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  1. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    We talk about "the writers" but I for one know little about them. Does anyone know how much change of writing personnel there is over the years? I find it hard to believe that the present show is written by the same people who gave us the classic seasons when Penny and Leonard's romance was the long-term story arc. Or is it all down the the showrunner, and the writers just fill in the plots they're told to? Should those of us who hate the replacement of The Big Bang Theory we enjoyed by The Shamy Show just blame Molaro? There has of course been a resulting change in the audience. It seems that the programme makers guessed or found that foregrounding Amy brought in a new lot of viewers who were not fans of the original TBBT. They have increasingly pandered to this new fanbase, evidently judging that it's worthwhile to lose some of the original fans in the process. I think we old-line TBBT fans are justified in feeling betrayed. A couple of episodes provide evidence of long-term planning to go that way. Before Amy's first appearance, there was an episode where Leonard said something to the effect that "that chick who played Blossom has a science PhD". This otherwise random and pointless line indicates that the makers were planning to try to bring in old fans of Blossom by hiring MB. And in 623 The Love Spell Potential Amy complains to Sheldon that "people think our relationship is a joke", to which S replies that it's very intimate by his standards. The "people" referred to IMO are really the viewers: A & S's relationship was a joke, and this is an early warning that in later seasons the makers would try to transform it into a real romance, which they presumably thought was what the newer fanbase wanted. That this was done at the expense of the real romance they already had, Penny and Leonard, shows that they don't care about the old fans.
  2. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    The current situation is that Shamy scenes are hogging the screentime. A pre-requisite for fixing Lenny is screentime to do it in, so Shamy have to be moved aside. Letting them live happily in the background sounds reasonable, but I don't think the programme makers can be trusted to keep them there. That's why I believe Amy should go - to be safe. And Sheldon could go back to his first love - his own mind. I certainly don't believe that wonderful Lenny will automatically expand into the space vacated by Shamy, and I don't think anyone else said so. You are quite right that the writing of L & P needs fixing. I would guess they need to change some of the writing team and maybe the showrunner, but I don't claim to know how brilliant Lenny writing is to be achieved. But they had it for many seasons (still a majority of past seasons) so it can be done. And really they only need to give KC half a chance to show what she can do. Personally I wouldn't mind Sheldon third-wheeling Lenny if it was done well. Lots of sitcom households are eccentric in some way, so why not the Hofstatders and their Sheldon? Plus Sheldon could provide conflict and problems for L&P to confront - we can't have them just being lovey-dovey all the time.
  3. [Spoilers] The "Dark" Lenny Thread: Season 11

    I meant to say that whereas in Penny's story Leonard's peeing himself had a reason and fitted into the story, (which remember was Penny's response to Leonard's boasting he could have "picked her up" at the CF), in Leonard's Penny and Zack peeing themselves was arbitrarily tacked on without justification. The magic beans bit was good, though.
  4. [Spoilers] The "Dark" Lenny Thread: Season 11

    The c711 example was a bit different in that Leonard'[s story was rather nastier (and cruder) than Penny's.
  5. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Most couple's physical relationships are not watched by anyone else. There is no need to show a couple getting -physical in a TV show unless it's enjoyable to watch, as Penny and Leonard are. There are plenty of TV couples, some of them romantic leads, who have never been shown in bed together.
  6. Penny

    We could speculate about what's supposed to have caused Stuart's deterioration, but I nguess the writers just thought he'd be funnier as a loser. I don't think this is a change in Penny, just Stuart's different now.
  7. [Spoilers] The "Dark" Lenny Thread: Season 11

    I hate to see Amy in Penny's place. Shamy scenes are like an insulting parody of Lenny scenes. Amy should move back to her own apartment. What was the earliest occurrence of really unpleasant comments between L&P when they bere a couple? I just noticed that in 711 the Cooper Extraction the stories P & L told about what the other's life would have been without Sheldon were really quite nasty. A warning of things to come?
  8. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    JG, JP and KC created the show (with some assistance from SH and KN). When MB was brought in she was luggage (although she may have a personal following who wouldn't have liked TBBT without her). The erotic spark between Leonard and Penny is unmistakeable. The love of L&P has been so beautifully acted as to captivate even an old cynic like me who usually despises love stories in sitcoms. In contrast, there has never been the slightest chemistry between JP and MB. MB was brought in to play Amy as an obnoxious woman with no sex-appeal obsessed with a man indifferent to sex, whose belief that Sheldon was her "boyfriend" was a joke. She played this role perfectly well. She has utterly failed to convert Amy into a woman that Sheldon could actually love and want to have sex with. Perhaps the character transformation was too drastic and nobody could have done it. Anyway, MB couldn't. Sheldon's declarations of love have been completely unbelievable because no-one could love Amy. The lack of any erotic spark between them makes the spectacle of their getting physical even to the extent of a kiss quite creepy to watch
  9. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    I always thought KC should be playing the sort of roles GH did at her age. And GH's career somewhat contradicts her character's remark: her only real star performance in her 20s, IMO, was in There's a Girl in My Soup, where she played a very Penny-like character. Her other comedy/romantic heroine successes started in her 30s - slightly older than Penny is now. It's been noticed that the "classic" TBBT setup of Penny and the nerds has a similar setup to Ball of Fire, made when Barbara Stanwyck was 34. There are plenty of other examples of actresses older than Penny not only playing romantic heroines, but getting their first breakthrough success when older than Penny.
  10. [Spoilers] The "Dark" Lenny Thread: Season 11

    I missed the double-entendre over several watchings of that ep. Damn.
  11. New Episode Ideas?

    That should happen to Raj.
  12. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    IMO S7 actually had a perfect series finale in724. Penny and Leonard were now engaged, and when they left Sheldon at the train station and walked away together that was as tho it had been designed as a finale. And if the makers wanted a Sheldon spin-off, instead of this Young Sheldon drivel they could have had Sheldon's Travels.
  13. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    OK, I know I'm not going to get what I really want, like the romantic focus back where it should be, on Penny and Leonard, so maybe a little wish will come true: more Tammy-Jo St Cloud.
  14. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    S7 for me.
  15. I thought the Catholic Schoolgirl scene was utterly disgusting and should never have been shown.