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"The Celebration Experimentation"/S9E17

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao

EPISODE 200


This isn't the first time I've written about a milestone as momentous as the 200th episode. In fact, merely two years ago, How I Met Your Mother aired its 200th episode, and it was quite the victory. However, the greatness of "How Your Mother Met Me" was overshadowed by the polarization Carter Bays a...

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"The Empathy Optimization"/S9E13

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Tradition has it that each new year brings about a new set of resolutions, composed partially of previously unattended resolutions and a few newer ones. The Big Bang Theory also has a very interesting tradition about the first few episodes of any year: Sheldon has to learn a lesson and change for the course of a single episode. Last year, Sheldon employed his relationship with Amy to drive his anxiety leve...

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"The Sales Call Sublimation"/S9E12

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The challenge to maintain consistent levels of continuity, maturity, and depth in a season is usually one at which most sitcoms fail, including The Big Bang Theory. However, all the aired episodes this season have maintained plot structures which fall under a unanimous wavelength; the audience can finally see an overall plot of the season. Frankly, while I was watching tonight's episode, I couldn't help bu...

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"The Earworm Reverberation"/"The Opening Night Excitation"/S9E10-11

Posted on December 18, 2015 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Often, there is so much progress that occurs over the course of a couple of episodes that the audience has to take a refractory period to process the plot progression and understand it as an integral part of a show. Earworm and Opening Night could almost be a two-parter episode simply because of the primarily Shamy-driven plots of the two episodes. The decision to have the couple's reunion be t...

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"The Platonic Permutation"/S9E9

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Last May, when Amy finally ended things with Sheldon, it generated an interesting method to end a season: utter silence and shock. That iconic scene was paralleled tonight when Sheldon rejected Amy's advances. In both cases, Sheldon's witty remarks made no waves with the studio audience as it was silenced. The latter may have only been a minute long, but it completely changed the audience's opinion of the episode: all...

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"The Mystery Date Observation"/S9E8

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


It's strange to think that a few years ago Howard and Raj put Sheldon up on a dating site as a joke and introduced Amy Farrah Fowler into our lives. Amy was the last character to join the show's updated roster in 2010, but she has definitely brought about some major changes in the dynamic of the show, and this episode heavily indicates how Amy changed Sheldon, the breakout character and one of the primary foci of the ...

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"The Spock Resonance"/S9E7

Posted on November 7, 2015 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Watching Sheldon walk away from Amy's building without any live studio audience sounds was an unforgettable image. This arc of him being separated from Amy is unlike any other television breakup, i.e. Sheldon doesn't need to find himself. This separation serves as his realization that he was truly happy with Amy, and this episode climaxes with him storming out and putting on human feelings: a trait which the writers h...

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"The Helium Insufficiency"/S9E6

Posted on October 26, 2015 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The Big Bang Theory used to be known for its scientific, nerdy nature in the initial seasons; however, as time went by and the cast was expanded to include more women, the focus of the show shifted to the relationships between the main characters. This volta lead to a multitude of complaints from the show's original audience stating that the show had sold out since its primary focus was no longer the uniqu...

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: "Halloween III"/S3E5

Posted on October 26, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn't your conventional cop-comedy involving a terribly fat cop eating donuts, drinking coffee, and making bad decisions: the show instead plays on how the intellectual can have various nuances to their characters. A fine example to this stand-out trait of the show is its trio of Halloween episodes involving challenges that are almost impossible to overcome, and it always involves a multitude...

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"The Perspiration Implementation"/S9E5

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao 


It will take a while for Sheldon and Amy's breakup to officially sink in and not be a principal theme running in the episodes primarily because they were one of the two power couples which have received the significant amount of media coverage. This week's episode once again places the breakup at the forefront of the A-plot and the subplot,  with some significant results as to how the two are struggling to ...

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Brooklyn Nine Nine:"The Oolong Slayer"/S3E4

Posted on October 18, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Television is a very interesting medium as it often opens up the possibility of commercialization, i.e. merchandise. As a show moves forward and hits a certain season, it begins to gain a certain following. This following may or may not be interested in official merchandise, but the fans of a show can often quote lines from various episodes, remember plotlines vaguely, and even allude to the show sporadically. The first two are the results of the writers'...

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: "Boyle's Hunch"/S3E3

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Why do we expect television shows to have a perfect run of A-grade episodes? I find it unreasonable to expect every single episode of a season be perfect, especially since that would create a form of monotony. I know that it may seem contradictory, but I strongly support a television show that has a few dips in quality over the season because those are the episodes that make up appreciate the better ones. Otherwise, you would have people say that a specif...

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"The 2003 Approximation"/S9E4

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The idea of moving in with one's significant other and leaving one's friend has been widely covered by television. For instance, way back in 1998, Friends aired an episode in which Rachel and Monica struggled to part ways in order for Monica to live with Chandler. The episode revolved around Rachel's denial and how she was making the transition difficult. An almost identical A-plot runs this week on 

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: "Funeral"/S3E2

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


I often muse at the idea of television as a medium for communication. On one hand, it offers impeccable entertainment and moments to which we can deeply relate. On the other hand, there's a great number of entertainment slots that offers its audience content that's derivative and puerile, which undermines the audience. The funny thing is that more often than not sitcoms would be more engaging to our brains than dramas with serious overtones. I think that ...

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"The Bachelor Party Corrosion"/S9E3

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The Big Bang Theory has only had two weddings so far in its eight-year run, and the emphasis on the nuptials for each wedding has been different. When Howard and Bernadette tied the knot back in 2012, many of the prenuptials and the actual wedding itself were given much significance. However, as far as Leonard and Penny are concerned, their wedding was an impulse decision which took place under murky circumstances. That night was a strange one...

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"The Separation Oscillation"/S9E2

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


 

The writers over at The Big Bang Theory have been approaching the situation they've dug up quite well in this strong half-hour of television. It finally seems as though a cliffhanger introduced in May will actually be given a complete story, i.e. the writers are going to unfold how the aftermath of Amy breaking things off over the next few episides while trying to get Leonard and Penny to work on their marriage.


I would have...

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: "New Captain"/S3E1

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


When Brooklyn Nine Nine had piloted about two years ago, one of my main concerns was the decision made to cast Andy Samberg as the lead of the show. Truth be told, he is a fantastic comedian, but during his seven-year  at Saturday Night Live he was the "little brother" : we rarely saw Samberg as the main driving force for a large number of sketches. Once the first season had officially been put into place, I noticed how even t...

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"The Matrimonial Momentum"/S9E1

Posted on September 21, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


There was a large amount of the Big Bang fanbase which was disappointed by the direction season eight eventually took after the various cliffhangers placed in the finale. I wasn't completely on board with their thinking; however, I did doubt whether the direction the writers intended to take was the right one. As the weeks building up to the finale passed, I didn't pay much thought to this show. However, last week, after I wrote the season rec...

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The Big Bang Theory "The Commitment Determination"/S8E24 + Season Recap

Posted on September 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


It's been a long time coming with this article, hasn't it? To be perfectly candid, I was never comfortable with writing this review because of the nature of the season eight finale. I found it to be quite anticlimactic to have the season end at a nadir, giving the writers the Herculean task of patching things up with the first set of episodes of the new season, which begins tomorrow. To be perfectly candid, I completely support the writers' decision to le...

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"The Maternal Combustion"/S8E23

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Raising a child isn't as simple as one may think it is. There are various different methods that different types of parents employ to get the children on their own definition of "the right path". Often, there may be arguments as to which method is a more effective way to raise a child. Tonight, The Big Bang Theory tackled this issue which several other sitcoms have discussed successfully in the past few years. However, as far as this show is c...

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