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  1. As much as the show writers make the characters in The Big Bang Theory look really bad at times, the actors in the show, especially Kunal, Simon and Jim are really down to Earth people and seem awesome during any public apperance. Glad to hear the event went well!
  2. What an excellent, excellent, excellent episode! When you have no reason to care about the characters then whatever difficult situations they get themselves into you can be free to have a hearty laugh about it. The show has already clearly established at this point that Penny is a huge drunk and slut, Leonard is in constant need of being validated and being right, Sheldon is a shell of his former self (failing at brillance at work and wilfully drinking alcohol), Howard isn't a sleeze-bag anymore just kind of lame, Raj is rude, Bernadette is mean and Amy is so tightly wound because she wants what she isn't getting. When you accept that then it is easy to enjoy an episode like this one. Its funny to see Penny's years of being a drunk slut come back to bite her on this whole married to Zack thing. Although, I think Penny would be better off with Zack in the long run. At least Zack is a nice guy and isn't smart enough to challenge Penny on anything so she'll be right all the time, and that's what she wants anyway. The father-in-law being cold to Howard was amusing because it is a sit-com and it wouldn't be as funny if he was nice to him. If this was the first or second season I would have been upset with Sheldon drinking beer with him and making wild jokes because it doesn't fit Sheldon's character but they've long since destroyed any consistency with Sheldon's character to care about that now. So ... considering all that ... It was a hilarious epiosde!
  3. Penny's character is the worst. She 'often forgets' how smart Lenoard is and all Leonard has to do is show her a little science experiment he does every day and she jumps him like she jumps every boyfriend she's had before. Whoop-ti-doo. Leonard already got plenty of sex from Penny for doing much less. In fact Penny would do him after he made her angry. She gives it away super easy. So that's what the Penny character has become. A gilfriend who loves exuses to have sex. Her character is not much deeper than that. ASIDE FROM THAT ... This episode was decent. The parts with Sheldon and Amy were cute and witty. The part with Raj planning party was fine as well. Also Howard bringing up his space experience often with everyone was good. I didn't like the Smurf costumes at all but whatever. This episode for me was one step forward and one step back. If they just got rid of Leonard and Penny the show would be a lot better.
  4. The writers clearly take some liberties in this regard with Sheldon. That one episode where the guys were joking that Sheldon was whipped because he had to go to something with Amy and he didn't get it ... he thought it was meant being 'smart as a whip' but later in the same episode he is the first to suggest that Howard is 'whipped' when Bernadette convinces Howard to let her join the game night.
  5. I rated this episode as: Good. Not very good or excellent but just good, for Big Bang Theory standards. The pictionary segments were solid. Funny in the way you expect from a show like this. The Where's Waldo bit was also very good. I like that Stuart has become more part of the group of friends and even accepted by Sheldon. Naturally there would be comments at the expense of Raj and Stuart because they are living together but they were fairly mild and that dynamic of Raj and Stuart has potential to be even funnier. Really didn't like the pie-eating segment or the wrestling segments of the game night. They seemed so out of place it was just awkward. At least I can't call this one of the shows worst episodes... and that's saying something!
  6. Yes, the show is still funny and so far this season it is better than I remember it being at this point last season. I have not been a fan of how the Penny-Leonard relationship has developed and so anything to do with Penny and the girls usually doesn't interest me at all unless Sheldon is involved. So, i do look back at Season 1 and 2 with much fondness as it was a simpler time and since it was so fresh and new it had a lot of 'first-time' laughs. I laugh a lot at things to do with Sheldon and his characteristics, nerdy things they do and their interaction with reoccuring characters (Kripke, Wheaton, Stuart, etc.). I also still get a kick out of Howard's exchanges with his mother. I don't like when the show seems to reduce itself to really cheap laughs (crude humor, making fun of Sheldon for being himself, etc.) but I'm giving the show a chance still unless it really jumps the shark sometime this season. But so far .. so good!
  7. If you want to have 30 minutes of commercials inbetween 30 minutes of show then sure, you could have 30 minutes of TBBT. But that would suck. No, what would be better is a full hour timeslot.. that would mean about 42 - 45 minutes of show time. It would help the writers not have to rush storylines and wrap them up in one episode which is why a lot of the characters and jokes feel un-natural and forced.
  8. The show should have gone to an hour long a LONG time ago! TVs #1 Comedy and it's only 20 minutes long? Yeah, because with commercials it is only 20 minutes. At least if they went to a full hour timeslot they would have about 45 minutes of show which would be better. I think a lot of the problems in the show happen because they have to wrap up a story in 20 minutes so that's why there are a lot of stupid endings and unresolved endings to the show because they don't have time. Just go to 1 hour. That way they can either have storyline that runs through the 45 minutes or they could have two mostly unrelated storylines (like they have now, episode by episode) but they would be able to tie up loose ends into the start of the second half of the show instead of rushing it. CBS is 110% insane for still having Two and a Half Men on the air and taking up the other 30 minutes after TBBT.
  9. First, I'll state my general opinion on the episode which is: Good. Close to Very Good and that's saying something because I am a tough critic. I liked the episode because Sheldon was acting the way I want him to act and the way that got me interested in his character. His work-first mentality and being unaware of his condescension to others. Howard was funny with his space bit this episode. I HATED the last episode. Space bullying? Seriously? Probably the stupidest thing I could think of they could do to get a laugh. But this episode, space anxiety made a lot of sense and wasn't mean spirited so it was funnier. Now, I'll get to the issue regarding Penny and Leonard that rickfromillinois brought up: You hit the nail on the head. That IS what the Penny character is like. She is not highly sophisticated. She does think she is better than Leonard, she does believe she is doing Leonard a favour by letting him be in a relationship with her and he is damn lucky to be in a relationship with her. But years have gone by now where the only thing Leonard hasn't got from Penny is "I love you"... he has got probably hundreds of wild nights of sexual escapades but no "I love you". So Penny is clearly a little crazy. She won't commit to loving Leonard when she is with him but when another woman is interested in him she then shows jealousy and pulls him into bed. Controlling him with sex. Leonard is not complaining. But so much sex and emotion you can't blame him for thinking she might have stronger feelings for him than just a boy toy. The thing is... if this was real life most likely Leonard and Penny relationship would have completely ended after the first break-up, maybe it wouldn't even have become a relationship, but Penny probably would have moved out (not getting any solid acting roles, high cost of living, etc.) so that would have been the end of it. But because this is a TV show and COMEDY TV show they have to invent ways to keep the relationship going. So even right now the most logical thing for both of them to do would be for Penny to finally admit she loves Leonard, they solidify their relationship, get engaged and married - Happy Ending! Now, that probably will happen... but not until close to or right at the final episode... and that could be a few seasons away! Personally, I wish they would do something more drastic though and have Penny find another guy, another NICE guy and start saying she loves him which would make Leonard go insane and give him the troubles that Penny had when he was with Priya.
  10. 1. Sheldon - He's brilliant and hilarious when talking down to others (of course, he doesn't see it that way, though) 2. Howard - Funny. Love that he does magic and knows other languages. 3. Raj - He mostly means well but unfortunately struggles with conversations with women, obviously, but he is funny but also one character you root for 4. Amy - Funny, great character unless she is talking about sexual things, then it just seems like she's trying too hard. 5. Bernadette/Leonard - Tie for these two. Bernadette is funny when mimicking Howard's mother but the rest of the time I find her voice annoying. Leonard is selfish and is only funny when Sheldon is setting him straight. 6. Re-Occuring Characters - All the ones I like are: Wil Wheaton, Stuart, Kripke, Sheldon's Mom, Zack.
  11. Hmm... that was kind of one of my least favorite episodes of season 5. I think because it WAS so unbelievable. I guess as an actor he likes that stuff but as a viewer I like things that are closer to reality but maybe a little exaggerated.
  12. It's true, each character has their own 'look'. I do think though that the outfit Leonard wears is only a t-shirt and a jacket/hoodie combo. I think those jackets are made like that so they look like their is a hoody underneath but really it's just part of the jacket. Same for Sheldon. The long sleeves on his shirt at woven into the t-shirt. However Raj's outfit legitimately seems like 3 pieces. The collar shirt, the vest and jacket. I always wondered why he wore that many layers! It's freakin' Southern California! lol
  13. I think the reason Sheldon and Leonard still live together is because they both like simple living. Well, Sheldonlikes simple living and Leonard knows Penny lives there too so he ain't moving! But Sheldon likes the place because he doesn't like change and it is close to the restaurants and University he needs to get to and has a roomate that will drive him. Actually, I remember an episode where Penny had money issues and Sheldon said something like his expenses account for 45% of his after-tax income. If you think about that, it makes more sense. He has over 50% of his after tax income to spend on comic books and games, etc. If he lived in a bigger more expensive place he'd have less money to do that. Penny, on the other hand, it's a little hard to believe SHE could live in the same apartment building as Sheldon and Leonard and not even have a roomate since she only gets about min. wage at the Cheesecake Factory. They did say that the rent was very reasonable so I guess she could afford it but then her apartment shouldn't be so messy since she wouldn't have very much money to spend on anything but rent, food and gas. Raj's situation seems pretty reasonable. If he is making a good wage, he has his own apartment that looks pretty good and has a nice car. No issue there really. And finally, Howard. Yes, he probably would be making a lot of money as a engineer making stuff for NASA but his living with his mother has NOTHING to do with how much money he makes. He's a MAMA'S BOY. That's always been why he lives with his mother.
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    prady on season 6

    Ugh. AGREED. Hated that ending scene so much. I was like, what the hell? Am I watching a dramatic romance movie or a sitcom? I think I agree with you but I'm not sure if you are disputing my previous post or adding to it? I agree the american sitcomes on network television tend to be less overly quirky or targeted and more derivative and try to get you to care about the characters to help the show last longer. My issue with The Big Bang Theory lately is that their attempt to do that to me has actually had the opposite affect. I care less about the characters than I did when I watched the first 2 seasons. By contrast I actually are more drawn to and care about the characters in Parks & Recreation and even Community (even though the show is pretty off-the-wall and quirky) and I care more about the characters of the US version of The Office. Now, I will even admit the last couple seasons of The Office I have started to care less and less. Once Steve Carell left and even a little before that the show basically jumped the shark but I cared more about the characters in seasons 4, 5 and 6 than I am for The Big Bang Theory in those same seasons. I will also agree that I think the UK system has some merit by not showing too many episodes. On one hand it's sad because you don't get a lot of episodes if you really like a show but on the other hand each episode can be really good and fresh and characters are less likely to make dramatic, un-welcomed changes. I would say the ideal number of seasons for a sitcom would be 5, plus or minus 1. Once you get into Season 7 you are really grasping at straws and are probably a pretty different show than you started as so it might as well be a new show!
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    prady on season 6

    What I find funny is that things that made me laugh and enjoy the show in the beginning like when there was a scene with the boys doing a 'nerdy' activity (Klingon boggle, playing Halo, playing rock band, etc.) or when Sheldon was being condescending to Leonard or Penny (not really intentionally but because he didn't really know better or thought he was helping) that is what I liked about the show. I even sympathized with Leonard and his situation of trying to expand his horizons and social circle and establish a better relationship with the hot girl across the hall. At that time Howard was overly outgoing but adorable and same for Raj who was the opposite (too shy but adorable). At that time in the show I could say I actually cared about the characters ... But now... Leonard has 'got with' Penny dozens of times including a handfull of other hot women but has been so back and forth with Penny he's become more of a douche than a sweet guy. Penny isn't this 'innocent simple girl from the mid-west', she doesn't know what she is. Nothing has really worked out for her but she brought a lot of it on herself. Howard has grown and is more mature. I'll admit it feels like a reasonable progression seeing as he found the only woman in the world who could stand him. But the problem for me with the (pretty) solid Howard and Bernadette relationship is that it feels like 'funny' situations are forced because really most of the time should be all good and anytime Howard does something that makes it hard on himself or his relationship it seems very forced. Raj is still basically in the same position as he was at the start of the show. No real progression there. In a sense, he is one of the most realistic characters on the show because if he really does have some psychological selective mutism it probably is very hard to overcome. But his lack of a steady girlfriend every more so than SHELDON of all people is the paradox of the show that seems a little ridiculous. Sheldon he DE-volved in my opinion. He shows more signs of stupidity and childishness than he ever did in the first 2 or 3 seasons. His pairing with Amy was intitally very interesting because it wasn't your typical boy/girl relationship. Well, now it pretty much is except for a bit of reluctance on Sheldon's part but they have moved past just being a boy with a girl who is a friend to a bf/gf relationship and even started some physical relationship. My point? NONE of this evolution of the characters makes me care more about them than it did in the beginning which is exactly what the writers want the fans to feel like. So I'm at the point where I now watch the show and laugh at the expense of Leonard or Penny and only like when Sheldon gets 1-up on the others and I don't really care about how the Howard and Bernadette relationship goes. But I guess viewing figures don't lie and my view is in the vast minority and apparently a lot more people DO care about this characters more now than they did before. So I think what I thought I was liking about the show and what the show was about was not really what the show was about.
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