Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - with LEAH TINDILL

SHOW: The Good Place

CHAN­NEL: Net­flix

TIME: Stream­ing

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’.

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