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The Big Bang Theory: Should I stay or should I go?

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I started The Big Bang Theory today.  I’ve had the first season DVD boxed set given to me by a good friend back at Christmas time, and it’s just been sitting in “The Stack” since then.  The recent catch-up of How I Met Your Mother has left me with a gap in my life, a gap of Ha-Ha and Hee-Hee and “Oh-my-god-that’s-terrible”, and I’ve been eager to fill that void.  But with HIMYM still a few months away from returning, and a number of folks suggesting that I start the show, I decided to go ahead and give a look at The Big Bang Theory.

What.
The.

F**k?

Now, I’m only four episodes in right now, but I’m having a hard time seeing what everyone loves.  So I come to the fans to ask your help.  Does The Big Bang Theory ever get funny?  Because after four episodes, it’s not just “ho-hum”.  It’s downright painful.  Help me out here, Film Tangent members and Remember When listeners, because I’m ready to bail already.  Hit the jump, if you please.

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Jay’s latest investment – How I Met Your Mother

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You’ve probably heard me mention this on Remember When before, but it’s rare for me to pick up a TV show at its launch.   What can I say?  I love easily, and after having my heart broken by Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Season 6 of LOST, Flashforward, and any number of other TV series, it’s tough for me to put my TV faith into new shows.  This invariably leads to me hearing things like “Dude, have you seen <show name>?  It’s SO great!  You have to watch it”.  In fact, for a lot of TV shows for which I consider myself a fan, I came into them late.  Firefly?  I saw it on DVD.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Reruns on FX.  Deep Space Nine?  Picked it up at the start of the third season (REALLY good call on my part).

Recently, I was looking for a good sitcom to pick up and add to my repertoire.  The Office, which used to be my “go to” show for a good laugh, has been a letdown for a season and a half. The only things making me laugh on a consistent basis are Modern Family, Chuck, and Parks & Recreation.  I decided it was time to test the sitcom waters again, and a few friends pointed me in the direction of How I Met Your Mother.

Now, I had a vague idea of what the show was about (hell, it tells you in the title!).  And I’d read a few articles about Slap Betting and the endless libido of Barney Stinson, as played by Neil Patrick Harris.  But I had no idea what this show was really about.  I mean, sure, this guy is telling a long, long, long story to his kids about how he met their mother.  But how do you sustain a show beyond that?

And so I figured, what the hell?  Neil Patrick Harris is awesome in just about anything he does, and I like Allyson Hannigan enough.  I added the first season into my Netflix queue, got the first disc, and sat down for an interesting ride.

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Remember When – Episode 36

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Remember When is back, and shinier than ever!

In our latest episode, we talk about Joss Whedon’s Firefly and the feature film follow-up, Serenity. A cult phenomenon that lasted a mere 14 episodes (3 of which weren’t aired in the original run), this show holds a special place in the hearts of Jay and Parris.

We kick off by discussing how the two of us were introduced to this legendary series, and talk about how a simple TV show turned us from enthusiastic fans into Browncoats (and what it means to be a Browncoat). And after a fresh viewing of the entire TV run, we take a look at which episodes are our favorite, which ones will end up crumbling over time, and remark at how extraordinary it is that so many of the episodes hold up over time. We even give you our selections for favorite and least favorite episodes.

Then we jump into the Serenity feature film. Both of us followed this piece of cinema joy as it progressed through creation, seeing it several times in pre-release fashion before it even hit the mass market. You won’t believe how many times Jay saw the movie in total! Serenity was a moment of beauty for both Parris and Jay, and we talk about some of our favorite scenes, pieces of dialog that tickled us, and what makes this such a spectacle to behold.

And hey, even in our Firefly-centric episode, we have a few tangents. Fortunately though, we saved those until the end, so if you’re not a fan of True Blood, you can skip right past it.

We close our show with a BIG BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that will be the first big step for Remember When’s future. This is something you won’t want to miss.

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Program time stamps:

Start to 1:19:05 – Firefly & Serenity discussion (spoiler filled)
1:19:05 – 1:26:25 – True Blood Season 3 discussion (minor spoilers) and some other TV talk
1:26:25 to end – The BIG BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

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