TV Review: “The Big Bang Theory” Season 7- Slightly Improved Formula

Written by Emily Stewart December 30, 2013

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The previous season of “The Big Bang Theory” wasn’t its best. I could watch the episodes from the first five seasons of the show no problem. However, the sixth season had just a few I’m willing to push replay for. The seventh season, luckily, is better. The humour is punchier, making the show more entertaining to watch. The characters are also interacting with each other more. A few minor characters returned, with one nearly destroying Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) relationship.

The One Year Itch?

If there’s any trope that’s been brought back, it’s Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj’s (Kunal Nayyar) bromance. In fact, it raises tension between Howard and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). Howard stays at Raj’s for an episode after he fought with his wife. Later, he gets the gang to perform a song in honour of her.  Another episode, Raj stays over at the Wollowitz apartment, and is great house guest, but making the couple seem incompetent to each other. Don’t worry, Howard and Bernadette aren’t becoming another Leonard and Penny. They’ve had issues off and on for as long as their relationship, but not enough to call it a major plot point this season.

The Itchy Brain Simulation

Some of the minor characters made an appearance, with Penny’s ex-boyfriend, Zack (Brian Smith) stopping by twice. In his first, it’s revealed he and Penny married in Vegas, but neither of them thought it counted. By Leonard’s orders, they’re divorced in the end. To quote Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), dear lord! It’s a hilarious episode, and Zack’s return is entertaining. However, last season of “The Big Bang Theory” brought closure to Leonard and Penny’s relationship. Regardless, there are funny scenarios, such as a scavenger hunt, for the characters to interact with in every episode. Sheldon, per usual, is the clear winner of the show with his snarky attitude and scenarios. From freaking out over his disproven and false discovery, to becoming an uncle, his situations, and reactions to them, are amusing.

An Unbalanced Equation

The characters mingle with each other more this season, which works well for the series. It’s been seven seasons, with Bernadette and Amy (Mayim Bialik) involved in three. It’s about time these two get to know the other guys better. However, they should just stick with their current partners. When the two ladies are away at a conference, they run into a pair of men. They admit which of them they’d date if they were single, but realize it sounds like they would trade their flames. This isn’t the time where dating within a group of friends happened. However, that moment defeats the purpose of their characters, who were introduced to the show because no one else would date their matches. Speaking of Sheldon, the gang discusses what would happen if they never met him. They realize even if Leonard wasn’t around, he’d still live near Penny, and imagine a scenario where she tries to seduce him. Cuoco’s performance is convincing and entertaining. Still, because there’s enough of that pairing through internet fandom, and since it’s clear she and Leonard aren’t planning to split, it’s tiresome.

Amy and Bernadette

Not surprising, “The Big Bang Theory” is becoming like another TV sitcom, where you can still know what’s happening no matter what episode you start on. It’s good to see that the show has improved scenarios. The only character missing is Sheldon’s Assistant Alex (Margo Harshman), especially since there’s no explanation as to why she’s been missing from this season. Either way, there’s no clear narrative development for this season, but rather just a group of friends hanging out in episodic scenarios. It’s funnier than the last season, but very little has been carried over to two episodes. Hopefully, Sheldon’s nephew can strengthen the plot as a new element to “The Big Bang Theory”.

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My Rating: 7.5/10 

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About Emily Stewart

Emily is a Media, Information and Technoculture student at Western University who likes to put her critical thinking skills and passion for writing to good use, including reviewing TV shows for We Eat Films.

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