How “Young Sheldon” Ruins the Continuity of “The Big Bang Theory”



Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! I don’t usually do posts on TV shows, I have done a few, but movies have ultimately been my primary focus. I don’t think I’ll be going to the movies this weekend so I might as well do this post. In case you weren’t aware, CBS is developing a new sitcom this fall, this sitcom is going by the name of “Young Sheldon.” If you are a fan of “The Big Bang Theory,” you can quite possibly tell that this will be a spinoff to the show. Based on the name of the show, this is going to focus on a part of Sheldon Cooper’s childhood.

“The Big Bang Theory” is actually one of my favorite sitcoms on the air right now. I know that there are a good number of people who hate it and wonder how it’s getting a couple more seasons, but it doesn’t matter, I love it. I see where the humor is and I can appreciate it. So with that in mind, a lot of you must be thinking I’m excited for “Young Sheldon.” I am, but I’m also somewhat worried. I watched almost every single episode of this show, I missed some of the latest season, but based on this, that justifies my love for the show. There are also a lot of episodes I deeply remember quotes from. I’m going to bring up a couple of them here and we’ll get to those in a second, but first, I’m gonna dive a little deeper into the concept of “Young Sheldon.”

According to a preview I watched for this show, this takes place in 1989 in East Texas. At the time, Sheldon Cooper is 9 years old. This focuses on Sheldon’s relationship with his family. Throughout the trailer you can see his father, his teenage brother, Sheldon’s twin sister, Missi, which if you ever watched S1E15 of “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Pork Chop Indeterminacy,” she’s featured in there too. I also don’t want to forget Sheldon’s mother, who is also featured in various “Big Bang Theory” episodes and is represented as a hardcore Christian. This also focuses on Sheldon Cooper in high school, which brings me to a complaint.

If you have ever seen S1E4, “The Luminous Fish Effect,” something is established there that goes against this. Here’s an actual quote from the episode: “I spent the past three and a half years staring at grease boards full of equations, and before that I was working on my thesis, and before that I was in college, and before that I was in fifth grade.” So this newer show, already ruins the continuity of the older show. You want to know something else? I’m gonna bring up the next episode as well.

The next episode I’m gonna be referring to is called “The Hamburger Postulate.” In this episode, there is a segment where one of the main characters, Leonard Hofstadter, along with one of the supporting characters who doesn’t usually show up anymore, Leslie Winkle, have sex in Leonard’s bedroom. There is a point where Sheldon is concerned about this, because he sees a tie on Leonard’s doorknob and doesn’t know what it means. He figures he’d go to Penny, which if you never saw the show, lives across the hall from Sheldon, he says to Penny that he needs her opinion in the matter of semiotics, which is the study of signs and symbols. They go to the door of Leonard’s room, the two are standing in front of it. Sheldon is curious to know what it means, to which Penny says “Come on, you went to college,” and Sheldon utters “Yes, but I was eleven.” If this show gets more than one season, and gets to a point where Sheldon goes to college, they better make sure he is eleven!

If you want my suggestion on how to accurately fulfill the timeline, when Sheldon is at the grade which he’s represented in the show, he should probably do something that is rather inappropriate for as far as his high school is concerned, Sheldon doesn’t realize what he’s doing is wrong. And the school wants him out, but they think he should still learn, so they feel the need to put him in the fifth grade. Also, I heard that Jim Parsons is going to be narrating the show, so if the first suggestion won’t fly, maybe at one point in the show, he can say something about telling his roommate his past and how gullible his roommate is. It would fix the continuity problem and be somewhat savage.

There is a good chance I will be watching “Young Sheldon” when it comes out in the fall, I’m somewhat curious to see what life was like for Sheldon as a child. Sure, we get stories about it sometimes on “The Big Bang Theory,” but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see stories told in this fashion. The vibe of the show from what I’ve gotten out the preview, reminds me more of shows like “Speechless” and “The Goldbergs” as opposed to “The Big Bang Theory.” But I’ve enjoyed “Speechless” from time to time and “The Goldbergs” is one my favorite sitcoms on the air now so I don’t mind this. I want to know, what do you think of the idea of “Young Sheldon?” Also, if you’ve seen “The Big Bang Theory,” what do you think about that show? Leave your thoughts in the comments and let me know! Also, guys be sure to check out my review for “The Circle,” I have the link for it down below, I think you will enjoy the review, stay tuned for more great content! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!




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