Review: The Big Bang Theory, Season 10 – even more (b)romance

…that all started with the big bang, bang!

We are already two episodes deep into the 10th season of probably one of the best comedy TV-series ever made and it is already making us wish for more.

Last Monday, “The Big Bang Theory” started its new season with the wedding ceremony of Leonard and Penny; this Monday, it continues with the developing plot of Howard, Leonard and Sheldon´s involvment in the military and the consequences of Bernadette´s pregnancy at work.

The Bromance which is one of the most important characteristics of this show is stronger than ever: Sheldon got even included into the symbolic wedding ceremony of Leonard and Penny and declared as “the third husband” during the season premiere. That the writers are able to keep this aspect of the show so long alive, makes it so much more enjoyable to watch.

But that´s not the only core element the writers keep bringing up in new ways. Summarized in a hilarious, speechless (!) scene of Sheldon, his beliefs, values and norms are being humorized in the 2nd episode of the season. Whether it´s the strict seperation of Star Wars and Star Trek history or his constant conviction of him being better than anybody else – also very comically brought out with his usage of the German word “Besserwisser” (Know-it-all) -, Dr. Dr. Sheldon Cooper doesn´t lose a single bit of annoyance and brilliance, even after nine years.

The aspect which pleases me the most however, is the new focus set on Bernadette. Even though she has been very important in the previous seasons, due to her pregnancy, she gets a whole new profile. Interestingly, it´s not really the fact that she is pregnant and will therefore become a mother which is being thematized, but much more what it means for career women to start a family without being discriminated because of it. The 2nd episode shows very clearly what fears women have to confront themselves with, while men get to pursue their career without a single worry. I sure hope this critical notch will be continued in the following episodes, as it makes not only the characters, but the TV-show itself stand much stronger.

My rating for the 10th season, little ducklings: fun and smart as ever.

 

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Shamy is back – all you need to know about the HUGE historic TV-moment!

Hello, little ducklings – and fans of the Big Bang Theory (and/or Star Wars)! As many of you might have known for a while, the Star Wars themed episode “The Opening Night Excitation” (Season 9, Episode 11) featured probably one of the most remembarable moments in american TV-history.

Or in other words: Sheldon & Amy finally did it.

Though this dull statement isn´t very fair to this very delicate and authentic way the writers of The Big Bang Theory managed to conduct viewers into really accepting this huge step for both characters. The viewers got to be a part of Sheldon´s decision processes which helped a lot of us understand why and how this was the best moment for the very atypical couple to finally consumate their relationship.

Also, the fun wasn´t left out at all! So for all of you who are skeptical about watching the episode because of possible akwardness, there is nothing to fear. The classical element of drawing parallels and transfering one situation into a completly different one makes the overall episode a very traditional one.

So my tip for you: If you haven´t watched it already, shame on you! And otherwise: Open up another window in your browser up there and watch it NOW! Have fun!

The rise (and fall?) of “Supergirl”

Hello, little Ducklings! I´m back with a new post about the latest newcomer in the world of superhero-TV-series: “Supergirl”. Airing mondays on CBS, the show tells the story of Superman´s cousin, Kara Zor-El who – when danger threathens the life of her sister – becomes Supergirl.

What you might expect from a show produced in the 21st century about a grown woman being a superhero is probably not the personification of a barbie doll in a short skirt and over-knee-boots. But, as it is very well explained in the pilot by Kara´s boss: A woman can be powerful and simultaneously a girl (what? Did anyone actually get that absolutly non-sense explanation of why Supergirl is not called Superwoman?). This example precisely shows the lack of quality in the dialogue of “Supergirl”, as Kara constantly oscilliates between overenthusiasm and euphoria or self-consciousness and depression.

As the is based on the comic books, the producers might not have been able to change the name or costume of “Supergirl”, though they could have done a better job integrating the very stereotypical portrayal of women in supertight clothes in today´s societal and cultural structures. Maybe skirts are better for flying. Or being called a girl instead of a woman is conntected with Kara´s young and sligthly rebellious character. Anyway, there are many ways to have better persuaded the viewers of “Supergirl”´s earnestness.

So, my tip for you: If you like superheroes and don´t mind the whole 1950s comic book-portrayal of women, then go for it! Though, I hope that a few things get better along the season such as 1. the dialogue (I kind of have enough of Kara´s childish arguments with her sis´), 2. the plotline (which is kind of repetitive, see arguments!) and 3. the special effects (which are pretty good but compared to “The Flash” a little bit weak!).

 

Has “The Good Wife” gone bad?

Yesterday, Sunday the 4th of october, the lawyer-drama-series “The Good Wife” started its seventh season on CBS with not so much of a “big bang” than a “huge sigh”.

After already having lost one of the key elements of the show during the fifth season with the tragic and sudden death of Will Gardner, but successfully having regained wit and character sometime around last year, the show is on its last breath.

The first episode of the seventh season can be summarized really easy and I can guarantee you that you´d wish there´d be more interesting spoilers: Alicia is being a saint as always, the double D´s – alias Diane & David – only increase the atmosphere of annoyance the viewer might perceive and the only good thing is that Eli is back on track.  I´d really hate to miss all the bitch-fighting he´ll have with Peter´s new campaign manager as he has been missed since Peter won the election first as State attorney and then as Governor.

An interesting point might also be the replacement of Kalinda to keep up the “women power”-theme in the series, though this is certainly NOT a reason to continue watching “The Good Wife”.

It is obviously difficult to make a series work over so many years and not repeat anything along the way. Sometimes, repetition can even be an asset and bring perspective. However, in this case, the finale of the sixth season was a very bad move – especially when in the first episode of the new season, Michael J. Fox is still referred as a “guest star”.

So my tip for you is: If you really having nothing better to do, go on and watch how “The Good Wife” is probably on its way to end next May. Perhaps, Eli´s new declared war will make the trip a little bit more amusing, though only function as the motivation to endure the general boredom of the new season.