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Exposing the Goofy Editing Tricks and Shoddy Production Values of Last Night's "Chuck"

By Dustin Rowles | TV | October 19, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | October 19, 2010 |

The last few episodes of “Chuck,” instead of a traditional short recap, I’ve opted to do screen grabs, which is actually the only way I’ve managed to keep my sanity through this excruciating season. Honestly, at this point, Yvonne Strahovski in a bikini is the best thing the show has going for it. It’s completely fallen off the rails.

Anyway, in accumulating screen grabs, I spend chunks of the episode re-watching certain scenes in super slo-mo, in order to capture the right screen grab. What I’ve noticed over the course of the season won’t be any surprise to anyone, but it’s still interesting to note the editing tricks they use, what they try to pass off as high-tech gadgetry, and how — in slo-mo — nobody ever lands a punch.

There were no gratuitous Strahovski shots last night — I’d like to think that isolating and highlighting them has exposed the show for what’s it’s become: The Strahovski Bikini Hour. But, I doubt that’s the case — they probably just couldn’t find the right opportunity to expose her cleavage last night, which was probably one of the five worst episodes of “Chuck” since it began airing. So, instead, I will highlight some of the goofy things I picked up in slo-mo.

The Post, Multiple C4 Explosion Smoke Machine from Poison’s 1987 Tour


This Is As Close as Grimes’ Hand Came to Casey’s Face During the Bitch Slap


The Invisible Wires Clearly Pulling Up the Back Of Grimes’ Suit


The Back of a High Tech Gadget, Which Is Clearly a Suitcase with Some Computer Parts Glued On


The Front of the High Tech Gadget, Which They Flashed to For About a Millisecond — Is that a CB Radio or Something Else from the 70s?


Are these Gold Bullion Bars, or Candy Bars Wrapped in Gold Foil?


Coming Down from the Top of the Screen — that’s Supposed to Be a Live Electrical Wire. It Looks Like a Water Hose. And I Believe It’s Turned On


This Bad Guy Is Supposed to Be Jabbing that Flag Pin into Casey’s Hand


That’s As Close as That 2X4 Got to the Bald Man’s Head, Yet It Knocked Him Out


I Just Liked the Drunken Action Shot Here


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