Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Castle Season Seven Premiere is Full of Twists

I have been ready for the seventh season of Castle to begin for a while now.  Really since the disappointing season six finale because I was immediately read for the story to get past what was set up then with the disappearance of Rick.  I have read different things about what would be coming in the premiere, and some of what I read did make me a little nervous.  In the past, I have had more faith in Castle than really any other show I watch.  The season six finale shook that faith a bit.  I did briefly consider waiting and watching the episode from my DVR later, but that didn’t happen.  I am mostly all right with what happened in the episode, though there are some things that I didn’t care for. 

I will be discussing events from the season seven premiere of Castle and possible some things from the finale of season six as well.  There will definitely be spoilers for people who haven’t seen the episodes yet.  You have been warned.  Read at your own risk.

Season six ended with the cliffhanger of Rick’s car in flames along the side of the road.  He had been on his way to his and Kate’s wedding at his home in the Hamptons when he disappeared.  The last the audience saw, a black SUV came up beside his car.  Then it jumps to Kate getting a phone call and her arriving at the crash site in her wedding dress.  I was much less than pleased with that episode and that ending in particular.

The premiere picks up immediately after that, with Kate running down to the car and trying to get to it.  Once the fire is out, she is able to see that no one is in the car.  A search is quickly started and Ryan and Esposito each find evidence that Rick was forced off the road and then taken from the car.  In no time, Kate and the guys follow a lead, seeming to get there too late.  Kate goes a bit extreme when questioning someone.  The FBI gets involved and the idea that it could be someone that Rick and Kate put away behind it is brought up.  New evidence seems to indicate that Rick was actually actively involved in his disappearance, a development that I absolutely do not like.  Esposito is quick to jump on that and decide that Rick was behind it all.  The FBI is willing to go with that theory and indicate that their involvement will soon be over, so Kate vows that she will find Rick.

Two months pass with no sign of Rick and Kate doing everything she can to find him.  Then Rick is found unconscious in a dingy by the coast guard.  He remains that way for a while, even once he is in the hospital.  His return does offer a new lead or two that once again points back to Rick voluntarily being gone.  This time even Ryan and Kate buy into it.  When Rick wakes up, the reunion isn’t overly happy since Kate is wanting answers.  Rick doesn’t remember anything about the time he was missing and is shocked to hear he was gone two months.  Kate believes that he is lying about not remembering and only changes her mind after it is learned that a witness turned out to be fake.  Rick is back home by the end of the episode, but there are a lot of things unanswered.  Kate is with him, though it seems like she still has at least a few doubts.

I just do not like all the doubts raised about Rick and how almost everyone lost faith in him.  Esposito was the first, which didn’t really surprise me given some of his actions in the past, but I still didn’t like it.  Then Ryan and Kate after some DNA evidence is discovered.  Ryan and Kate never once consider that the DNA could have been staged, much like it was back in season five when 3XK framed Rick for murder.  I don’t like that Kate didn’t believe Rick.  I don’t mind that not everything was answered by this episode, but it would have been better if more was done to erase the lingering doubt about Rick that some of the characters seem to still have.  Hopefully at least that point will be cleared up sooner rather than later.  The acting by everyone was very well done, especially Stana Katic as Kate.  I was very happy that there was no Alexis drama or fit.  There was enough of that to last ages last season,  though I think the possibility for it is still there.  I won't be a bit surprised if Alexis has a fit in a later episode, throwing up how Kate questioned what was going on.

I didn’t hate the episode, but it is far from a favorite.  I’m just not liking this story that much, at least right now.  I’m fine with the writers wanting to explore Rick more and do this new mythology thing tied to him.  I just don’t like the way the writers decided to set everything up.  I was a bit aggravated at times when watching the premiere, but I did feel better by the time it ended even though I was less than happy with certain aspects of it.  I haven’t forgotten the season six finale and I still don’t like it, but I’m not as annoyed and irritated as I was after that one was over.  From the short preview after the end of the episode, it sounds like they may be something else shared or figured out in next week’s episode.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Episode 3

Even though season eight of The Big Bang Theory only started a week ago, it is already airing the third episode of the season since two new episodes last week.  Since then, CBS has decided to continue airing two episodes as long as the show is on Monday nights, with the second episode being a repeat.  The second episode that aired tonight was from last season.   

I will be discussing things that happened during the episode, so there will be spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the episode yet.

The new episode mainly deals with Howard training to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game despite the fact that he has absolutely zero athletic ability.  His first attempt playing a baseball video game - I believe it was on the Wii - and he still manages to hurt his arm.  Bernadette offers to help him learn to pitch, and she discovers that it will be much harder than she anticipated.  They have been together for a while now so she really should have known better.  Howard ultimately comes up with a unique way to deal with the situation that may or may not work out for him.

Sheldon owes Amy some dates per the relationship agreement.  They end up going on a double date with Penny and Leonard and Sheldon proceeds to carry on about his relationship with Amy is so much better than Penny and Leonard’s relationship.  There is a little bit of an issue that comes up, but it gets dealt with in a way that works and doesn’t leave any lingering issue or mess. 

The wedding does get mentioned, along with Penny’s reason for wanting to wait a while.  I’m fine with them having a long engagement just as long as they don’t go and mess up their relationship again.  I think the funniest things are tied to Howard’s attempts at throwing a baseball, like when Raj decides to heckle Howard when he is using the video game for practice.  Howard does some odd stretches or some sort of nerd version of yoga at one point that is hilarious.  Sheldon is a bit insensitive once or twice, but that is normal for him.  Raj is mainly regulated to assisting Bernadette in trying to teach Howard throw or making fun of said attempts.  There is no mention of his girlfriend.  There is also no mention of Stuart, Howard’s mother or their situation.

For things that really don’t mean anything overall to the show, I still don’t like Penny’s super short hair.  I honestly think that in some of this episode, her hair looked even worse than it did in the first two episodes.  I’m thinking there was an attempt to make her hair look cute with some sort of barrette or clip or whatever, but it didn’t work.    

Overall the episode is fun and entertaining, though maybe not one of the funniest of the show.  It is still worth checking out.

Castle Season Six Finale a Disappointment

I know that I am a bit late in writing about this since the sixth season finale of Castle aired in May, but I haven’t gotten anything written before now because the episode was such a disappoint to me.  Since the season seven premiere is now less than twenty four hours away, I decided to go ahead and write about the episode.

I will be mentioning things that will be spoilers for the sixth season finale for anyone who hasn’t watched it yet.  Read at your own risk.

I really enjoyed season six overall and I was happy with almost everything.  In previous years, there were little things here and there I wasn’t as fond of, or even entire episodes I didn’t like much.  I didn’t like what went on with Alexis early in season six, but there weren’t any episodes that I completely didn’t like.  I was happy that Rick and Kate were engaged and I liked the little moments here and there when they were discussing wedding plans or are just together.  Then I watched the finale.  I still haven’t watched the episode again, something that is not usual for me.  I watch the show as it airs and also have my DVR set to record it.  I usually watch the episodes again within the first week, sometimes a few times.  I still have no desire to watch this particular episode again and I’m not sure when or if I will.

When Rick and Kate got engaged, I wasn’t expecting a wedding right away.  I thought it was a real possibility that the wedding wouldn’t happen until sometime in season seven, and that was fine with me.  Then later in season six, more and more about the wedding was coming up.  In the last week before the finale aired, ABC put out this video thing that was basically a montage of wonderful moments between Rick and Kate.  It also said something about how everything for six years has been leading to this or something like that.  Seeing that is what fully convinced me that the wedding was happening in the finale.  I never should have watched it.  I still would have been irked, but it wouldn’t have been as bad.

The episode starts off good, with Rick and Kate happily heading off to get their marriage license.  Things go wrong in just minutes though when the records show that Kate is already married as been for fifteen years.  Evidently she went to Vegas with her boyfriend and they went to a drive through wedding chapel as a joke.  They broke up a few weeks later, and Kate never once, in the years since, thought that it was a legal marriage, but she did remember doing it.  If she hadn’t remembered because she was drunk, that would have been more believable, never mind the fact that all the background checks that Kate has had to go through for her law enforcement career never found it.  That just doesn’t make sense, especially when the guy has a record that includes impersonating an FBI agent. 

Most of the episode is focused on Kate trying to track down her long lost husband to get him to sign the paperwork to end the marriage.  Most of the episode was just ridiculous, though there were a few good moments here and there.  As it got later, it became clear that the wedding wasn’t happening - or if it did, the most would we see would be the very beginning of the ceremony.  I would have been annoyed if that happened, but again, it wouldn’t have been as bad as what did happen.  Kate is in her dress and Rick is just twenty minutes away and it gets massively screwed up.  An SUV closes in on Rick on his way to the wedding and the next we see the car, it is in a ditch on fire as Kate runs up, still in her wedding dress. 

That ending was too much like what is done on soap operas, and Castle is generally better than that in my opinion.  The other season finales have been better and even when I wasn’t thrilled - like at the end of season two - it wasn’t as annoying, irritating, and disappointing as this.  My issue isn’t that I thought there was a chance that Rick would have been killed.  I never for one second thought that, just like I never for one second thought that Kate would die at the end of season three.  My main issue is that things were set up to make it look like the wedding was happening and we got to within minutes of it, only to have it ripped away.  I wouldn’t have been as irritated with Rick disappearing if they hadn’t been so close to the wedding when it happened.  I think it also added to my disappointment because the episode before, Veritas, was so good in so many ways.  I read interviews with Andrew Marlowe, the creator of the show who also co-wrote the episode, and he talked about how this was being used as an opportunity to introduce new things connected to Rick.  They could have still done that without messing up the wedding. 

I’m not saying that I’m going to stop watching the show or anything like that.  I was just very disappointed with this particular episode.  I am ready for the story to move forward again, though I am also slightly apprehensive about it as well because I just can’t help but be a tad nervous with how they are going to deal with what they set in motion.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Why I am Still Annoyed About the Bones Premiere

Season ten of Bones began on Thursday, September 25, 2014.  It is now three days later and I am still very annoyed, and even ticked off. 

There will be spoilers for the premiere in this.  I will also mention some things that tie back to earlier seasons that will also be spoilers if people haven’t seen those seasons yet. 

I started watching Bones from the very first episode and I enjoyed it for the first few years.  I think the show was pretty good at that point.  Then someone - the writers, producers, or creator Hart Hanson (or even all of the above) - started making story decisions that didn’t work that well or that just flat out annoyed me.  A few ticked me off so much that I stopped watching the show for a while.  The first time was when Angela and Hodgins broke up for a non existent reason.  That was in episode two or three or season four, right after the upsetting season three finale that turned Zack into the apprentice of a cannibal serial killer.  I got fed up and the season was probably half over before I watched an episode again.  Even once I did watch again, I wasn’t watching all the time.  There are still episodes that I haven’t seen from that season as well as a few episodes that I turn off if I come across them.  Things that happened in the 100th episode were horrible and I didn’t watch any more of that season.  I decided to give the show another chance with season six and I mostly stuck with it, though there was still more annoying stuff here and there.  I have had more issues with the series in the last few years, but I kept with it.  Then I watched the season ten premiere.

I was actually surprised in a good way with the finale of season nine and feel it is the best finale that Bones has had in a very, very long time.  That did make me a little more optimistic about the new season, though I also had the feeling that it wouldn’t last and something would be screwed up eventually.  I read some things from a few interviews with writers or producers mentioning some things that would happen and I was at least a little concerned about one or two things.  There wasn’t any sort of indication that a character would get injured let alone killed.  The sneak peek did show Booth in a bit of danger once or twice, but that was it. 

For the first part of the episode, things were mostly all right, though I don’t think some things fully worked or made sense.  I get why Temperance was worried about Booth and wanted him out of jail immediately, but I also get why he was upset over the way she did it.  Something about that doesn’t sit right with me.  Booth was very angry for most of the episode, and while I can understand why, an angry Booth isn’t pleasant.  I don’t know what to think about the new character that was introduced, a younger FBI agent.  I can’t remember his name right now.  In some ways, he feels like a replacement for Sweets.  The new guy seemed all right, but I don’t trust him yet.  I think my biggest issue is probably that Sweets was not a field agent even though he has assisted Booth a lot over the years.  He is a psychritrist first and foremost, so to me, it makes no sense that he went off alone to look for records or something.  Considering that they were trying to do an investigation without the big bad guy finding out, and said big bad guy showed that he has connections to send killers after Booth previously, it was stupid that anyone involved would go anywhere alone at that point.  It was just stupid and makes it that much more irritating.

Sweets did seem a little out of place when he was first added to the show.  He seemed nice enough at that point, but I didn’t particularly care about him one way or the other.  As the seasons progressed, I came to like him.  He wasn’t really a favorite character, but I liked him.  When I like characters, I do not like when bad things happen to them, and I most certainly don’t like it when a character I like is killed off.  If that happens too many times with a show, I’ll stop watching. 

After the episode aired Thursday night, I discovered that John Francis Daley, the actor who played Sweets, needed to the leave the show for other projects.  I have no problem with that.  I just don’t care for how the character was written off the show.  While his death does tie in with the story, I don’t think it was necessary.  This new big bad guy who is behind a conspiracy that goes back years and years and years was bad enough before this.  Sweets could have been injured, maybe even to the point that he needed some kind of specialized therapy, in another city, and that would have accomplished the same thing.  Or he could have gotten a promotion that involved moving or going away for new specialized training or something like that.  Anything would have been better than killing him. 

Bones does have a fairly large cast overall when you consider all the rotating interns that have in place since the incident with Zack.  Not many of them have officially left even though they may not be around very much.  Overall, the characters of actors who have left the show have not met good fates.  Zack became the apprentice of a cannibal serial killer and is locked up in a psychiatric hospital.  Vincent Nigel-Murray was shot by a sniper who was out to get Booth and now Sweets gets beat to death while trying to help Booth.  Yes three over the course of the series isn’t as bad as it could be, but that doesn’t make it any better.  Zack was a fan favorite and Vincent and Sweets seem to have been liked by most fans as well.  It just stinks that the show keeps doing things like this to the nice, likable characters. 

It seems very obvious that the writers are going to use Sweets’ death as motivation for the other characters and I for one believe they will drag out the aftermath long after there is a conclusion to the story with the current big bad guy.  This is setting up all sorts of issues with Booth that really aren’t needed.  This show has tried to do long, complicated stories before and every time, I’ve thought they have fallen flat in some way.  I do not have high hopes for this.  Frankly, I can see some rather stupid things being done in future episodes as a result of this.

Right after the premiere was over, an interview with one of the producers - I can’t remember who now and I have no intention of reading it again - showed up online.  The producer came across as a smug jerk, laughing about deciding to kill off Sweets and how that decision is the main reason why the real life pregnancy of Carla Gallo was written in.  Gallo plays Daisy, the woman that has been involved with Sweets, off and on, for several years.  It was made very clear that Sweets is the father.  The producer said it will be great.  I do not agree.  The producer was basically laughing at the fans of the show.  This is not the first time that a producer or writer of Bones has come across as smug and arrogant in an interview, brushing off fans who are upset.  I get that they can do what they want with the show, but they seem to be forgetting that without the fans, they will have no show. 

I am still annoyed and a bit ticked off over this.  I know it is just a tv show, but when I like a show, I get annoyed, irritated, and ticked off over stupid things.  Right now, I honestly don’t know if I will watch the second episode, let alone the rest of the season.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Season 10 of Bones Begins And I’m Already Annoyed

The tenth season of Bones began on Thursday, September 25, 2014 on FOX.  I have mostly watched the show since the first season, though there have been several times when I have gotten very, and I do mean very, irritated with the show.  I have stopped watching a few times, and even felt close to that point again last year.  I kept watching, though there are a couple episodes I still haven’t gotten to.  I was surprised by the finale.  It was very good and is the best finale the show has done in years. 

Things I have read or heard about the premiere recently started me to get concerned again.  The only thing this show has truly been consistent in is screwing stuff up in some way.  More often than not, this show has disappointed or ticked me off in some way.  That is why I have stopped watching more than once.  I guess I still hold out some sort of hope, which is why I have returned to the show time after time.  I don’t feel as, invested in the show as I use to be, so I end up feeling ambivalent about watching the new episodes at times.  I wasn’t completely sure that I was going to watch the new episode live before hand, but I did.  I am not happy.  

From here on, there could be spoilers, both for a few things from the last few seasons as well as from the premiere.  Read at your own risk.

After dealing with the super villain/hacker Pelant - a horrible character that I loath - for far to long, the show finally dealt with him in season nine.  Or at least they seemed to.  Then more complications surfaced when Temperance started having bad dreams about Pelant and became convinced that he had discovered a serial killer that has been active for years when he was mucking around to torment her and Booth.  I didn’t like the idea of that, even after evidence was found to prove that the Ghost Killer - what they started to call the killer - was real.  When it turned out that the Ghost Killer had recently been killed, I got more irritated because it seemed stupid to me to set up some new big serial killer, only for them to already be dead.  Then they discover that there is a huge cover up and conspiracy going on and it includes at least one person at the FBI.  Booth and Temperance keep digging, which makes them targets.  Season nine ended with some sort of black ops type team going into Booth and Temperance’s home to take him out.  When that doesn’t work, Booth is framed for the murder of three FBI agents.

The premiere episode picks up several months after the events of the finale.  I honestly don’t remember hearing how long in the episode, but I have read that it is supposed to be four months later.  Booth is in prison and it looks like he in general population.  Temperance and everyone at the Jeffersonian are working to prove that Booth is innocent by tracing back to the origin of the cover up.  They got a body dug up, but something was done that makes it almost impossible to fully examine the bones.  Temperance takes matters into her own hands to get Booth out of prison.  He seems more ticked off than anything by that.  It does seem to have been very risky for her to do, but he probably wouldn’t have been safe there much longer. 

Booth is having some issues, which makes sense given what he has been through recently.  Sweets is involved in helping as well.  Daisy turns up and it seems that not only are the two of them involved again, she is very pregnant.  I had read about that sometime last week I think it was.  The actress who plays Daisy is pregnant, but since Daisy is usually only in a few episodes a year, I didn’t get why it was written into the show.  I think I do now though, and I’m not really liking that either.  I’ll get to more on that in a minute.  Anyway, the team keeps working and they do manage to uncover some things and it is looking like progress is being made.  Then something goes horribly wrong.  Sweets was doing something related to a new search warrant - I can’t remember exactly what now.  Anyway, that went way wrong, someone beat the crap out of him, though Sweets made a point of saying he fought back and Booth would have been proud.  It seems there are some kind of massive internal injuries and he dies - with Booth and Temperance at his side - before the paramedics get there.

I am still in bit of shock over this.  It certainly surprised me since I never thought anything like that would happen and there were no hints of it in the stuff I have read over the summer about the new season.  Sweets wasn’t my favorite character, but I didn’t dislike him.  I didn’t like him that much when he first showed up, but he has grown on me and become more likable.  I am not happy about this at all.  Right now, I don’t know that I want to watch the next episode. 

I already read an interview with one of the producers that was up online right after the episode ended.  In it, the producer - I can’t remember his name, but I think it is the same one who adored Pelant as a character - mentioned how John Francis Daly, the actor who played Sweets, has also being writing and working on other projects, including directing new the National Lampoon’s Vacation movie, so some conflicts were coming up.  I can understand that, but I still don’t like that Sweets has been killed off, and in this way.  It was very clear immediately that Booth is going to be feeling extremely guilty about this, and the short preview of the next episode enforces that.  With the final scene, it is clear they are setting it up to be a mission for everyone at the Jeffersonian to find his killer.  While it may work for the story they are doing, I still don’t like it.  Booth was already moodier, which I get because of being framed and everything, but now it will be so much worse.  I am not looking forward to that.

The producer was laughing in the interview about a few things and talked about how fun this is going to be for the show, showing how the characters deal with the death and all that.  He basically said that the main reason Daisy is pregnant in the show is because they were killing Sweets off, so that will offer some fun story possibilities.  Ummm..no.  It isn’t fun when a likable character is killed off out of the blue like this.  It was also brought up in the interview about Wendell’s illness and how his fate may improve now..  He is one of the rotating interns and last season they decided to give him some kind of horrible bone cancer that is almost always fatal.  Since that happened, I have had a feeling that it was just a matter of time before they killed him off, something that would tick me off.  The producer sort of confirmed that had been the original plan and now, since they killed Sweets, Wendell’s fate will change.  That irritates me too.  

So once again, I am annoyed and aggravated with Bones.  I really did figure something in the episode would at least slightly annoy me, but I didn’t expect anything on this level.  I thought it would be a bit later in the season before I got this irritated again.  I should have known better, especially since they actually managed to have a good finale last season.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Forever - An Intriguing New Show From ABC

With the beginning of the fall tv season, new series are starting.  So far I have only seen a few, though I have another on my DVR.  One new ABC show, Forever, aired the premiere episode on Monday the 22nd, with a second episode following a day later.  I am a bit irritated that Castle is delayed another week by this, but I did watch Forever.  So far I am enjoying it.

The show is focused on Dr. Henry Morgan, a medical examiner in New York City.  Henry is also basically immortal and has been alive for over 200 years.  He can technically be killed, and he has many times, but he always comes back to life, in a body of water, naked.  I’m guessing it is the Hudson River in New York, though I could be wrong since I am not familiar with that area.  I’m not sure if he is coming back in the same general spot each time or not at this point.  I think the show is a drama with a touch of supernatural.

One person, Abe, knows the truth about Henry, and he helps and supports Henry as he tries to figure out why he is immortal.  There is a good relationship between Abe and Henry so far, though only the surface of it has been scratched.  I am looking forward to seeing more of that aspect of the show unfold.  Ioan Gruffudd handles the part of Henry well.  I like Judd Hirsch as Abe. 

Henry begins working with detective Jo Martinez when he becomes a person of interest in a case.  By the second episode, they already have a decent working relationship and a few things about her have come out.  She and Henry actually have a few things in common.  I think it will be interesting to see how their friendship develops.  Alana De La Garza is good as Jo.  A few things from Henry’s long life, including his connection to Abe are shared.  It does seem like a longer story arc is being set up along with the case of the episode.   I have seen that a few people aren’t liking what seems to be getting set up, but I am intrigued by it.

The show is a bit different with Henry’s situation, but that is what intrigues me the most about the show.  It does make it different.  I just hope that difference doesn’t keep people from checking the show out because it is worth watching.  While it isn’t the most believable that Jo would work with Henry when he was sort of a suspect or that she would charge into a building they thought had poison in it, those things didn’t keep the show from being entertaining.  Henry is a medical examiner, so it does make sense that he would be involved in investigations.

Forever is entertaining and a bit different with a lot of potential.  I hope people give it a chance so it will be around for a while.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Gets Off to a Good Start

The highly popular CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory began season eight on Monday, September 22, 2014 with two new episodes.  The show is temporarily airing on Monday nights because of football being on CBS on Thursday nights.  The rest of the Thursday night shows won’t be starting up until after Thursday night football is done. 

The Big Bang Theory has been one of my favorite shows since it first began to air.  While I haven’t liked everything that has happened over the years, I have continued to watch the show.

I may mention a few things that would be spoilers for people who haven’t seen season seven of the show, especially the last few episodes.

When season seven ended, Sheldon had a bit of a fit or breakdown tied to the fact that he was not dealing with various changes going on in and around his life.  He basically runs away from home, deciding he is going to travel around the country while trying to figure out how to deal with everything.  Newly engaged Leonard and Penny are supportive, while Amy is ticked off that Leonard let Sheldon leave. Stuart moves in to take care of Howard's mother after the comic book store burns down.

Based on something a character says during the first episode, it seems like around a month has passed when Season eight begins.  Something has gone wrong with Sheldon’s trip and he calls Leonard to come get him.  Amy goes along, again ticked off, this time because Sheldon called Leonard instead of her.  Penny goes on an interview to be a drug rep at Bernadette’s company.  Amy’s anger is sort of addressed, and while she seems fine again, Sheldon ends up being annoyed.  Howard has issues about Stuart still living with his mother, with the two getting into an argument about not being each others father.  In the second episode, Penny and Bernadette clash a bit over how Penny is preparing for her new job while Sheldon deals with work issues as well since he still doesn’t want to return to the same type of research he was doing previously. 

Both episodes are funny and entertaining.  They do touch on things that happened at the end of season seven while also moving forward.  Certain things really aren’t brought up, like if Leonard and Penny have started to make any sort of wedding plans, but that didn’t bother me.  I won’t have a problem with them having a longer engagement.  I just do not want to see the show go down the road of breaking them up for some stupid reason again or even adding in some sort of drama and tension between them because of her new job.  Not to much seems to have changed overall with Sheldon and Amy’s relationship either which may disappoint some people.  Overall I was satisfied with both the episodes and will probably rewatch them later in the week since they are on my DVR.

There have been different stories online over the summer about how Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting cut her hair really short.  I didn’t see the new short hair cut until just over a week ago when I learned that she cut it for a movie.  In the interview I read, she said that the writers loved the short hair and it got written into the show.  Her hair is mentioned once or twice in the first episode and that is it.  Nothing is said about why Penny would have decided to chop off all her hair.  Personally, I don’t care for the short hair cut.  I think it is too short and isn’t flattering to her.  I’m not saying that she is suddenly hideous or ugly or that I will stop watching the show because of it.  I just don’t like the hairstyle.  If her hair was a little longer, I might like it more.  I just don’t think that many women can really pull off a hairstyle that short.  I didn’t like it on Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, or Jennifer Lawrence either.  They are all still pretty, but I don’t think hair that short is as flattering. 

Bernadette first showed up in season three when she and Howard started dating.  Since they got engaged, she has been around more.  I have liked both her and Amy being around more, partly because of it giving Penny friends that the audience actually sees.  Bernadette starts out seeming very nice and sweet, but a sort of darker side has been shown at times with how she reacts to certain things, like losing at a game or not getting her way in something.  At first, it just seemed like she was a poor loser, but it goes beyond that in my opinion.  She is basically a bully in certain situations, and Penny was on the receiving side of that in the two new episodes because of her new job.  The more that sort of thing happens, the less I like it.  Again, it isn’t something that will make me stop watching.  It is just something that I am less fond of.

So far, I am happy with what has happened in the new season of The Big Bang Theory.  Hopefully that will continue for the rest of the season.  There really have only been a few developments here and there over the course of the show that I haven’t liked.