Apart from a random cameo, "The Big Bang Theory" played it safe in a one-hour summary – but effectively.
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Big Bang Theory” series finale, Season 12, Episode 23, “The Change Constant,” and Episode 24, “The Stockholm Syndrome.”]
The series finale of "The Big Bang Theory" was all that made the show good, and a bit of what she did badly packed in a one-hour package. There was no attempt to do too much or too little. It did not contradict expectations, moved the formats or tried to set a new standard for series stop games. It was really not surprising or so ambitious, but not "The Big Bang Theory" either. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady's departure from the Normcore geek culture did their best not to change much in the first half. In the first half, he learned to accept the inevitability of change as a universal constant.
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So, what happened? Not much! Season 12, in which Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) won their Nobel Prize, was honored with a sharp cold start that showed what "Big Bang" was capable of when clicking on all the cylinders. First, Sheldon falls asleep. Then Chekhov's gun comes with the promise of a slap in the face: Sheldon told his friends that if he fell asleep before the call came, they could beat him. After arguing about who has the right to beat his annoying friend, it seems like nobody is about to come – the phone rings. But it's not the prize committee, it's their joker Barry (John Ross Bowie), then their serious friends Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) who are checking to see if there's any news.
The third time proves the charm Both for the comic timing and for Amy, who then said that she and her husband won. "Can you believe it?" She asks Sheldon, who of course takes the question literally and wonders if he is dreaming. Whack! Leonard (Johnny Galecki) beats his boyfriend with serene force and good timing, pays the promise, and cheers the group cheerfully instead of getting angry – a last comedic opposition before the titles roll.
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and it's pretty much the culmination of both episodes. The scene not only includes the entire main cast, but also brings with it a moment that is impossible to beat (and this critic did not strive to get carried away in this episode). Setups, beats and performances shine, and there are only a few moments left, but nothing is so complete. nothing so accurate; Nothing is so perfect.
The A-plot of "The Change Constant" focuses on Sheldon's efforts to adjust to how his victory could change his life. It's a predictable bow that ends with a nice conversation between him and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) at the bar she worked on – the two remember how far they've come, and Sheldon sees the logic in it, changes as inevitable to accept. This type of adjustment would have worked quite well to introduce a drastic leap in the future with many significant changes: perhaps the couple used their Nobel Prize money to buy a home. Perhaps Howard and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) have convinced them to invest in a start-up. Maybe Leonard would become a goatee – anything could have happened after Sheldon accepted change as part of his life, but instead "The Big Bang Theory" refused to change at all.
The last half-hour, "The Stockholm Syndrome," starts with a leap in time of two months, but that's the only reason the story can include the Nobel Prize-giving, apart from Penny's pregnancy, nothing has changed (there's even a joke, the Leonard and Sheldon spent the past two months rebuilding a broken map of the perfect human genome.) Here, Sheldon learns to value his friends, to see them as the true prize, and to value them more than the medal on which It's a nice message and comes off a bit too easily – Sheldon has never been told that he is insensitive? "Yes, really?" – but it works.
There is no birth; It does not take more than 10 years to see what everyone is going to do, and I do not know if Raj was able to get a real date with Sarah Michelle Geller (the cameo that nobody knows) see, because it led to nothing). The last scene shows the group eating together in Leonard and Penny's apartment, as a slow version of the theme song plays over their muted chatter. This is the end.
Maybe some fans wanted more. Sure, Chuck Lorre and the eleven other authors – yes, eleven – could have spiced things up a bit. But that was not "The Big Bang Theory". That did not make it work that long. "Big Bang" lets the audience sit and connect with its characters. The plot was there, but it did not interfere with this primary focus. It would therefore be disingenuous to expect anything else in the waning hours. The series understood itself, understood the audience and understood what it took to make everyone happy. Maybe that's not exciting or significant or even great on TV. But it's beautiful And that's good enough.
Season 12 of "The Big Bang Theory" can be streamed to CBS All Access.