That was the series finale of “The Big Bang Theory”: Bazinga! Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the big bang at the end.
Watch out, spoilers! The nerd comedy “The Big Bang Theory” ended Monday. We’ll tell you how we liked the finale.
21 picturesFarewell 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 YarishStuttgart – No more visits to the comic book shop, no more trips into space, no more superhero costume parties, no more “Star Wars” allusions, no more “Fun With Flags”, no more molecular modelling adventures, no more clumsy 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 super nerds who love to spend their free time playing Klingon Boggle with other nerds or buying comic books after first editions of “Spider-Man” or