At the risk of further exposing my underlying geekiness (I know what you’re thinking – I keep it so well hidden…), you might remember in this post I mentioned that The Big Bang Theory had given us the funniest TV moment of the year so far.
Well it looks like the writers are about to surpass themselves. As I previously reported, in the episode that airs on March 9, The Big Bang Theory’s uber-geeks Leonard and Sheldon will spot actress Summer Glau, who plays herself, sitting alone on a train during an extended cross-country rail trip.
Thanks to her TV roles in Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (in which she plays a terminator sent back in time to protect the young John Connor), she’s the ultimate female sci-fi fantasy figure for our nerdy heroes. Awed by her genre credentials, they try to pluck up the courage to talk to her – and I’m betting the resulting encounter will make the episode one the show’s best.
And here’s an indication that my optimism is not misplaced, as told by executive producer Bill Prady to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello.
He says: “They have 11 hours to get up the courage to talk to her. Of course, Sheldon does offer a word of caution: ‘If Terminators actually did exist, a perfect way they could lull victims into a false sense of security would be to pose as actors who have played Terminators.’ “
As I believe the kids say: ROFLMAO!
For the uninitiated, The Big Bang Theory stars former Roseanne star Jonny Galecki and Jim Parsons as two physics prodigies in their 20s who share a flat and hang out with two equally geeky pals, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar), who are also academics, and their new neighbour Penny (Kaley Cuoco), an attractive blonde waitress who wants to be an actress.
In many ways the show is a very traditional, almost old-fashioned sitcom, with a somewhat cliched premise. What elevates it beyond this is some top-drawer performances and the razor-sharp, inspired writing that really makes the most of the culture-clash between the four geeks and, well, everyone the meet.
The second season of the show is currently airing on CBS in the US and on Channel 4 and E4 in the UK and if you’re not watching it, you really ought to be.