The Big Bang Theory: Season 9
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Prepare to enter phase nine of television’s perpetual laughter experiment as THE BIG BANG THEORY successfully fuses the elements of science and sitcom. Our two genius roommates – Leonard and Sheldon ¬– and their friends are back once again (smarter, but no wiser). Last season, Sheldon went soul-searching (on a train, of course) and was prepared to make some substantial revisions on his Relationship Agreement with Amy, when everything changed. Leonard, meanwhile, was off to Vegas with Penny to finally tie the knot in the season finale. Howard finds himself alone with Bernadette after the sudden passing of his mother; while Raj is not only talking to women – he’s getting exclusive with Emily (Laura Spencer). Together, they will all learn that life is far more complicated outside of the lab as love and friendship never produce predictable results!]]>
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Now that I've addressed the technical issues, on to the show itself.
I love the show! I haven't laughed so hard or so often since season 1. I was beginning to think the show had jumped the shark in season 8, but so far, season 9 is fresh and funny. I will agree with some other reviewers that the nerdy/science based humor of early seasons is sadly lacking as the series has evolved. There are occasional moments that harken back to the earliest seasons, but they're few and far between now. BBT is more sitcom than nerdy sitcom now. Having said that, it's still funny.
Original 1 star review.
The problem with buying DVD's vs. renting episodes via Comcast etc. is that the DVD's can sometimes be faulty, That's what happened here.
We didn't start watching episodes on these discs until a few weeks after we got the DVDs, so we passed the window to return the item to Amazon.
The first few episodes played well but starting with episode 4, the program would stop cold dead for many seconds at a time. The disc itself looks fine - no blemishes, fingerprints, scratches etc. Thinking it may just be one faulty disc, I tried disc 2. That disc wouldn't even load the menu. Is it the DVD player? I don't think so. I just breezed through a 3 disc set of a mini series without a hiccup.
We love the show and have watched seasons 1-8 on DVD without incident. But if you buy season 9 on DVD, don't wait to verify if the discs actually work.
I have been a little disappointed with Season 9. Spoiler alert - Sheldon and Amy finally slept together once but their relationship hasn't progressed past that. At the end of season 8 when Amy broke up with him, Sheldon revealed an engagement ring that he was going to give her and she found about it when his grandmother (Mee Maw) came to visit, but that hasn't gone anywhere.
Leonard and Penny are married but you can barely tell. Of course, we don't want all of them to settle down, buy houses, have babies and 401-Ks - where's the comedy in that - but they seem to have stagnated.
I wish they would show more of Raj's career. We know that he's an astrophysicist, and he shared an office with Sheldon in a previous season, but we never hear anything about his work.
I was disappointed in the finale of Season 9 and checked to make sure there wasn't another episode. Was that it? The families came to town for Leonard and Penny's second wedding (which never happened) and Leonard's father and Sheldon's mother were attracted to each other. What about Sheldon and Amy? What about Leonard and Penny's wedding? Again, was that it?
As much as I love the show, I think it might have run its course. I'll look forward to Season 10 but unless they pick up their game, I won't be that sad to see it go. I'll just watch the earlier season over again.
Raj is my favorite character. He has really developed over the course of the show's run.