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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray Review

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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Neil Middlemiss

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Posted September 03 2012 - 03:46 PM

Three physicists, an engineer, and a gorgeous blond waitress-cum-actress wannabe make up the geeky, gooey center of this funny sit-com. A show that exists within the trappings of the age-old sit-com, but defies expectations with deliciously nerd-like forays into the world of Star Trek, Star Wars, and all manner of sci-fi and science goodness. The ‘nerdiness’ appeals on face value to a broad audience as they giggle at the geeks, and for the geeks out there, The Big Bang Theory has an abundance of winks, nods and deliriously generous high-fives to the world of comic-books and Comic-con; tips of the hat that many of us every-day geeks and nerds (as in, non-genius) can embrace with knowing grins. Season Five doesn’t so much tread water as running happily in place – and that isn’t a criticism. There is a twisting and enlarging of stories and plots but it never feels like it is being uprooted to be fresh and so long as it works, there’s no need to.

: I did. It was beautiful.   A likeable season, the highlight of the season is the awkwardness of Raj and his inability to speak to pretty women without the aid of alcohol. A staple of the show since its beginning, the show has found generally invariant ways to work in the jokes about that social deficiency, but something in season five shakes that up – and it is all grown out of the repercussions of his encounter with Penny. The additional focus on the Raj character and his exploits is genuinely welcome. Additionally, the shows 100th episode is a delight and the ‘Transporter Malfunction’ episode – featuring Leonard Nimoy’s voice – is fully grin-inducing!    

The Episodes   Disc One Episode 1 – The Shank Reflex Analysis Episode 2 – The Infestation Hypothesis Episode 3 – The Pulled Groin Extrapolation Episode 4 – The Wiggly Finger Catalyst Episode 5 – The Russian Pocket Reaction Episode 6 – The Rhinitis Revelation Episode 7 – The Good Guy Fluctuation Episode 8 – The Isolation Permutation Episode 9 – The Ornithophobia Diffusion Episode 10 – The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition Episode 11 – The Speckerman Recurrence Episode 12 – The Shiny Trinket Maneuver Episode 13 – The Recombination Hypothesis   Disc Two Episode 14 – The Beta Test Initiation Episode 15 – The Friendship Contraction Episode 16 – The Vacation Solution Episode 17 – The Rothman Disintegration Episode 18 – The Werewolf Transformation Episode 19 – The Weekend Vortex Episode 20 – The Transporter Malfunction Episode 21 - The Hawking Excitation Episode 22 - The Stag Convergence Episode 23 - The Launch Acceleration Episode 24 - The Countdown Reflection    

The Video

4/5

  The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season is presented by Warner Bros. on Blu-ray with both DVD and Ultraviolet versions as well. It comes in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio – which is how it can be seen on CBS’ HD broadcast. The Blu-ray continues with the same level of quality as the previous seasons (all of which are now available on Blu) and are just fine. As I have stated before, the show doesn’t pop quite as much as it does when I watch it on CBS (though I missed most of the broadcast this year due to DVR conflicts), but it is a distinct improvement over the DVD version and certainly the way to watch it at home.   Moments of softness aside, the colors are as nice and bright (standard for a sitcom) With 24 episodes over 2 Blu-ray discs (and over 3 discs for the DVD), space is a little tight but the results are more than acceptable).    

The Sound

4/5   The audio for season five is perfectly suitable for the show. As I have stated before, one of the distinct audio elements of the show when I watch this on TV is the transition effect used between scenes. Particles buzzing and zipping around fly from front, to rear, enveloping the surround speakers. I have always liked that trademark of the show and it sounds great in this DTS HD-Master Audio presentation. The sound is clean and free of issues throughout, no problems from the dialogue in the center and front speakers, and the laughter from the crowd nicely presented as well.    

The Extras

3/ 5

  The Big Bang's Theory @100 (10:05): The Big Bang Theory crossed the famed 100 episode threshold and here the cast and crew celebrate that milestone   Gag Reel (8:37): More delightful fluffs and multiple occasions where the actors fail to keep straight faces.   The Big Bang Theory’s Laws of Reflection (11:37): Another brief special feature that has the cast looking back at season five and their fondest moments   Professors of Production (15:01): A short featurette looking at the various different departments that contribute expertise to produce the show    

Final Thoughts   I continue to enjoy The Big Bang Theory. I’m not sure if my love of science-fiction and geek-dom predisposes me to warm to the plots and characters, but the show is easy to enjoy. It isn’t challenging or unique (insert obligatory reference to the much better Community on NBC), but it is accessible, entertaining, modestly adolescent and easy to like.  

Overall (Not an average)

4/5   Neil Middlemiss Kernersville, NC

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