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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 (12)

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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How I Met Your Mother- Series Finale: "Last Forever"/S9E23-24

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

By Dhruv Rao


There are a lot of opinions out there on how this show should have ended. As far as I am concerned, as a critic, this ending wasn't the one we predicted, expected and hoped for. Rather, this was the ending we deserve: an ending that employs naturalism, a movement of literature- one of my favorites- extremely well. I know I often speak of naturalism on my blog, but it is a key element to any form of entertainment. The How I Met Your Mother finale wa...

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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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"The End Of The Aisle"/S9E22

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


 

 

The line that called the heart tonight was Robin's "Where'd you find the Locket, Ted?" It made his entire chase behind this estranged wedding gift a game of Clue which Robin somehow instantaneously won. And that's what this week's "The End Of The Aisle" talked about: the truth, and nothing but vowing to be truthful.


 

Wedding vows are often overrated: they are simple cheesy promises a groom and bride ...

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"Daisy"/"Gary Blauman"/S9E20-21

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


How I Met Your Mother's final season has been very interesting so far. Not only have the writers experimented with storytelling techniques, they've also got their entire definition of "television season" changed. For about eight years, the writers pursued a season that ran parallel to our time, thus following the convention of the television season to run from September to May. However, this season, HIMYM's run has been limited t...

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"Vesuvius"/S9E19

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


 

It's been a general trend over the past few episodes that the writers start the episode with a cute little clip of The Mother and then, on a similar note, revert to the present day. These past few cold opens have made the Mother a more intimate character, and that's what have made the "filler" plotlines seem more vivacious and significant. And I'm telling you, we will truly relish the remaining Mother moments in the series.


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"Sunrise"/"Rally"/S9E17-18

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 By Dhruv Rao


 

 

We all knew from day one that the writers wouldn't let the series get over without Ted and Robin's arc getting an elaborate closing ceremony. Their story has gone through so much over the course of eight years, and to see this novel (not chapter, because this has run for a sufficiently long time) culminating brings tears to the fans' eyes. However, in a more positive sense, this episode is as important as the previous one. ...

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100. "How Your Mother Met Me"/S9E16

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao

 EPISODE 200


How I Met Your Mother has run for a sufficiently long time for it to experiment with storytelling methods. Early on in the series, we discovered the writers' fondness to recount a story through a series of flashbacks, thus amplifying the suspense created in the episode. They've also experimented with poetic rhymes, i.e.

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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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"Unpause"/S9E15

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


How  I Met Your Mother has run for a sufficiently long time for it to do an episode as an homage to the old days. It's just amazing to see the writers, in this case writer (Chris Harris), give the series such a beautiful sendoff before the 200th episode next week. Last week didn't have a great response from many fans and outside viewers, but this HIMYM will be installed in the series as a mural, much like some stellar episodes refe...

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"Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment In Slapmarra"/S9E14

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


A running gag is more than just a joke on a sitcom. It's a tradition which both parties thoroughly enjoy. On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon's need for constancy and proprietary in his life is a mural, thus without his character, the show wouldn't be a success. In the case of How I Met Your Mother, many things account for its success. Firstly, the characters' lines have been naturally written with an overall acceptable diction. Running gags on...

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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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