Big Bang Theory Season Ten Episode One- “The Conjugal Conjecture”

3.5 Overall Score
Acting: 5/10
Writing : 2/10
Humor: 3/10

Kevin Sussman as Stuart.

Everything else.

The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Episode 1
“The Conjugal Conjecture”
Starring: Johnny Galecki  , Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch.
Guest starring: Christine Baranski, Keith Carradine, Judd Hirsh, Jack McBrayer, Laurie Metcalf, and Katey Sagal.
Featuring: Dean Norris and Kevin Sussman.
Written by Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady
The Big Bang Theory
Created by
Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady
2016

Season ten of the long-running CBS sitcom starts where the last season left off. Lenard and Penny are holding a wedding ceremony of their already legal and season long nuptials in order to invite and appease their friends and family, who felt they were left out of sharing the moment with two people they care about. After the cold opening ends on a punchline carried over from last season’s cliffhanger wannabe ending (Leonard’s dad hooking up with Sheldon’s mom), we jump right into that situations aftermath.

Although ratings show that The Big Bang Theory is another smash hit in Chuck Lorre’s already bulging CV (he also created Three and Half Men and Mike and Molly) the sitcom itself is getting stale and wearing thin. I have to admit, I have never been a die-hard fan of this show. And at times I find it almost insulting to geek culture as it promotes stereotypes about us. However, I have found it a sporadically amusing twenty minutes (sans commercials) from time to time. Especially when the episode has benefited from its guest stars and cameos, which I consider the show’s greatest strength (and honestly the ones I tended to watch the most). But not even the combined talents of this week’s amazing laundry list of guest stars (see above) was not enough to save this tired and run of the mill cliche filled wedding episode. Talented as they are, everyone seemed to be phoning it in. Every wedding in every sitcom ALWAYS features two side characters awkwardly hooking up. And as this was essentially done LAST episode, stretching into season premier territory seems desperate and lazy.

The shows typical A/B plot structure continues here. As plot A focuses on the wedding and plot B on Wolowitz apprehension of his recent scientific breakthrough falling into the hands of the military (also carried over from MID-SEASON of last year). The two plots don’t even dovetail into each other all that well, if at all (a skill something like Seinfeld excelled at and exploited well many times. But  let’s face it folks, Chuck Lorre is no Larry David).

Overall this is a weak opening in a mediocre show that is slowing getting worse. About the only highlight in this episode was Kevin Sussman as Stuart, whose sad sack, Paul Giamatti like mannerisms have by default made him the funniest guy in the room. I don’t know how much longer I can watch (and review) this show.

 

The Big Bang Theory airs Monday nights at 8pm on CBS. Check your local listings for channel info.

 

 

Comments:

Author: Manny Gomez View all posts by
Manny Gomez is a freelance writer based out of Florida's west coast. He obsessively reads interviews, binge watches TV shows, loves comics, movies, punk rock, hip-hop, stand-up comedy, detective novels and the mythology of baseball. His best friend is a dog. Follow him on Twitter @Manny1138

Leave A Response