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  1. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    I meant in terms of big moments or specific directions. There aren't that many huge milestones left to tackle at this point that you can steer characters in the direction of, other than babies (which they are obviously not keen on as writers unless they have to) and career. Again, I haven't seen this week's episode yet, but my issues with the previous two wasn't much to do with re-hashing of old plots because I didn't think that was the case (Howard and Sheldon bonding over his impending fatherhood 2.0 was new, for example; as were Howard and Amy working together), but because I found the jokes rather stale and unimaginative. And the whole plot about having a boy made me cringe at several points over gender stereotyping. So it's more about the execution than the plots or directions per se.
  2. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    I haven't seen this week's episode yet, but to be fair it's S11. Most of the major milestones have been hit, the big moments have happened, and I doubt you can recapture that same excitement of even last season because the characters have now arrived at their destination, in many ways. I think it's hard for Holland to give the characters a direction because there's very few places left he can take them to. I kept saying that, at this point, the only area where they can maybe take them somewhere is in their careers, with someone becoming a professor or something, but other than that, given that this isn't the kind of show where they would have people move to another apartment, let alone city or have any other major overhaul of that kind, there's not much left to write. I think what we are going through right now is the classic case of the show that has gone on too long, tbh, and I feel that if this had been the final season and we didn't have a 12th lined up, perhaps people wouldn't feel so bored. Personally, I really really enjoyed episodes 1 to 3 and then found 4 and 5 to fall kind of flat for different reasons, so I'm not even sure it's an issue with the change in showrunner as much as the age of the show.
  3. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    After the sneak peek, i was expecting to enjoy this episode a lot more, but I actually was a bit disappointed. I mean, it was more enjoyable than the last one to me, but I found it a bit over the top. I was expecting to hate Lenny using the book to handle Sheldon more, but it really just came across as using tips that could come from any people-management book, be it grown ups or kids, to handle behavior that anyone at any age can display so it really didn't bug me. I also didn't mind Sheldon being jealous of Amy spending time working with Howard. I really don't think we can say anymore that Sheldon isn't a supportive boyfriend, after the way he handled the Princeton situation. It was just this one project that was bugging him, partly because he likes having her around at home and partly because they have their own project going. If Sheldon were nice and supportive 24/7, then they would have nothing to write about for comedy. If I have to find something to criticize about the episode, I guess it would be that there were some veiled jokes about the fact that Amy doesn't have as good a time at home with Sheldon, which I find kind of stupid at this point (especially since we have seen them enjoy living and working together). But they were so veiled and blink-and-you-miss-it that I don't really think they qualify as real criticism. I guess I just enjoyed episodes 1-3 A LOT this season, so these last two have kind of let me down a bit. Not in a "I hate this" kind of way, but more in a "meh" sort of way. It was all a bit heavy-handed. I think the funniest scene was probably the Morse code blinking, alongside the "sexy science flirting" from the sneak peek. The rest, I could take it or leave it.
  4. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    I doubt it. Sheldon and Amy were looking into quantum cognition, it's more of a theoretical problem/theory of everything kind of question that wouldn't be directly applicable to brain-machine interfaces. BMIs are quite the hip thing right now, although usually a lot of the research is with intracranial implants, but EEG-based caps are often also used.
  5. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    Yeah, I can't see Sheldon having difficulties about getting married, given his mindset about both the proposal and the groomzilla-ness displayed in the upcoming episode (btw, love those sneak peeks!). It could be that PP is appearing in a dream about difficulties with his career? Maybe Sheldon is trying to reinvent himself as a science educator like PP? I still think Sheldon's best bet for his career right now is to focus on the project with Amy, and I hope the show hasn't forgotten that.
  6. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    Love groomzilla!Sheldon! And it makes so much sense given how he is. They can use his personality not only to create the comedy but also to make him be someone who cares and flipping the gender stereotypes at the same time.
  7. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    AHHH brain-machine interfaces! Niccceee! Yep, definitely need an engineer for that! And I know, I get sidetracked by work and (fake) GoT spoilers so all my time has been eaten up LOL. But I'm still watching and still shipping
  8. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    Hey y'all! I haven't been posting much lately, but I just wanted to share my enjoyment of the season so far. I really loved both the premiere and this week's episode. I thought they handled the proposal aftermath really well, and this week's plot is one that's always close to my heart. It's funny how they get more realistic with science when they're writing "somber" episodes than when they're going for pure comedy. It's so true that with the technology limitations the big questions in Physics are kind of stuck while there's a boom of technology in Neuroscience right now to tackle some of our big questions, so I'm so excited to see this explored further and the fact that obviously Shamy have to be front-and-center for these plots is just the icing on the cake. They are continuing on the streak of writing Shamy REALLY well, IMO. Sheldon still has his massive ego (speaking of ego, LOL at them mocking Leonard together in this week's episode!) and self-centeredness, but it's definitely shifted when it comes to Amy. I like it that although he's annoyed he's not the center of attention or the one who gets the success, he's still proud of her and respects her work instead of belittling it and tries to make himself feel better in other ways (like with the markers, LOL). And it was so sweet that he was the one doing the rounds calling everyone to announce the engagement and how happy everyone was for them. And from the promo for next week, it sounds like Sheldon's got a bit of groomzilla in him after all too, with the dates and all. It's great to see him being invested in it and not just something he just nods along to to make Amy happy. Basically, they hit the perfect balance with them last season and it's continuing on really nicely, so I couldn't be happier. And I love how science-centered this season has been so far. Lots of career movement in both episodes and the fact that Amy's career is taking off is making me hope there's going to be more where that came from (although the way she's randomly jumping from topic to unrelated topic is giving me sea-sickness), as well as more collaboration-time with Sheldon (I loved that Bernie this week said she was surprised Sheldon wasn't in Amy's lab to play with her new toys - my two nerdy babies and their common interests!). I understand there's a collaboration with Howard in one of the upcoming episodes, although I don't know what exactly it is about but that's another one I've been wanting to see for a while too (neuromorphic circuits?? signal analysis?? what could Amy be needing an engineer's input for??). A three-way collaboration between Amy, Sheldon and Howard would be pure gold! I hope they keep up the good work, I'm definitely still intrigued, 11 seasons in.
  9. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    Season finale for me, please!
  10. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    Did someone say promo photo? I'm back! ETA: I've just caught up with some posts. I had read the spoilers for 11x03 (I can't believe I'm typing "11" still) and I assumed from the wording of the spoilers that Sheldon's being annoyingly picky about a date, not that he's stressing out because Amy's going bridezilla. I think it would be very IC for Sheldon to be obsessive over organizing stuff the way he wants it and I would hope they don't fall into the usual cliches of "woman goes bridezilla/man doesn't care". I also don't agree that Sheldon would bolt at the wedding. Why would he? He's not afraid of commitment at all, and he sounds pretty certain of himself about the proposal. I'm hoping they continue to ride the good wave of S10 Shamy this season: funny and in sync!
  11. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    Yeah, I'll be disappearing into hiatus-ness and Game of Thrones soon too, but man! What a way to go. I hope you all have a great summer and I'll see you around Comic Con time (assuming they're going).
  12. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    I thought it was hilarious as well. I also took the disgust more along the lines of... you know, not wanting to think about your friends that way. There's been that kind of reaction before between other characters too, even recently when Bernie compared Howard to a sexy greyhound. So I didn't mind it. Also, another moment that flies under the radar because the episode is so packed... but I found Sheldon telling Amy about the ladders and Amy enthusiastically nodding along to be hilarious and adorable too.
  13. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    I agree that Amy is impulsive (although maybe over-excitable is a better definition... she tends to get hyper about stuff before calming down to think and often times that "calming down to think" period comes across as falling from cloud nine for her), but I don't think we can say that she is happy to abandon things the instant she has doubts. Or at least not consistently enough to say that's a personality trait of hers. I mean, in the cohabitation thing she was ready to quit, but she's also often patient and resilient in the face of difficulties and she's had several of those moments in her relationship with Sheldon (not that I'm a fan of those moments where she's shown "putting up" with him in S6 or 7, but they're there...). Either way, I don't think either of them is commitment-phobic, and reporters questioning Sheldon's motives at every turn just because he does things his own way and at his own pace irk me to no end. Nobody questioned whether Howard was ready to marry Bernie when they had barely been dating a year, for example, or Bernie's acceptance despite the entire episode being focused on the fact that she was thinking of dumping him at the very same time. Or whether Penny was ready to marry Leonard despite the fact that she suggested it right on the whims of a career crisis. But Sheldon, who canonically had a ring for 2 years, has been dating Amy for 7, tried to propose already once and was canonically stated to have been thinking about it in several episodes? Oh no. He has to be questioned. Because he's "different" and because he and Amy don't fit the norms of traditional relationships. ITA that I hope they don't have Amy regret leaving. But I think she/they know better than that. I mean, this is a lesson for Sheldon too because, like Penny said, he has no experience with that sneaky behavior and, on top of that, has difficulties reading people. He will learn to be more wary in the future. And it's kind of sad for him because he genuinely thought he was gaining a friend. Once it's all out in the open, Amy should/will understand that. And, again, Penny is his witness.
  14. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    I hadn't read the entirety of Steve's interviews so this snippet escaped me: Not that there was any doubt in my mind before, but it's nice to get official confirmation that the writers' minds are on our same wavelength. There's not going to be any stupid drama, with Sheldon trying to hide things from Amy and no question that he was anything but innocent in all this. I think that also partly answers the doubt some might have regarding whether Sheldon proposed out of guilt. He's innocent in what happened, and wouldn't hide it if asked... if he felt guilty in any way, he wouldn't act the way he's acting. I mean, I do think there might be a bit of guilt in him at the fact that he didn't realize sooner what was going on, but that's not something he would propose for. Plus, he's had that idea in his head for 2+ years now. He's had time to think about it. It's tiresome to see reporters constantly asking if Sheldon is "ready", like he's some sort of dumb idiot who doesn't know what he wants. When has Sheldon ever made a step he wasn't 100% sure of? If anything, he's the opposite. He delays and delays and delays in order to make sure he's certain. And whenever he had reservations about something, he made it clear from the start and worked through them (like he did this season when he agreed to trying living together). I keep going back to Spoiler Alert, but back then it was Amy who was handling the whole situation in an immature way where her desire to live with her boyfriend trumped the reality that it's not the same as getting a roommate (she was all ready to move into Leonard's bedroom with her own bed), that there's a level of intimacy that goes far beyond that and she just wasn't getting it, while Sheldon did. He is more aware of the importance of certain commitments than most give him credit for.
  15. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    I'm confused. Isn't the bold part exactly what happened? Sheldon didn't agree with Penny's assessment of the situation, he confronted Ramona about if immediately, and then found out Penny was right? On another note... I didn't pay much attention at first, but after re-watching those scenes a bunch of times I noticed that Ramona does look very upset in the end there. As in, she's being rejected openly and she knows it. I mean, not that I feel sorry for the b***, but it was interesting to me that they didn't have her smirk or be smug or be unaffected by it. That it's a rejection, and there's no question about it.