The Big Bang Theory (Season 2) 2008



"Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.""Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors."

“Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”


Season one of The Big Bang Theory introduced the world to five unlikely characters that would be a long shot in grabbing our attention and never letting go. Centered around science, mainly physics, astronomy, engineering, the Cheesecake Factory, and everything nerd culture, The Big Bang Theory successfully assured the world that its ok to be a nerd. It’s cool, actually.  What was once a niche market is now standard for everything pop culture that not having superheroes and comic books spoken about on a daily basis is a distant memory. 

Season one leaves off on a cliffhanger with Leonard (Johnny Galecki) ad Penny (Kaley Cuoco). From Leonard and Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) apartment, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) spy on the end of the date. What follows is a cat and mouse game between Leonard ad Penny that would include Leslie Winkle (Sara Gilbert) and last the entire season up to the season two finale. 

The comedic nature that skyrocketed with season one Is intensified in season two. Dialogue is more involved and complex in season two and it’s hard to believe half the things the gang is saying. Even if most of the science goes over our heads, the body language, cadence and facial expressions make up for the confusion to get the desired outcome. Each character has their unique personality that defines them while remaining different from everyone else. 

“I don’t have homework. I’m a grown man with a master’s degree in engineering.”

Jim Parsons deserves so much of the credit and praise with his dialogue and mannerisms that bring Sheldon to life. Even with his sometimes-extreme personality (it comes off like Sheldon is on the Autism spectrum with Asperger’s syndrome) Sheldon is the clear and present leader of this group of nerds, even though no one else agrees with that sentiment or takes him seriously. Besides Sheldon, every actor has taken command of his or her respective characters. Leonard, for instance still has so many issues that stem back to his relationship with his mother Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Christine Baranski) that he’s not strong enough to confront, yet he comes across that he’s ready to tackle their relationship. What’s even more strange is the relationship between Beverly and Sheldon. 

This is where the genius writing stands out. The teasing nature between the two imply the direction of the relationship but the end result is Rock Band. The situations the group is placed into are hilariously unexpected that every time we think we have them figured out; a left turn is presented making the situations that much funnier. Howard is a glutton for wacky situations that he then drags Raj into. All Howard wants is to get with girls while pretending to be something he’s not. You got to give it to him, getting tattoo sleeves, buying eyeliner, researching different food and drinks and dressing in all black to appear “goth” takes a lot of commitment. A lot more time than most people are willing to sacrifice. 

Plot wise, The Big Bang Theory has some missteps. Most notably with Leonard and Dr. Stephanie Barnett (Sara Rue). It’s a new relationship and focus for Leonard away from Penny that lasts all of three episodes, but the interesting part of this relationship is the fact that there is no conclusion or closure for this relationship. It’s not even mentioned after her third appearance and she stops showing up. None of the characters seem at all too worried about this since everyone has an opinion on Leonard’s relationships. 

“Howard, this is big science. You could be the engineer who builds the equipment that puts us on the cover of magazines.”

Johnny Galecki seems to have the best chemistry with every single actor or actress. With the inclusion of Sara Gilbert as a now recurring character, their chemistry together on Roseanne seamlessly carries over whenever they are on screen together. In season two, relationships get tested and some things get carried away especially with Howard. It’s an understatement that Howard’s relationship with his mother (Carol Ann Susi) (who we never see on screen, only hear from great distances) has some of the absolute best dialogue and interaction between the two.

Where the overall story is headed is made clear at the start of season 2, the focus is Leonard and Penny. Neither are the others expected mate especially since this is before nerd culture became popular. Now anyone and everyone wants to go to Comic-Con (it’s fun but exhausting). Somehow as the season goes on, Leonard and Penny form this amazing bond that’s anchored by Johnny and Kaley’s performances. They work so well together it’s hard not to root for them to be together despite the obstacles placed in their way, looking at you Stuart (Kevin Sussman). 

The Big Bang Theory season 2 is more of the same as season one. That’s not a bad thing whatsoever. The show is just as fresh that offers some of the funniest moments from its main characters. Writing, editing, costumes, set design and development are brilliant all around making this season an excellent follow up to the first. With the inclusion of new guest characters that become recurring, the amount creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady are able to juggle and still maintain the same level of excellence is awe inspiring. If I were to rate the second season of The Big Bang Theory, I’d rate it a 4.8 out of 5.  

The Big Bang Theory season two premiered in 2008 and can be streamed on HBO Max. The Big Bang Theory season one has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%. The Big Bang Theory was created for TV by Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady and stars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Sara Gilbert. 

So, tell me guys, have you seen The Big Bang Theory season two and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think. 


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