Season finale review: 'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Roommate Transmogrification': Trading places
It's been a while since I've written about "The Big Bang Theory," for reasons I'll get into after the jump, but last night's season finale seems a good time to check back in on the show. Some quick thoughts on the finale, and the season, coming up just as soon as I put away my tricorder...
On top of the timeslot conflict with "Community," "BBT" is a tough show to regularly blog about. While it's more consistently funny than several comedies in the regular rotation, it's not especially deep or ambitious, which means there's not much to say most weeks beyond "this made me laugh" and "this didn't." We can discuss minor variations within the show, like the degree to which Sheldon becomes an insufferable bully (say, at the end of the episode where Priya found loopholes in the roommate agreement) or the extent to which the show wants us to laugh at or with Wolowitz, but the show is the show, it does what it does, and even if I weren't tied up watching and writing about another comedy I prefer, I just wouldn't have a lot to say about it.
That said, Bill Prady and company introduced some potentially major changes this season. With Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette promoted to semi-permanent status, the show is now able to spend large chunks of each episode focusing only on the women, and in the process has made Penny a much more well-rounded character rather than just a foil for the nerds. And now Howard and Bernadette are engaged, Leonard's been in an extended relationship with Priya (albeit one that's apparently about to end), and Raj and Penny had a drunken one-nighter that Leonard and the rest of the group knows about, etc. There's a lot of story to work with next season, and even this season kept the writers from having to lean quite so heavily on Sheldon as in years past. Jim Parsons is brilliant and clearly the first among equals of this cast, but there can be such a thing as too much Sheldon. (Especially since, as noted above, there's such a fine line between his Asperger-ish qualities being funny and really obnoxious.)
I imagine reviews will again be few and far between in the fifth season, but every now and then I'll try to check in and take the temperature of both the show and its audience. So what did everybody else think?
2015 | Comedy | TV-14Summary: This bright and hilarious comedy has a strange current of the bizarre as a young woman escapes life in a cult, then tries to adjust to life in New York City.Director: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
2013 | Drama | NRSummary: The classic "cop and killer" thriller story is given new life and energy in this Belfast-set TV series.Director: Allan Cubitt
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch
1955 | Musical | NRSummary: Gambling was never so stylishly appealing as when Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra are charismatically singing, dancing, and charming their way through New York.Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra
1966 | War | NRSummary: Revolution is seen from both sides in this account of the battle for Algerian independence from France that is shockingly relevant to the evolution of war as we know it today.Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Cast: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi
1993 | Drama | RSummary: Janet Jackson makes an impressive acting debut alongside a strong Tupac Shakur in the story of a young poet and hairdresser from South Central Los Angeles whose life takes new turns during a road trip to Oakland.Director: John Singleton
Cast: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King
1973 | Comedy | PGSummary: Before Star Wars, George Lucas paid tribute ot the '50s of his youth with this dramedy featuring Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss as high school seniors trying to make the most out of their last night in their California home town. Keep an eye out for a very young Harrison Ford!Director: George Lucas
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat
2007 | Crime | NRSummary: Glenn Close has a dream role as a high-powered lawyer who won’t let ethics get in the way of taking down her targets; Rose Byrne shows incredible range as the protege who hardens up fast under Close’s tutelage.Director: Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman (Creators)
Cast: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan
2014 | Documentary | RSummary: Roger Ebert's life and terminal illness are profiled in this in-depth documentary that goes well beyond the bounds of Ebert's career as a film critic.Director: Steve James
Cast: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel
1999 | Animation | GSummary: Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan. He then finds out that he's human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family he should belong to...Director: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Cast: Tony Goldwyn, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed
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