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  1. Barely 2/5 stars. Most funny thing: The vanity card, hinting at Trump getting sworn in soon. Fire a writer, so the others will try harder will you, studio. Also sad to see a pretty obvious holding tremor when Christopher Lloyd holds that slice of bread. First MJF now him too, even at 78, medicine needs to advance faster. And no funny line for him, so what was the point of hiring him? Did he request getting a small role because he is a fan of the show? At this level of quality I might as well quit watching, season 11 coming or not.
  2. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Looks like Chuck Lorre decided to treat the audience with some creepy post halloween awkwardness? Raj trying to date a woman I'd say 10 years older than him, Sheldon trying to get Amy pregnant through hilarious seduction attempts, Penny declaring "you are dating somebody who is it" (spot on), Leonard "I'm married, I don't have to be attractive" with a full mouth of noodles. More of that please.
  3. Okay episode, 3/5 stars. I was disappointed by the Venice comic con movie posters behind Penny, especially for the 2nd movie. "Starring Wil Wheaton" and no word about any actress "Penny ...", although she is the single motive on the poster and main cast? Like the writers knew that some random guy (me) would try and decipher the posters in 1080p to figure out her full name. How disappointing albeit predictable. More on the plus side, I really like how they do Penny's wardrobe, hair, makeup these days. No totally oversized eyelashes anymore, very natural, great. Also, does anyone know what Bert and Bon Jovi have in common? Both haven't hidden their good rocks.
  4. Okayish episode, I give it 3 out of 5 stars, saved by the hilarious hot tub scene. For some reason I find Bernadette's attire half way through pregnancy very convincing. Could someone tell Kaley to stop glancing into the cameras, I don't understand why she is breaking the 4th wall without purpose that much. Also continuity error, Sheldon's toothbrush is electric with an UV light; it would be imho uncharacteristic of him to go back to a plain brush. With Emily and Lucy gone, I hope they bring back that female vet doctor Yvette for Raj, kinda liked her attitude.
  5. Solid episode, 4 of 5 stars. I like the new arc (appartment swap), many funny moments (fearless Leonard dancing with pants down, Howardette calling Raj like 10 times, Amy getting back at Sheldon), and even Raj got his share of the laughs. Also, all is well that ends well, they even threw in a nice punch line gag at the very end. The new writers are weird.
  6. I rate this episode 3/5 as "okay". Sheldon was pretty funny, nasty Bernadette was pushing her luck at her job (threatening to sue Zangen, might get canned huh), and Penny in a skirt being the visual stunner that she is. Did you know the fast-image-intro contains a graphic depiction of a man getting his foot sawn off? Around "1900".
  7. A filler episode as season opener? Wow. I think I laughed once and that was Lorre's vanity card with his dog's health sheet. The whole episode felt like it had no arc at all, only single scenes shot at the viewer once every minute, by actors suffering from camp psychosis. Of course if you try to cram this much acting into 20 minutes, things will fall apart in the end. Penny's brother was badly cast. Like an even more unpleasant version of "The Real Bubba J" by Jeff Dunham. Is this a sign of the fact that Lorre/Prady are at the set barely part time anymore? Guess in season 10 they no longer care and have moved on. Oh and don't even get me started (again) about Penny not even kissing Leonard after their vows but instead hugging him, COME ON. Any more of this and one can only hope for a writer's strike to put us out of our misery early. I give this 2/5 instead of 1/5 because wardrobe has finally managed to properly conceal Kaley's giant moth tattoo on her back, and I am midly intrigued by Howards coming gig with the Empire.
  8. Solid episode, many laughs. Sad to see Emily go, the morbid me liked her creepy side. Is it usual for a restaurant in USA to be swamped on Valentine's day, but even though having reserved a table then not to get in? With that many customers standing around, waiting? Unprofessional outlet. Raj and Kripke calling into Fun with Flags was hilarious. I can't remember Kripke being that desperate though. Maybe he shouldn't call every hot girl "Roxanne" (blink "rescue him" in morse code with one eye if you got that reference). Lenny finding out that time makes you old pretty fast, I am sure many can relate to that. Reminiscent a bit of what Leonard Nimoy wrote on Twitter on Feb 23rd 2015 in his last tweet. I awwed when Bernadette told the rabbit the news. Chuck deserved the scuba trip for that one.
  9. Very mediocre filler episode. Since when is a bitchy meemaw with an alcohol problem good comedy? Come on, Chuck. To not be bored out of my mind I started to analyze the Feynman diagrams shown in Sheldon's appartment for correctness. Two gamma rays forming a higgs boson from a top quark loop, plus the inverse process, sounds about right. Also on Penny's fridge top left, is that producer Steven Molaro in the photo? And did anyone ever notice the wrong numbering on the mailboxes? 1A..1B..1C..1D....4A..4B..4C..4D in what universe does that add up with the building shown in this series? Missing 5A/5B for starters. Remember the dead hooker juxtaposition... I think the studio should just fire one of the older writers to give the others an incentive to try harder. Runtime was 19 minutes, counting everything without the ads. There were times when content was 21.5 minutes.
  10. Sorry to disagree, this episode was mediocre at best. The writers were running thin on ideas with this one, really thin. The girls arguing about comic books/heroes (not about Thor's hammer this time, but the guys are impressed - again), a Vegas road trip (yawn), Sheldon being sick and a major pita (with Amy hiding in Detroit instead of the guys in a theater during a "code milky-green"), Amy on Skype, Stewart not getting invited, a t-shirt designed by Sheldon (Council of Ladies, anyone), and probably a bunch more I forgot. That was a lukewarm and lame refresh of about a half dozen previous episodes. Plus half the cast were phoning it in. Mediocre. Also what's up with Johnny Galecki, did he quit smoking and now he is putting on weight?
  11. Gave this one an "okay". Could have covered up Kaley's spine tattoo (her wedding date with Ryan Sweeting), it shows multiple times and has no base in the TBBT universe. I agree the writers are overdoing it by writing Leonard into a too dumb a character. Buy groceries and THEN go to the petting zoo? Thinking you get goat superpowers when a goat bites you?Too cheap a joke, Mr. Writer. Or Penny has a perception problem of stuff Leonard says. Also could have used episodes 22 or 23 this season for a better ramp-up at unraveling the tapestry of half the characters' lives. Naturally, after all this, the second half of this episode was unusually dark and un-comic. Over all the set up to keep the show alive for two more seasons by the creators is a little too transparent. Smells like Emily is getting the boot start of season 9 and Amy an hiatus to free the characters for more non-relationship action once more.
  12. Btw you can quite easily see Carol Ann's photo on the fridge:
  13. Gave this one a "good" vote. Penny's appartment has gained a bicycle and protein powder? A littly laundry-heavy, this episode was. I appreciate that the toast to Mrs Wolowitz in the end wasn't acting, but very real. If you look into Johnny's and Kaley's facial expressions, you can feel they lost a friend. It's been said Carol Ann Susi, the voice actor behind Mrs W, was the person that could light up a room just by entering it. Most viewers won't realize that the fourth wall was secretly broken in this sad scene. Hey and I liked the decoration of the new comic book store. TBBT has a great set designer. Tried to make out stuff from Dr. Lorvin's basement but nothing was immediately apparent. Solid episode.
  14. I give this one a very good. Fans enjoy learning new stuff about characters on their favorite show, and so do I. Like Bernadette's beauty pageant, Amy writing fiction about her and Sheldon in the 1800s. Ring ring ring, banana anyone? I especially appreciated the witty dialogue throughout the episode. I missed that. Fast forward to season 10, nobel prize for Sheldon and Leonard for that paper, I can see it. From Kaleys *very* casual use of Apple products on the show one can tell she must be using them alot at home.
  15. Have to agree with Chrismo and gave it just an "okay". What the show lacks is serious character and story development. Sheldon going nuts over some topic at work... ballpit anyone? Yawn. Howard mocking Raj over any random thing? Common writers. For me as a sophisticated fan, that has seen every episode two times or more, my expectations or call it metric of what constitutes a good episode has not gone down. Yet lately, writers and to a much less degress actors appear to just phone it in. This routine may be enough for the big crowd, but not enough to delight the sophisticated crowd. Not that this hasn't happened in other shows before many times. Compare to e.g. ST:Voyager's days when the show suffered serious writers' fatigue and "reset to zero" syndrome. Whatever life-threatening thing the crew encountered was resolved/reset within the episode or within a 2-3 episode arc. The same is happening here. Keep doing this and you lost a good fan by the end of this season.
  16. Average episode at best imho. Weak dialogues, the Shamy thing getting a little old, plot holes (did they leave the 2nd bird there just dying over the holidays?).
  17. Is Johnny putting on some more weight, now that he stopped smoking? Talking about the bed scene with Sheldon, where he has a pretty voluminous throat/neck. Quitting can be a real b*, I know that from my own experience.
  18. Great share, Tensor. My own experience is similar, with a twist. At 4, I figured out how screwdrivers work and started dismantling me and my brothers toys, all of them. Learned alot, while brother was really unhappy because I could not put some back together. Beginning elementary at 5, I had played with many electric circuits and what I would describe today as very primitive coils. At 6, looking out the window I wondered "how far can you look at all?", "far" as in physically. You can feel the trajectory I was going for in later life. Around 1990/1991 (about 8th grade) when my friends where playing soccer outside, I sat in the university's computer pool, downloading Vidiot's ST:TNG guide from obscure FTP servers and experimenting with e-mail and chat. Back in the day whenever I enthusiastically told them about these new technologies, they would not care. Of course all my friends in school knew who to go to with difficult computer problems, after all being an affluent school many had Commodore C-64s and Amiga 500s. But I never felt much recognition for being the tech whiz kid. Not from peers, not from girls. Maybe I can relate to BBT so well, because just like the guys, my interests and lifestyle choices did not resonate well with the girls for a really long time. Today - of course - nothing works without e-mail and computers anymore and the girls have learned, that at the very least tech jobs can pay really well. And maybe thanks to BBT realize that nerds can make awesome buddies for life. A little. As for the twist, I wasn't bullied often at all or even put into a locker, basically all the way from kindergarden up to what you would call college. Because whenever someone larger than me grabbed me from behind or tried anything funny, I would hit them back hard. Nothing says "don't mess with that kid" more effectively than medical tape on the broken nose of the tallest schoolyard bully for two weeks. Never hit anyone for no good reason or even damaged a body part beyond repair, don't get me wrong. I love the peaceful life and from my experience, one blow of the fist in time made that happen.
  19. @Earnie: Exactly my thinking. Kaley has stated her kissing Johnny feels like kissing a brother, but for actors in that league this should not be a problem. You can see it start of Season 6 as well, when Leonard returns from his ship adventure early and they do not bother to kiss for at least "3 mississippis" like a real couple would, but instead they hug!? Ryan was on the set a couple of times and maybe in a joking manner he said to the writers "hey c'mon stop writing stories that have Kaley kiss her Ex THAT often" and maybe they did? Haha. Who knows. For some odd reason I kept looking at Kaley's back, where makeup is not perfectly concealing the roman numerals tattoo of her wedding date. Overall I voted excellent. Although this episode feels like they forgot to shoot the other half of it. What happened after Amy's panic attack? Did the guys in the car make it to the roof in one piece? Is Stuart in a clandestine relationship with Howard's mom? Who consoled Jeannie? Damn cliffhangers. Someone wrote he/she watched the show without commercials and I can only recommend to try it. Stories flow much nicer and more natural without them, because you are not getting bombarded with visual and auditory stimuli that have nothing to do with the show. I realize money has to come from somewhere, yet with ads I would vote every episode 1 to 2 levels lower, just because I am annoyed and distracted from what happened on the show up to that point.
  20. Wow thanks, I did not realize this. Feels more like 2 or 3 episodes. But yeah thinking back to Raj's first attempts at meeting her, must be. Just to disgress from the topic for a tiny bit, was the break-up of Leonard and Dr. Stephanie ever shown, except for Leonard intending it?
  21. I hope Emily stays for at least as long as Dr. Stephanie Barnett back in the day. Because I like her creepy-sweet side. I can see Penny not becoming friends with her anytime soon, good. The show needs more fault lines among the women. Since she's a doctor and Penny is now working in pharma, I can even see more conflict potential professionally.
  22. Overall good episode. The writers are clearly setting up Leonard/Penny for another crisis. She being preoccupied with the new job, income divergence (you can smell she will be landing something big in the future), maybe an Alex-like situation with a client, not fully content with her sex life, they still do not share a common hobby, selling the car Leonard gave her without discussing it upfront, etc. Sheldon's inner turmoil stemming from his switch from string theory to dark matter ("back to square one" in his 30s) is speaking to every viewer 30+ years old. Leaving your own zone of comfort vs. starting something entirely new. Good writing to add this to the character's depth. As an aside note, the character that is really hardest to understand sometimes for a non-native speaker is Bernadette. Quite the challenge. Same with all the references to products unknown outside of the United States. Getting there...
  23. Johnny dated Sara when they were both in Roseanne. According to Wikipedia that is also when Sara figured out she is more into girls. Not drastically unlikely that she came up to Johnny one day, ending one line with "...What do you think?". So much easier compared to sperm banks, kids wanting to know who their biological dad is once they are older, etc. All the best to her anyway.
  24. There is an unaired pilot of the show, have you watched it? You should. It is about Leonard and a sexually active Sheldon (unthinkable, right), also two totally different girls, condescending, snide, a whole different story compared to Penny. More of the Bostonian type. ;-) Too grumpy for a sitcom that's supposed to be uplifting. Also the set is way darker and alot less playful and worked out in the fine detail which we currently see. Props to the setmeister, wish my flat looked shiny like that. Anyhow that pilot imho demonstrates how the show's concept must have stuck in the writers' minds at least up to the writers' strike, right at season 1 episode 17. Then as you state, things changed. And for the better for sure. Of note is also the differences in in-character passion that Leonard and Penny have during filmed kisses. In season 1 and 2 when they were secretly going out in real life as well, they do kiss like a true couple on screen. As the seasons went on and Kaley/Johnny moved on to other partners, those kisses have become a lot less passionate, shorter and more infrequent. Kaley once said in a later "behind the scenes" it is now more like kissing a brother. In Season 4's "actor on actor" Johnny stated he's writing poems about Kaley, so that flame must have lingered on, but I guess we'll never read those. Oh well, privacy. You can tell they've been together though, e.g. when they filmed the Scavenger Hunt and Bernadette hits Leonard in the chest, yelling "hey, fix your relationship on your own time". In different takes Melissa hits Johnny in different parts of his upper body and you can see Kaley suggesting she hit im in the head with her fist. If you ever had a love-hate-relationship or something, you can relate.
  25. Hey, kinda hijacking this thread to say hello as well. I'm a fan of the show that lives and works in Bavaria, Germany. Having been a nerd/geek for the better part of my life, like the characters on the show, I can somewhat relate to the show. Other than that, it is funny, even after all those years. So vanity card 374 tells the truth, that has been the constant over the years, the laughter. The audience watching original programming undubbed here is not that big I suppose, at least with regard to the natives. But can you imagine literally 2/3s of jokes lost or botched in translation and character voices, that all sound flat, boring and alike? That s the German version of The Big Bang Theory. Thanks but no thanks. Funny enough not even UK's E4 channel broadcasts TBBT in its original format, because of the PAL speedup (23.976 film to 25 fps PAL). Everything is about a halftone higher in pitch, the theme, voices, everything. Kinda covers up Johnny's and Kaley's deep smokers' voices a little though. Typically I am more of a binge watcher i.e. one season in one go, rather than wait for the 20min fix every week. One of my silly dreams is taking half a year of a sabatical and do a bicycle ride from Seattle to San Diego, with a stopover in LA to attend one of the tapings. Let's see how that works out. ;-) Most favorite character: Possibly Leslie Winkle. I like girls with brains. With Sheldon's assistant Alex a close second. Cute, smart, lovely, what more to ask of a girl? ;-) As for the main cast, I really like them all. They kinda grow close to your heart, don't they. Most favorite episode: Season 5, Episode 13 (the 100th). "The Recombination Hypothesis", although many others like last night's are fantastic as well. I have no opinion about Kaley's new haircut but congrats on persuading the writers to write it in. Saves a lot in hair extensions. ;-) Best wishes! Mark
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