So... I've been watching The Big Bang Theory for the last year or so (Polish Comedy Central is currently re-running it). Sure, it's funny. Still, I can't help but wonder:
Are they laughing with us, or at us?
"Us", being geeks, I mean. I can't help but notice that the show's portrayal of fantasy / sci-fi / comic / RPG fans borders on offensive. According to this show, no women read comic books or play RPGs. In the last season, there was this awful scene with the main characters' girlfriends going to local comic shop and causing the customers (all guys) to drool... Ugh. Not funny at all...
So, what's your opinion on that show, people?
No, it's not funny to me. And worse, it uses lazy humour. Like Sheldon (I think it was him) playing D&D, that was laugh tracked. It wasn't a joke or even a punchline, but the fact that he plays D&D is what they found funny. That's using nostalgia, not actual humour. And the show is full of this.
Secondly. Penny. She's supposed to be the 'reader identification' character. Which means that although she's not as smart, nor as successful, as these four, she's still more socially 'accepted', so that makes her 'better' than the guys. After all, they can barely deal with the opposite sex. Even worse, unlike most girlfriends of geeks she makes no attempt trying to understand her boyfriend. Most who do that go find some other guy. But we can't have that. Otherwise, who will the lowest common denominator identify with???
And then there's Sheldon. The guy is like a classic case of Asperger's, and they make fun of him. Fun of someone whose clearly mentally handicapped. This is what we should be doing?
There was one episode from the first season that I sat through, the Hallowe'en one, where Penny invites the guys to a party. And then they show up As Thor and a Hobbit and the like, and your meant to laugh at them, because her friends dressed up in sexed up costumes.
Me? I was laughing at Penny and her friends. I mean seriously how hard up must you be to use a festival of DEATH and fear to try and pick up dates or sex? That's almost pathetic! But really funny.
To me. Because people like her and her friends are still mentally in high school, and will likely never leave.