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  1. Does anyone else watch "Community"? Season 1 of this TV series is just about to finish off in Australia. I have only watched a few episodes, and the humour in this series are quite sharp. Two episodes which come to mind are the ones related to "Ghosting" (where students are not allow to sing the song by the Righteous Brothers), as well as the paint-ball episode.

    It is quite well done - I am thinking about buying the Season 1 DVD which comes out later in September.

  2. Outside of BBT, these are the sci-fi nerd films I own/watch:

    Star Wars - own the originals and special editions DVDs. Am always happy to debate the question mark that is called "Episode I".

    Star Trek - have only watched the JJ Abrams film, not conversant in the others

    Avatar - just got it on BluRay, and must have watched the original DVD a hundred times now. Can say "Oel ngati kameie". Other James Cameron favourites (and also own the DVD) - Aliens, T1 and T2

    Stargate - loved the original James Spader/Kurt Rusell film; never really warmed to the spin off films (made by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, which brings me to...)

    Dean Devlin/Roland Emmerich films - including Universal Soldier and ID4. Godzilla was a pass.

    A few classic sci-fi DVDs - include Soylent green and 2001.

    Paul Verhoeven sci-fi DVDs - include Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers. The sequels to these films, minus Verhoeven, were terrible.

    Terminator films - own T1, T2 and T4. T3 was a pass. Sarah Conner Chronicles started with a bang but my interest in it soon waned (even with Summer Glau - on this note, the movie Serenity is pretty good, but the TV series Firefly was a little too smart -Kevin Costner's "The Postman" smart - for my liking)

    Also own a fantastic documentary called The Sci-Fi files, narrated by Mark Hamill, discussing the history of science fiction.

    Some "lousy at the box office but not sure why I like it" sci-fi = Judge Dredd (I watched a lot of Stallone movies when I was a kid, but strangely, this is the only Stallone movie I own), Soldier (it reminds me of the Halo novel)

  3. Penny: They don't know how to use their shields.

    Alicia: Shields?

    Penny: Yeah, you know like in Star Trek when you're in battle and you raise the shields (shocks herself) where the hell did that come from?

    That was such a lovely scene from the "Dead Hooker Juxtaposition". I think it was the first episode where Penny shows how protective she was for the four boys, and actually does take an interest in their lives.

    This is the most cringe-worthy...

    Sheldon: New topic... Where are you in your mentrual cycle?

    Penny: what?!

    Sheldon: I've been doing some research online and apparently, female primates (apes, chimpanzees, you - Kaley's look here is priceless) they find their mate more desirable when courted by another female. Now this effect is intensified when the rival female is secreting the pheromones associated with ovulation. Which bring me back to my question, where are you in your...

    (Penny slams the door on Sheldon)

    Sheldon: Clearly I'm 14 days too early.

  4. I really enjoyed the David Croft productions, Allo' Allo' and Are You Being Served. The two TV series starring Penelope Keith, To The Manor Born and The Good Life, are also my favourites.

    All time favourite would be Keep Up Appearances, with Patricia Routledge. I always feel sorry for her husband, Richard!

    There are probably a lot more BBC shows, but these are the ones that come immediately to mind.

  5. They don't broadcast it in Australia (at least not on free-to-air TV) anymore, but it is a nice comedy, without the "nastiness" you see in some reality TV shows. It was a long time ago, but I enjoyed watching it in the past.

    It is the theme song that I remember the most... "thank you for being a friend...." :)

  6. Season 1 was amazing, but leaving Hiro in mediaval Japan for too long wained my interest in the program. I also had enough of the lead characters continuously complaining and whinging about their superpowers.

    I agreed that Sylar made a great villian. Tthat scene where he was at the top of the building, snapping this fingers, and trying to get fire to emerge, was fantastic, as his powers continue to grow. :)

  7. I used to watch CSI Miami. Horatio (David Caruso) does the corniest, best opening lines! I also enjoy the relationships between Calleigh and Delko (Emily Procter and Adam Rodriguez).

    I am not much into science in such shows. After many years working in the laboratory, you learn that

    - you are not supposed to wear so much make-up, not to mention high heels, in the lab

    - no one's lab coat is that prestine

    - no PCR can give you a "DNA footprint" in 15 seconds

    This is a fantastic article from "How Stuff Works" on the real science of CSI http://science.howstuffworks.com/csi5.htm

    Some of the things they show on CSI the Program have not yet become a reality, but one can dream!

  8. Considering that ratings for the BBT is skyrocketing through the roof (and good enough to warrant a request from the actors for a pay raise), I think I am in the minority here, to think that Season 3 is not as funny as Season 1 and Season 2.

    I am not exactly sure why I did not find the jokes as hilarious as seen previous. Perhaps I prefer seeing Leonard try to woo Penny, instead of seeing them work on their new-found relationship (I recalled finding Frasier quite dull once Niles and Daphne settled together in their relationship). Perhaps I also prefer seeing Howard behave like PePe Le Pew (i.e., over-confident, and pretty much go overboard on all his dates) instead of finding a (albeit short term) girlfriend.

    The geek aspects from the first two seasons seem to be missing in Season 3. Some of the funny science jokes and references to sci-fi movies (Star Wars! The Time Machine!) were also missing. I must admit, though, that towards the end, episodes 17 - 21 have become quite funny again. At the time of writing, Australia has yet to broadcast the last 2 episodes of Season 3, so I look forward to it being as funny as the last few.

    Do Forum members think that Seaon 3 is as funny, or funnier, or not as funny, as the first two Seasons?

  9. Other that making purchases from this Forum's Shop (current links to ThinkGeek.com, amongst others), and clicking on the sponsor's links, are there any other ways Forum members can support this site?

    This is a very nice site, and I hope we can keep it going for a long time. :)

  10. I am a late comer to this TV series. The first episode I watched was the "White Asparagus Triangulation". Just as CBS (or Channel 9 in Australia) wanted it, I tuned in just by dumb luck, after watching an episode of "Two and a Half Men". The opening sequence of a chap (Sheldon) trying street-talk, including "wha-up!", and "peace-out!" got me laughing, and made me want to keep watching. I wasn't disappointed - with Sheldon butting into Leonard's date with Stephanie, Sheldon making noises in the cinema as he seeks the "acoustic sweet spot", and asking Penny where she was in her period (that one made me cringe!!). The references to Star Trek and Superman (Kal-El) really made this a fantastic episode. I don't think this is a popular episode with most fans, but it was the first one I watched - it is still very funny to me, and is a sentimental favourite. From then on, I was hooked.

    Which was the first episode that Forum members watched?

  11. ... you go to Science Magazine to read the article about TBBT (check!)

    ... you bought a pair of spectacles which looked like Leonard (check! they look like safety-glasses, to me)

    ... you re-look back at the Drake Equation, and wondered in amazement that someone can make a joke from this cosmological calculation, and shudder when someone else can tamper it with the "Wolowitz coefficient: :)

  12. Guess I am the only scientist in this forum... or at least, the only one admitting to it :)

    I have a PhD in biology, and worked in the university for a few years. I have taught undergraduates, supervised some post-graduate students, whilst working in R&D. I have recently moved to industry, for a change.

    For good or bad, I have yet to work with anyone who has personas like TBBT!

  13. I saw an ad recently of a large university here in the midwest that was looking for an instructor the degree requirment was PhD in either math or physics the salary was $32K thats $16 an hour. Now if a waitress runs 8 tables and makes a $5 tip on each table and flips all 8 every 2 hours that still comes out to $20 an hour besides what passes for minnimum wage in the food industry. From personal experience working as a bartender I would pull 25 an hour in tips on a friday or saturday night and the females I worked with did ALOT more than that.

    I agree that this is quite consistent with the ways of the world. I cannot comment about particle physics, but in general, post-doctorate salaries are usually "just-fair".

  14. Some fans have posted some very awesome pictures, photos and screen captures (I am still chuckling at the Spock-Sheldon avatar!). Is there any way to link some of these posts from the Forum straight into the Picture Gallery?

    It will be nice to be able to see all these pictures, consolidated into one Gallery, no?

  15. I do enjoy some of the "intermediate" seasons of Fraiser. Most of my enjoyment stems from seeing Niles and Daphne's courtship (Daphne appears to be the only person on the planet who did not know of Niles' crush on her). For this main reason, the comedy seem to go out after Niles and Daphne tied the knot, in my opinion. One of my Fraiser DVDs is Season 4 - the highlights include the Two Mrs Cranes (where Niles pretended to be Daphne's husband) Mixed Doubles (when Daphne dated Rodney Banks - a Niles lookalike, and Niles finally had the opportunity to say "I love you" to Daphne). I also liked the previously mentioned Ham Radio (where Fraiser drove everyone crazy with his constant critique, and Niles "killing everyone" by popping the balloons) and Love Bites Dog (when Fraiser had to takeover Bulldog's job, and have to admit he knows nothing about the "Yankees"). I also own Season 7 - this is a little heavy emotionally, when Niles eventually confessed his love for Daphne. It wasn't as funny as Season 4, but I guess it wasn't supposed to be. Over the last couple of years, I have always thought about getting another season of Fraiser (perhaps either Season 1 or Season 2? a lot of fans seem to have voted these two seasons as their favourite), but cannot remember too many memorable episodes.

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  16. It is hard to judge when one has seen so little of these actors in "real-life"... the only interviews I have seen are the extras from the Season 1 DVD. Based solely on this, I voted for Jim Parsons. He sounded the most mature of all the people in the DVD extra (other than the producers, of course). He admitted that one is extremely lucky to be in a position to make a living as an actor - it is nice to see someone who is very humble about his growing stardom. I have seen some online reports indictating that he was also very humbled to be nominated for an Emmy too. Keep up the good work!!

  17. I cannot find a more appropriate site to voice my complain, but an episode of the BBT (which is normally broadcasted on Monday evenings) was not shown last week in Australia. I think Channel Nine decided to show the new episodes of Two and a Half Men (which is quite funny itself, but has too many sexual innuendos to make it a favourite). Glad it will be back again tomorrow evening! As Dr Cooper said, "change is not a good thing" :)

  18. I very much enjoyed Futurama. It is the only TV series where I have owned the entire DVD collection (four seasons + four movies). I have a feeling that one reason why I liked the Big Bang Theory is because I see a lot of parallel in the relationship between Fry-Leela, and Leonard/Penny. Some of my favourite episodes of Futurama are the ones where Leela would return from a bad date (Zapp Brannigan, the Major's aide, as two examples that immediately come to mind), only to realise that she already has a good man at home, that is, Fry. Of couse there are a lot of other reasons to like Futurama - Bender downloading the iObey virus, the references to quantum physics like BBT (Farnsworth : "You changed the outcome by measuring it!"), the pompous baffoon "25-star general" Zapp Brannigan ("Leela... you are obviously confused and aroused...."), references to classic science-fiction movies (also like the BBT) such as 2001: Space Odyessy. Of the last 4 DVD movies, I thought the first one - where Fry - as the more mature Lars - professed his love for Leela, and they almost married. I am glad they are bringing this back next year!

  19. NCIS is quite popular in Australia - we watch it every Tuesday night (when double episodes are broadcasted). I like the humour more than the "CSI"-part of the program.... the squabbles between Tony/Ziva, the "smack-on-the-head", Probie's book and alter-ego, the "Elf Lord", Mr Palmer and his antics with the lawyer, Duckie and his mother....:) Have to admit some of the murder cases the NCIS team have to solve are quite gruesome... I don't really like those ones. Probably the reason why I stopped watching the other crime scene-type programs like CSI. I have watched the NCIS/LA-NCIS cross-over; have not exactly warmed to that program yet.

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