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The Big Bang Theory Review: More Of The Same

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To my surprise, "The Date Night Variable" did not kick off The Big Bang Theory Season 6 with Howard's return to Earth.

I guess space is just a cooler place to have a story take place than the North Pole, as we didn’t get to see the boys at the latter location between Seasons 2 and 3. Oh, sure we got a few flashbacks, but those are just not the same.  

Wolowitz in Space

So why does it feel like Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady missed the mark? Instead using this amazing setting as an opportunity to tell a unique story, they placed the focus on Howard settling a fight via phone and video between his mom and Bernadette. Didn’t he do something similar from space camp before he left Earth? 

There are just so many original things they could have done; that manly-looking Russian Cosmonaut (who sounded like his mother) that is attracted to him and chasing him around the module in free-floating air could have great potential. 

Then we had Sheldon and Amy, where the former found a loophole in the relationship agreement that allowed him to bring Raj along. After Raj left, Amy decided she was done with Sheldon - and I was cheering for her. Then she let a recycled line from Spiderman pull her back in. Okay, it was a good line, I’ll give Sheldon that.

But isn’t it time for him to evolve a little? What happened to her plan to make her want her more by playing off his subconscious? Wouldn’t he grow a little after two years and realize bringing a third wheel is a bad idea? The whole thing just came across like so much time on a treadmill, lots of motion but no forward progress.

Big Banging Away

Speaking of which: Leonard and Penny are still in a relationship but not sure where they stand. I was really hoping that Penny would break down and say I Love You to Leonard.

Sadly no, we got more treadmill running from the two of them as well. While there were several good Big Bang Theory quotes in the episode, it felt like the only original scene was Raj and Stuart having drinks and eventually making a date (without calling it a date). Here’s hoping episode two has a bit more bang and less fizzle in it. 

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I was also kind of disappointed with the ending of the episode. All I hope is that this episode was a set up for an explosive second episode, because while many issues arised, none were fixed. It's something we're already used in Bernie's and Howie's relationship. An issue comes up between the two, and 9 times out of ten it all just ends with a bad joke. In fact, it was often about their living's arrangement. It must be the third or fourth episode where they had to face this issue, and still no resolution? Please, let's move on. More frustrating was P&L's relationship status. I was happy to see they didn't just forget Leonard's proposal. For once, Leonard was the grown up here, wanting to clear the air and find out where they stand. What he said is true: the longer they wait, the more awkward it will get. I was so excited when Raj started to lay it down on them. I really thought that what he said would provoke some confession or other out of Penny. Something. Anything! I really was disappointed when Raj got kicked out of the apartment, and that was that. Seriously, I love P&L together, but Penny better put on her big girl panties soon. They've known each other for five years now, they dated for one of them and started going out again a few months ago. Plus, Penny made all sorts of comments while they were separated (regrets, missing her chance,...), so her acting like that and their relationship going not only slow, but backwards, really frustrates me. If she doesn't love him now (or just can't say it), well she never will, so they better break up. With all of this in the air (including Raj's "date" with Stuart), I really really hope the second episode is part 2 of this episode.

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It's official, mark the day and time, they've run out of ideas. They spent all summer to come up with a boring episode that adds nothing to any characters story line? Change the name from "The Big Bang Theory," to the "Steady State Theory."

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Unfunny and boring.