The Panel: The whole gang was in attendance—creators Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz and cast members Zachary Levi, Joshua Gomez, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, and Mark Christopher Lawrence.
What We Saw: As in years past, the Chuck team produced an exclusive Comic-Con video presentation, including the obligatory highlight reel, a Ring indoctrination tape, and—yes—Jeffster’s “Bad Romance” dance routine. Nothing was quite as funny as last year’s, and the whole thing may have been too long given how rushed the rest of the panel felt.
What They Talked About: They thanked the fans. A lot. After all, they kind of have to. Chuck is a show that has faced cancellation on more than one occasion, and each time it’s been those diehard fans who've kept the show on the air. The creators didn’t have much to say about the past season, perhaps because everyone was more interested in hearing what’s ahead in Season 4. Josh Schwartz did comment on the contentious Agent Shaw and his Sarah/Chuck interception. “You know, he was a great villain, I think,” Schwartz said. “Chuck and Sarah have a pretty undeniable chemistry, and that’s hard to replicate. We’ve learned some things.”
Most Valuable Panelist: Tough to say, though as always, Adam Baldwin got the loudest response. That might have something to do with the fact that he starred on Firefly and guest-starred on Angel—and that he continues to name-check both.
Best Question From the Audience: What questions? The panel began late and ended before a Q&A; could begin. Kind of a bummer for all those fans who waited hours to get in.
Missing in Action: No one, really. Although it would have been nice to see—
Most Exciting News: Linda Hamilton! The original Sarah Connor is now confirmed to play Mama Bartowski next season. “Is everybody excited about who’s playing mom, by the way?” Schwartz asked to a suitable roar. Chuck’s mother (and his mommy issues) will be a big part of the season. Other guest stars, both new and returning: Olivia Munn, Dolph Lundgren, Isaiah “I’m on a horse” Mustafa, and Nicole Richie. Oh, and Chuck/Sarah fans? Schwartz teased, “I’m going to leave it ambiguous and say this year you’ll be very happy.”
But Wait, There’s More!: Want to know who’s going to be the next character to find out Chuck’s secret? Well, they’re not telling. But they did say Jeff will probably be the last to know. And that he’d likely forget about it, anyway.
The Bottom Line: As much as I love Chuck and its cast and crew, this year’s Comic-Con panel just wasn’t all that memorable. Jeffster didn’t even really perform: I would have loved to hear Lester’s best Lady Gaga vocals. I wish Chuck many future panels, but let’s try to kick it up again next year, OK? And save time for a Q&A;! Sheesh.