BangerMain Posted September 16, 2012 Posted September 16, 2012 Lead characters should have much broader interests then who they date. You did comment about hobbies and talents. Those events are what define a character. Yes, lead characters like Penny should have a broader interest than who they date. Penny does not have any. No hobbies or obvious talents. Every other character has some other hobby and oddly, four have musical talents (Sheldon, Amy, Leonard and Howard). Penny's lack of form came because she was hastily put together after the original pilot failed. The original female lead (called Katie) was rejected by the network as too abrasive and unlikeable so the very vanilla "Penny" character was inserted to get the new pilot sold. The producers would fill in the blanks later and they have been doing that for five years now. Penny had one purpose, to be the love object for Leonard. As one of the producers said a few years ago, the central premise of the Big Bang Therory is based on a tug of war between Penny and Sheldon for the mind of Leonard. Sheldon represents the science and geek culture and Penny the carnel pleasures of the "normal" world. That, of course, is the double meaning of the shows title. If she does love Leonard she has an even stranger way of showing it. So true. Rick's post explains how the writer's are going to reconcile Penny's odd reactions. Exec producer Bill Prady said in May that the reason for her strange behavior is Penny's youth, Leonard is six years older than her and she is trying to catch up with him and sort out what this odd love feeling for Leonard is all about. It's scary to her that she is with a man unlike any of her previous boyfriends. As fans can remember, she has been frightened before. She broke up with Leonard the first time because she thought she was not smart enough for him and he would get bored and dump her. But she missed him and started their relationship again in season three. Leonard knows now, to tread lightly on the subject of her education or intelligence. After putting Leonard through her own version of a Beta test in season five, she is confident (some would say over convident) that her guy loves her absolutely. If, any thing, Leonard has made her too comfortable with his adoration of her to the point that she finds their relationship not challenging. Penny has never had that before in what she has called "love" since her previous serious boyfriends obviously did not think she was anything but disposable. I do agree with you. If the writers/producers want to basically demote Kaley to supporting actress and make Mayim the lead actress turning Penny into Leonardâ€™s good little girlfriend sounds like a perfect way to do it. I just do not see why they would want to do that. They are not going to demote Kaley, not with her making 7.2 million for this season. Kaley has lamented not being the only girl but classily won't say more on the subject. She knows the Shamy is the hot property now and she has been the primary drum beater for Leonard and Penny. That's why we are going to see a lot of the couple's adventures at the start of the season, according to the taping reports. What could be one of the most important developments of the last two seasons is Penny is tied to the group in ways other then Leonard. Out of the five other characters on the show Penny is now more closely tied to three of them then Leonard is. This is important if they wish to establish her as her own person without losing her connection to the group like poor Leslie. Having the unlikely friendship with Bernie and Amy gave Penny someone to grieve with during her dark "Priya" days when she thought so little of her self. She is not going to lose contact with the group unless they disassemble the premise of the series. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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