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The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Blu-ray Review

Viewers should know what to expect with the fifth season of “The Big Bang Theory.”

In the 24 episode season 5, viewers should expect more of the same shenanigans from Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard, Amy, Penny, and Bernadette. While there’s plenty of geeky and nerdy episodes, much of the season is (like season 4) relationship heavy. This time the relationships involve Leonard and Priya, Howard and Bernadette, Sheldon and Amy, and Leonard and Penny (again). Aside from that, expect to see plots about a paintball competition, D&D dice, a chair, Sheldon’s mother, Sheldon’s Halloween pranks, a bird, a former bully of Leonard, a card game, a basketball game, dress shopping, Howard training to become an astronaut, a gaming marathon, relationship complications, a Star Trek transporter toy, Stephen Hawking, a wedding and a marriage proposal.

With the sixth season currently airing, it’s clear that “The Big Bang Theory” has become a comfort sitcom for America as evidenced by the colossal primetime and syndicated ratings. By now, viewers know what to expect from the show as it doesn’t veer from the formula too much (with the exception of the introduction of more relationships). But, in an age where groundbreaking shows like “Game Of Thrones,” “Homeland” and “Breaking Bad” exist, safe, formulaic, clichéd shows like “The Big Bang Theory” feel positively archaic. Granted, there are amusing episodes like “The Russian Rocket Reaction” which features cameos by Wil Wheaton and Brent Spiner and “The Transporter Malfunction” which revolves around a “Star Trek” transporter toy and has a clever Leonard Nimoy cameo, but overall, the show is just routine. The jokes are too scripted and the back and forth relationship storylines are repetitive to say the least. It’s understandable that audiences sometimes want and need typical sitcoms and that’s fine. With that said though, ‘Theory’ has nothing new to offer and has overplayed the jokes and characters by now.

Video/Audio:

The series, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, is crystal clear. Looking at this sitcom in hi-def, you can’t help but think about how far the picture quality of sitcoms have come. It’s almost like being in the studio audience now.

The 5.1 DTS-HD contains crisp sounding laugh tracks, dialogue, and the now iconic theme song. You can’t ask for anything more than that.

Extras:
* “The Big Bang Theory @ 100”- An emotional 10 minute celebration of the 100th episode with the cast and crew talking about it.
* “The Big Bang Theory’s Laws Of Reflection”- Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Kaley Cuoco talk about the cast, the show, the work environment, and season 5 highlights.
* “Gag Reel”- 8 ½ minutes of actor and actress flubs from the live tapings.
* “Professirs Of Production”- A nice tribute to crew members that work behind the cameras.
* DVD Copy and Ultraviolet Digital Copy.

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October 26, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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