck, so when Chuck wants Sarah. This is so cute. I also liked when Chuck was with Lou. And Sarah, I can not see anyone except Chuck.

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  23. The writers' definition of hotness in the Chuck/Sarah relationship is to have Sarah dress up in a belly dancing outfit or hot lingerie to get something out of Chuck she wants, but that "something" isn't sex. It never leads anywhere.

    Otherwise, it's Ward and June Cleaver.

    I've noticed a hierarchy of "hot sex" on TV:

    Hottest: A couple who isn't supposed to be doing it. (Recent example: Will and the married, but estranged Alicia on The Good Wife)

    Next Hottest: Single, unmarried people doing it for the first time (example: Chuck and Sarah "almost" in Colonel)

    Next Hottest: Single, unmarried people in general

    Not so Hot: Married couples

    Least hot: Chuck and Sarah

    This is why I was in no hurry for Chuck and Sarah to become a committed couple. Once they went "cutesy" in that hotel room in Paris, there was no going back.

    It's ironic that the closest thing to a sex scene was when Chuck was hallucinating one in "Phase Three".

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  24. Ummm... Ellie and Awesome? Always hot!

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  25. haha...think of the children my ass :D

    My son has watched since Season 2 and will leave the room and find something else to do when there is 'too much kissing' (his words not mine) Curiously tho, it's only the parts where it's 'committed couple' kissing...

    He laughs about the silly sexual type situations, as he should (think belly dancing or Nacho Sampler)...maybe I just have a smarter than average 8 year old...

    I'm more bothered by the more graphic portrayal of violence of late (knife through Ryker's chest for example) Chuck used to be the most bloodless, non injuring displaying, show on TV.

    Which, being honest here, I think added to it's charm and silliness. Kind of the core attraction of the show. I mean, there was less blood when Chuck's Dad got shot/killed by Shaw, and that was a highly emotional, and pivotal moment. Just saying...(but I digress, tee hee)

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  26. “Have you seen the ratings of CHUCK?” asks Greenblatt. “Unfortunately that rabid fan base that was going crazy on the net, didn’t come to the show. Maybe it didn’t come to the show because it was Friday, but you think they would find the show. It’s doing a 1 rating. I think CHUCK’s time has come. CHUCK is over. Let’s alert the masses.”

    Burrrrrrn and so right.

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  27. "Ummm... Ellie and Awesome? Always hot!"

    Their scenes don't even come close to the Will & Alicia scene. Have we ever Ellie and Awesome doing simulated humping or orgasmic moaning?

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  28. Granted they are probably at the upper end of the "married couple" hotness hierarchy.

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  29. Oh to have seen Sarah's "O" face. Just once.

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  30. "heir scenes don't even come close to the Will & Alicia scene. Have we ever Ellie and Awesome doing simulated humping or orgasmic moaning?"

    Please take your WHORE WIFE shipping to another site.

    Thanks.

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  31. I agree with everything MediaSavant has said. That quote too. The best, haha :)

    Lindz

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  32. Lol, the first 2 comments.

    Lindz

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  33. I enjoyed C/S more when they weren't together. I also liked all the LIs, including Daniel Shaw. The Shaw/Sarah relationship could have been much better if they had ACTUALLY shown it more.. I mean in episodes like Beard and Final Exam we saw nothing of them as a couple really, not even sweet looks or holding hands or anything. I thought their flirting-romantic scenes in episodes like Mask, Fake Name and American Hero worked well. Sure, I never thought they were really in love, but there was clearly a physical attraction. I think Sarah finally decided to go for him after she saw him almost naked in FN. Did you see they way she devoured him with her eyes? Look, the girl was too lonely and Chuck was busy with Hannah. Was she supposed to wait for Chuck forever? Please!!

    Adriana

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  34. Mix of three. Shipper (Chuck/Sarah is one of my fav aspects of the show), anti-shipper (I did like Bryce/Sarah) and Crazy shipper (I hated Shaw, Jill, Hannah).

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  35. Anyone else thinks they hired new script supervisors season 3 onwards? Or should I say, sex supervisors? Teehee.

    You know the types.
    *Zac and Yvonne films hot chemistry-exploding scene*
    Sex supervisors: "ALERT THE CHURCH ELDEEERRSSS!!"

    CTWM (Chuck The Walker Movement)

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  36. Hugh shipper. I'm still waiting for Caskett to connect the dots. I fell in love with the show after the second episode. I said who's the blond ? New actress, Australian ? Zach Levi ? Well thanks to Chuck, Zach and Yvonne have shining careers ahead of them. Comic-con. Websites. Subway sandwich campaign. Fan videos, Charah. No show has ever been rescued from the chopping block 3 times like Chuck has. Now that's a loyal fan base. There probably will never be a show again getting this much attention. So I salute these fine actors, writers and crew that brought us 5 years of greatness. You will surely be missed. The NBC President Says “Chuck Is Over”. Well Chuck will live on and who in the hell will remember him. a**hole.

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  37. Ok so we all like a happy ending. Who doesn't. But was I alone screaming don't put them together too soon bec/ it's a show killer. I am sure it has been said before but story line became too much will they/won't they and not about the intersect or just plain fun spy stuff.

    As relationships go Sarah & Cole would have been definitely interesting. Sarah/Shaw seemed too forced for me. Now for Sarah/Chuck while the Colonel was good I think Honeymooners was last good C/S moment for me.

    Now with all the passion in this fandom there is the fringe shipper I will NEVER understand. You know who they are. The ones who cross Chuck into what most call reality. They are on tumblr hypothesizing why one person didn't attend the other's birthday. Will never be able to process why one doesn't follow the other on twitter. And best yet use twitter for all out assault on the REAL LIFE loved ones. Help should be sought for such delusion.

    Oops where did that come from? Sorry Head Greek Furious suppose yearrrsss of pent up frustration as gotten the best of me. But I do feel better now. Thank you.

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  38. Shipper in here... I love Zach and Yvonne....two words...Nothing Compares

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  39. He spells the shortened version of his name as "Zac" not "Zach."

    Just so you know... for future use.

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  40. Magnus — do you (or your ninjas) know if they FILM hotter scenes and then edit them down?


    Just curious..

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  41. I'm maybe a little bit of a shipper but I never realized how crazy they could be until recently I started reading the old episode discussion thread on the NBC forums. Everyone acted they would never watch the show again during the Jill arc. I even read any from when Shaw shows up, yet.

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  42. www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNrxDVocxvE. The Bartowski's new automobile. Weeeeeee.

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  43. totally a shipper who am I trying to fool, thats what got me to watch the show, waking up to while Chuck was confessing his love to Sarah in a vault, and then,clearly I just had to understand what happened and why they weren't together;)

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  44. I like them together, so I guess I'm a shipper.

    I'm not crazy about it though, it didn't make me hate Bryce Larkin, Lou, Jill or Cole Barker. I liked all those characters even if they could be seen as obstacles to Chuck and Sarah.

    I did dislike Shaw, but the whole first part of the S3 was just awful. I never re-watch those episodes. However, he was a pretty effect villain during the last few episodes of that season.

    I like that Chuck and Sarah got together during season 3, dragging on the will they or won't they any longer would have been bad imo. And I like that they've been together ever since, without break ups and relatively little drama between them.

    So uh yeah, I like Chuck and Sarah and I hope they get their happily ever after in two weeks.

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    1. "but the whole first part of the S3 was just awful"

      Some of the best episodes of the series.

      Crazy shipper, no doubt.

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  45. I am so crazy over Chuck and Sarah that I call them Charah sometimes lol. I just saw the 11th episode for S5 and I can't wait for the next episode. It breaks my heart to see that Sarah's memories for the last 5years has been erased. They'll be fighting each other, Chuck without the Intersect has no chance against Sarah the master spy. Chuck don't like fighting girls, what more when it's Sarah? I'm getting so emotional just thinking about it. I really like them to be together once more.

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  47. I like Chuck and Sarah and I hope they get their happily ever after in two days mate. The best episodes of the series. Crazy shipper here.

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  48. Hey, fuckin' dickhole who keeps trying to post that there is a rumor Yvonne and Zac are dating.

    1) BULLSHIT.
    2) Stop putting out bullshit you lying sack of shit.
    3) Zac and Yvonne are friends. Nothing more. Get over it you dickless wonder.

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  49. Sarah: Chuck, Kiss Me. Chuck: Do you remember anything ? Sarah: No. Chuck: Ok I gotta go. Hope you find yourself. I'll See you, I'm going to find Lou. Fade out.....

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    1. Funniest shit is that this douche posted twice trying to pretend to be two different people praising his idiotic point of view.

      EVEN THOUGH I HAD DELETED HIS COMMENT 4 HOURS BEFORE THEY COMMENTED! So how did they know what he said?

      Dumbass.

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    2. That mentally disturbed future stalker continues to try to post comments about me now because I won't let him post bullshit here.

      I think that is precious. He thinks himself superior because I delete his idiotic lunacy.

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    3. He's from Liverpool... now it all makes sense why he's such a twit.

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