REVIEW: THE GOOD PLACE
SHOW: The Good Place
IF you’re a fan of the humour and communication frustrations of Channel Nine’s ‘The Big Bang Theory’, then the new spinoff prequel ‘Young Sheldon’ may not be the show for you.
The show depicts a nine year old boy genius attending the local high school due to his unusual academic abilities.
The alienated child battles parents either unable or uneager to understand him, or help him navigate the cruel world that is 1989 Texas, plus the challenges of high school.
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory’s main character; Sheldon) provides a narration to the show, which is dissimilar to the structure of The Big Bang Theory.
Unlike The Big Bang Theory, though, Young Sheldon isn’t funny. It’s ‘punch lines’ only come from Sheldon’s inappropriate responses.
Literalness and lack of interest in social norms won’t be enough to sustain a series.
The Big Bang Theory recognised this early on and brought in characters like Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) to create a more pleasant variety of perspectives and allow for friendships.
The challenge the show faces is that Sheldon is known for his inflexibility, but the show itself needs to move around a bit more.
YOUNG GENIUS: Jim Parsons’ Big Bang Theory character ‘Sheldon’ has gone back in time and is now his 9 year old self in the new prequel ‘Young Sheldon’.