I reviewed last night’s ‘Big Bang’ for Huff Post, it was a mixed bag.
There is no science behind comedy. Ironically, this is why the Sheldon plot of tonight’s Big Bang Theory is supposed to be funny.
His quest, though noble, is a fool’s errand meant to annoy his friends and tickle the audience. He can try all he wants, but he’ll inevitably fail. Unfortunately, I wasn’t exactly tickled by tonight’s episode. In terms of a typical Big Bang, it had far fewer laugh out loud moments than usual, but what it lacked in big humor, it made up for in drama and emotion. I was genuinely surprised and pleased by the Penny-Leonard storyline, and am glad there is more forward momentum for these characters.
Would you look at that I wrote another ‘Big Bang Theory’ review.
After “The Workplace Proximity" pushed Sheldon’s likability to the limit, "The Big Bang Theory" returns with a fast-paced, romantic installment that was more fitting for Valentine’s Day than it was for just before Halloween. But where last week drove two of the show’s central relationships apart, this week proved that when the characters get along and try to be their best the humor comes in spades. Whether it was Sheldon sticking to his honor or Penny proving her love for Leonard, the heart of "Big Bang" was pumping strong this week.
But few TV shows have stoked the Whovian flame more than the nerdy Big Bang Theory, featuring the king of all fictional Whovians, Sheldon Cooper. The hit series most recently referenced the series in last Thursday’s episode. Hands raised – how many of you have spent a date night with the Doctor?
“30 Rock” hit new series LOWS in the ratings last night. It seems not even Liz Lemon is a match for “American Idol” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Yes, “30 Rock” got lower ratings than “Community.”
What do you think NBC should do with its 8 p.m. on Thursdays timeslot?
I don’t know if there’s anything they can do. The competition is monstrous and not going away. Counter-programming with quality, higher-end reaching shows would be a traditional tactic, but that’s what they’re already doing.
This is easily the eeriest thing I’ve seen in a long while. And that includes an article about mysterious broadcasts.
While BuzzFeed comments that Big Bang isn’t as funny without the laugh track, I beg to differ. Given the proper context, i.e. if you’ve seen the episode, this scene is still as clever as it was when there was a laugh track. It’s a little bit awkward because the pauses for laughter are still in there, but the writing and situation humor remain regardless. In fact, treatment of the show this way is a little bit unfair because it was meant to be viewed alongside the studio audience and the track, an institution that has been around since the beginning of television.
Personally, I don’t have the same disdain so many share for the laugh track. It’s irritating at times but if done correctly it becomes subconscious and allows you to focus on the funnier parts of the show. I think How I Met Your Mother gets it right. On the other hand it can insult your intelligence, there is an appeal to watching one camera comedies and finding the laughs. It makes you feel smart.
What do you think? Is the laugh track a distraction or an aid? Does it dumb down your shows and make you wish it would just go away?