Tearjerker: SF Debris

  • Chuck has repeatedly mentioned that he has children; twin boys, to be precise. However, in the "Real Life" review, he takes a break from the Doctor losing his daughter in a holographic simulation of family life...to talk about how his sons were born ten weeks early and at two pounds each. He talks about how the second worse pain is when they stop breathing and you hope for them that they'll continue. Fortunately, they were able to beat the 49% survival probability.
    • Knowing this, his off-handed comment in the "The Begotten" review about his experience with childbirth suddenly hits a lot harder...
  • In his third 'phase' of VOY reviews — the others comprising his early YouTube videos and the re-uploads tailored to Janeway as a cosmic fascist—he's begun to go easy on the VOY crew. In "Workforce Pt. II", he reminds viewers that "Evil" Janeway is but one of two interpretations of Janeway's character, and takes a minute to soliloquize on the scope of Janeway's plight:
    "People have their limits, period. Picard had his in 'Family', or Sisko had his in 'Emissary'. Given the choice between watching your crew die one after the other—year after year—with home still decades away and a self-imposed isolation, or thinking that she could've resigned and taken a job on Earth with a husband and a pile of dogs, well... There's a lot of days where the former makes the latter look pretty damn good."
  • After his review of "Dear Doctor", Chuck shows a clip on Benjamin Sisko from In The Pale Moonlight where he says that saving a huge number of people is worth a guilty conscience...and then a clip of Phlox from Dear Doctor saying how Captain Archer now has his respect for letting an entire species die.
  • Janeway refusing to listen to Seven's request to save her father, who she's just reunited with.
  • Several of his tributes:
  • The end of the Hogfather review, where he has an utterly beautiful soliloquy about Terry Pratchett's own appointment with the Reaper Man. It actually sounds like he's choking back tears at one point.
  • 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 Music/CyndiLauper.
    • In his review of episode 9 when Madoka is trying to reach Sayaka, Chuck's voice seems to break a bit when he says it's not working, as if he was hoping it would despite knowing that it wouldn't.
  • The opening to the new Batman Beyond subseries, Jeff Buckley's cover of "Hallelujah" from Grace played over the scene of a middle-aged Bruce shutting down the Batcave for the last time, is oddly affecting.
  • His somber reflection on the meaning of Veteran's Day in "Sugar Dirt."
  • His coda for Enterprise in his review of These are the Voyages. Going out of his way to point out that the excuses fans made over the years don't justify the series's quality because the issue was in the leadership: Berman had too much control and refused to change the series to match the times and that when Manny Coto finally took over and updated the show to match the era, the damage was done. And at the end of it, pointing out that because it was Star Trek it had the guarantee of running for a few years while better shows (even deliberately singling out Braga's Threshold series) didn't get one.
  • In 2014, he confided that his wife suffers from mental illness and has been known to disappear for extended periods of time. Although the marriage is a very loving one, Chuck lives in dread of his wife not returning home. He's more worried about his children than himself.
    • Harsher in Hindsight: In the TOS episode, "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", he took umbrage with Nurse Chapel's admonishment of Spock over a (supposedly) garbled recording of her long-lost beau. "Have you been engaged?," she asked. Chuck shot back that if his wife left him for 5 years, he'd be grasping at straws and interpreting any, every voice as hers. This was closer to truth than we knew at the time...
  • His review of Endgame, the Voyager finale: he ends lamenting that the show had everything it needed to become a fantastic show, but never reached for it.
  • The opening to the review of "Skin of Evil", set to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan is a far more effective tribute than Star Trek: The Next Generation managed itself
  • In "Rise and Fall of the Comic Empire" Part 8, the fate of Mark Gruenwald at Marvel, a sensitive man whom it fell to to inform Marvel employees they had been laid off due to the company's troubles in the 90s, and to add insult to injury, seeing his favourite character, Captain America, subjected to the Heroes Reborn Rob Liefeld reboot. Gruenwald went home from work one Friday, didn't show up on Monday, and shortly thereafter was found dead. "I say this in all seriousness: Rob Liefeld made a comic so bad it may have killed a man."