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"The Convention Conundrum"/"The Locomotive Manipulation"/S7E14-15

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (2)

By Dhruv Rao


The Big Bang Theory is an oscillating show: it hasn't had a perfect run of excellent or terrible episodes. The writers' purpose of inserting comedy is often vague and unfocused, but it makes the show relatable to some people. I think one of the best decisions made by the creators was to expand the cast mates to make the show less male-dominant. Furthermore, it's international audience is strong due to Howard's jewish origins, Amy's social awkwardness and ...

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"The Occupation Recalibration"/S7E13

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (14)

By Dhruv Rao


A sitcom's ability to extend a plotline through many episodes without making it seem tedious is what makes it deserve an emmy. How I Met Your Mother is the perfect candidate for an outstanding series in comedy; however, people only want raw comedy without any emotions, continuity or cultural references in the mix. The Big Bang Theory is a perfect example of a series whose continuity, along with its character development, is lo...

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"The Hesitation Ramification"/S7E12

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The first big hiatus in the television season is finally over. Over the course of this episode, the story developed faster than it did throughout the entire season. The A-plot revolved around Penny and Leonard while the B-plot and C-plot talked about Shamy and Raj respectively. The drama of the episode overpowered its comedy, and that's new for a traditional sitcom such as The Big Bang Theory. However, the comedy generated here is unlike any other ...

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"The Cooper Extraction"/S7E11

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (10)

By Dhruv Rao


I still remember when my friends and I gathered around the christmas-themed living room a few years ago to watch It's A Wonderful Life. I had heard a lot about it, but no one thought to tell me that it was released in the 1940s....and that it was in Black and White. It felt refreshing to watch a holiday classic, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance with gingerbread cookies and yule logs. The essence of the film was somewhat parallel to that o...

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"The Discovery Dissipation"/S7E10

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


It's heart-warming when Sheldon gets an opportunity to behave like one of us. The writers have given him such robotic characteristics that once his human feelings are brought into play, the episode takes a turn positively. This week, the writers gave all characters a fair amount of screen time along with natural dialogue. The episode ran its course smoothly, bubbled up, and then resolved itself very well. Moreover, this isn't the first time the long-time ...

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"The Thanksgiving Decoupling"/S7E9

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (10)

By Dhruv Rao

 


I often question myself: why do I watch television? Then, after a few seconds of profound pondering, I conclude that my life, like many of others, has its ups and downs during the day, which tire and exhaust the body. Thus, I need something to distract myself from the "tension". I generally prefer comedy over drama, so that's why The DR Club's main coverage is on sitcoms. However, I need some level of drama and continuity to relish an...

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"The Itchy Brain Stimulation"/S7E8

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


It's common that one show would acquire characteristics of another during the course of a season. TBBT became very similar to HIMYM in "The Romantic Resonance" and also this week's episode. An arc that subtends in this episode would take a good three episodes of HIMYM quickly commences and resolves itself in a good half-hour of television. That's what I think brought the episode's general perception better than its weak A-pl...

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"The Proton Displacement"/S7E7

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (4)

By Dhruv Rao


There are always those episodes of television which are difficult to describe. For example, this week's TBBT got me wrecking myself on what I should include in this "review". I knew what I wanted to write, but the feeling was somewhat ineffable.


Bob Newhart returns as an emmy-winning guest star this week. However, the writers didn't do a great job with his presence. The plot dragged on in awkwardness with no final dest...

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"The Romance Resonance"/S7E6

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao

 


I do recall now my first reading of the lovely novel The Pride and The Prejudice. It was a sweet, romantic story with a very strong message for its audience. That's exactly what this week's TBBT had in store for us viewers.


The plot revolved around Sheldon's breakthrough, Howard and Bernadette's anniversary and Penny's perseverance to be romantic towards Leonard. The fault was with the third plot protruding out...

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"The Workplace Proximity"/S7E5

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


It's no surprise that Sheldon's etiquette has always been comprimised. As the show leaps into its seventh (and possibly final) season, the viewers are still oblicious to how each character still agrees to be part of his life. His web portrays itself as something efficacious to Amy, yet the rest of the characters are stuck in it, suffering with each of his actions.


"The Workplace Proximity" is not a bad half-hour of television...

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"The Raiders Minimization"/S7E4

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


We all have problems which trace back to our childhood. For some, it might be a trivial problem that won't affect our adult lives. However, people like Leonard have such grand problems that their adult lives can get affected drastically. In this case, the aspect of Leonard's life which changes is his relationship with Penny. He uses his own techniques to get Penny to do things that he wants.


That's why I liked tonight's TBBT. It w...

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"The Scavenger Vortex"/S7E3

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


We all knew this was coming. The tendency of TBBT to go on a cliched plot has significantly augmented ever since season five. With the originality of plots waning, the writers persevere to keep the show's hopes up by adding in their own jokes to laugh at, or maybe feel a little uncomfortable with. Everything seemed to be right in place: copied plot, copied intro for the game and copied game. The addition of TBBT-tailored jokes is the fr...

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"The Hofstadter Insufficiency"/"The Deception Verification"/S7E1-2

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Over the years, TBBT has developped a certain method of storytelling that has led them to a higher rate of success. However, at times, they revert to old techniques and ingest comedy at every second with no actual direction of the plot. We all expected season 7 to be much better than the ground-shaking sixth season. After having watched these twi back-to-back episodes, I'm starting to think otherwise...


We open up with the one sort of st...

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"The Love Spell Potential"/"The Bon Voyage Reaction"/S6E23-24

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (7)

By Dhruv Rao


These past few weeks, I've been experiencing a hiatus in my writing due to contractual obligations. Therefore, to save time, I have combined last week and this week's review into one jam-packed article, starting with how great they've ended this season. 


Happiness or even bliss may not describe how great I've felt after this week of television: finale week. The TV industry gets boisterous once again for a while before settling down ...

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"The Proton Resurgence"/S6E22

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Bill Prady really should use the cast's full potential like he did last week. Excluding Mayim Bialik may have been a colossal error, as she would have added comedy that would've complimented that of Bob Newhart: the saviour of this week's episode. The episode visited Sheldon's childhood memories, minus the flashback. Therefore, I was disappointed.

 

Over the past two seasons, TBBT has explored its couples carefully and has given the audi...

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"The Closure Alternative"/S6E21

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


At its core, TBBT is funny and referential. It has its own quirks, which have slowly been digested, but us viewers adapted ouselves to its non-linear plots being arrayed together to form a season. However, for the past two seasons, TBBT has responded positively to our complaints while trying to retain its comic levels. Every single cast member is in a relationship, and we seem to be in an equilibrium. 


The episode really did segrega...

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"The Tenure Turbulence"/S6E20

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Regina King reprises her role as Jeaneane in this week's monotonous TBBT. This show can be funny when it has heart and naturalism involved. However, when it has its main cast opposing each other, the result is usually mediocre or, in this case, disgusting. It felt a bit weird, to be honest. The main plot of the episode could be stated as swe...

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"The Closet Reconfiguration"/S6E19

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


This week's TBBT has been the most heart-wrenching thing I've ever watched. It touched upon a topic and triggered a train of thought that one could have never expected. This time, Chuck Lorre and Bil Prady side-stepped all the youthful characters and got Howard's hoary issue as the main plot of the story. It was great to see all the main characters (except Sheldon, of course, he's always a jerk) to get serious and emotional about it, then put a par...

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"The Contractual Obligation Implementation"/S6E18

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao 


Usually, long titles give a leak of what is coming in the future. However, in the case of TBBT, it gave us nothing. So, that's why I was so excited to see the entire plot unfold in front of my eyes. The undertaking of an expansion of cast two years ago brought the show its best episodes and moments yet. Moreover, it gave us variety and broke the ongoing monotony of Penny stuck between the guys. This week got it's distinct plots, and which cou...

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"The Monster Isolation"/S6E17

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Naturalism and Realism are two very devoted movements. They've always been against the whole "Once upon A Time....Happily Ever After" storyline, and have always persevered to achieve their goal. Another thing that characterizes them is romance: which is usually a fairy tale's speciality. Naturalism expresses a wide spectrum of emotions while realism gives us the various nuances that can occur in a relationship. 


The episode had star...

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