Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Big Bang Theory

I’m back from ACFW. I learned a lot and I’m sure I’ll learn even more as I continue to reflect on the things that happened while I was there and when I receive the MP3s of the conference, and I can listen to the sessions again (or for the first time for those I missed).

Today I want to talk about The Big Bang Theory one of my favorite shows on TV right now. The show is about a group of friends, four of them brainy scientists, and the last the normal girl who lives across the hall.

Leonard and Sheldon, two physics professors in their mid-twenties, are a bit socially awkward. Actually, Leonard is a bit socially awkward; he’s nervous talking to girls and sometimes tends to babble about scientific things when he gets nervous. There is a certain charm to Leonard’s awkwardness, because it comes from a heart with good intentions.

Sheldon, on the other hand is a lot socially awkward and there is little that is charming about him. He is a know it all who really doesn’t. He’s brain smart, but not street smart. He doesn’t understand humor or sarcasm, though he attempts to learn them. He frequently insults his friends, but doesn’t understand why they become angry with him when he does. He’s overly analytical, and the concept of suspension of disbelief is foreign to him. He’s super set in his routine, and becomes unbearable if this routine is upset. Despite all of these negatives, there is a certain innocence to Sheldon that comes across as almost refreshing.

Leonard and Sheldon live across the hall from Penny, an aspiring actress from the Midwest who is biding her time by working at the Cheesecake Factory. There is an attraction between her and Leonard, but she finds it hard to overcome some of his more awkward moments. She and Sheldon don’t really get along at all, frequently fighting, and occasionally declaring all out war, as she tries to push Sheldon out of his shell. Penny is mostly sweet, but is not afraid to tell it like it is when one of the guys really needs to hear it. She is sometimes amazed at how well she gets along with these guys who are so different from her.

Frequently at Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment are their friends Howard and Raj. Howard is a wannabe lady’s man who is definite more creepy than attractive, and not just because he lives with his mother (who we’ve never seen) and frequently gets into shouting matches with her. He is the only one of the “geeks” that does not have a Ph.D. in Physics, but instead has a Masters in Engineering. He likes to impress girls with the fact that he works at a secret government facility (where he gets the Mars Rover stuck in a ditch) and that he has designed equipment on the International Space Stations (the malfunctioning toilet).

Unlike Howard, who most girls just wish would shut up, Raj cannot talk to girls unless he is under the influence of either alcohol or experimental drugs. From time to time he almost disappears from the scenes when a girl walks into the room, and if he needs to speak he does so by whispering in one of the other guys’ ear. This is unfortunate because some of the best comeback lines come from Raj.

The Big Bang Theory is among some of the smartest shows on TV right now. It combines a level of intelligence many can only dream of accomplishing, with real life problems and events that we can all relate to. If you’re looking for a new show that’s genuinely funny, try The Big Bang Theory.

1 comment:

  1. Definitely a hilarious show :). I started watching it this summer b/c one of my friends recommended it, and then the two of us watched Season 1 on DVD and all of Season 2 online ... I taped last night's so I will watch it sometime soon :).