October 6, 2011

Quick Thoughts: THE BIG BANG THEORY, "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst"

Much like Community, I'm extremely close to giving up on The Big Bang Theory. What was once a charming nerd-chic sitcom, is now a chore to watch thanks to overly broad jokes and unlikable characters, but I saw a glimpse of what I used to like about this show while watching "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst".

For a while now I've felt that Raj has been criminally underused and has really been around to be the token minority character. Five years into the show's run and he still cannot talk to women while sober or has had a long term relationship (or any for that matter). What's even worse is when they do shine a spotlight on him, the writers insist on making him an ass. The same was true tonight since most of his jokes were offensive towards the deaf community, but there were also some sweeter moments between him and Penny.

At the end of last season when those two slept together (which was quickly retconned in the premiere), I thought that it was a bold move and kind of hoped that they would be put into a longer story arc together. After "The Shank Reflex Analysis", I had given up on that idea, but I did see a small seed being planted during tonight's episode. I don't necessarily think they should date, but I wouldn't be against the idea. Honestly, I'd just like to see them become closer friends and for him to talk to her with out being drunk.

I've also noticed that the show's eased up on the Sheldon plots, and it's been a good move because his smaller stories like tonight's and last week's about the model train are able to use what makes the character great without beating the audience over the head. He should still be the co-lead, especially since Leonard is unappealing in every way imaginable, but these smaller doses have been a welcomed change.

Speaking of Leonard, I don't think that it's a coincidence that one of the few episodes I liked had very little of him and Wolowitz (at least the annoying version of him). The Sheldon/Penny spin-off with Raj as their neighbor cannot come fast enough.

I don't know if I'll be able to jump back onto the Big Bang bandwagon, and I'll probably not be writing much more about it, but I'm glad that it can still give us some enjoyable episodes from time to time.


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