Astrid (astridv) wrote,

Chuck fic and vid recs - master post

Okay, since it seems there are at least two other Chuck fans here (*waves*) I'm doing the fic rec compilation thing.
20 recs so far, sorted by length with longer fic listed at the top; mostly gen or canon pairings, and a couple crossovers.

Chuck fic | Crossovers | vids

Chuck fic

Chuck vs Five Men, One with a Knife by sharpasamarble
gen (with Chuck/Sarah UST, emphasis on 'U'); set in S1; adventure/drama; 70,687 words
Summary: On New Year's Day, Chuck contemplates his resolutions. But a group blunder on a simple mission has complex consequences for Team Chuck, leading each member down a road he didn't expect to travel.

It's rare to find a casefile-style fic with such a satisfying plot. The characterization is sharp and the relationship dynamics portrayed in an interesting way. The author captures the season one vibe well, and adds her own touch.
and a sequel:
Chuck vs the Strange Bedfellows
83,839 words; Chuck/Sarah/plot; Rating: T; Action/Adventure/Drama
Summary: With Valentine's Day approaching, Chuck decides Sarah's tears on the helipad might indicate a change of heart about the two of them dating for real. But work gets in the way in a new, and possibly permanent, fashion.

Chuck vs The Pacific Northwest by Nervert
Chuck/Sarah; PG-13; action-adventure; goes AU mid-season 3; 32,893 words
Summary: Chuck and Sarah find themselves alone in Seattle, cut off from their team. They must overcome the Ring, their own past, and the fact that life will never be the same again.

Chuck and Sarah are hunted, have to go into hiding and rely on their combined survival skills. The plot is suspenseful and satisfying: this author writes some of the most visual action scenes I've read, and I really like how they handle both the characterizations and the portrayal of Chuck's and Sarah's relationship too. My only nitpick would be that some of the longer dialogue sequences could use more action/dialogue tags for easier flow. But nevermind that; I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Chuck vs The Middle by flash-faker
gen-Chuck/Sarah/Casey pre-OT3; Rating: T; warning: some descriptions of gore; 24,255 words
Chuck's resilience in the field is tested, and Casey and Sarah have some decisions to make.
I saved this under INSTA-rec and then Work happened and I couldn't write my rec while the fic was still fresh in my mind. Anyway, it's one of those stories I had to read in one because I didn't want to stop, not because of non-stop action (it's character-driven though the background plot is solid) but because the character's inner life is just that gripping. I really like how the author gets into their heads and where she takes the characters.

Chuck vs The Emoticon by Ne71
Chuck/Sarah and gen; PG-13; humor/romance, 10,844 words
summary: Chuck and Sarah have an IM discussion. Silliness ensues. Now a multichapter! More Casey! More fighting! Seriously, there is.
Not the first messenger fic I've read but one that makes the most of the format. The first three parts in particular are really funny and inventive. (I'd say you need at least a passing familiarity with the characters and the setting for this fic to work.)

The Post-Black Friday Shopping Guide
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Chuck/Sarah, (Chuck/Sarah/Casey); also featuring the BuyMore crew, Ellie and Devon; post-ep; Spoilers: 4x10; 6882 words
Summary: After the Not-Thanksgiving, Chuck and Ellie aren't talking, Casey has security concerns, and Sarah's pizza-making skills leave something to be desired.

A Reasonable Facsimile
Characters: Morgan Grimes, General Beckman, and a boatload of sketchy OC's
Spoilers for 4x01; gen; PG; epidode tag, humor; 2600 words

This is delightful, funny and just the right amount of cracky. And it's perfectly in character, both for Morgan and for the show.

Chuck vs the one shot by valkrys_fic
mostly gen with a touch of Chuck/Sarah; PG-13; 2,037 words
Summary: Who ever said Chuck was no hero? Casey, probably :-D A little one shot with hurt and some comfort, incl. Chuck, Sarah, Casey and Ellie.

The idea isn't new; it's all in the execution. Well-done take on a standard fanfic theme, with spot-on character voices.
And really, with the way Chuck's been handling himself in the field from the beginning it's surprising something like this hasn't happened on the show yet.

Four Times Chuck Was a Hero By Being Nerdy by dotfic
Gen, PG (preseries-early season two); 2,200 words
What it says on the can. Quintessential Chuck: nerdy and heroic. <3

Casey vs. The Dorks by anenko
gen; ensemble; set in season 1; 2186 words
Summary: "I think that we really bonded."

The dialogue is so spot on, it's like I'm watching the show.

Easy Listening by emungere
gen; PG; Chuck & Casey; spoilers for 1x06; short
Killing Chuck is not an option. Not. An. Option. He has that written on a post-it stuck to his bathroom mirror, so it must be true.

some more Casey:
Knitting by Innie
gen with background Ellie/Devon; short
Summary: Casey gets roped in.
Yeah, so they're civilians, and he's sworn to protect them, but now that he's met them, he isn't so sure that he really would take a bullet for them. They're so wide-eyed and trusting, so full of enthusiasm and high-fives, treating him like he belonged in their weird little family. It's damn unsettling.


Doppelgänger by aelfgyfu_mead (SG-1/Chuck)
gen; G; crossover, humor; ~ 8600 words
summary: Casey is thrilled to head a mission once again, even if it involves impersonating some lowlife Ring agent who looks a lot like him. This Dave Dixon guy will never know what hit him.

Wait in the Van by Aelfgyfu (Chuck/White Collar)
gen; humor; 6,000 words
Summary: Peter kept telling Neal to wait in the van. Was it Neal's fault he didn't specify which one?
I don't actually know White Collar, but the story worked really well for me. If you're a Chuck fan, all you gotta know is that Neal is played by the same actor who plays Bryce Larkin and you're good to go.

Chuck Versus the Uncanny by rivkat (Chuck/SPN)
gen; Chuck, Sam, Dean, Casey, Sarah; humor; 2277 words
Dean turned, and in less than a blink the two of them were pointing guns at one another.
“Hey, no, hey!” Chuck protested. “This is a big, big misunderstanding. And now it’s a misunderstanding with guns, and I can’t help thinking that is a lot worse than your basic everyday misunderstanding, so maybe we can all back off—”

Diplomatic Mission to the Buy More by mahoni (Chuck/SGA)
gen; Chuck Bartowski, Elizabeth Weir, Jack O'Neill, Morgan Grimes; humor; 726 words
Summary: "Chuck Bartowski has the worst poker face of anyone I've ever met. Worse than Rodney and Carson put together."

crossover comment fic by shogunsquirrel (Chuck/Highlander)
gen; Chuck, Duncan, Methos; 380 words
Before he flashed, he figured the two guys in trench coats heading toward the counter were bad news. Anyone wearing a coat that long in Southern CA...
And then he flashed


Save Chuck
This is great fun to watch. It uses footage throughout the first three seasons but cut so out of context that it's practically spoiler free. I can imagine it'd make a really nice recruiter vid. Sooo... if you're curious and have no idea what the show is about, check out this vid to get an idea?
Set to Requiem for a Dream, which fits perfectly here! (I can't get enough of that soundtrack, even though it gets used a *lot* in fanvids).

Creator by talitha78 (streaming & dl)
Summary: Thrill is to make it up. My homage to Sarah Walker, ass-kicker extraordinaire.
Spoiler warnings: Uses clips only from Season 1.

Best Sarah vid I've found! The intro of the song took me some getting used to but the song turns out to be a perfect match. It's pretty fast so I googled the lyrics, which match the scenes - and the character - really well.
I like the idea that Sarah Walker creates her own reality. This ability is what makes her one of the best.

On the flipside she's someone who's gotten used to fake identities and lies since she was a girl, to the point where she's lost the sense of who she really is. Two sides of the coin... it's what makes her such a compelling character.

Victorious by tallisen
Song: Uprising; Artist: Muse
Characters: Chuck, Sarah, Casey, Bryce; Spoilers up to 3x04; streaming & download
Description: Team Chuck versus the World. This is my tribute to Team Chuck and everything wickedly awesome about them.

I really like this vid! I like it so much I downloaded the 500 MB uncompressed file so I can watch it over and over and not worry about broken links. This vid simply has a great energy - lyrics, music, and clips match perfectly, and the mix of action with a bit of humor fits the spirit of the show while adding its own touch.

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Tags: fic_recs:chuck, recs, vid_recs

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