Bazinga! Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the big bang at the end
Farewell to Penny and the nerds (from left): Melissa Rauch (Bernadette), Simon Helberg (Howard), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) Photo: Pro 7/Michael Yarish Attention, spoilers! The nerd comedy “The Big Bang Theory” ended on Monday. We will reveal how we enjoyed the finale.
Stuttgart – No more visits to the comic shop, trips into space, superhero costume parties, “Star Wars” allusions, “Fun With Flags”, molecular modelling adventures and awkward marriage proposals. On November 25, Pro 7 broadcast the finalist nerd sitcom ” The Big Bang Theory” as a double episode. If you haven’t seen the last two episodes of the hit comedy, you’d better not read on, because we’ll reveal how it ends here.
The series finale begins with Sheldon and Amy actually getting a phone call from Sweden telling them that they have won the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering super asymmetry, Sheldon hides from the reporters, Amy gets a makeover, as expected, the trip to Stockholm turns into a farce, Penny is constantly running to the toilet, Amy uses her Nobel Prize speech to encourage girls to become scientists, and Sheldon grows beyond himself, almost managing to move you to tears with his closing words. “In my way, I love you all!”
Only Raj has to hope for a happy ending
So after twelve years there is a happy ending for all the cuddly nerds from “The Big Bang Theorey”: Amy and Sheldon win the Nobel Prize, Bernadette and Howard are delightfully cute in their role as caring parents – and Penny and Leonard are expecting a child. But of course the biggest sensation is that in the end even the elevator in the house where Penny, Leonard and Sheldon lived for twelve years is repaired. Only Raj seems to go away empty handed – until he meets Sarah Michelle Gellar – better known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer – on the plane to Stockholm.
“The Big Bang Theory” doesn’t really end with a big bang. However, sitcom finales are an extremely delicate matter. Break-ups don’t always work out as well as in “Friends”. The ending of “How I Met Your Mother” for example was so bungled, that in retrospect it ruined the whole series. The series of Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady on the other hand, whose first episode was aired on September 24th, 2007, is doing quite well in the last two episodes, finishing some storylines and charging the gags sentimentally. The fact that the series has now come to an end after twelve seasons is still bearable. The charm of the jokes of Sheldon, Leonard and Co. lost more and more of its appeal in the last few years after all the pairings and all the nerd routines had been tried out and many gags only felt like repetitions.
But what remains is that “The Big Bang Theory” has made the nerd the pop star of the 21st century. When teachers once tried to make boys believe that it’s cooler to be interested in math, physics and computer science than just having girls and soccer in your head, it sounded like a stupid joke. Just how right they were about it at the time can be seen in the rise of wise guys like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheldon Cooper. The Microsoft founder, the Facebook inventor and the star of the TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” have in common that in the past they would have been snidely referred to as boring computer freaks. Today they are called geeks or nerds. And although these expressions actually mean exactly the same thing, they are no longer considered insults but honorary titles.
Stan Lee, Leonard Nimoy and Stephen Hawking as guests
This is most impressively demonstrated by the series “The Big Bang Theory”, which has repeatedly brought Pro 7 dream ratings and a market share of over 20 percent at prime time. In other series, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis or Salma Hayek are guest stars. The first superstar to afford this sitcom was George Fitzgerald Smoot III, who was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research into the theory that the universe was created by a big bang.
The stars of this comedy series did not run the risk of being confused with the usual TV beauties. The heroes of the series were the physicists Dr. Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Dr. Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) two Supernerds who love to spend their free time playing Klingon Boggle with other nerds, rummaging through comic bookshops after first editions of Spider-Man or Green Lantern, arguing about whether Superman flies or jumps from a physical point of view, talking about string theory, quantum mechanics and lots of other smart stuff. And then, of course, there was Penny (Kaley Cuoco) who moved into the apartment next door and who was exactly the kind of girl who doesn’t want to have anything to do with uncool geniuses like Leonard and Sheldon. But the amazing thing happened. In the collision, Penny and the nerds became friends.
Like in The Big Bang Theory, in Stranger Things, the nerds are the stars
The twelve seasons of “The Big Bang Theory” not only worked through the usual amorous entanglements of the genre and told about the late adolescence of their leading actors. The sitcom also documented memorable performances by three now deceased nerd superstars: comic author Stan Lee, “Starship Enterprise” veteran Leonard Nimoy and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking – not exactly the kind of stars you’d expect to get fantastic ratings from. But not only nerds had a great time with Sheldon and Co – maybe because the audience is now tired of the same smart, cool and tough guys.
Even in the action spectacles of Hollywood, where machos used to be allowed to let off steam to their heart’s content and without competition, they are now threatened by unemployment. The star in the “Transformers” spectacles is just as nerdy as the heroes in the comic adaptation “Spider-Man” or the series “Stranger Things”. The display of masculinity rituals of the action heroes of the old school has been in demand not only since Metoo. The nerds have taken over.
Already in the 1980s, nerds rehearsed the revolt in the cinema
But in fact there was already a first uprising of the nerds in the 1980s. Back then, in the film comedy “Revenge of the Nerds”, a few computer science students started a revolt against the initiation rites of the football players at the college. But it was not until the 21st century that this actually succeeded. A few years ago the Stuttgart-based Panini publishing house launched a magazine that confidently calls itself “Geek! And for the role of Dr. Dr. Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory” Jim Parsons has already won four Emmys and a Golden Globe – and prevailed against such cool guys as Alec Baldwin, Matt LeBlanc and Don Cheadle, among others.
And Sheldon Cooper will remain with us even after “The Big Bang Theory” ends. For all those who can’t get enough of this super earth, there is the spin-off “Young Sheldon”, whose third season has already started in the USA and which will be continued next year with a fourth season.