In five years, Chuck
has done some of the most amazing things -- things that few other television shows could do. Despite being on the bubble at almost every season ending, Chuck
always found a way to bounce in the right direction, thanks to its steadfast fanbase. Despite not being signed on for a full fifth season, it is because of the fans that we get to see these 13 episodes. Scott Krinsky and Vik Sahay acknowledged this during a recent Chuck
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"NBC said when they picked us up for the final 13 episodes they specifically said 'We want to give this beloved show a proper send off' and I think that says it all right there, it's for the fans." said Scott Krinsky (who plays Jeff Barnes), during my trip to the Chuck set last month. When asked what he would like to say to the fans, he had no hesitations before saying "Thank you. The fact that we get to have an ending that has been written--that has been planned--I think it's because of our fans, because they have been here."
Despite their characters upping the humor of the show, Scott Krinsky and Vik Sahay (or from now on just "Scott" and "Vik," as it's a first-name basis kind of set) spoke about the show and the fans with a voice of sincerity and genuine appreciation.
When Vik was asked about his feelings about the dynamic between the show and the fans he stated "It's such an--I don't know if the word is 'honor'--to be a part of a show where the fans were so behind it, because it's so mysterious. It's so illusive how things connect with fans because you can kind of take all the pieces of why it should and put it together and it often doesn't. That kind of alchemy between the show and the fans is stunning... It's something I've never experienced before and it's so moving and I don't know if I will ever get a chance to feel that kind of back and forth again." There was a moment he fought back a few tears. (I think we all did, to be honest.)
Though there was sadness in the air, and there was a lot of serious conversations being had, and quite a bit of laughter too. So much, in fact, that we were relocated twice during conversations with Vik because he made us all laugh so much we were escorted outside.
We asked Scott and Vik about their characters and how it has felt growing with them and changing (or adapting to the change in Vik's case). Scott commented first about how it feels to play "normal" (is he though?). "It's been great... My character has been such an aloof substance abuser and then we find out it's not even the substances at all. He can keep doing those. They weren't causing the problems. The doctor said 'No keep drinking and keep taking pills, just don't sleep in your car!'"
Vik described Lester as a "sad, insecure man who is lashing out at the world." He doesn't think it's Lester's fault, he was just clearly raised poorly. "I think Lester is who he is. He is going to need some very deep therapy, and scream therapy, and isolation therapy in order to come back to anything resembling normal." explains Vik, adding, "He's broken. He's a broken boy, sadly. That's kind of why I love him. I feel his insides as I rage out against the world."
Both Scott and Vik agree that despite their differences Jeff and Lester make a great team, even now that Jeff has changed into a more upright citizen. "I think it was time for some kind of an alteration between these two [characters]. With a kind of wildcat like Lester, something was going to break and that was the form it took," said Vik.
Now that the dynamic of Jeff and Lester is balancing out as we approach the finale, I think one question lingers in everyone's mind: Will there be one last Jeffster performance? Though, I don't think I am technically allowed to confirm or deny my knowledge either way, I will say the day of filming did take place on location in a concert hall.
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Keep checking back with BuddyTV all week for more from my day on set. As if I need to remind any of you, the 2-hour Chuck
series finale airs this Friday, January 27th at 8/7c on NBC.
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