The Big Bang Theory Review: Leonard Must Issue A “Retraction”

The Big Bang Theory

I hear a lot of complaints about The Big Bang Theory, and I think some of them are valid. Often times, the show is unoriginal or unfunny. It’s hard to be completely original in such a traditional format. However, I genuinely believe that Big Bang still has important stories to tell, and “The Retraction Reaction” had several relevant and realistic points to make.

Let’s start with Leonard giving a bad interview that gives the University a bad name. In this day and age, this seems to happen more and more. Apologies are being issued left and right for unintentional gaffes people make that elicit a reaction from the public. In today’s society, I constantly feel pressure to apologize for being frank and honest with people when I don’t agree with them. It leads to the moral quandry that many in our world face, unbeknownst to others. Lots of people decide daily between being honest and outspoken and keeping their jobs. Leonard faced a situation that’s real. Stemming from that came the reveal that he’s just not sure about his career path and facing uncertainty at work, which lots of people can relate to. Who hasn’t faced some kind of uncertainty in the workplace? It may have seem simple and played for laughs, but these are two really important stories that are just not getting told on TV often.

The Big Bang Theory did just as good a job of celebrating its women for their accomplishments, even though it was through men ignoring them. We all know that Sheldon and Howard are both largely oblivious to the feelings of the women in their lives, and that’s normal for men in today’s society. I thought it was important to highlight Bernadette and Amy’s professional accomplishments. Sure, it wasn’t a perfect sequence and it pushed a little too much into bragging territory, but it was still important to recognize these women as professional and accomplished. It also spent some time tackling the common issue of working for a huge payday or loving what you do. I would’ve liked to see more time spent on that, though. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are gems.

Here are a few other thoughts:

  • I do think it was foolish of the show to imply that the donors would stop funding Physics research. That’s never going to happen in real life.
  • Public radio has more like 14 or 15 listeners, not 12. Thank you very much, Mr. Wolowitz.
  • “I know who he is. Leonard dressed as him for Halloween last year”
  • I really enjoyed watching the boys get drunk on “Romulan Ale”. That was a fun little side bit.
  • “The Uber driver won’t pick us up because Sheldon is covered in blue vomit”. My only regret is that they didn’t show more of Sheldon in the aftermath of this.

Is it perfect? No. Is it still funny? Sometimes. Is it relatable? Yes. The Big Bang Theory is still doing a lot of things right, and that’s why it has lasted this long. It’s a solid show and it still makes good points. Nothing is perfect.

What did you guys think? Did you enjoy the episode? Let us know!

The Big Bang Theory airs Mondays at 8/7c on CBS

The Big Bang Theory Season 11 Episode 2 Review: "The Redaction Reaction"
3.5

Summary

Leonard gives a bad interview that comes back to bite him on this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory

Sending
User Review
2.5 (2 votes)



Add Comment

Emmys
Charlie Hunnam Says He Would Never Return as Jax Teller
Check Out The Holiday Specials Trailer for Craftopia
The Five Most Shocking Bold and the Beautiful Moments of 2020
Fox is Rebooting Name that Tune with Randy Jackson and Jane Krakowski
Batman Goes on a 70s Martial Arts Adventure in “Soul of the Dragon”
Five Excellent Movies With Open Endings
The 10 Most Glaring Disney Movie Plot Holes of All Time
Why Oracle Deserves a Solo Movie
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Keara Graves
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Tracey Bloom
Why Clint Eastwood Will Never Be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Isaac Hernandez
Freddy Krueger, Jason and Pinhead are Fighting the Power Rangers in Fan-Made Comic
Elm Street
Did You Know Marvel Made a Freddy Kreuger Comic in 1989?
Five Reasons Why DeSaad Deserves a Solo Movie
What We Learned from The Batman: Three Jokers Trailer
The Top Ten Dueling Monsters In Yu-Gi-Oh!
The Top Five Yu-Gi-Oh! Villains
Vinland Saga
Why You Should Be Watching Vinland Saga
Super Anime
Check Out Mario & Luigi: Super Anime Brothers
Building The Ultimate Breath Of The Wild Playhouse
How Many Potatoes It Takes to Run DOOM
Here’s What We Know about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy for PS5
Turns out Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Has Connections to Modern Warfare