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Sheldon Different in Season 2?

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In some ways, I think he's less normal in season two, but that's mainly in those episodes where they focus on his oddness, like The Euclid Alternative (when he refuses to drive and treats his friends so poorly -- a very slapstick and heavy-handed episode). In the Stephanie episode trilogy, he was just odd enough. The good writing really came out in, for example, his conversation with Penny where he essentially could only see Leonard's relationship with Stephanie in terms of how it affected him. That's a much more clever way of showing his quirks than having him declare himself to be a more evolved version of the human species ("homo novus, if you will"). The writing for Sheldon has been pretty uneven over both seasons, to be honest. Some brilliance (the awkward hug at the end of the Christmas episode comes to mind) and some really awful stuff. Often it seems that it's Penny who "makes" every scene she's in with her brilliant delivery ("yeah...no, I'm busy") and those wonderful smirks and grins and wry grimaces which add the perfect colour to a moment (think of the look on Penny's face while Leonard is trying to explain to Stephanie who she is, or the way she broke up laughing when Howard walked past her after she met Kripke and said "Makes me look pretty good"). Steve

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I have a theory that Parsons has modelled his Sheldon character around the personality of a cat... Watch his mannerisms, eye movement, quirks...

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Yes Sheldon is different in season 2 but isn't it a good thing? he's become alot funnier and even crazier!:icon_mrgreen:

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Hi everybody, I'm new here, glad to see there's a Forum dedicated to this great show! Re: the topic, I think they've made Sheldon more abnormal in Season 2. For example, in the Pilot, Leonard made a joke about Sheldon being a semi-pro when they are in the sperm bank (I understood it as Sheldon not being that asexual at first). Then when they met Penny, Sheldon comments how attractive she is and seems happy to show her his board. In the Middle Earth Paradigm he's quite supportive of Leonard. In Season 2, I think he's more self absorbed and egoistical, but maybe it's just me. My two cents

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Hi Emma_Frost, welcome to the forum. I think, Sheldon in the pilot was out-of-character and that the writers only "fine tuned" his character after the pilot. So the "real Sheldon" we see after the first episode. I don't believe he's a semi-pro. As for a change, I couldn't see it. I found both seasons had episodes where he was rather self-centered and episodes where he tried to develop and cared. For example, in season 2 we had two times when he helped Penny with financial problems; he also tries to understand jokes ... So I didn't find him more self absorbed. i liked the Sheldon in both seasons.

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Well, you may be right regarding the Pilot. It's a problem when characterizations change like that. And I like Sheldon in both seasons, too!!!

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I think Sheldon had more of a soft side in Season 2. In episodes with Penny especially, when she put him to bed and the Christmas episode, he showed more heart. So it's possible he's more conceited, but also more caring.

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Well, you guys didn't REALLY expected Sheldon to show no character development whatsoever during FOUR sesons right? o.O Of course he's going to chance o.o It's only natural that he does xD And for that matter, Penny changed too if you think about it xD So did Leonard. Those three have learned important lessons about several kinds of relationships, but Sheldon it's the most obvious one, since he's also the most social inept of the trio. And I might be wrong, but I think Raj and Howard will also show some development in the next two seasons.

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Well, you guys didn't REALLY expected Sheldon to show no character development whatsoever during FOUR sesons right? o.O

Of course he's going to chance o.o It's only natural that he does xD And for that matter, Penny changed too if you think about it xD So did Leonard. Those three have learned important lessons about several kinds of relationships, but Sheldon it's the most obvious one, since he's also the most social inept of the trio.

And I might be wrong, but I think Raj and Howard will also show some development in the next two seasons.

Well, Howard had his big episode, too. Not sure if he affected him or not, let's see in the future!

But back to Sheldon, I think he went ''crazier'' in the second season, personnally. The ''3 knock-Penny'' seemed introduced then, for exemple. Sure, he was crazy in the first one, too... It's just, I don't know, more obvious during the 2nd. Well, that's just what I think at least!

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Well, you guys didn't REALLY expected Sheldon to show no character development whatsoever during FOUR sesons right? o.O

Of course he's going to chance o.o It's only natural that he does xD And for that matter, Penny changed too if you think about it xD So did Leonard. Those three have learned important lessons about several kinds of relationships, but Sheldon it's the most obvious one, since he's also the most social inept of the trio.

And I might be wrong, but I think Raj and Howard will also show some development in the next two seasons.

Your are right on the money with this Waffles and it shows good script development to have the characters change as their relationship with Penny develops. But I hope they don't change Sheldon too much.

I've know several real 'sheldons' and even after years of socialising they haven't moved very far from their 'sheldoness'. The beauty of the character is his awkwardness and incapacity to empathise with those around him, I'd hate to see him change.

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