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The Big Bang Theory Season 3 Blu-ray Review

Aside from superior picture quality, the Blu-ray set of “The Big Bang Theory” season 3 is not worth the extra cash due to a lack of exclusive bonus features.

In the 23 episode third season, the biggest event is unquestionably the development of Leonard and Penny’s relationship. However, that’s not the ONLY thing that happens. Fans can expect to see Howard and Raj go to a Goth bar, Raj looking for a job, Wil Wheaton emerging as Sheldon’s archnemesis, Leonard learning about football, Shedlon becoming a waiter at the Cheesecake factory, Sheldon going on NPR, Stan Lee making a cameo appearance, a reveal of how Leonard and Sheldon became roommates, Howard fantasizing about Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck from “Battelstar Galactica”) and much, much more.

As a geek myself, I have somewhat mixed feelings about “The Big Bang Theory.” To me, the show never really feels genuinely real aside from cameos by REAL geek icons like Stan Lee, Wil Wheaton and Katee Sackhoff. Most of the time, the show just feels like a forced, formulaic sitcom that is squarely directed at mainstream audiences. I have nothing against brainless sitcoms personally, but I wouldn’t mind seeing an American sitcom about geeks that doesn’t rely on stale, stereotypical jokes. In the U.K., television audiences have several quality geek centric shows like “Spaced” and “The I.T. Crowd” that don’t rely on cheap jokes. I would like to see a show more along those lines.

Another problem with the show is that the character of Sheldon has become completely overexposed. Not only does he tend to dominate the episodes, but they’re even creating catch phrases for him since he’s so popular. I understand that the writers want to strike while the iron is hot, but the character is already starting to become tiresome. How many Sheldon rants can one indure?

On the plus side, I still think Simon Helberg is the best part of the show. His character is the most amusing and he can steal any scene he is in (which is impressive since he’s rarely the focus of an episode).

Summary: If you’re a fan of “The Big Bang Theory” then by all means pick up the third season. If you’re on the fence, I’d recommend checking out the funny, weird “The I.T. Crowd” instead.

Video/Audio:

I was skeptical about the decision of putting ‘Theory’ on Blu-ray for the third season, but it definitely delivers. From the opening credits to the apartment sets, there’s just so much more clarity here. The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 1080p

Dolby Digital 5.1  While an HD track would have been nice, I’m not going to shed any tears for the fact that only a Dolby Digital 5.1 track was included. The 5.1 track does its job quite well since it’s just a laugh track and dialogue (with some music).

Extras: 

* “Take-Out With The Cast”- The 5 main cast members chat about the show, their experiences on set, the characters, etc over Chinese food.
* Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar give audiences a tour of the Sheldon/Leonard and Penny apartment sets along with the stairs, the Cheesecake Factory, the bathroom, and the wardrobe room.
* Nearly 8 minutes of slightly amsing outtakes from the live studio recordings.
* BD-Live capabilities.

September 28, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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