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The Big Bang Theory (Season 2)

I still fail to see what makes this show too popular, but I am beginning to get the hang of it.

Season 2 is way better than the first, mainly because the group chemistry is much more evident. Wait, no, the group chemistry is now existent. Every character is given more spotlight now (and by every character, I mean Howard and Raj too, not just one dimensional-portrayals of Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny). Plus, their interaction is now more silly than wordy.

Though Sheldon is still spouting his usual educational monologues, it is well balanced by everyone's antics. At one point, the writers even make fun of Sheldon's occasionally boring yet always lengthy monologue by having the gang interrupt resulting in Sheldon's uncontrollable facial tic.

But what I really like best about the group chemistry is each episode opener is reserved to show what these scientists do in their spare time. As opposed to Season 1 where the laugh track tells me to laugh at the gang because they went to a cosplay convention (Why would I laugh? That is so common already.), Season 2 actually shows funny, and more importantly, interesting invented spare time activities like Secret Agent Laser Obstacle Chess (thank you, Google—I just typed in "Big Bang Theory" and "chess" to find out the name). The Big Bang Theory fools me into thinking I could actually do something about my boring life!

Other noteworthy points this season are the sweet development of the Penny-Sheldon interaction and (of course) Summer Glau guest stars (eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!). Summer didn't do much. In fact, even her facial expressions didn't do anything at all. I guess she's just used to roles that don't require too much facial expressions. But who cares? It's Summer!

The Big Bang Theory exploits its target audience. As Sheldon would probably say: Well played, writers. Well played.


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