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My Thoughts on The Big Bang Theory Season 8

Yet another season of The Big Bang Theory has concluded. It’s been an eventful year for the show both on and off set. Season 7’s crazy finale left us with numerous cliffhanging questions. We nearly had the show delayed due to contract negotiations that almost costed us two cast members. We had the unfortunate passing of Carol Ann Susi resulting in her character’s death. And most importantly, on top of all of that… Penny cut her hair.
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My Quick Thoughts: The Big Bang Theory Season 8 (First 5 Episodes)

Oh the wonderful season of Fall, how I love thee! It has all the good stuff in it: The beautiful colors of nature, the two most fattening holidays of the year, the refreshing cool breeze. Unfortunately, I’m too old for trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving is more than a month away, and Florida has a restraining order against all signs of Fall in terms of weather and nature. (The Florida version of Fall is the same as all the other seasons: Summer). So what am I left with? TV shows of course!

The Fall season is when the big summer premium shows quiet down, and when the sitcoms and regular cable shows come out from hibernation. If you like TV and were twiddling you remote-flicking thumbs all summer, you’re bound to have something to watch now.

It turns out that I have quite the bevy of TV shows on my plate this year. There’s a lot of ground to cover in so little time, so let’s get crap started. The first show we are covering is Big Bang Theory!

I can definitely say that a couple of my predictions were a tad off so far, but no matter. My favorite sitcom is back in my life now, and I like it well enough so far. I’ll admit that they aren’t the funniest episodes the past couple of weeks, but Big Bang will always give me a smile or two no matter what.

The naysayers who were just months ago predicting that Sheldon was gone this season have already digested their words, so no need to say I told you so. I’ll admit that I wish they would’ve done something more creative with Sheldon’s return, but you can’t stray too far from the formula I guess. Everything is just business as always.

In fact, not much has changed at all. I thought this was going to be this dramatically changed season considering all the stuff we were left with back in May. Leonard and Penny’s wedding has been mentioned just in passing so far, and I thought that was going to be the big thing this season. There really is no “big thing” this season. I guess it’s for the best, though.

I do like this one new subplot involving Penny as a pharmaceutical assistant at Bernadette’s firm. I can see some great jokes coming from that. So far Bernadette is giving the impression of the little ball of sunshine that can and will blow up if set to.

I was getting worried about the Raj and Emily plot for a second. She finally made her appearance in episode 4, and I’m glad they did. It’s a shame that it looks like Emily and Penny aren’t getting along, and that probably means that Emily may be gone this season. Hopefully that’s not the case. Emily’s character hasn’t been entirely explored yet, but if they expand a bit on her, this whole Penny vs Emily thing could work for some decent comedy, especially with Raj in the middle.

The one story arc I was kinda right on was Stewart. He is becoming a bit more primary as a character, and I’m all for that. I didn’t expect the confrontation between him and Howard, but that works, too. It’s a great dilemma. Stewart gets along with Howard’s mom and tends to overstep his bounds. Howard is still a mama’s boy and gets jealous. That may have some of the funniest material this season.

I wish they kept going with the Sheldon teaching Howard physics thing. That episode was actually the funniest this season in my opinion. It would’ve been awesome, but who knows if it’ll find its way back.

Episode 5 so far is the only episode to stray from the central plot. I found that episode to also be one of the funnier this season. I liked how the guys try to make the next big thing and get constantly pulled into things like Back to the Future 2. I also like the role reversal with the girls, putting Penny in the position of the nerd with Amy and Bernadette as the wild party girls. It was probably the funniest this season.

It may sound like I’m undermining the main story. I don’t intend to do that. I do like the storylines being presented so far. Like I said, there is potential in the new subplots. If they can play the rivalries being set in the correct manner, we can have some of that hillarious character interaction that I always praise the show for doing so well. The only remaining subplot from Season 7 is the wedding. However, I still believe that this will be the main element of the season. With that said, they’ll have plenty of time to expand on that arc.

Really this season is starting off kind of slow, but I feel it’s just trying to build up. You have to set the pieces before you can play a mean game, and I believe that episode 5 was the start of that game. I look forward to seeing how everything will play out. They can go anywhere they want to at this point. So, let’s hop aboard this train and never forget to observe the stations. I think Sheldon would approve of that plan.

One show down, and several more to go. Expect a good bunch of television-related content from me the next couple of weeks. The shows I plan to cover in the future are: Selfie, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Gotham, and Red vs Blue (finale). Stay tuned for those.

To my fellow Big Bang Theory fans, what are your thoughts on Season 8 so far? What’s your favorite episode of the season so far? What are your predictions for this season? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be glad to discuss it with you.

For more Big Bang Theory content, you can check out my Season 8 Predictions from a while back, and my Top 5 Big Bang Theory episodes!

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My Top 5 Favorite Big Bang Theory Episodes (400 View Special)

Greetings peeps!

I had the privilege of reaching 400 website views on Thursday, September 25. Such a surreal number that is. Let me take a moment an thank every viewer who has or is reading my content. Whether you have ever enjoyed any of the things I write or not, you giving me a click means the world to me. Please accept my gratitude as I couldn’t have done this without you.

I’ll admit that this time I was caught with my pants down as I intended to plan for this event back when I made my last milestone special. I didn’t know what to do next, but I established last time that I would make Top X-Amount lists for every hundred views I receive. The purpose is to give my viewers a little more insight on me as a person. Last time I made my Top 5 Favorite TV Shows. Coincidentally, last week saw the comeback of many shows including one of my favorites: The Big Bang Theory.

As previously stated, Big Bang Theory is my second favorite show of all-time. It’s the ideal modern sitcom that combines geek culture and general comedy into a genius mixture. And to celebrate the premiere of its eight season last Monday, I want to highlight what I believe to be the show’s greatest episodes. This won’t be that easy since the show is over 150 episodes long, but I’m doing it anyway.

Keep in my this is not “the” top 5 episodes. These are “my” personal top 5 episodes. Your list may be different than mine, so feel free to leave a comment telling me what you’re favorite episodes are.

So let’s get to it. After all, it all started with a big bang!

#5: The Peanut Reaction

Leonard reveals to Penny that Leonard has never had a birthday before due to his upbringing. Penny is committed to throwing Leonard a surprise “kickass birthday party” with the guys’ help. However, what was initially a simple plan becomes more challenging as Howard struggles to keep Leonard away from the house, and Sheldon struggles to find a gift.

This may be a bit of a personal one for me because this is technically the first episode I ever saw of the show. Regardless, this is still a funny episode. With a concept as simple as throwing Leonard a birthday party they managed to have some very lines. Everyone gets a great and memorable line, too. This is usually my go-to episode, because it never really gets old for me.

#4: The Panty Piñata Polarization

Penny and Sheldon go to war with each other after Sheldon banishes Penny from his apartment for committing three strikes against his household rules. This results in multiple acts of revenge between the two until either Penny apologizes or Sheldon halts his dictator tendencies. Plus, Howard and Raj attempt to find the residence of the America’s Next Top Model contestants.

This episode is definitely one of the most fun. Of course, the argument is very petty, but seeing them test each other’s limits is just so enjoyable. On top of that, Penny and Sheldon are obviously two very different people. This makes their acts of revenge so polar that it makes you more invested in the battle. The Next Top Model subplot was so-so, but still humorous enough.

#3: The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis

It is Christmas in Pasadena. Sheldon must search for the most appropriate gift for Penny based the indeterminate value of the gift Penny has for him. We also have Leonard partnering up with a renowned physicist who ends up dating Penny, who convinces him that she is a physicist much to Leonard’s dismay.

I placed this episode up there mostly for the ending. It is probably my favorite scene from the show. If you follow episodes prior to seeing this one, you will find the ending ten times better than you would otherwise. It’s also a pretty funny episode for the remaining duration. Plus I love Christmas, so yeah.

#2: The Infestation Hypothesis

We find Penny has acquired a new piece of furniture in her apartment: a red couch chair. Sheldon initially finds it pleasing until he finds out where Penny retrieved it from, setting his hypochondria off. It is his mission to remove the chair. We also find Leonard trying to find ways to maintain his long-distance relationship with Priya with a little help from Howard and Raj.

This episode I find to be the funniest out there. Some have clearly disagreed as I read, but no matter. This episode, in my opinion, benefits from derailing from the main storyline. And I just find this episode to contain some of the best jokes in the entire show. One after the other after the other, the show can offer a laugh a minute and never lose pace. It also has some of my favorite lines.

#1: The Love Car Displacement

In this episode, the guys and gals are invited to speak at a panel in a resort, which results in a road trip. While there, a confrontation between Howard and Bernadette causes a series of events to occur during the stay.

Not much of a plot to this episode I know, but going any further would only ruin some of the funniest jokes the series has to offer. Holy crap I love this episode! Just the simplicity of the initially happy situation turning into a whole big stink shows the most well-done example of what makes the characters and their interactions as a group work so well. It may not be the funniest episode ever, but I chose this one because it has the best episode-long running joke in the series. Without saying what it is, let’s simply compare it to a comedic domino effect.


And that, dear children, is my personal top 5 episodes of one of my favorite shows ever. If you have never watched the show, I recommend all of these episodes. At least 4 of the 5 are good starting points.

Once again, I want to thank you all for viewing my work what is now over 400 times. Sorry my little special took a bit long. If you want to read more Big Bang Theory coverage, here is my Season 8 predictions and I will be making an additional post soon regarding the new season.

In the comments below, let me know if like the episodes on my personal list. And what are your favorite episodes of the show?

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Analysis: Big Bang Theory Season 8 Predictions

Our whole universe was just a hot, dense space. Then nearly 14 billion years ago… You know the rest.

The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows and one that I never get tired of watching. It’s combination of a modern TV-14 sitcom, scientific intellect and geek culture makes this show stand out. It’s a show I think anyone and everyone should at least try, because it truly is a gem when you get into it.

Season 8 of the Big Bang Theory premieres September 22 on CBS. However, since we are in the middle of the show’s break, we are starting to uncover rumors and even leaks for the upcoming season. And given all the crap that hit the fan during the Season 7 finale, I’m sure everyone is wondering where our favorite physicists go from here. So today, we’ll dissect what we know and predict them accordingly.

It should be noted that they will kick off Season 8 with a 2-part episode, potentially calling toward something special. Also, things can and probably will be elaborated during Comic Con’s Big Bang Theory panel. If new information develops, I’ll cover it later.

Penny and Leonard’s Wedding

Well we all know this is going to happen next season. It’s what a lot of us have been anticipating, and will probably be the central story arc of the season. The question seems to be “When?”.

Some are predicting it to take place in the season’s beginning, and others say the end. Given that we’re starting with an hour event this time around, I see where that first argument comes from. I say our safest bet is toward the end, because comments particularly from Kayley Cuoco imply that a chunk of the season will be spent planning the wedding. Besides, Howard and Bernadette’s Wedding ended that respective season. It could also take place midseason, though.

Penny’s Mom

Maybe we’ll finally learn Penny’s last name after all. Penny’s mother would make sense coming in now for the wedding. But that’s not the best part of this announcement.

Rumor has it that Lisa Kudrow (known as Phoebe from Friends) will play this part. If that holds true, this is ideal casting that I’m all over. She’s a hilarious actress, especially in terms of sitcoms. Plus, she’s making a pretty good comeback lately. (She was one of the highlights in Neighbors). It would make sense for her to be casted, and I can’t wait to see her if this holds true.

Stuart and the Comic Book Store

No one is talking about this one and I don’t know why. There’s no leak as far as I know, either.

Stuart is becoming a rather main character in recent seasons, so I’m interested to see how living with Raj will affect his popularity thereafter. Plus, he has a story arc being the caretaker of Howard’s mother.

One thing I’m incredibly curious about is the Comic book store. To see such a signature location of the show burnt down is kind of heart-breaking. Can it be rebuilt? Possibly. I’ll refer to a recent episode that shows Stuart highly-successful rival (played by Josh Peck if you recall). Maybe Stewart can take over that store. Hell, wouldn’t it be great to see actual good news happen to Stuart?

Raj and Emily

Here’s another one no one talks about, though I do say why. It’s just a straightforward event from the season. What will be interesting to see is whether this relationship will last through the next season.

Emily is a good character and it would be cool to see her be a permanent addition to the series. Raj is also a character in desperate need for a companion, as he is the only one of the 4 guys that is single. They seem to have good chemistry and I’d like to see them stay together.

There is a chance Emily and Raj could break up. Between Raj having a new girlfriend and a new roommate, anything can happen with him.

Sheldon Boldly Goes

And now for the biggest buzz for this season. As a result of Sheldon’s leaving to be on his own, many are saying and fearing that Shedon is gone for good.

I’m going to safely say: No he’s not!

I’ll admit that it would be a very interesting concept if they went that way, but it makes no sense to do so. Sheldon Cooper is the most profitable character on the show. He’s the one on all the T-shirts, has most of the big lines, and is the first thing everyone thinks of when you hear the show’s name. Jim Parsons not only confirmed that he will be in Season 8, but is currently renegotiating his contract with CBS where he may be receiving $1 million per episode. He’s not going anywhere.

The way I see this happening is that Sheldon disappears for the first couple of episodes and returns soon after. Or he can have a separate story arc for the first half of the season, then return. It makes no sense to get rid of him entirely. Besides, that’s a theme with these season cliffhangers. Someone leaves and returns all the time. Howard went to space, all 4 went to Antarctica, and Leonard went on an expedition. Just as they came back eventually, so will Sheldon.

Now that I’m done with my predictions, what are yours? Do you agree on any of these points, or feel a bit differently. Was there anything I missed that you want me to elaborate on? Are you excited about the new season? Let me know  in the comments, and we can discuss things.

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