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The Big Bang Theory - Season 5 (DVD)
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The Big Bang Theory - Season 5 (DVD)
Advantages: A great show continued
I normally do not buy big bang box sets as I watch them on TV instead, however as I missed a few episodes I wanted to catch up with them all in order so when this box set was released I decided to purchase them. I do feel you need to watch the previous episodes to understand the history behind the characters. Saying that it would still be enjoyable to watch without watching the previous episodes, and after a few episodes you would be able to catch up on the important things. The big bang theory is a TV show following a group of friends who just happen to be scientists. They are stereotypical geeks, all apart from Penny who is the stereotypical girl next door.
**Characters this season**
Dr. Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) is an experimental physicist , and one of the main characters in the show. He is one of the original characters from the first series, and one of my favourites. In this series we see him try and rekindle his romance with Penny but is it all going to work out well? He is a very lovable character, and I find myself feeling sorry for him a lot.
Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper (Jim Parsons) is a theoretical physicist is my favourite character. His humour is very dry, he values himself higher than anyone else as his intelligence is higher and is overall a fantastic contributor to this show. Considering he is supposed to have a lack of humour some of his lines are amazing, and I could actually rewind them over and over again while still finding them funny. In theory his character should be really unlikable, however I find the way he is portrayed is perfect.
Penny (Kaley Cuoco) lives across the hall from Lenard and Sheldon, she is an unsuccessful actress and holds a job as a waitress. Her lack of knowledge compared to the others is a great set up for many of the jokes, and although she tries to take a little more interest in recent series she is your general girl next door. Again, I find that Penny is a really likeable character. At first she was portrayed to be a dumb blonde but in this series they seem to have given her a little more depth.
Dr. Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) is from physics department and best friends with Howard. He is the only one of the characters not in a relationship, and although he is not one of my favourite characters he does a good job of filling the gaps. He has a few major story lines in this season, and I did find myself warming to him a little more.
Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is an aerospace engineer he recently met Bernadette, and they are now dating. Although, at the beginning he was more of a filler character he does take more of a lead in this series. We get to learn a lot more about him, and we get to watch his career progress so maybe the others will lay off him?
Bernadette Rostenkowski is Howards partner, originally introduced by Penny has again a bigger role to play in this series. Although I find her voice highly irritating she is the perfect match for Howard, and I find myself liking her more in this series. In this series she comes out of her shell while planning her wedding, and I find her character develops a lot more this series.
Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) is a neuroscientist, and has a strange relationship with Sheldon. She is fantastic, I was a little worried that the introduction of new characters would have a negative impact on the show, however I find the way her and Sheldon interact is highly comical. She seems to be the female copy of Sheldon which makes their pairing up even more delightful.
I'm not going to go hugely into the plot of this series giving you a rundown of what happens in each episode as that would just ruin your viewing experience. I do find this series covers the relationships a lot more than anything else, although it is not completely dominating to the whole show. We see Amy trying to pursued Sheldon that they could be a little more like boyfriend and girlfriend than just a boy and girl who are friends. This is fantastic to see as it puts Sheldon in uncomfortable situations that he is not used too, and this just produces some fantastic set ups for the comedy show. A huge part of this series is the run up to Howards and Bernadette's marriage. We not only get to see the girls bond as they prepare for the wedding, but of course there are problems along the way. Will they make it to getting married or will it all be called off? Howard's career takes a turn for the better as he is invited to go into space, but is this in turn going to cause problems for his relationship? We also see Leonard's girlfriend Priya move back to India which then leaves him thinking about his relationship with Penny. We see them rekindle their romance but is it all going to go well especially as Penny was recently caught spending the night with Raj.
There are 24 episodes in total on this DVD and not one of them fails to disappoint. The story line remains strong, and with the introduction of more characters the show continues to amuse, and sometimes shock viewers. I like that they are involving a large amount of the characters into the show, rather than relying on a few to carry it. This makes it more interesting by adding more possibilities to the story lines. I also like that we get to see the girls form there group, we see Amy become strangely obsessed with Penny, and also becomes a little too serious in her maid of honour role. I love Amy she is my second favourite after Sheldon, an odd couple that work so well together.
I can honestly say I have watched all the episodes twice times so far, and I feel myself laughing each and every time. Every time I watch it I notice a joke, or something I have missed the first time round as there is so much packed in to the episodes. I like that this season as it focuses on the other characters a little more, rather than just the original cast. We get to see more from the characters that were pushed back a little in other series, and I find this is a big part in what makes this season such a success. Sheldon of course steals the show as usual. Just as I think they must have run out of fantastic one liner's for him, they find something else to make me laugh hysterically. Although, he does have a lot of scenes with Amy in this show the writer's have also made sure that they provide him with some time on his own to keep his original appeal alive.
Specials on the set of DVD's include, 100th show episode, Behind the scenes, how it started and of course the all important out takes. I love the outtakes provided on the DVD, this provides extra entertainment with unseen clips which just top of this fantastic season perfectly. It is great to see the people that mess up their lines more than the others, and to see just how much fun they have creating which I feel really shows in the episodes. The other extras are of course to celebrate the 100th episode of the big bang theory; we get to look behind the scenes to see how the program is put together, including interviews with the cast which I really liked as we got to know what their favourite parts of the series are. To be honest I have only watched through these once, although it is great to get an insight I would much prefer to run through the series again than watch the special features.You do get a UV copy included with this DVD pack, which apparently allows you to upload it to any compatible device to stream instantly, however I have only used the DVD's of this set. I doubt I will use this anytime in the future but I suppose it is a nice added extra for those interested.
I would highly recommend this DVD series to anyone it is one of the best ongoing shows I have watched for years. I did think maybe this series would be a little weaker as surely they must run out of jokes, but honestly I find that it is just getting better. There is something slightly different about this series which I cannot put my finger on, but this does not ruin the show if anything makes it more interesting. I am now going to ask for series 1- 4 for Christmas, so I can watch it all from the beginning again. The characters and script are as strong as ever which after the shakes in season four was a great relief. I have not owned this DVD for long , but I have already watched the whole series through twice, and I am sure that it will be watched a number of times in the future. It never seems to get old and if they stop the series anytime soon I will be disappointed! I pre ordered mine from Amazon with it retailing at around £15. I think this is fantastic value, and I am sure it will receive plenty of use from my partner and me.
Summary: A fantastic box set!