The Big Bang Theory Season Two, Episodes 1 and 2 TV Review

What it’s about:

Genius physicists Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, and Raj are living routine, super-geeky lives until waitress and aspiring actress Penny moves in across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon, showing the guys how little they know about the world while slowly exposing Penny to a world of science and geekery she never paid attention to until then. Also, Leonard is in love with Penny and someday she might admit she feels the same.

Review it:

At the end of Season One, Leonard and Penny were about to go on their first date together. Season Two picks up immediately after the date, and the first two episodes deal with the aftermath. I thought these two episodes grew very organically from that date. No relationship is perfect, and I think these episodes handled that very well, while keeping the comedy levels high and avoiding the sappy melodrama pitfall that many shows seem to fall in when dealing with romance. It’s obvious Penny and Leonard will be together by the time the show wraps up, but the journey will be an interesting one.

I held this show in high regard during its first season, and I think, if anything, it has only gotten better. The actors – especially Kunal Nayyar (Raj) and Jim Parsons (Sheldon) – have grown far more comfortable in their roles, and it shows on screen. They’ve also been exploring different character relationships (in the platonic sense), and have found good on-screen chemistry with the very unlikely friendship of Penny and Sheldon. The characters have also displayed subtle but important growth thanks to their interactions with the others, whether it’s Sheldon’s futile attempts to tell jokes or Penny trying to describe Schrodinger’s Cat to a guy she knows. Finally, it’ll be interesting to see what the addition of Sara Gilbert as Leonard’s sometimes-love interest – and Sheldon’s nemesis – Leslie Winkle does to the dynamics of the cast.

The geek factor is still high, with their many nods to video games, science fiction, renaissance fairs, and science talk, and even if you don’t get every reference the writers manage to work it so you still get the joke behind it all.

I only have one concern, and it’s a mild one that could easily be dealt with in the rest of the season: as Sheldon stole the show more and more during Season One the producers started giving him a lot more screen time, and he’s had quite a bit of it this season. He’s funny, but they run the risk of ignoring the other characters on what is still an ensemble show.

“The Big Bang Theory” wasn’t for everyone last year, but I encourage people to give it another shot this year. It’s only gotten better, and this season has a lot of potential for interesting stories.

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

Dry slaps: 0, provided they avoid the one potential issue with Sheldon I mentioned above.

GS Reviewer: Luke

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One comment

  1. a series which somehow manages to touch on the injokes and arcane knowledge that the characters it portrays should refer to in their speech.

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