koops Posted March 25, 2016 Posted March 25, 2016 I guess the current Penny-turning-into-Amy situation is similar to the Sheldon-turning-into-Leonard situation that the Lenny fans are complaining about. It is true that Penny's confidante up to... what? S7? used to be Leonard. He was the one she would go to with her issues and problems, not Sheldon (and viceversa). Sheldon would accidentally provide an insightful suggestion born out of his logic here and there, which was sweet and clever because it showed how even completely opposite POV's can sometimes be useful, but, for the most part, he wasn't the one who was there to listen and understand Penny because by definition they were meant to be as far apart on the spectrum as possible. I am not really sure how and why (and, tbh, I don't think the writers know/realize either), we started suddenly getting all these strings of storylines where it turns out Penny goes behind Leonard's back to Sheldon for advice/negotiations/what have you. (Meanwhile, you have Amy randomly and out of nowhere showing jealousy over how close they are when just two episodes before Sheldon opened up to her with something nobody allegedly knew about him and just last season she happily skipped around an escape room while encouraging them to take a test to see if they could fall in love... oooook then. Yes. This makes *so* much sense). Now we are seeing the same thing with Penny taking over a role that was always, by definition, Amy's. Penny used to get Sheldon to do thing out of trickery into "social conventions", but she was hardly ever the one that patiently and understandingly helped him work through things. Let alone share his interests. One thing that strikes me as insane about this season is how on Earth we have Sheldon and Penny living under one roof and not had one single episode about them driving each other bonkers (massive comedy fodder), given that Sheldon used to climb the walls over stuff Penny did when she was barely staying over or just popping over to steal his milk. I do understand that through the years they've obviously both mellowed towards the other and become accustomed to one another's personalities, but such a drastic, non-confrontational turn in their dynamic is extremely OOC to me. The spark of the Shenny relationship to me was always the sibling love/hate they harbored for each other. And as much as I did enjoy some of their episodes in the last few years (Intimacy Acceleration is still one of my favorites), they've all become incredibly non-confrontational and I honestly missed the days where they used to butt heads. I think 5x02 was the very last hilarious Shenny episode to me. And I miss that. More than anything, I miss the days when characters used to have very distinct personalities and defined roles, rather than this watered down, hollow ensemble. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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