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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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Why we stopped reviewing A to Z...

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


When NBC announced their Fall 2015 lineup, I was elated to see this show as one of the new sitcoms airing on NBC. Thus, I decided to add the show to our regular coverage at The DR Club. At first, the show was like an action-packed short film; however, after the third episode, I felt like every episode moved very slowly, and the plots didn't really seem to intrigue me as much as those of previous episodes did. After the calamity that we can call "D is for ...

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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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"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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A to Z: "C is for Curiouser + Curiouser"/S1E3

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao

 

Every episode of A to Z has a very predictable structure. It will always discuss some first for Andrew and Zelda, leading to them getting insecure, jealous and crazy. For instance, this week discussed each character’s past, and everything spiralled down from there. I like that A to Z has a warmth that many sitcoms lack, but this repetition in plot structure is getting a little monotonous. There is only one voice during the narration, we are only se...

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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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A to Z: "B is for Big Glory"/S1E2

Posted on October 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


After last week's episode, a lot of theories flew around regarding the endgame for A to Z. The most obvious choice would be an inevitable breakup, but an engagement or even a death is highly likely. This engagement in a series is both beneficial and threatening for a show, especially a sitcom or rom com. If people are engaged in the p...

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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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A to Z: "A is for Acquaintances"/S1E1

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


As soon as HIMYM ended last March, a lot of romcom sitcoms were announced. It seemed as though every one was trying to chase behind HIMYM's success as a show of the genre, as Alan Sepinwall had said. As far as HIMYM is concerned, this pilot has so many things in common that this might as well be HIMYM's soulmate. Not only do we know the fate of this relationship, but we also get the cliches (which I live for on televi...

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