Distributor: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Duration: 18 minutes (per episode)
The Big Bang Theory: Season 9 (DVD) – Series Review
When it comes to easy watching, The Big Bang Theory has it down to a tee. So much so it’s been going strong for nine seasons. For the looks of it, The Big Bang Theory is far from over as a tenth season is in the making. So settle back for some nerd tropes and snark in the latest season of The Big Bang Theory.
Season 8 ended with kind of a cliff hanger where Leonard Hofstadter (Johny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) are on their way to get married in Las Vegas. However it wouldn’t be a cliff hanger if ever so prudent Leonard -fans of the series will know that he is not really good at hiding the truth- didn’t get conscious pangs and admits he kissed another woman. So things might still go pear shaped for the future husband and bride to be.
Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) are ending their relationship agreement, but not to worry as they get back together again. If you are wondering if this is a little too much spoiler, then you’re out of luck seeing as it’s right on the back of the dvd case. It’s a bit of a shame that those ‘key events’ are already known beforehand, so you can’t really go in ‘blind’. This speaks volumes of the confidence of the creators toward their audience. Fans will buy the dvd box and they figure that non fans will need a bigger hook to be drawn in, especially when the series hits over 200 episodes. Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch) are looking into getting kids. Apparantly Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) has to to make a choice between two women on Valentine’s day.
What it comes down to is that the series doesn’t move forward too much as the status quo can’t be shaken up too much. The reason behind this is that the series is a usually aired during the prime time television hours, so they can’t deviate too much from to formula in fear of alienating fans, or making the plot too complicated for newcomers. In doing so the series has become formulaic. Every episode has two or more events happening at roughly the same time and at the end of the episode things usually get wrapped up. This doesn’t mean that it’s bad or even less funny, but when you pay attention to it or are looking for humour that’ll really make you think, then The Big Bang Theory doesn’t really cut it. It doesn’t really push the ‘humour’ envelope further than it should to make people laugh.
There are moments in the series where the snark and sarcastic jokes have become the norm and for the actors it’s become routine. Then the series does a double whammy by changing things up and make characters have character growth. This is where things get in the way of the series itself as at the end of either the episode things have to go back to a status quo as each and every episode has to be a singular event so channels can air episode in whichever order they can or want to. At first it seemed like the creators brainstormed with a ‘what if’ setting in mind, but this might backfire on them as their ‘what if’ scenarios have consequences which might lead the more emotional heavy topics into the show causing it to lose its light-hearted tone.
Not only will you be able to view the 22 episodes each lasting about 18 minutes making it easy to binge watching. Alongside that there’s the 2015 Comic-Con Panel, the #JustAsBBT: Who Will Get the Couch… Where the cast answer questions asked on twitter. #JustAskBBT: If I Had to Go to Mars… more questions on Twitter getting answered by the cast. The Big Bang Theory Gives Back: the creative team and the cast celebrate the recipiets of the new “Big Bang Theory Scholarship”. Loves Is Rocket Science. The tectonic relationship shifts that happened in season nine bring up questions, answered by the cast. The Big 200 in which the cast and creative team celebrate the 200th episode of the series. Last but not least there’s the Gag Reel.
If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you don’t want to miss the season. If however you are looking for something that isn’t all about pre-recorded laughs sounding when you are supposed to laugh. Humour that makes you think about the joke and not tell you what it’s about before you had a chance to figure it out, then this won’t be for you. Mind you, The Big Bang Theory is easy watching and it won’t take long before you realize you’ve already binge watched half the season and want to binge watch the other half. It’s addictive if you are into snark and sarcasm.