Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Big Bang Theory - A Review

I have officially finished two seasons of The Big Bang Theory! *Yea, I know I am a little slow*

This is a half-hour sitcom which tells the story of two physics geeks living next to a dumb blonde while another two geeks frequently visit the aforementioned two geeks. The main characters are experimental physicist Leonard Hofstader, theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper, geeks Howard and Rajesh and of course, the dumb blonde, Penny. No offense to blondes, seriously, but this girl in this particular set on this particular show IS a dumb blonde.

In my humble opinion, the most interesting and most attractive part of the show is the geekiness within. Their extensive comics, figurine, video games, costumes, etc obsession; Their scientific jargoons applied in the most common daily routine (Surprisingly I understood them); Their very very big ass theories and hypotheses used as anecdotes where apparently only the four geeks understood (Again, surprisingly, I've read some of them before); Their tortured genius living among "commoners" OCDs and many many more.

My favourite character so far is Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, who is seriously geeky, a tortured genius with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and a royal pain in the ass. He has a sky-rocketing IQ of 187, a child prodigy with multiple degrees, a strict adherence to routine and is extremely logical and smart. He also has no sense of humour, very heavy on sarcasm, lack of understanding of irony and is a arrogant fella with completely no sense of humility. Sounds a little like Dr Gregory House. To me, he is THE life of the show. Leonard is too kind and too normal to be genius, even when he is one; Howard is funny but mostly disgusting; Rajesh is... erm... silent... So, the obvious outstanding character is Cooper!

The plot for each episode is quite simple actually. I can even watch it over dinner, ensuring my tummy has half an hour to efficiently digest my meals. But, there are plenty of space for character development and certainly very entertaining. Ok, if you are not a science geek, probably you will think that these four guys in the show are losers because you have nothing to relate to them. However, if you have even a small glimpse of geekiness in you, you may be able to relate to some of the characters and actually understand their jokes.

Ratings : 8/10. Not for people who think they are very cool. Certainly NOT for people who think geeks are losers.

*PS : Who has Season 3? By the way, I have moved on to Fringe for the time being... *

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