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

I love Big Bangs
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
9/22/2009

    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)

Video

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.

Audio

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.

Summary

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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