YMMV: SF Debris

  • Acceptable Targets: As stated in his review of "Conscience of the King", Chuck is very much an equal-opportunities offender, leaving no-one and nothing Star Trek-related sacred.
    • Hippies and anything tangentially related to the 80's New Age movement.
    • Socialists are taken out back to the woodshed.
    • Whenever possible, he makes a jab at Vladimir Putin, calling his running of Russia a "USSR tribute cover band."
    • A much deserved Take That at renowned anti-vaccine advocate Jenny McCarthy, comparing her to the nanogenes in "The Doctor Dances" (believing they're saving the world when they're really destroying it).
    • In Star Trek: Neelix, Wesley, Adric, Lwaxana Troi, Dr. Pulaski and the "Outrageous" Okona.
    • Oswald Danes, who he makes clear isn't just a The Scrappy to him, he's plain a mistake to include in the first place.
    • Michael Grade, who let his personal vendetta against Doctor Who tank the show.
    • Writers and producers have been a frequent target. Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, the former especially in his reviews of Enterprise. Jeri "Pantsuit" Taylor for living vicariously through Cap. Janeway, among other faults. And he'll gleefully savage Maurice Hurley at every opportunity.
    • The food at McDonald's. Since he mentioned he's still not over that grudge, it's safe to assume it made him badly sick once.
    • Rush Limbaugh.
    • David Cameron -the epitome of Ambition Is Evil - and his lovely "wife" Nick Clegg
  • Adaptation Displacement: The video reviews started life in text format; many of the earliest Opinionated Voyager Guides were taken verbatim from the text-only versions. This helps to explain the Early Installment Weirdness, as they predate all the catch phrases and running gags he introduced later (though he's been shoehorning them in ever since he started re-uploading them).
  • Anvilicious: When Chuck gets all moral, he lays the speech on thick.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: His review of The Outrageous Okona pauses for a couple of minutes while he conducts a hilarious "battle of the wikis" between Wookieepedia and Memory Alpha. He compares their web pages that are devoted to breasts.
    • His recap of Next Generation events in his Star Trek: Generations review (sung to the tune of the William Tell Overture), which he specifically warns never to bring up again as soon as it's over. Fans are still bringing it up - by requesting the song in audio format. It's widely considered a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    • After seeing Riker in a coma during Shades of Gray, Chuck cuts to...wait for it...a floating Riker head bobbing along to Donuts, Go Nuts!
    • And he pauses mid review of Profit and Lace to talk about the wonders of Quaker Oats products.
  • Crazy Awesome: His version of Janeway, especially after the events of the "Unimatrix Zero" review, where her plan A to fight the Borg involves getting assimilated.
    • Two words. MIND-BOMB!
      • Ironically, this would make Janeway one of the greatest heroes of the Dominion War. If that fleet got through, the Federation would have lost the war however, it was just so that the Dominion wouldn't conquer it out from under her.
      • Also, in place of Good Angel, Bad Angel, she apparently has bad angel, an atom embodying her intelligence, a confused cowboy (whose identity shoulder devil would steal), and...a hungry spider. A spider whose only solution to problems is to eat them, and desires to consume all of creation? Ungoliant, perhaps?
      • The description for "The Magics of Megas-tu:"
    "We return to Opinionated Animated Episode Guide with the Magicks of Megas-tu. The Enterprise flies to the center of the galaxy where reality gets silly, then they meet Lucifer and are put on trial by pilgrims. This series is the best."
    • His version of the Warden, Tim the Enchanter, whose goal in life is to find the most creative and hilarious ways of killing people with magic, and is a Blood Knight that would make a Klingon proud.
  • Critical Research Failure: A minor one- Chuck says in his Batman Beyond review that the movie was censored because it was judged too violent. While that helped, the real catalyst was the Columbine Shooting that occurred before the film came out.
    • Another small error in his review of The X-Files episode "Aubrey", where Chuck says Harry Cokley (a suspect in unsolved serial murders from the 1940s) did only 8 years for attempted murder and rape. In the dialogue, however, it's said he was convicted in 1945 and released December 5th, 1993, meaning he must have served 48 years at least.
    • Another error in the "Encounter at Farpoint" review: while on a rant about actors with foreign accents playing roles of a completely different nationality, he mentions Sean Connery playing a Russian. However, Captain Ramius was Lithuanian.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: From the reboot, about the death of Spock's mother: "Yo momma so dead, the only thing going down on her now are the worms!"
    • In the review of the STAS episode "Yesteryear", when talking about putting down fictional animals, Chuck mentions the time when Rainbow Dash broke her leg and had to be put down. Smash-cut to "I can still fly!" BANG!
    • Describing the Silence from Doctor Who as having the power to make you forget about them the second they're not in your line of sight, "like homeless people."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Using "Adiemus" as the theme song for his Farscape reviews. The song and the show work so well together, it's amazing to think they're actually completely unrelated.
    • Similarly, AC/DC's "Who Made Who" is a quite fitting theme song for Blade Runner.
    • "Eve of Destruction" as the theme for the Evangelion review is pitch-perfect, especially with the shot of the blood-red sea during the lyric about bodies floating in the River Jordan.
    • Also, Johnny Cash's "When the Man Comes Around" is used to excellent effect during the opening of his review of The Day After
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Discussed in his Avatar review, where he opines that he doesn't believe Azula deserves much or any of the sympathy fans often give her because although her upbringing explains some of her tendencies, it doesn't excuse them and unlike other characters with similar or worse upbringings that work to overcome their flaws, she does nothing to get over hers.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Chuck has done jokes about Captain Picard having a Hilariously Abusive Childhood and in particular one reference to him being attacked by his drunken father. Sadly, Who Do You Think You Are? revealed that Patrick Stewart actually did have an abusive father, lending an uncomfortable unintentional Reality Subtext to the whole thing. Acknowledged in his review of "Suddenly Human", where Chuck makes another joke about Picard's abusive parents while subtitles clarify that jokes about Picard are not about Patrick Stewart.
  • Genius Bonus: Ensign Darwin is dead. Chuck's prime suspect: Richard Owen.
    • In "The Naked Now", he jokes about the Cyrillic lettering on the USS Tsiolkovsky's dedication plaque, specifically claiming that Russia is so poor that they have to use the number 3 instead of a letter. The 3-looking letter is actually the Cyrillic letter Z, but Chuck never mentions this. Then, in a Genius Bonus Brick Joke later in the episode, he calls Wesley a "spaz - S, P, A, three, spaz!" In fact, this was so much of a genius bonus that he actually had people trying to correct him in the comments.
    • The only reason Kirk became a Captain was because of droit du seigneur.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In his review of "A Night in Sickbay", Chuck joked about how Jack Black isn't likely to be brought to a strange new world and start peeing on things. And yet later that exact same week...note 
    • His final consensus of the Doctor Who story The Underwater Menace was that he would not mind if the lost parts of the story (the first, second and fourth episodes) were never found. Later that year, and for the first time since 2005, two episodes of Doctor Who were found...one of which was from The Underwater Menace.
    • In his review of Star Trek: First Contact, he dismisses the idea of an anti-radiation medicine as "ludicrous". In 2011, say hello to Ex-Rad, U.S.-developed drug to counter the effects of radiation exposure.
    • During his review of Mass Effect 2, he made a joke about the Collectors' leader freeing himself from the Reapers' control and preparing to help fighting the Reapers...before the base blows up with him inside. Cue to Mass Effect 3 multiplayer and the Reckoning DLC, which let's you play as Collectors who managed to get free from the Reapers' control.
    • In "Samaritan Snare," Chuck makes fun of how the doctors seem to be operating on Picard's leg when they're supposed to be fixing his artificial heart, that's not unheard of.
    • In his analysis of the Prime Directive, he talks about a hypothetical nature documentary ending with the narrator saying, "And so the volcano on the island became active, and the entire species will likely die out... and it can't happen soon enough for me, by god! I wanna run them over with a jeep if I thought I'd get away with it!" Come 2013...
    • Mentions an example of this having occurred whilst making a review. Having made Shiva Shepard a blonde to be in line with the officially voted look for default FemShep, he was halfway through his playthrough when the fan backlash lead to a re-election and default FemShep being made officially a redhead instead; at which point he couldn't be bothered to re-record the footage just to make her ginger.
    • Crazy!Janeway's idea about a device that weaponizes emotions has canonical basis in Star Trek.
    • His statement that Marvel wanting to release a special edition Blu-Ray of the Howard the Duck film is just one more piece of evidence of Joe Quesada's soullessness, after The Stinger of Guardians of the Galaxy featured a far better received version of the character, which may have been the actual reason they wanted to do it.
    • The description of individual Daleks as Stephen Hawking if he was a supervillain becomes funnier after seeing The Theory of Everything, in which Stephen Hawking uses his new voice to chant "EXTERMINATE".
    • In his Gag Sub Astromech Spy, R2-D2 is portrayed as a Snark Knight who doesn't get along with anyone, while Chewbacca is surprisingly intelligent. A year later Star Wars Rebels came out, which featured among its main cast a snarky astromech who doesn't get along with anyone based on R2-D2's original concept art and a Genius Bruiser based on Chewbacca's original concept art.
  • Ho Yay: Loves to joke about it In-Universe.
    • Chuck repeatedly calls out when it appears Harry is in love with Tom, particularly in "Non Sequitur".
      • "Before and After" gives us this gem, where in an alternate timeline, Harry is Tom's son-in-law.
      Chuck: Well, screwing Tom's daughter is one step from screwing Tom himself...
    • Notes that the first film gave yaoi fans fainting spells from a couple of lines and scenes.
      • He says something similar when two versions of the Doctor and Bashir (one real, the other a hologram) appear in "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?"
    • It keeps happening in his Doctor Who reviews until he finally can't ignore it.
  • Memetic Mutation: Several examples resulted in the minor internet meme "Don't fuck with the Sisko."
    • Also referring to the Defiant as the "USS Ben Sisko's Motherfucking Pimp Hand".
  • Memetic Psychopath: Is the origin of Janeway's status as one.
  • Nightmare Fuel: His short story, "You Better Watch Out"
  • One of Us: In addition to being a reader of TV Tropes, and a major sci-fi buff, he's also a big fan of video RPGs, apparently, due to the large (but not intrusive) number of references to Fallout, Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, and Oblivion that he makes.
    • When he finally gave a Voyager episode ("Life Line") a 10 out of 10, it was captioned "Alert TV Tropes!"
  • Shipping: He ships Mulder and Scully. It's played for laughs, but nevertheless, it's still very sexy. "Ah, sometimes the fan fics just write themselves."
    • He keeps it under his hat a lot more (he's barely mentioned it, despite having reviewed dozens of Voyager episodes), but he also ships Paris and Torres.
    • And now, Madoka and Homura. He says that they are in love and "soulmates" though does claim it doesn't need to be romantic.
    • He also makes occasional reference to shipping Nyssa and Tegan in his Doctor Who videos.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Similarly like Ho Yay above: Not the reviews, but it's sometimes discussed for the shows he analyses.
  • Star Wars vs Star Trek Wiki Breastathon: Comparing the quality of each wiki page's on their universe's references on breasts (Star Wars won). TWICE!
  • They Changed It, Now It's Less Funny: A minor example with the Voyager "Threshold" review. In the original video, some of the lines were made funnier because of the delivery ("He's Dying" and "We Are Not Pokemon!" for example). In the updated Blip version, the delivery was different being harsher in tone than before. However, considering how bad "Threshold" is, anyone would be crankier having to deal with it again.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Chuck has called the show a "political Rorschach test" because of the strange tendency for people from all political alignments constantly accusing him of spreading propaganda for their opponents' ideas.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Lieutenant Nobody...