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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"The Graduation Transmission"/S8E22

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Last week I had discussed the various episodes of Big Bang which viewers seem to forget as they don't move any mountains or even contain an outrageous moment of laughter. I feel like many series have these kind of episodes because the writers have a specific plan for the season, but the ideas for this plan aren't exactly elastic ac...

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"The Communication Deterioration"S8E21

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


 

There are often episodes of a sitcom that make us laugh while they last, but once they’ve aired, we forget about them. Tonight’s half-hour from The Big Bang Theory was a good example of an episode that was mildly entertaining; however, regular viewers of the show will probably not recall its plot. “The Communication Deterioration” isn’t one of the episodes that one would think of as soon as the show’s name ...

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"The Leftover Thermalization"/"The Skywalker Incursion"/"The Fortification Implementation"/S8E18-19-20

Posted on April 11, 2015 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


These last three episodes of The Big Bang Theory have fallen into the classic trap that television shows often fall into once they've achieved a particular "formula". For instance, Saturday Night Live found its sweet-spot during its 35th season, which admittedly is one of the best seasons its had. However, that season initiated two seasons that implemented the same formula for comedy, which produced comedy that wasn't fully ap...

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"The Colonization Application"/S8E17

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Ever since the early 2000s, television audiences have become addicted to scrutinize unorthodox television couples. For instance, if one were to log onto Tumblr or Twitter, one would find countless memes of different quirky dialogues one half of an odd couple said to another. This need for a new type of relationship was the reason people were refreshed when they saw Marshall and Lily's happy relationship in How I Met Your Mother. They were one ...

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"The Intimacy Acceleration"/S8E16

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao

 

The word "nostalgia" shouldn't be taken lightly. I often reminisce of the past and remember how simple things were back then. For instance, this week, when Penny and Sheldon were staring into each other's eyes as part of the experiment, Penny smiled and remembered the first time she met the guys. Honestly, when season one began, I recall having no hope for the show, but I did enjoy the pilot episode. There were no couples like there have been since seaso...

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