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TV Review: Never Judge A Show By Its Pilot – The Big Bang Theory

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My first impression of The Big Bang Theory is that I have seen this before. Hot Girl befriends Geeks. They can be movie geeks, comic book geeks, sci-fi geeks, techno geeks or TV geeks. All of this has been done before. The bottom line here is that really rich geeks get the really hot girls and the rest of the geeks meet girls with really nice personalities. We have a very talented cast, (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco) but I don't see any new ideas here.

I watched the pilot. The dialogue was very funny, but I think the geek banter may go over most Americans' heads (imagine if Frasier and Niles were physicists). The plot was pedestrian. This time we have one geek roommate, Leonard (Galecki), falling for the hot chick neighbor who is out of his league, Penny (Cuoco), while his geek roommate, Sheldon (Parsons), prepares him for the inevitable fall. These geeks look like they should be living in paid housing on the MIT campus, not sharing an apartment in Los Angeles. The Hot Chick has no inhibitions in front of strangers when she borrows the geek's shower. (Save something for the dream/fantasy sequence that you're going to show during sweeps). The Hot Chick’s ex-boyfriend bullies geeks. Sweet characters and clever dialogue do not a sitcom make, but I never judge a show by its pilot.

In the next episode the geeks receive an IKEA-type home entertainment system for Penny while she is out. When they bring the large box into her apartment, Sheldon can’t deal with the fact that her apartment is a disorganized mess. That evening Sheldon can’t sleep and goes into Penny’s apartment and proceeds to clean and organize it while Penny is sleeping in the next room. When Penny awakes she is livid at the geeks. By the end of the episode, all is forgiven. There really is no plot and the premise is weak. Again, sweet characters and clever dialogue do not a sitcom make

Penny: So, what do you guy’s do for fun around here?

Sheldon: Well today we tried masturbating for money.

 

 

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