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"The Comic Book Store Regeneration"/S8E15

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The title of this week's episode is an oxymoron that I would have never expected from a traditional sitcom such as The Big Bang Theory. Tonight's episode was mainly about "letting go", and eventually the insignificant theme bloomed into one of the biggest bombshells in the characters' lives. As far as the readers as concerned, this plotline was one of the few options the writers had to explain why Mrs. Wolowitz wouldn't be heard anymore. Although I...

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"The Troll Manifestation"/S8E14

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


I often view the eighth season of The Big Bang Theory as a compilation season, much like a greatest hits album. I observed how the writers were attempting to synthesize the finer elements of the first and second halves of the series into episodes that would play well with their original set of fans and the others that hopped on the bus as the years went by. It's similar to what How I Met Your Mother did when it used to air episodes involving...

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"The Anxiety Optimization"/S8E13

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

By Dhruv Rao


Shows like The Big Bang Theory have run for a sufficient amount of time for them to assemble followings who would, for example, light up when Penny sang Soft Kitty to Sheldon this week. If the show were to discard its prime qualities during its reinvention over the past few years, the fans would have left and been replaced by the others like how my friends and I left an ex-friend because every other day he would tweak h...

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"The Space Probe Disintegration"/S8E12

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


It has been a while since our last liaison, hasn't it? Well, I'm not the one to blame here, as the famous television hiatus season is here! We won't be seeing a lot of each other from now till about April, when the schedule is more regular. Speaking of regular, I wanted to actually share a thought I had the other day while I was binge-watching the second season of the show. I've realized how regular Sheldon's growth as a character has been over the past f...

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"The Clean Room Infiltration"/S8E11

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2)

By Dhruv Rao


While watching tonight's episode, I realized how much Sheldon has tranformed over the years. Not how I didn't use the word "change", as I observe his character development as a positive aspect of the revamped version of The Big Bang Theory. His relationship with Amy has been a key aspect in this metamorphosis, and everytime Shamy had taken a small step, Sheldon took a leap. He has become less robotic and more humane: he tries to understand feelings...

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"The Champagne Reflection"/S8E10

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Tonight was all about the final result of one's efforts, thus the word "reflection" appears in the episode's title. There are various ways to celebrate one's life once they are gone; however, when a closer look is placed on it, the years and years of effort amount to money in a bank, and in this case, tons of sporadic data that causes Leonard to reflect deeply on the meaning of his career path. The scenes do have a certain poignancy in them; however, the ...

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"The Prom Equivalency"/"The Septum Deviation"/S8E8-9

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (10)

By Dhruv Rao


Sometimes, while we wait for something to happen, we often become pessimistic that it will ever happen. Sheldon's confession to Amy this week is something she has been craving ever since the latter half of the fifth season, and over the years we have seen her become cynical towards it ever happening. For instance, last season, she remarked that Raj and Howard would achieve the intimate relations she desires before Sheldon and her do. In the spur of the mo...

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"The Expedition Approximation"/"The Misinterpretation Agitation"/S8E6-7

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


I have a theory that a show is very inflexible when it comes to its timings: when it doesn't air at its usual spot, things get out of hand. This hypothesis of mine was supported by the first few episodes of this season. Not only was the quality sub-par, but the overall comedy was also hackneyed, the character development was ignored, and the subplots didn't neatly and peacfully amalgamate into a cohesive half-hour of television. Moreover, the fans express...

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"The Focus Attenuation"/S8E5

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (3)

By Dhruv Rao


I commend the writer's decision to introduce a new chapter in Penny's career. Her frictional unemployment last season provided for many emotionally charged scenes and some

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"The Hook-Up Reverberation"/S8E4

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (4)

By Dhruv Rao


If any television program runs successfully for more than half a decade, it is possible that the writers may have created what I call land mines: episodes which is so rich in content that it can be successfully alluded to in future episodes. For example, How I Met Your Mother had land mines laid out throughout the show, like "Slap Bet" or even "No Pressure". Full House's pilot episode was a constant throwback in futur...

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"The First Pitch Insufficiency"/S8E3

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Couples pinned against other couples isn't necessarily the most original sitcom plot device ever used. It is an attempt to bring in humor using a show's characters' caricatures; however, the attempt is more failed than successful. When HIMYM made their attempt two years ago, their performance received mixed reviews from critics, and now that The Bi...

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"The Junior Professor Solution"/S8E2

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Shows that have run a sufficient number of years often leave a legacy behind them. For comedy-dramas like HIMYM or even Grey's Anatomy, the fans remember a few episodes more than other because not only do these episodes stand out, but they also change the course of the series. The Big Bang Theory doesn't have episodes like that. TBBT is a traditional sitcom in that its main remembrance comes in certain character traits like Penny's alcoholis...

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"The Locomotive Interruption"/S8E1

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The Big Bang Theory. Say that phrase in a mixed crowd, and there is a likelihood that many people would've heard of or even watched the show. It's an uncanny phenomenon, how syndication can make a mediocre sitcom with semi-relatable characters the number one comedy in the country. However, after gaining recognition, the show started to improve on its plots, comedy, character development, and to an extent continuity. The last three seasons have...

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"The Gorilla Dissolution"/"The Status Quo Combustion"/S7E23-24

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (5)

By Dhruv Rao


 

The Big Bang Theory just got renewed for three more seasons recently. Normally, a viewer would assume that the next trio of the show would stick to familiar ground and that the writers wouldn't challenge themselves in any way. However, we were proven wrong when this season had its due course. Every character had his/her own screen time which in turn gave them a richer character development. If we start with Sheldon, we can easily say that his...

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"The Anything Can Happen Recurrence"/"The Proton Transmogrification"/S7E21-22

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


There were a lot of debates on whether renewing The Big Bang Theory was the right choice for CBS. The big fact is that it is television's number 1 comedy. However, how can anyone guarantee that the audience will remain faithful to Chuck Lorre's little baby? A: By simply watching this season. The writers have really taken a leap with this season's character development. At times, at the cost of actual comedy, but I think the compromise is definitely worth ...

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"The Relationship Diremption"/S7E20

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao

 


The quality of some of the episodes of this season has been compromised. You could see that for the last few episodes, the writers' mark had often missed by a few dialogues, a few emotions, or the reactions of the studio audience. However, today, the writers seemed to fail in one of their main purposes: to generate comedy. It's a sad day when a sitcom reverts to puerile methods of joke-telling instead of sticking with the sophisticated humor ...

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"The Indecision Amalgamation"/S7E19

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (11)

By Dhruv Rao


I recently joined my friends in watching an episode of Blossom, the show Mayim Bialik was known for even before her role as Amy on this show. Her acting was phenomenal, and her chemistry with Neil Patrick Harris was too good. It was hard to believe that these were the same people that would turn into Barney Stinson and Amy Farrah Fowler. Now, one may not even imagine the two characters belnding. This shows how actors are liquid: they take up any sh...

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"The Mommy Observation"/S7E18

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Last week, the writers attempted to embed drama into a traditional sitcom. Their efforts get a commendment, but in my opinion, TBBT can't pull off a drama for more than one or two scenes in an episode, even if the subject matter of the plot is emotional. And that's the error the writers corrected this week: they included drama-type plots and made it comic in their own way. That's how the show should approach pathos; they should embrace the tra...

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"The Friendship Turbulence"/S7E17

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The Big Bang Theory has had its own set of highs and lows. However, those were as an ordinary sitcom using traditional methods of storytelling. This week, drama took over the episode and filled the studio audience's annoying over-reactions to oohs and aahs along with the laughter they provide everytime a small joke is said. I recall the People's Choice Awards from two years ago, when Kaley Cuoco first hosted. She brought the entire studio audi...

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"The Table Polarization"/S7E16

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


I can assure you that I am not the expert when it comes to change. It terrifies me to go charging out into the cold unknown; I would rather sit in the warm, cozy spot I have liked for years. But life isn't like that. Life moves on whether we like it or not. We can either embrace it and be happy, or neglect it and whine that our lives are no longer happy. That's the dynamic this show has. Three years ago, the writers decided to change the aspect of four ba...

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