Jul 152012
 

“The Big Bang Theory”, although not hilarious, is a show that is worth investing 22-minutes in. The characters, for the most part, are likeable enough and the premise is different from what has come before in the sitcom genre. Even though I still prefer “The Office” or “Scrubs” to get my comedy fix, I think in that old style of comedy (even with the canned laughter), it’s pretty good.

 

 

 


“The Big Bang Theory”: The Complete First Season (2007-08)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Comedy
Warner Bros. | NR – 355 min. – $39.99 | July 10, 2012

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
NA
Writer(s):
Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady (created by)
Cast:
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar

DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurette, Gag Reel
Number of Discs:
5

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video:
1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles:
English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size:
NA
Codec:
MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s):
A, B, C

 


Note: Portions of this were copied from my old DVD review.

THE SHOW – 3.5/5

Certain shows either grab your from the onset or don’t grab you at all. While I enjoyed a few parts of “The Big Bang Theory”, I’m honestly leaning toward the latter. I think this stems from the type of comedy from master comedy writer/producer Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, the men behind several hit TV series including “Two and a Half Men”, “Dharma and Greg” and “Grace Under Fire”.

However I also can’t be quite too sure if it’s the writing or… those frickin’ laugh tracks (a.k.a. canned laughs) that ruin any kind of joke that actually might’ve been somewhat funny only to be drowned out by some morons laughing their asses off! This has been my main problem with many modern sitcoms. “Back to You” had this problem as well. I miss the days of “Cheers”, when shows would actually film in front of a live studio audience because then you would have genuine laughs at the correct level. Of course, doing some quick research online, I apologize if it this was an actual live audience, and if that is the case then chalk it up to difference in opinion on the comedy as I didn’t laugh THAT much at the jokes.

In any case, with regards to “The Big Bang Theory”, it’s an enjoyable enough series with funny and quirky characters that, for the most part, are likeable, with only one being the exception.

The premise is simple: it’s the story about roommates Leonard (Galecki) and Sheldon (Parsons), two brilliant young men who personify geek-dom into all things comic book and Halo 3 related. If you’ve seen “The Odd Couple”, this is a variation on that relationship. Leonard, while not messy, is much more laid back versus Sheldon who has a case superiority complex and lets everyone know how smart he really is. Leonard and Sheldon also have two friends, Howard (Helberg) and Rajnesh (Nayyar), a pair of fellow geeks with their own unique personalities. In the opener, a hot young woman named Penny moves in across the hall and immediately Leonard is smitten. Penny has just moved to the big city from Nebraska in search of that dream every hot chick pursues when moving out West from a small town…  serving coffee at a café.

“The Big Bang Theory”, for a freshman series, isn’t too bad and I guess to the true blue geeks out there, it might be far funnier than to us casual geeks. The lovely Kaley Cuoco is absolutely gorgeous and fits into the role perfectly. She’s cute/hot, a solid actress and someone with sitcom experience, appearing on “8 Simple Rules…” that has the comedic timing down just right.

The obnoxious Sheldon character is one that might have to grow on me to accept. Jim Parsons plays the role and I don’t think it’s his fault, but more with how it’s written, but having the others certainly offsets my annoyance with one character. He reminds me of Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier Crane character who many feel was obnoxious.

Johnny Galecki is the highlight of the show as what would be considered the lead male character. Most will remember Galecki from his stint on “Roseanne” as, ironically enough, Darlene’s boyfriend, ironic since Darlene, played by Sarah Gilbert will be a series regular after appearing in 3 episodes.

I label “TBBT” as a good enough show with the potential to be better and funnier. It’s off to a good start and if I have nothing better to watch, I’ll probably check out an episode here and there in its second season.

Episode Listing (Blu-ray):

Disc 1
01. Pilot
02. The Big Bran Hypothesis
03. The Fuzzy Boots Corollary
04. The Luminois Fish Effect
05. The Hamburger Postulate
06. The Middle Earth Paradigm
07. The Dumping Paradox
08. The Grasshopper Experiment
09. The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization

Disc 2
10. The Loobenfeld Decay
11. The Pancake Batter Anomaly
12. The Jerusalem Duality
13. The Rat Jar Conjecture
14. The Nerduana Annihilation
15. The Pork Chop Indeterminacy
16. The Peanut Reaction
17. The Tangerine Factor

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5

“The Big Bang Theory” The Complete First Season debuts on Blu-ray with a matted slip cover similar to its DVD counterpart and in fact includes the original DVD discs. The 17-episodes are split on 2-discs (vs. 3 for the DVD).

Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory (17:11; SD) – The solo feature is a basic ‘making-of’ featurette with interviews with the cast and crew as they take you from the concept to how the characters or stories were developed. Nothing fantastic, but you at least get some information.

Gag Reel (7:36; HD) – This is your standard line flubs as the cast forgets lines, curse (bleeped out) and some general laughs. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

VIDEO – 4.25/5

“The Big Bang Theory” season one arrives on Blu-ray with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. As with the third and fourth season Blu-ray releases, this too shares a nice, crisp and clean picture that mirrors the HD broadcast. Colors are nice and vibrant as one would expect from a light comedy series and the detail level well done.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track may not be reference quality even by television standards but given this is a comedy, I wasn’t really expecting much. The dialogue levels sound good and is loud but not overbearing (the same can’t be said about the laugh track) with the occasional music or score chiming in to provide some depth from the other speakers, albeit it’s still limited.


OVERALL – 3.5/5

“The Big Bang Theory”, although not hilarious, is a show that is worth investing 22-minutes in. The characters, for the most part, are likeable enough and the premise is different from what has come before in the sitcom genre. Even though I still prefer “The Office” or “Scrubs” to get my comedy fix, I think in that old style of comedy (even with the canned laughter), it’s pretty good.

 

Brian Oliver, The Movieman
Published:
07/15/2012

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