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    G 
  • Gag Censor: "I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT BOOBS ARE AWESOME!"
  • Gag Dub: The Duras Sisters' dialogue from Generations was transplanted onto a Dalek, then a Cylon, and finally Londo Mollari to illustrate that anybody could replace the sisters and not make a difference in the movie.
  • Gag Sub: The Astromech Spy series is this for R2-D2's "dialog" in Star Wars. Turns out that R2 is something of a Jerkass.
    • The "Whale Conversation" in Star Trek IV. Turns out that the Whale Probe is a Jewish Mother.
  • Genius Bonus / Overly-Long Gag:invoked Wall-E drinking in the sight of EVE. His pick-up line is the mathematical formula for graphing an egg shape.
  • Genre Savvy: In "Remember Me", Beverly figures out that Wesley's warp bubble experiment is causing the anomaly of the week because it's the only other notable thing in the episode.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: Virtually all of his episodes that were taken down from YouTube and reuploaded to Blip were re-recorded, usually with much better sound quality (because he has a better mic), though most were also re-written to varying extents. Occasionally, fans will remark that they preferred his original delivery of a given joke.
    • Chuck also started off reviewing the original versions of Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, even giving a lengthy explanation in the first episode he covered ("Space Seed") that he would not mock the effects simply because they were bad (since they were made in The Sixties). For unexplained reasons, he switched to reviewing the "remastered" episodes with the CGI effects when he moved to Blip (even though he pointedly did not do so with Red Dwarf).
  • The Ghost: "Lieutenant Nobody" in Star Trek: First Contact, the Enterprise-E's presumed tactical officer before Worf came aboard, who Chuck invents to mock the fact that no such character appears in the film. Over the course of the review he then becomes a Hypercompetent Sidekick who is utterly ignored by Picard and the others.
    • Larry the Invisible Interior Decorator from Sarek.
    • "Extra Man" from Voyager. His one line is a momentous occasion in the "Basics" review.
      • Even funnier: "Extra Man" is one of the few background characters who gets lines and a canon name spoken on screen. He's Lieutenant Ayala.
  • A God Am I: The interpretation Chuck gives to Kirk's statement at the end of Star Trek V that "Maybe God isn't out there; maybe he's right here [points to self]". It's obviously meant to imply that if God exists he could be in all of us, but coupled with Kirk and Shatner's ego it does give the impression that he's declaring himself God.
    • Riker after temporarily gaining the power of the Q in Hide and Q.
    Riker: Gaze upon me, the world's biggest douchebag!
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Janeway in "Year of Hell", though she's too agnostic to recognize angels, and the devil is too dimwitted. Instead, she winds up with "Shoulder Atom", "Shoulder Cowboy" (Who just wants to get out of there and he never comes back), "Alternate Shoulder Cowboy" (obviously the devil again, except wearing a stetson hat), and a tarantula who suggests eating everybody.
    • Shows up again in "Scientific Method" where this time, the tarantula has taken Shoulder Cowboy's hat (and identity). Janeway can't tell the difference.
  • Good Is Dumb: Actually, because the Mirror Universe inverts everything, it becomes "evil is dumb".
  • Good Ol' Boy: He interprets Trip Trucker as a stereotypical Deep South redneck turned Up to Eleven.
    Chuck: Tucker's grinning just like he caught himself a prize coon!
    • It seems the Enterprise writers may have been (ill-advisedly) going for this. See SF Debris's mocking Tucker's stereotypical love of catfish in the review of "Unexpected" and the baffling revelation in "Shuttlepod One" that Tucker, a chief engineer on a starship, supposedly has difficulty with basic pseudo-algebraic word problems and the just plain idiotic revelation in "...These Are The Voyages" that Trip learned starship engineering from fixing boats. It seems as though the writers forgot he was supposed to be a talented technician and just wrote him as a sort of 'George Bush in Space'.
  • Good Old Ways: discusses the topic, particularly the Ludd Was Right aspects, during his review of "Paradise" (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Star Trek: Insurrection. While he is personally not a fan of "Everything was better in the past," and especially dislikes Ludd Was Right tropes, he accepts that some people feel this way. He does, however, say technology has both good and bad sides, and to whitewash one side or the other is ignorant.
  • Got Me Doing It: "Translator Girl" in Miracle Day. It got so bad that Chuck randomly responded, "ACTING Grand Nagus Brunt! ...oh wait, wrong stupid, dead gag."
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Any shot that results in massive body rending will usually result in Chuck covering it up with footage of kittens playing in a laundry basket.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: Frederic Lance, from the Ministry of Important Bearded Guys. ("The Fall of Night")
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: This is one of his favorite metaphors for how to describe bad technobabble. ("Prototype")
    "You know it sounds like crap, and the more you know about it, the worse it is!"
  • Guns Are Worthless: Often points this out when ever phasers do not knock out a person but just make them stumble or fall over, not even reacting in pain.
  • Gushing About Characters You Like: Has a tendency to do this with THE Sisko. Generally, he gushes over characters he finds well-written and/or well-acted.
    • In earlier reviews, he had a minor tendency to do this with The Doctor, though it was usually because he was the Ensemble Dark Horse of the Voyager crew.
    • Seems to be heading in this direction with Scorpius. 'Imagine Spock if were a villain; sprinkle with some charisma and cunning, add a dash of Admiral Thrawn...'
    • Because Seska calls Janeway a total incompetent to her face, wants to forge alliances in order to protect themselves and actively screws with Neelix's head, this makes her most in line with his way of thinking.
      Chuck: I think I may be in love.
    • In his re-upload of In the Pale Moonlight, he acknowledges that he loves making Sisko is a badass jokes.
    • His opinion of Jun from Avatar: The Last Airbender. She's only in two episodes, but according to Chuck: She's hot, she's flexable, she uses a whip... and the clincher: Voiced by Jennifer Hale. He sums up his description of her with "Marry Me, Jun."
  • Gushing About Shows You Like: His Puella Magi Madoka Magica review eventually devolved into this, as he admitted in the review itself.

    H 
  • Harmless Villain: Mocks the Voyager writers for the fact that they seriously thought that the Kazon were any way intimidating. Chuck repeatedly jokes that the Kazon think a "secure prison" is a line on the floor you're told not to cross.
    • Goes onto point out that the writer's attempt to reverse this made it even worse, since they had to be taking direction from Seska (a Cardassian) in order to become dangerous. They were so pathetic as adversaries they couldn't even succeed on their own merits, so they had to rely on a member of an already credible race to beat Voyager for them.
    • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Subverted. Chuck believes the only reason the Kazon were able to take over Voyager during "Basics" was because the crew of Voyager happen to be just as stupid as they are.
    • He's less critical of Enterprise-D crew being fooled by the Pakleds in "Samaritan Snare", because it's obvious they know the Pakleds are morons and simply thought they were simply too dumb to try anything. Also the solution to the problem ultimately does rely on the Pakled's honestly being as dumb as a post.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: His guess as to what the hell Joker's watching on his private monitor.
    "Oh my god, that's... I didn't know Yeoman Chambers could that! ..And I really didn't know Legion could do THAT. Well, no wonder he's dancing all the time."
  • Heroic BSOD: During the review for "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy," a Fan Disservice scene involving The Doctor imagining that he's playing grab-ass with Janeway causes Chuck to shut down like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. He has to reboot in the same manner as Robocop to resume the review.
  • Hey, Its Mark Sheppard!: Invoked in his review of the Firefly episode "Shindig" when he notes that Mark Sheppard has appeared in pretty much every sci-fi series he reviews.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Defied in his review of Star Trek IV. Sulu said he was born in San Francisco, but Chuck said it was just too easy.
    • In the Show Within a Show of "Author, Author," the Doctor has made his own holo-novel with silly characterizations loosely based off the crew, and most of them are dead-accurate to Chuck's Alternate Character Interpretation invoked for everyone, including Janeway as a ruthless, gun-polishing tyrant named Jenkins. Chuck says it's as if somebody tried to write a Voyager episode based only off his reviews. One can only imagine how he'll react to "Living Witness".
      • As it turns out, he did review "Living Witness" and called the characters in it mild exaggerations of their usual selves. Incidentally, the episode also got a 10, although not because of that.
    • In the My Little Pony review, Rainbow Dash asks if Twilight is a spy, prompting Chuck to say that they should do a blood test to check if any of them are changelings. Cue the season 2 finale...
    • During the "A Night in Sickbay" review, Chuck likened the episode to a big screen juvenile comedy with Jack Black, commenting how "Jack Black isn't likely to start peeing on things... well, you never know." That same day was the release of the big screen juvenile comedy "Gulliver's Travels" which featured a scene of Jack Black peeing on things (although it should be noted that in this was an actual scene in the original "Gulliver's Travels," so it's not like it was added for juvenile comedy).
    • In his review of "Ties of Blood and Water", after Weyoun demonstrates the Vorta poison immunity by drinking some poison wine, Chuck mentions that a few months prior to the release of the review, scientists discovered that there is a creature that can actually counteract poisons naturally, even those of creatures it never came in contact with. Which creature? The possum. As Chuck puts it "Yes, Weyoun has an ability found in a creature that appears to die but you'll wind up seeing him walk around later".
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Janeway's father wasn't a believer in birthday parties. "He would just put my sister and I in a pit, and whoever crawled out first got a gift."
  • Hit You So Hard Your X Will Feel It: See Jeffrey Combs, under "Actor Allusion."
    • Scotty couldn't care less if you insult Kirk. But if any Klingon talks shit about the Enterprise, "he's gonna get hit in the face so hard, his whole race will lose their forehead ridges."
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: Ever-so-subtly implies that Janeway and Chakotay need to work on hiding their suspicions of each other. (VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")
    Janeway: Sooo... you're in the cargo bay! You know who else likes cargo bays? HITLER!!
    Chakotay: Hmmmmmmmm... that's just the KIND OF THING HITLER WOULD SAY!!
  • Hitler Cam: Chuck notes the show's tendency to make Janeway and/or Kate Mulgrew seem taller than she really is in his review of the episode "Parallax", showing a montage of such shots as the song "Big in Japan" plays.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: He criticises Voyager's use of these, such as "I didn't want to be a third nacelle", arguing that we still use phrases now such as "putting the cart before the horse" out of habit even though technology has moved on.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Calls out Starfleet on its abysmal small arms tactics, especially in Star Trek: Nemesis and even more so in the Voyager episode "Deadlock."
    Chuck: [from "Deadlock"] What follows is a ship defensive effort that makes Star Trek Nemesis look like 300. Tuvok and a nameless security officer exit the turbolift, knowing they're going up again hostile aliens, without the least bit of caution. And it only get worse from there! Tom Paris and nameless extras are running away up a corridor, but they keep running past obvious points of cover, preferring to be out in the middle of the hall while wearing a bright red shirt: a technique whose ineffectiveness was proven when the British lost to an army of farmers lead by a Virginian surveyor!
  • Hope Spot: Occasionally happens with Neelix. A great example is "Author, Author", in which Neelix actually manages to get through to the Doctor on the issues his holonovel is causing in a subtle, non-annoying way... and then he brings up another one of his "Talaxian Sayings".
  • How Can Santa Deliver All Those Toys?: A 2012 Christmas special short story "You Better Watch Out" (both text and video versions) presents an alternative interpretation of the history of Santa Claus (He was a con man in Austria whose punishment after death is to live up to his own and, later everybody else's description of himself), time is stopped while he makes his deliveries, but with a twist. When he wakes up the next morning, it's Christmas eve of the following year.
    • This is what catapulted Santa to the top of the Forbes magazine Fiction500: He is literally cursed with infinite wealth.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Overdubbing "Cotton Eye Joe" during Picard's dune buggy chase. Boy, what a bunch of schlock that was. Now stay tuned for the 2009 Star Trek review, "obviously a movie very, very different from this one!" [cut to Kirk fishtailing in his corvette to the same song]
    • When Picard rebukes Prof. Rasmussen's claim that his ready room decor would be of any interest to future historians, Chuck concurs — before noting that Picard's sacred Mintikan tapestry is CLEARLY missing from its usual place on the Captain's desk chair...
    • In "The Eleventh Hour", a plea for tolerance.
      "Some of Jon Pertwee's best stories were action-adventure technical thrillers. Tom Baker's best stories were often gothic horrors. Doctor Who is large enough to have room for all of these. —except for the pig men, YOU GO TO HELL!!
    • In "The Way We Weren't", calls the crew of Moya out for their treatment of Aeryn, after finding out she was part of the Peacekeeper squad that murdered Moya's previous Pilot, pointing out that they can't play the Never Hurt an Innocent Card when they once cut off Pilot's arm for their own purely selfish reasons!
    • Likewise, calls out Zhaan for being so judgmental when the very reason she is on Moya is because she murdered a man! And unlike Aeryn, who was Just Following Orders at the time, the reason that Zhaan committed murder was because she simply felt like it!
    • In "Initiations", when Chakotay talks about his people teaching him a man doesn't own land, having seemingly forgotten he was the leader of a guerrilla army dedicated to protecting their land.
    • Lays into Katara for this in his review of "Fire", that she constantly is berating people for doing actions that she herself has done in the past, which she can easily justify away as a being a good thing. However, he notes that this has always been one of character flaws and that thematically, it makes sense, since she's very close to a Start of Darkness during this story-arc.
    • In "Let He Who Is Without Sin", due to the episode side-stepping around actually using the word "Sex", Chuck notes the bizarre dichotomy present in American culture, where discussing matters of sexuality is taboo, yet depicting scenes of graphic violence is perfectly fine.
    • In "Menage a Troi", while he agrees that Lwaxana was right to be angry with the Ferengi removing her and Deanna's clothing via transporter; points out she has little reason to act so offended after learning that Ferengi do not permit women to wear clothing, when she constantly forces people to go to Betazoid weddings completely naked as per their custom.
    • In "Equinox", calls out the Voyager crew for acting morally superior to the Equinox crew, when they don't realise how lucky they are to have been living on the USS Reset Button all this time, instead of the USS Voyager... With Actual Consequences.
    • On the X-Files side, in "Ghost in the Machine" he calls out Mulder for always speaking up for dealing with aliens peacefully, but when it's an intelligent computer or a mutant he has no problem with killing it at the first chance.
  • Hypocritical Humor: ST: Insurrection: - the Cliff Notes version:
    Picard: We will not allow anyone to take you away from your homes, your village, your way of life! [crowd cheers] Now pack your shit up, we're leaving. [crowd cheers] We will not allow them to corrupt your vision of a life free from technology and violence! [crowd cheers] Now, let's set up these transport inhibitors and follow the instructions of the android while my people get the guns and bombs in position.
    "...you're not really dead as long as we all remember you. Now purge all records of her existence."
    • Tuvok yanking personal items off the persons of conscripted Maquis crewmen. ("Learning Curve") "We'll be flying through Borg space eventually, so we'll want you to be ready. You don't want to be transformed into identical drones whose every moment is mercilessly dictated to you, do you?"
    • Joked about the tedious overabundance of "Lol-cats" you see posted on the internet... then did one a Sight Gag in his "Genesis" review.
    • He opted to spare the rod with Lwaxana Troi, seeing as Majel Barrett is the First Lady of Trekdom and much-beloved.
      Lwaxana: If only (humans) would say what they mean, instead of hiding it!
      Chuck: Well, if you insist! (cue filibuster of hate)
    • On his Mass Effect 2 review where he talks about Jennifer Hale losing a video game voice acting award to Tricia Helfer (who won for Starcraft II) and stating that having Tricia Helfer in a game does not make it better. A few minutes later the review shows a scene with EDI leading Chuck to state that he loves games featuring Tricia Helfer.
    • The conspiracy nut in "Rose" who runs a Doctor-sighting website out of his suburban home.
      Chuck: Poor people. Having to put up with this hobby taking over— [shouts at family] Get Out! I told you , I am not "playing," I. AM. WORKING! Now get out! [comes back] Where was I?
    • Janeway scoffing at the idea of praying for salvation from the Borg. "Prayer! How ridiculous. I'm gonna go talk to my animal spirit guide." ("Scorpion")
    • "The Doctor's not terribly happy that someone would burn his favorite planet... well, his favorite planet now that Gallifrey is gone, ever since he— he burned it."
    • In the Code Of Honor review, the third part has a rant about the villain abusing the word "honor". The first part features an extended joke, complete with clip show, about how it's just a common Klingon name for their genitals.
    • Since Most Writers Are Male, it's odd that the male characters are always jealous types and the women can "switch their libido on/off like a lightswitch." Good thing we have Chuck to set those writers straight! ("Fascination")
      "The only way for you to demonstrate true gender equality, Trek, is for women to have a catfight resulting in torn clothing and lots of heavy breathing!"
    • During the Legend Of Korra review, Chuck made a point of refusing to use "Zutara" because he hates combining the names of characters in general. Well, during the exact same video, he illustrates his level of engagement with the character of Mako, by calling him "Commander Makotay." Nicely played. He also did it in another review when Janeway created "Kes-kotay," but this one is less hypocritical, as fused-name entities ("Tuvix") had previously appeared in Voyager.
    • The very first SFDebris video review had Chuck laughing at Chakotay's superstitions, wondering aloud whether he believes that taking someone's picture would steal their soul. Years later when making a cameo in one of Linkara's videos, Chuck does not appear in person (instead only his blue sun channel logo is shown), refusing to show his face because "cameras steal your soul". (This one probably qualifies as a very well done Brick Joke.)
    • Dr. Crusher, the only sane person left on Enterprise-D? ("Remember Me") To paraphrase Kafka, in one woman's struggle against the world—! ...bet on the world.
    Dr. Crusher: We will start with the assumption that I am not crazy! Do you concur, Dr. Arachnischnidt?
    Top hat-wearing tarantula with monocle: Indubitably!

    I 
  • I Call It Vera: Chuck let slip he refers to his laptop as "Ruby".
  • Icon of Rebellion: He speculates that Amon will end up becoming the Guy Fawkes of the Avatar universe.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: The intro to the Captain's Holiday review features the scene where Picard casually tosses a hand-held energy weapon into some bushes. This is followed by an amusing voice-over where a kid finds the weapon, vaporizes his own face with it while his mother screams in horror and all manner of chaos ensues. Well done, Captain.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Posits in "Defiant", that one of the motives of Thomas Riker that caused him to join the Maquis cause was a desire to differentiate himself from Commander Riker. In comparison, Will Riker is considered as a hero in the Federation, offered commands and who got all the breaks; while due to a transporter accident duplicating him, the other Riker then spent 8 years alone on a barren planet, only to finally be rescued but find himself now living in his own shadow.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Jokes that the closest he's come to military training is completing Mass Effect 2 on Insanity and spending hours shooting at Nazi-Zombies with his kids.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Generations begins with what might be a fitting metaphor for the film: A bottle of booze!
    "Like the viewers' hopes, the bottle's dashed within the first few minutes."
    • One does not simply walk into VOY without rum. *sound of clinking ice* ("The Disease")
    • He claims that whenever someone says "ancient" in Trek, he takes a drink. And not as a drinking game, but as a coping mechanism. From review of VOY's "The 37's".
    • In "Booby Trap", Picard asks Riker if he's ever fantasized about bottled ships. Chuck retorts that he's crawled inside enough bottles thanks to "Prophet in Lace."
  • I Resemble That Remark: Battlefield Earth is put on hold for a moment to allow Chuck a chance to explain that online reviewers are known for their hyperbole, and his opinion may not be construed a truth. Nevertheless,
    "This truly is one of the most amazingly awful works I have ever seen in my life. This film is a fractal of ineptitude, a huge piece of bad filmmaking that is shared by every individual piece as you zoom in on it further and further until you go beyond the subatomic and realize you're looking into the laughing visage of Satan and — okay, I kinda did descend into hyperbole, there..."
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: In "The Best of Both Worlds" Part 1.
    ...which considering the Borg love technology, is like thinking you can warn off a date rapist by saying you're wearing crotchless panties. You might say that's a tasteless metaphor. But you'd be completely wrong...it's a simile.
    • In DS9 episode "A Time to Stand":
      Jake: That's the kind of thing I would expect from an evil oligarchy bent on crushing the freedoms of everyone in the galaxy!
      Weyoun: There you go with the negativity.
      Jake: Well, it's true!
      Weyoun: Absolutely not! It's not an oligarchy, it's a theocracy.
    • Spock delivering the Exposition Dump for 'Balance of Terror":
      Spock: (real dialogue): As you may recall from your histories, this conflict was fought by our standards today with primitive atomic weapons—
      Archer: Hey!
      Spock —and in primitive space vessels.
      Archer: HEY!
      Spock (Chuck): ...Led by a collection of mentally disturbed, intellectually challenged apes, whose basic inability to function is an endless source of shame for Starfleet even today.
      Archer: HE-! ..Okay, I'll give you that one.
  • I'm Thinking It Over!: "Resolutions"
    Chakotay: Could we live with ourselves? Knowing we sent Voyager into that kind of danger? (pregnant pause) Captain—?
    Janeway: Quiet, I'm thinking.
  • Improbably High IQ: In his review of ''The Nth Degree" after Barclay claims to have an IQ of 1200-1450:
  • If You Die I Call Your Stuff: The EMH calls dibs on Tom's Creed collection in "Threshold." Thanks, Doc.
  • In the Future, Humans Will Be One Race: Or one culture, anyway. Chuck has taken TNG to task for its apparent belief that the ostensibly multicultural Federation thinks that Earth only follows Western conventions, namely weddings and family names.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: Reenactments of B&B behind closed doors. Berman is convinced that Brannon's name is "Brandon" despite working with him for decades, and the duo refuse to field suggestions from any writer besides each other.
    "How is it possible to know so little about science and fiction, and run a science fiction show?!" ("These Are the Voyages...")
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: As "Innocence" opens, Chuck frantically tries to interest his audience in Marxist theory...
    ("I'd rather explore the life cycle of a fruit fly than sit through this slow motion collision between stupid and dull.")
  • Informed Attribute: His irritation with Captain Okona being ladled with reverence by the Enterprise's crew for supposedly being a tough rebellious Han Solo-type rogue, when we see 'absolutely no evidence of this'', drives him to Unstoppable Rage.
    • And Neelix... well, just about any skill he claims to have, don't expect the plot to actually show him making good on it.
    Sf Debris: Neelix has conned people into thinking he's a survival expert...
    • Also points in the Voyager episode "The 37s" that this makes the conflict in the latter half of the episode impossible to empathize with. As much as we're told that the cities built by the native humans are incredible, breathtaking achievements, we never actually see them. Thus, we simply cannot care about the crew's dilemma on whether to stay or keep heading toward Earth because we can't see why they would want to stay so badly that they'd abandon the goal they'd spent the entire show working toward.
    • Chakotay, because he's always been a... [sound of dice roll] [insert profession here]! Chuck once suggested that his real rank is Chief Religious Experience Officer.
    • Torres is put in charge of a rock-climbing mission because of her vast scientific experience - "You know, the fact that she doesn't know that space is three dimensions, and that she can't identify crap even with a tricorder."
    • Riker's valentine to Okona - that he's a "man who lives by his own rules. He does what he does by choice. His choice."
    "Where the hell did THAT come from? The casting sheet? How would you know, Riker? Did you read Wes' biography on Wikipedia? Cause I got two words for ya, pal: CITATION NEEDED.
    • The Doctor showing off his snaps from last year, taken with the camera he got this season. "He was quite a shutterbug back in that day!"
    • One of the complaints about "Investigations" is Neelix having a show, claiming that there is a juggler... and the juggling (and juggler) is off-screen. The show was so lazy they couldn't even show someone juggling!
    • Lampshades how by the Voyager era of Trek, the scientifically-minded, enlightened crews of Federation starships immediately respond to pretty much every dangerous spacial anomaly they encounter by shooting them.
  • Insult to Rocks: To Counselor Troi in "Code of Honor": "Why don't you hold that lamp up, so the table isn't out-performing you in terms of helpfulness?"
    • Would have compared "The Q and the Grey" to sitcoms, except that it would be an insult to sitcoms.
    • When stacked next to "Twisted", "Threshold" comes out looking pretty good.
      Chuck: "Threshold" was a slow car wreck. "Twisted" is like watching tarantulas fuck.
    • "A Night In Sickbay" rode past character assassination all the way to "character lynching", then tied their remains to a car bumper until they exploded into blood and gibs.
    • The time travel logic employed in Generations makes Hot Tub Time Machine look genius by comparison... if only because the latter contained tits.
    • The homeworld of the Kelemane has a core made of tachyons. "Which is less scientific than a core made of fairy shit." ("Blink of an Eye")
    • "I'd ask whatever it was Braga was smoking [when he wrote "Threshold"], but I get the feeling it's Cascade dish soap."
    • "Our Man Bashir" was not dignified with the 'thinly-veiled James Bond' label. That presumes you're wearing a veil made of cellophane. (Famously, MGM's lawyers echoed that sentiment.)
    • They say that an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite number of typewriters could eventually reproduce Shakespeare, but For "Profit and Lace"...
      "Three monkeys, no typewriters, just a whole lot of masturbation and shit-throwing would've accomplished the same thing."
    • "Way to Eden": Even as a flop, it's a flop.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: "VOYAGER BRING GOOD THE KOMEDY!"
    • Chekhov insisting that he is "as American as apple cake!" (Star Trek IV)
  • Ironic Echo: "I never trusted Troi's piloting, and I never will. I can never forgive her for the death of my fish." (First Contact)
    • In the Star Trek: Nemesis review, while Picard and company are joyriding on the clearly pre-Warp planet and making a total spectacle of themselves, he dubs in some thoughts from a different Starfleet Captain:
    Kirk: It seems impossible. A Star Captain's most solemn oath, is that he will he give his life, even his entire crew... rather than violate the Prime Directive.
    • Eulogized the Borg Queen as a badly-conceived plot device, in ways and dimensions we cannot fathom. (First Contact) This is in reply to the Queen's sneer at Data for "thinking three-dimensionally."
    • Star Trek: Insurrection: "This village is a sanctuary of life."
      "Yeah? Well, my fist is an instrument of shut the hell up. And if you wanna find out, just keep talking. It's ever ready for a knockdown blow.
    • In "Observer Effect", an infected Tripp is ready to throw in the towel.
      Tripp: I remember Biology 101, Captain. Humans are carbon-based. Our immune system can't fight silicon.
      Chuck: I remember "Shuttlepod One." What you know about biology can fit in a gnat's asshole.
    • Riker wants to save his newfound love interest. Picard notes it's against the Prime Directive, but Riker remains angry. Chuck throws back the same words Riker said in "Pen Pals" to justify doing nothing to save an alien race:
      Chuck: Hey Riker, "if there is a cosmic plan, is it not the height of hubris to think that you should interfere"? Funny that you'll calmly argue about letting a whole world die, but you'll unleash all hell when it comes to your cock. ("The Outcast")
    • His response to Lwaxana Troi's list of credentials. (TNG: Haven)
    • He later referred to Lwaxana as "daughter of the House of Usher or whatever..." and "the daughter of the daughter of the House of Pancakes".("Ménage à Troi")
    • "The Bonding" (TNG) comes off as hilarious when paired beside "The Menagerie" (TOS)
      Picard: Do you honestly believe he would be happy in this total fiction?
      Captain Pike: (beeps "YES")
      Picard: QUIET! No one asked you!
    • Phlox always registers sexual tension whenever Archer is angry with someone — even when Archer is angry with HIM. ("A Night in Sickbay")
    • "Dear Doctor" closed with Ben Sisko's log entry from "In the Pale Moonlight" in which he laid his sins bare. It plays starkly against Phlox's log entry and plucky complicity in genocide, to the accompaniment of banal end-episode music.
    • In "The End of Time", he inverts the Ninth Doctor's tirade from "Dalek" about the Dalek's need to kill, to the Doctor's need to save.
    SF Debris: If you can't save people... what good are you?
    • Riker uncovering his newly-hatched clone in "Up the Long Ladder". Have we come upon the greatest moral dilemma that Trek has ever known??
      "This is a real problem, isn't it? The episodes we've been watching have been reminding us of the preciousness of life. The Vulcans in "Carbon Creek" learned that it was worth preserving and nurturing. And in "Whispers", we learned that even if one is a duplicate, one is still a man, still capable of all that any man is, and having the capacity think and feel to the same degree. And if one has that capacity, such a life is as worth much as anyone else'. Wow. The question now that must be very carefully considered is— (Riker vaporizes his clone)oh. Well, fuck that, I guess."
    • As of "Evolution", Chuck's gets a lot of mileage out of Riker's assertion "combats skills are a minor province of a starship Captain."
      Janeway: Yeah, you know what else is a minor province? Your wiener.
    • During the intro for the review of the Doctor Who episode "Fear Her", Chuck quotes Matthew Graham, the author of the episode, as saying that he (Graham) doesn't care that many older fans dislike the episode, since "it wasn't meant for them". Chuck gleefully replies:
    Chuck: I had no idea you could do that! That is so awesome! Ok, ok, ok: I am going to tear this crap episode apart. Are you tempted to react badly to that? Well, that's a shame, because... It's not meant for youuuuuuuu! Hahahahaha.
  • Ironic Hell: His response to Neelix presiding over the afterlife as "Ambassador to the Recently-Deceased." ("Barge of the Dead")
    (venomously) "I shoulda known. The only thing worse than Pinhead... is Shithead."
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?: Oh great. Immolated goldshirts. Where's Crusher when you need her? (ST: Insurrection)
    "Quick, someone get them to the Doc—! ...oh, wait, I forgot. Our Doctor's running around the mountain to firm up her tits."
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Pulaski's insistence on mispronouncing "Day-ta" as "Da-tuh". Chuck notes this is akin to calling the ship the USS Enter-prez-say.
    • He's infuriated with the stories that Stuart Baird kept mispronouncing Levar Burton's name on the set of Nemesis, especially since Burton was far more qualified to direct the movie than him.
    • Pokes fun at the early attempts to highlight Chakotay as a Native American with an ethnic pronunciation of his name.
    Torres: I've never found your twisted sense of humour funny, CHA-kot-tay.
    Chuck: Did she just call him "Chocolate Day"?
    • In his review of Threshold, he explained how you pronounce niche in American English. And if some biche doesn't like it, they should complain somewhere else.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: The intros he does for each show mix recognisable moments from famously bad episodes with moments like these from episodes that might be good but look ridiculous without context.
  • It Will Never Catch On:
    • Combines with This Is Going To Be Huge for this hypothetical conversation between George Lucas and Steve Jobs in 1998:
      George Lucas: Yeah, what is it, Steve?
      Steve Jobs: Hey, I just wanted to thank you again for that sweet, sweet deal with Pixar.
      George Lucas: Yeah, yeah, glad to see you're putting it to good use. We were hoping to use it to realize concepts never achievable on film, you make friggin' Babes in Toyland and punk some ants. What do you want?
      Steve Jobs: Look, I know you're unhappy about how Pixar's a success and that we're working with Disney now...
      Steve Jobs: So, I wanted to help get you in on the same kind of great deal, get in on the ground floor of this new project of mine. See, these guys, they're at FingerWorks, have just started up with this "touchscreen technology." If we bought them out...
      George Lucas: [dismissively] Yeah, that's nice, but I'm a little busy making The Phantom Menace, aka "The Greatest Movie Ever Made"!
      Steve Jobs: And we're all really excited about that, George, but just think! We could have a phone...with a touchscreen! It'll be huge!
      George Lucas: ...sure, Steve. Yeah, I'm going to invest in your super-duper phone, that's where the future's at. Listen, I don't want to keep you from your hemp-tasting contest or whatever it is you're into, so I'm gonna let you go and get back to working on my speeches for all the Oscars I'm about to win, okay?
    • From his review of Space: Above and Beyond's pilot, after two characters make fun of the idea of calling the villains "walkers":
    Chuck: "Yeah, any show with bad guys called 'walkers' wouldn't last half as long as "Above and Beyond" did."note 

    J 
  • Japan Takes Over the World: Jokingly referenced in Who's "The End of the World." When the Doctor travels to the "New Roman Empire" of 12,005 AD.
    "ALL HAIL CAESAR NAKAMORA!"
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Chuck holds this view for Janeway, stating that there was several times she could have instantly got them home - but refused because of Starfleet regulations and/or didn't think things through. Heck, he thinks she is the very reason they were stuck in the Delta quadrant, unwilling to just stick a time bomb (or a crew member with a bomb) into the Caretaker's array, to blow it up after the array had sent them home, although some fans disagree with this assessment.
    Chuck: Another [reason they couldn't use the array] is that there was a time factor and the Kazon had reinforcements on the way. First, they didn't know about the reinforcements until after Janeway made the decision, so unless the argument is that Janeway is psychic (and that's psychic, not psychotic), that wasn't a factor in her thinking at all and at no point does anyone suggest is a problem, except during the fight and no one brings up the time factor once the battle's been won."
    • Neelix is blamed as well, such as the several times where his cooking has poisoned the ship; as in, not just the crew but the actual ship, including once with a virus from homemade cheese and another time giving it fleas!
      • He's applied this literally to Neelix when pointing out just how terrible a "survival expert" he is and how his advice has lead to people either nearly or actually dying, whilst doing things that Neelix told them to do.
    "The only way Neelix will help anyone survive is if they eat him".
    • Why Starfleet should simply fire Captain Archer in Enterprise. Chuck sees him as a hobo that never spent a day in Starfleet and jokes that humanity probably jumped forward a century in progress the moment he was taken out of command.

    K 
  • Karmic Death: He notes how perfect Keevan's death was. He let his men die needlessly in an ambush he helped set up so he could live comfortably in a Federation prison and gloated amid the corpses of his men to his captors that if he had a bit more Ketracel White, their positions would be reversed. His final fate? In the process of being traded for a seemingly random civilian, where he faces the prospect of a grim interrogation and execution, he gets gunned down accidentally over a dispute over payment, reanimated via neural stimulators to make the trade, and his final resting place is an abandoned space station, walking into a bulkhead until his legs or his nerves give out.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Some fans tried to do this after Chuck removed all his reviews from YouTube, by re-uploading copies of his video reviews to the site. Unfortunately, all they ended up doing was proving that Chuck's decision had been the right one, as Viacom squashed the new uploads almost as soon as they went up.
    • Some fan-made archives still exist, off of YouTube, though they aren't too easy to find. The original videos are not 100% identical to the remade ones, so they still remain archive-worthy.
  • Kicked Upstairs: In "Friendship One," Chuck notes how distraught Janeway is after the death of Lieutenant Carey. He begins to wonder if the real in-universe reason she was bumped up to Admiral was that she was too popular to retire, but the seven year ordeal in the Delta Quadrant left her dealing with depression, uncertainty, and guilt, that she could simply no longer captain a starship.
  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Chuck feels this, especially since Plot Armor kicks in whenever it feels like on energy-based weapons. He mentions the TR-116 from the episode "Field of Fire," and says it was abandoned "because it actually worked."
    • Then laments in "Terra Nova" that no, even machine guns will obey the laws of Plot Armor.
  • Konami Code: Used by Picard in Brothers and mentioned as the Kolrami Code in Peak Performance.

    L 
  • Ladies and Germs: Janeway mixing up her keynote speeches in "Timeless".
    "Ladies and gentlemen, people of Melator V, as you lay prostrate before me, your cities burning, you streets covered in blood and ash— crap, these are the wrong cards. Gonna have to wing it. Crew of Voyager, as you lay prostrate before me..."
  • Large Ham:
    • Points out the bizarreness of how Worf utters "Laaaasers!" in "The Outrageous Okona".
    • Chuck argues that the body-switched Kirk in "Turnabout Intruder" is even more over-the-top than the regular Kirk.
    • Omega in The Three Doctors: "That's the kind of performance where BRIAN BLESSED tells you to take it down a notch."
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In Unexpected, Chuck barely comes out of his rant about the episode's insensitive treatment of what amounts to rape when T'Pol makes a joke about how it's really Tucker's fault.
    Chuck: You're a complete cun . . . temptible person.
  • Law of Alien Names: Hilariously exaggerated in his review of The X-Files pilot episode when the FBI section chief asks how a case involving the paranormal would be prosecuted.
    SF Debris: I point you to the disastrous case of Kramer vs. Gelavan-pah-doi!-doi!-bloop-ooh-ueh-fwuh-whoop-whulululululuh which showed how difficult jurisdiction can be in establishing these cases.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Jokingly used in-universe. Sybok seems to be echoing Director William Shatner's panicked thoughts during his movie premiere.
    "This is my doing! My arrogance! My vanity!!"
    • Patrick Stewart gets his first looks at the Star Trek XI Script: "No! WRONG! It Is WROOOONG!!"
    • Picard tries to close out "The Naked Now" with An Aesop, but Chuck agrees that Tasha's line is more relevant:
      "I'm only going to tell you this just once: IT NEVER HAPPENED."
    • With Dr. Gieger ranting about the "soulless minions of orthodoxity", Chuck surmises that VOY's writers are out to get him. ("In the Cards")
    • The Viceroy kindly speaks for the audience. "...This was a mistake. We're wasting time."
  • Leitmotif: The song "Big in Japan" for Janeway, first used in the Hitler Cam example above, has gradually been adapted into this.
  • Les Yay Shipping: In his review of the Doctor Who episode "Gridlock" he mentions that, as far as he's concerned, Nyssa and Tegan are the first homosexual couple in DW history. He considers them having sex for the first time (in Fan Fic) equally as groundbreaking and important as the Face of Boe's final words to the Doctor. invoked
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Said word for word after his exposition song at the beginning of the Star Trek: Generations review.
  • Logic Bomb: Tried researching to see if Lieutenants are actually allowed to give orders to a Lt. Commander. But the question was so nonsensical, "Google justs breaks and starts showing pictures of porn." (Insurrection)
    • They actually can as most Navies have distinctions between officers that can command at sea and those that can't. Some navies refer to "Deck" (Command) and "Engineering" (Technical) officers, while the United States uses the designation Restricted and Unrestricted Line Officers.
  • Long List: Pops up occasionally, like when describing the various functions of the Sonic Screwdriver in his Doctor Who "Lost In Time" series.
    Chuck: Among many other things, it can be: used as a tri-corder; light; increase single strength or make them operate within the range of human hearing; open locks; cut metal; weld metal; solder; make machines explode; remotely detonate mines; alter the controls of the tardis; tint glass, charge a battery; ignite candles; torches or swamp gas; open a crack in the space-time continuum and function as a garage door opener. The doctor here has chosen to use the sonic screwdriver to turn a screw. Like THAT'S believable.
  • Love to Hate: It's become obvious that this is how he feels about Janeway. He interrupts his review of Star Trek: Nemesis to go an almost three-minute tirade reframing the plot of the movie as a especially convoluted plan orchestrated by Janeway that would give her total control of the Alpha Quadrant. invoked
    Chuck: Self-indulgent? Yeah... but cut me some slack, man, I will never get a chance to do this again!
    • He finally admits this in his re-upload of "The Cloud"note :
    Chuck: It's probably obvious that I don't care for Janeway one bit - at least, as the protagonist. Nothing confuses Janeway fans quite like telling them, "I love Janeway! She's my favorite villain!"
    • Contrast his vitriolic loathing for Neelix, Pulaski, Okona, or pretty much anyone from Enterprise save Reed (since Reed actually demonstrates at least some level of competence and Chuck can get a lot of mileage out of Reed's apparent fetish for weapons).
    • And Kyuubey.
  • Lowest Common Denominator: Invoked at the end of his Equinox review, he accuses Voyager of appealing to this, to the detriment of the shows quality.


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