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Chuck Uses the Wilhelm Scream!

Published November 13, 2007 in Television
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of NBC.
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I have become pretty geeked on Chuck. With Heroes performing below par during its opening episodes, I had to look elsewhere for a bit of fun -- which Chuck delivers ample amounts of. Not only does the show have some fun with Best Buy's "The Geek Squad", but finds multiple opportunities to mention and discuss films that have influenced pop culture.

In short, the show is extremely poppy. But who knew they'd resort to the Wilhelm Scream?


Chuck's Wilhelm Scream


Not only does the latest episode of Chuck almost get the title character laid, but it also had some fun with a recent hot topic -- the Wilhelm Scream. Don't know what that is exactly? Then head on over to Wikipedia or YouTube and hear all about it.

In short, the Wilhelm Scream is a stock sound effect that was created back in the early '50s. Though it is still unknown on who recorded the original track, it has been assumed that actor-singer Sheb Wooley was behind the mic for that one. You've heard the scream tons of times in films and, though your subconscious likely recognized it, you likely let it slide each time. The scream is so outrageous, that one has to wonder why so many moviegoers never catch it.

As I mentioned above, Chuck is notoriously poppy. Not only does the series find multiple analogies to films (shows and games for that matter) both big and small, but we are also reminded of movies such as Oldboy and Dune every time we enter Chuck's room. Heck, Chuck even dressed up as the Shai-Hulud (Dune sand worm) with buddy Morgan.



And now Chuck has again topped itself. With easy laughs thanks to a truth serum, we watch Sarah Walker plug this week's villain in the knee. How does he respond? With the Wilhelm Scream!

If you love (pop) cultural references, Chuck is the best option on television.

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