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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Tenth Season
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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Tenth Season (DVD)
The universe of Drs. Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper is endlessly complicated and hilarious as THE BIG BANG THEORY enters the tenth dimension! Last season, Leonard and Penny went from next-door neighbors to next-door newlyweds with a nuptial excursion to Vegas. This season, they find themselves in a repeating paradigm as they re-create their wedding – this time with family including Penny’s mother (Katey Sagal) and brother (Jack McBrayer) and Leonard’s parents (Christine Baranski & Judd Hirsch). Meanwhile, the Relationship Agreement between Sheldon and Amy added an entirely new subsection with their annual coitus clause. Also, gravitating in their universe, Howard and Bernadette prepare for the arrival of a little Wolowitz, while Raj finds himself juggling not one, but two girlfriends. Prepare to test a new hypothesis of inspired comedy that’s nothing short of genius in Season Ten!]]>
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For the first four seasons, it was consistently funny. Characters had nuance and more depth than is typical for a situation comedy. Leonard was the glue, but struggled with his shyness and insecurity about women. Sheldon said things that were inappropriate, but he came across as mostly clueless. Raj did good physical comedy, and Howard was a pitiful "player". Penny brought the "normal person" perspective, and made the whole recipe work.
Starting about season six or seven, all of those things started to change, and by this season almost all the things that made the series funny are gone. Leonard is a clueless dweeb who does stupid things for no reason. Sheldon is just mean. Raj is relegated to typical sitcom wisecracks that are not funny. Bernadette jumps between syrupy sweetness and loudly chewing everyone out. Etc. Only Kaley Cuoco as Penny has continued to do a somewhat nuanced performance.
What this means while watching season ten is that I cringe a lot more than I laugh. I think in the early seasons is was perhaps one cringe per ten laughs. Now it's about five cringes per one laugh. That's just not a pleasant viewing experience.
Now, most of this isn't the actors' fault. The writing and direction have become formulaic and trite. The atmosphere has gone to "typical sitcom farce" instead of leveraging the special nature of the geeky characters as in the first few seasons.
Season nine was not great, but not this bad, and some very mediocre episodes were made up by the last episode being really good. You would think that the season opener for season ten would build on that good episode, but instead it was just stupid, with too many characters being spiteful and mean-spirited.
They've got two more seasons in contract, and if they can't revitalize this show with some different writers and direction, I really hope it comes to an end.