- In the review of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, nostalgia movies and returns of old favourites are discussed at length, and the treatment they get falls definitely into the heart-warming category. SF Debris states that there are three types of nostalgia movies, and paradoxically, when he talks about movies of the third type, which are the most flawed of the three, the result is the pure heart-warmth:
SF Debris: The eternal flame nostalgia is a movie that you know has problems, but you're glad that you watched it — to see that it's back again. You're probably never going to watch it again, but you're happy just knowing that it's there. That you could go on to watch it if you ever really wanted to. It's the film equivalent of knowing that there's always a bed and a hot meal at mum's house if you ever needed it. Even though you know you never will. It's just good to know the flame hasn't completely gone out. So you can hope that maybe it'll be back again, and as good as you can remember.
- From his Firefly review of "Shindig": His treatment of Kaylee. Why the hell couldn't a girl dress in a gorgeous dress and feel pretty and enjoy herself at the ball if that's what she wants?
- This moment from the review of Firefly, episode "Out of Gas": When the crew are having dinner together, things seem very positive for them, and all the moments that are mentioned are very sweet, but especially when SF Debris points out that Zoe showed her concern for Wash by saving him a plate from dinner and that he adored her over it, which he should. It's in the voice. The way Chuck says it is... just aaww.
- The end of the Hogfather review, about how Terry Pratchett's work will live on long after his death, both his own and whatever his daughter will do to continue it.
To continue the tradition of stories and songs to be past from generation to generation, as they always had been, how else do we remember the old lessons and the wisdom. And the little lies that prepare us for the big ones, That fantasies, the ideas, and the wonder will remain, the great gift the he will always leave us. Works that do not deny the darkness of life, or the stupidity of humanity, and yet do not allow this to descend into pessimism and cynicism. To not destroy optimism, but to remind us, we can do better, and we will. And these are lessons and stories that we will treasure always. Long after we have left him, to the care, of the reaper man.
- Music montages and tributes:
- The usage of "Under Pressure" for the TNG finale "All Good Things."
- The end montage for Captain Kirk set to "Faithfully" in his review of Star Trek: Generations, which managed to be a more touching tribute to Kirk than the film was.
- For some, this was also a bit of a Tear Jerker... but in a good way.
- He did some familiar during his Star Trek: Nemesis review for Data which drew Superman comparisons.
- His "Skin of Evil" review beginning with a montage for Tasha set to "Knocking on Heaven's Door".
- The end montage in his review of WALL•E set to "In Your Eyes".
- His tribute to Elisabeth Sladen in the "Dr. Who: Seeds of Doom" review.
- His tribute to Leonard Nimoy set to "Baba Yetu".
- His dedication of the Star Trek (2009) review to Dennis "Ghost Rider" Mullan, a longtime online friend of Chuck's who went missing in New York City on December 31 2010, and has not been seen or heard from since.
- The opening to this 5th Anniversary Clip Show, when the characters from each of the various recaps join in song. The Trek characters all in-character, too. Or more to the point, they're all nods to Chuck's Alternate Character Interpretations. After five years, they're almost as much his characters as the series!
Londo: I love to have a drink
Sisko: I love to HIT THINGS
Data: I love my lifeforms ♪
Worf: I hate when Data sings
The Doctor: I love the whole world / With all its sights and sounds
Janeway: I love to shoot stuff!
Vultan: I love that HE'S ALIVE!!
River: I love to taste dreams
Harry: I hate to be alive!
Crichton: I love the whole world / And all its craziness
Kirk: I love green women
The Cat: I love when things are mine!
Picard: I love my relics
Female Shepard: I love to hold the line
Lone Gunmen: We love the whole world
Roy Batty: It's such a brilliant place
- In his look on Reg Barclay, he gives a concise, logical reasoning for why Seven of Nine is a very good love interest.
- The end of his review of Puella Magi Madoka Magica episode 10 showcasing the relationship and love between Madoka and Homura....set to 'Time After Time' by Cyndi Lauper.
- His analysis of the ending makes it that much more heartwarming, pointing out how Madoka essentially granted everyone's true wishes: Mami doesn't have to be alone, Kyoko can be a hero like she wanted, and Sayaka's selflessness will not end in misery.
- Also while Urobuchi says Homura failed in her task to save Madoka, Chuck manages to see it as victory, pointing out that because of Homura, Madoka will never become a witch and will never die and, by extent, no magical girl's wish will end in despair.
- His general bashing of how the crew of the Enterprise turned on Kirk in Star Trek V, especially bringing up Chekov and Sulu, who he mentioned in Star Trek III, decided to help Kirk despite that it would likely mean the end of the careers (despite not having the highest opinion of that film), without a second thought, and brings up Sulu's loyalty to Kirk in Star Trek VI as further signs of his true character and that it's further reason to pretend that V doesn't exist.
- A minor one, but during his review of Fair Haven he admitted that when he reached the end of Mass Effect 3 with his Femshep (no, not that one) and had to chose one of three endings in which only one would have Shepard survive he felt that there wasn't really a choice.
- In his reupload of "Shuttlepod One", he praises Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keeting for their performances and laments how their talents were wasted on episodes like this one.
- In that same review, he takes time to clarify that he is not prejudiced against Southern people, nor does he have any beef with Connor Trinneer's acting chops, and is instead poking fun at the fact that Tucker, while supposedly an engineering genius, often acts in stereotypical ways that undermine attempts to have him taken seriously.
- The pains he takes to make clear that he's not blaming Colin Baker for the initial cancellation of Doctor Who, in a video all about how his run was the beginning of the end.
- In "Skin of Evil", he does seem to sympathize with Denise Crosby's frustration over Tasha Yar's meager characterization in early TNG, noting how a scene as insignificant as Tasha chatting with Worf can still carry some weight and make it worthwhile. He even bemoans the fact that he had very few clips to utilize in the opening tribute.
- Especially when you know that Crosby herself said if she'd gotten more scenes like that one, she would have stayed.
- In "Yesterday's Enterprise", noting how it serves as a Bookend to "Skin of Evil". In "Skin of Evil", Tasha earned the respect of one Klingon (Worf), and in "Yesterday's Enterprise", she earns the respect of all Klingons for her Heroic Sacrifice.
- His review of "Sugar Dirt" (uploaded on Veteran's Day) begins with a two minute tribute to veterans of all wars.
- Which crosses into a moment of funny when, right after the title, he says "Now here's the part of the show where I get to be an ass!"
- In "These Are The Voyages...", as much as he hates Brannon Braga, Chuck grants some leniency for admitting how much he screwed up.
- On the tearjerker page, there's a section about Chuck's wife, who is mentally ill and left home for her own reasons. He updated a couple of weeks later, saying that he managed to talk to her uninterrupted and she came home. And then he thanks his viewers for offering their support.
- His defense of the Federation in Jem'Hadar about not backing down from the Dominion, considering his general disdain for Starfleet and the Federation.
- In his "Vincent and the Doctor" review, he quotes his father on why it's important to keep helping the mentally ill even if failure is inevitable.
Some once asked my father why he was going to so much trouble to do something for one of these mentally ill people that I've mentioned, because tomorrow it was just going to be forgotten and irrelevant. All he said to it was "I'm not doing it for tomorrow. I'm doing it for today.".
- Each episode of the Star Wars: The Old Republic: Imperial Agent Class Quest review has a segment where Chuck vents about something he hates about the game. For the final episode, Chuck clarifies that despite his venting about various game mechanics that suck, the game world itself is breathtaking and shows a long montage of all his various alts.
- This comment from the WALL•E review:
Chuck: You know, if there's a karma for robots, WALL-E will probably be reincarnated as a Dyson Sphere.
- Memorial Day 2017: His video he's chosen to release is Beast Wars most famous episode "Code of Hero". Framing the beginning and the end of the review are musical tributes to the heroism of warriors. The perfect tribute to the ending arc for the noble Dinobot and all the good he did in becoming a defender and hero in his final moments.
- The tenth anniversary video, featuring clips from everything Chuck has reviewed set to "In Time" by Robbie Robb.
- The end of The Hermit's Journey where Chuck discusses the legacy of George Lucas and how he's only human and thus has a balance of bad and good qualities. After closing his statement of the latter truly outweighing the former, we see the glimpse of Obi-Wan Kenobi being struck down by Darth Vader to the tune of Dreams to Dream