The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]
In the third episode of the third season of CBS's hit situational comedy about four socially awkward scientists and a dippy, perky waitress next door, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) complains to roommate Leonard (Johnny Galecki) that girlfriend Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is hanging around their apartment too much. Unfamiliar with the bizarre logic surrounding social customs, but confronted with the need to get along with this less educated and vernacularly stunted life form, he proceeds to offer her chocolates for good behaviour in an effort to train her like a Saint Bernard. Meanwhile, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh (Kumal Nayyar) wear fake tattoo sleeves to a goth bar in an effort to sleep with depressed emo chicks. This tendency to juxtapose unlikely worlds and social images, along with a constant comic trajectory of quietly mocking the absurdity of colloquial phrasing and social conventions, keeps The Big Bang Theory on solid comedic ground. Because there's so much human stupidity for outsiders to stumble onto, the show doesn't need to change much from season to season. In fact, aside from the introduction of a love interest for Howard, very little about season three deviates from the trajectory of the two preceding. If anything, the writers have noticed that most of the comedy comes from interactions between polar opposites Sheldon and Penny, thus explaining episodes where he tries to teach her rudimentary physics and has to drive her to the hospital when she dislocates her shoulder. Peppered throughout are many geeky pop culture references and discussions about various superheroes and science fiction television shows, with cameos from Danica McKellar and Katee Sackhoff, and the question, "Does the elastic woman from The Incredibles need birth control or can she just make a diaphragm out of herself?" Despite being little more than a contrived sitcom, there are usually three or four laugh-out-loud lines or scenarios per episode, which is quite impressive. They even found an ideal season end cliff-hanger by introducing a possible love interest for Sheldon, in the form of Mayim Bialik; she shares his aversion for soiled hosiery. The Blu-Ray is light on supplements, having only a brief gag reel, along with a set tour and a moderately candid Q&A with the cast while they eat Chinese food. (Warner)