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Big Bang Theory, The - The Complete 2nd Season Review

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Video:   8/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   3/10

I love Big Bangs
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)

    The science of funny is back! At work, physicists Leonard and Sheldon and their geek pals conquer the cosmos. At home, real life - from dating to driving - conquers them. This season, Leonard gets a girl. So does Sheldon. (Sheldon?!) Howard drives the Mars Rover into a ditch. Raj woos a terminator. Gorgeous girl-next-door Penny falls under the spell of Age of Conan. And super-smart, uberconfident Leslie Winkler reduces mere men to spineless jellyfish. Twenty-three laugh-filled episodes from series creators Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Gilmore Girls) and a talented cast with astronomical comedy I.Q.s show why Big Bang is such a big hit.
I loved the first season of this, so I was pretty eager to check out season 2. This 4-disc set includes all 23 episodes from the second season:

Disc 1 (2:06:25)
The Bad Fish Paradigm (21:46)
The Codpiece Topology (21:12)
The Barbarian Sublimation (21:12)
The Griffin Equivalency (21:20)
The Euclid Alternative (19:58)
The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem (20:57)

Disc 2 (2:05:56)
The Panty PiƱata Polarization (21:08)
The Lizard-Spock Expansion (20:06)
The White Asparagus Triangulation (21:03)
The Vartabedian Conundrum (21:17)
The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis (21:01)
The Killer Robot Instability (21:21)

Disc 3 (2:06:56)
The Friendship Algorithm (21:25)
The Financial Permeability (21:33)
The Maternal Capacitance (20:54)
The Cushion Saturation (21:16)
The Terminator Decoupling (21:17)
The Work Song Nanocluster (20:31)

Disc 4 (1:41:56)
The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition (20:23)
The Hofstadter Isotope (20:10)
The Vegas Renormalization (21:32)
The Classified Materials Turbulence (18:35)
The Monopolar Expedition (21:16)


The episodes are presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), and they look really good (the same as season 1). I didn't notice any major issues with the picture; season 1 had quite a bit of noise in the pilot episode, but you won't find anything like that here. Each disc contains a "play all" option, and there's a chapter after the opening theme song by the Barenaked Ladies.


The Big Bang Theory features a decent English Stereo Surround audio track. Of course the majority of the audio can be heard from the 3 front speakers, with the center channel getting most of the dialog. Audience laughter, and some music, can be heard from the rear speakers. There's also a Portuguese audio track, and subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai and Chinese.

Extras - How we rate extras

The Big Bang Theory: Physicist to the Stars (10:09)
Dr. David Saltzberg serves as the "Science Consultant" on the show - man, he must be busy! The cast and crew talk about Saltzberg's contribution to the show.

Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hypothesis in Relation to the Big Bang Theory (15:31)
Short version of the featurette name: "why the show is funny." The cast and crew talk about the hilarious second season.

Gag Reel (8:52)
What? They couldn't come up with a better name for the gag reel? Some funny flubbed lines here, though the video quality isn't as good as the regular episodes.


What a freakin' hilarious show. Every episode left me laughing and wanting more, and I was going through discs at a time (2 sittings), so that tells you how much I enjoyed it. I find Sheldon extremely funny, but I don't think I could be friends with him at all. He's far, far too annoying to hang out with on a regular basis, and I'd likely kill him after a few weeks. I have to tip my hats to the wardrobe department for the show for making this believable - the characters actually wear the same clothes in more than one episode.

I enjoyed the bonus material for the set, and I'd recommend those looking for a funny comedy to check this out (or buy season 1 if you don't have that one yet, and have never seen the show).

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