When the season premieres came rolling down the pike last year, Monday Night was all about Heroes. The first season had been really good in that early X-Files kind of way (Ie. A bunch of ridiculous stuff happens, but it’s fun and different and you’re invested in it), so second season had to be a slamdunk, right? So, in all this excitement, I didn’t really see or hear anything about The Big Bang Theory and generally used its timeslot to do dishes or have a bath before the real excitement came on.
Anyway, as anyone who watches Heroes knows, there was a major downturn in quality in the second season and going on the first four months of the third season, it’s not looking good. Peter’s been floundering in and out of the future. Sylar’s been intermittently good and bad. Nathan’s a totally brainwashed zombie who just seems to agree with the last thing someone has said to him. Matt Parkman’s become some sort of crazy future-vision stalker. And Mohinder . . . well Mohinder’s spent the first part of the season as some sort of Brundlefly creation which managed to not only be stupid but pointless as well*.
So, with things in the Heroes universe looking grim and with a Monday Night tv void to fill (I really like having something to look forward to my first day back), I started watching Big Bang, and it’s actually pretty good.
The actors are good, the characters are dorkishly fun and the plotlines kill me. A NASA engineer who uses a space satellite to track down the America’s Next Top Model house and a Theoretical Physicist who gets excited about spawning his own Leonard Nimoy? Priceless!
Plus, creators are doing a pretty good job not turning it into a “relationship” show by hooking the hot blonde (Penny) up with one of the geeks (Leonard). I mean, don’t get me wrong, I liked Friends in it’s heyday, but it was like once Ross and Rachel got together, that was like all that show was season in and season out, and that kind of do-or-die emotional chow-chow is exhausting. Either be together or don’t but don’t spend ten seasons vasillating back and forth.
Anyway, I know it’s doing pretty well in the ratings right now so it’s not exactly a secret, but if you somehow have missed this show, I recommend it. Forget Peter Petrelli and his emo bangs! I’d choose Rajesh Koothrappali over them any day.
* Didn’t the writers realize that Mohinder already had a superpower in the form of his narcolepsy-inducing voice overs?