Large Explosion Hypothesis

I’ve never been a huge fan of Big Bang Theory… and this surprises a lot of people. I’m often told things like “I’ll bet you love that show” and “oh come on, that’s so you!” And I think that’s one of the things that bothers me about it… I mean, I’m a geek, nerd, whatever you want to call it, and that’s cool. I guess I just don’t like to see that exploited so unabashedly. It makes it feel like they canned it, and made it a spectacle, and that doesn’t sit right for me.

On a positive note, it seems to be reasonably well-written (relative to most sitcoms), for the few episodes I’ve seen. And they appear to do their research. So I guess I won’t complain too much about something that’s ultimately helping with “acceptance” of geek/nerd culture. Even if it does trivialize it at the same time.

~C

For some balance here, I actually like Big Bang Theory. I came up with this idea while watching it. It’s basically a live action cartoon to me, and I think that’s why I like it. But, it’s patterns really are very obvious, which means the show runs the risk of getting old (which I’m aware has already happened for a lot of people). Regardless, I’m still going to keep watching it for a cheap laugh.

~B

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  1. Gary

    I think the show has really improved and is more interested in their relationships than in the geek jokes. Sheldon remains very much a genius borderline asperger’s syndrome case but the other characters are much more 3 dimensional.

    • coliver

      I haven’t watched it enough to really agree or disagree, but what I have seen spans several seasons, and that’s how I feel.

  2. Schmuck Man

    Sometimes it is clever, other times it feels like they are bashing some of the people they are trying to get interested in it (target market I think?).

    Personally, I enjoy it, but am not fond of when they making inaccurate gaming references.

    • coliver

      Yes! Exactly. The bashing thing is unsettling.

  3. Mark Stokes

    You can live it with your friends, or watch actors go through the written motions. I prefer to live it myself.

    • coliver

      That’s the spirit :).

  4. Wrecklaimer
    • coliver

      Wow… that is a fantastic post. It takes my barely developed feelings/opinions on the show and elaborates, backed with well-argued points and facts. I especially like the contrasting analysis of Community. Thank you, Wrecklaimer.

  5. Tim Green

    Love me some Penny nip!

  6. Julian

    I completely agree, Coliver. I like the show, but it feels canned, sometimes. The thing that gets me the most is when they get things wrong. I have trouble getting into the episode when it is based on a premise which has a two minute fix.

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