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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco as Penny
Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar as Rajnesh Koothrappali

Special Features:
Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory: A behind-the-scenes look into geek chic.

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai Subtitles
Running Time: 355 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"Physicists Leonard and Sheldon understand everything from the inescapable gravitational pull of a black hole to the intricate structure of the atom. But take those atoms and assemble them into a woman, and their comprehension comes to a grinding halt. And when Penny, a woman with all those atoms in all the right places, moves in across the hall, Leonard and Sheldon's universe begins to expand in ways they never could have imagined.

When series creators Chuck Lorre ('Two and a Half Men') and Bill Prady ('Dharma & Greg') combine equal parts science, superheroes and sex and add stars Johnny Galecki ('Roseanne') and Jim Parsons ('Judging Amy'), the result is an explosively funny comedy for the nerd in all of us.

Disc 1:
- Pilot
- The Big Bran Hypothesis
- The Fuzzy Boots Corollary
- The Luminous Fish Effect
- The Hamburger Postulate
- The Middle Earth Paradigm

Disc 2:
- The Dumpling Paradox
- The Grasshopper Experiment
- The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization
- The Loobenfeld Decay
- The Pancake Batter Anomaly
- The Jerusalem Duality

Disc 3:
- The Bat Jar Conjecture
- The Nerduana Annihilation
- The Pork Chop Indeterminacy
- The Peanut Reaction
- The Tangerine Factor "

"The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
You have to wonder why nobody thought of this sooner. A TV series centered on a group of geeks is a great idea. Even better is that this series celebrates their geekdom rather than ridicules them for it. If you're a fan of "Star Wars," "Star Trek," comics, or anything geek related, there's something here for you. There are constant references to Batman and Flash (they all dress up as him for Halloween in one episode). Another time Leonard uses a Master Replicas lightsaber in a scene. (If you understand what that is, then this show is for you.) In another episode they read about the J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" movie online and debate about the reproductive habits between humans and Vulcans. I was surprised about how timely that discussion was. In another episode they convince Sheldon to help them out by quoting Spock in "Star Trek II." But the geekdom doesn't stop at pop culture. If you have a degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or any science related field, there's something here that's going to make you laugh. You might be the only one in the room who gets it, but you'll laugh. This is a perfectly cast series and Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons are great in their respective roles. They're believable and lovable geeks. And fortunately Kaley Cuoco isn't relegated to being a pretty ditz as Penny. You believe that she could be friends with these guys despite her beauty. It's a fun series and one worth checking out.

Unfortunately, they went light on the bonus features. There's only one featurette covering the creation of the series. They talk about the original idea behind it, the casting, and the vast amount of science research they do in order to make their geek-speak legitimate.

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