"The Big Bang Theory" finale showed the big heart of the program and celebrated the friendship – as quirky as it was – that was the backbone of the CBS sitcom over 12 seasons.
In this regard, it was the one-hour The end felt satisfying and reasonable, if a bit reserved, and avoided a massive fireworks that probably felt like an overkill just to repeat what the show was over its course has made so popular.
The central action, angered at several episodes, culminated in Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, giving the gang the opportunity to make a journey to their triumphant moment recall.
As it turned out, the episode (which was awarded to a dozen authors, including co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady) served as a guide to illustrate the way the show itself has changed ̵
With the completion of adulthood, the characters took another big step in the finale, as did Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Penny). Kaley Cuoco) learned that they were pregnant – along with Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) in the parent club – a revelation that treated Sheldon with utter indifference.
The development of Sheldon was the most intriguing aspect of the show, and sometimes the biggest challenge. The brilliant character played by Parsons is above all a creature of habit and routine that made his reaction to the noble ring come true. "All this change is just too much," he said to Penny in one of their shared moments, which often provided highlights of the series.
Being a "selfish idiot", as Leonard called him, has always been part of Sheldon's charm – or at least what made the character so strangely endearing. Yet, Sheldon's final tribute to his friends, as he obviously valued them in his unorthodox way, reflected as well as overcoming his selfishness by establishing a relationship with Amy that no one could have imagined when the series began.
The show has given itself to a guest casting and thrown Sarah Michelle Gellar from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and worked on some of the supporting actors. However, the main focus was still on the core of the occupation.
Lorre's vanity card concluded in two simple words, "The End," and the last shot showed the seven stars standing on a couch the way viewers have seen them so many times before.
Of course it's not really the end, with "Young Sheldon", the offspring prequel, who wears the banner and stands up for the cause of the lovable science nerds. Even so, "The Big Bang Theory" seemed to get the formula right in terms of the tricky math required to compute a correct send-off.