TV & Radio
DVD review: The Big Bang Theory – The Complete Sixth Season
(Warner Brothers, M)
Everyone loves a nerd. Without them the world would stand still. Who would service computers, setup tablets and smartphones?
It’s little wonder, then, that The Big Bang Theory has been described as the world’s most popular sitcom. It’s a show about four nerds who all work at an American university and their relationships.
There’s theoretical physicist Dr Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), his flatmate experimental physicist Dr Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), astrophysicst Dr Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), and his bestie Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg).
All four have their own individual quirks, in fact they are all grotesques of people I know, and when you put them in a room together the sparks fly.
Sheldon seems to have a condition like autism, yet is the brightest one in any room. Leonard is the insecure one, always fussing about his girlfriend Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Raj is the one who is shy around women, suffering selective mutism in their presence. Howard thinks he’s God’s gift to women, but his mother sees to it that he isn’t.
I couldn’t call myself a Big Bang Theory expert, since I had only only seen half a dozen episodes before I watched the 24 episodes of the sixth season, but it appears there’s little or no character development in this show.
The main cast are who they are and the comedy comes from their interaction with one another and others.
So you don’t have to be a geek to enjoy the show, but if you are some of the jokes will have a deeper resonance for you. Like their constant reference to characters and situations from comic books and science fiction film and television series.
I wouldn’t call this show hilarious, since there’s not many laugh out loud moments, but I did find myself grinning throughout most episodes. Particularly when ex Star Trek: The Next Generation actors turn up as themselves as friends of Sheldon.