The Big Bang Theory – “The Skank Reflex Analysis” & “The Infestation Hypothesis”

The Big Bang Theory – “The Skank Reflex Analysis

Okay, so I have never watched The Big Bang Theory regularly. Every time I have caught an episode I have enjoyed it and so I am now going to watch it regularly. I know enough about the characters to follow along and now that it’s in syndication I’m hoping I can catch up on the backstory. In the meantime the “previously on The Big Bang Theory” clips have caught me up: Leonard was in a relationship with Raj’s sister and Raj slept with Leonard’s ex Penny. How exactly all that came to transpire I am unclear… but I’ll proceed onward.

I still can never quite wrap my head around the fact that the same person (Chuck Lorre) created both this show and Two and a Half Men. Maybe it’s just the all the science-talk makes The Big Bang Theory sound smarter than it really is. Then again maybe that actually does make it smarter. This episode really was a standard sitcom plot with jokes about premature ejaculation and sex. Is that really that more sophisticated than Two and a Half Men? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s a whole hell of a lot funnier. I think more of it is the characters actually feel like characters and not joke-delivery-systems.

Having only glimpsed the previous episode’s events in a quick clip montage, I didn’t have a whole lot invested in the outcome of the little soap opera facing our beloved nerds. The events all wrap themselves up by the end of the episode and everything’s back where it was before. The characters are what make me care about the thirty minutes.

The Infestation Hypothesis

The second episode of the night deals more with Sheldon’s neurotic fear of Penny’s found chair. It’s a more standalone episode which deals with Sheldon freaking out about the potential of infestation. Jim parsons has always been somewhat impressive in how he plays a man with a tremendous number of characteristics that would preclude others from forming any kind of close friendship with him and makes him not only funny but somewhat endearing. There’s another subplot about Leonard’s attempts to have Skyped cyber-sex with his long-distance girlfriend Priya, which I found funny because cyber-sex has always struck me as absurd. Anyway, I don’t know if I can keep on analyzing every episode but so far I am happy with my decision to start watching this show.

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