The Big Bang Theory season 6 episode 15 review: The Spoiler Alert Segmentation

Review Kaci Ferrell
8 Feb 2013 - 07:21

The Big Bang Theory wades into spoiler territory this week, and not successfully...

This review contains spoilers.

6.15 The Spoiler Alert Segmentation.

A lot of people like to complain about how much geek stuff this show gets wrong. I don't often engage with that, because... well, there's no one right way to be a geek. I firmly believe that. But I have to tell you, I don't even know where to start with this episode because the very premise of it is wrong. How on earth did Leonard not know that Dumbledore dies? The Half-Blood Prince was published almost a decade ago, but believe you me, I remember exactly when that spoiler came out. Before the book, actually, and then again people who had somehow managed to avoid it online got it in the parking lot on their way out of the midnight release party. Even if you somehow managed to keep your head in the sand through all of that, it was all over the news. Websites were created trying to disprove the fact that Dumbledore had actually died. Said websites in turn made the news. People printed up t-shirts and then presumably wore them to the conventions Leonard canonically frequents. Heck, one of my other projects outside of this site is that I edit ebooks for a guy whose entire shtick is that he reviews books that he previously had no knowledge of and even he went into the Harry Potter series knowing that Dumbledore dies. 

So please, someone tell me how Leonard Hofstadter has gone nearly a decade existing not only in fandom, but just in the wider world in general, without hearing that Dumbledore dies. That's like telling someone over the age of twelve that Vader is Luke's father. Trust me, they know. 

So anyway. Putting aside the epic geeky fail, the rest of the episode focuses on Leonard and Amy wanting to move in with their significant others, while Penny and Sheldon aren't ready. It's kind of uncomfortable to watch, actually, particularly in the case of Penny and Leonard, because they've been established as a couple for so long that any time Penny's walls come up, all I want to know is why she's so reluctant to ever move forward. And because I've given up hope that we're ever going to get any kind of explanation or backstory on that topic, it comes across to me as Leonard being far more into the relationship than she is. There are plenty of reasons why she would be so reticent that don't involve that, but unless we hear any, that's where my gut feeling goes. That makes plots like this hard to watch. 

Elsewhere, Bernadette and Howard head off to Vegas, leaving Raj to take care of Howard's mom. It's more of a running gag than a plot, but it did provide a few laughs in an otherwise uncomfortable episode filled with bad geekery, so it was welcome. (The line about Howard's pajamas and sheets making it impossible to stay in bed was particularly hilarious.) 

All in all, not a very enjoyable episode for me. And just curious: that spoiler about The Walking Dead was far more recent than the one about Harry Potter... how many people do you think got incredibly upset at being spoiled? Yikes.

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, The Cooper/Kripke Inversion, here.

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