The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season (DVD) (2009)

I think the more the series goes on the more it begins to feel like a clever sitcom from the BBC because when you see season two you can see all the pieces finally coming together. All the awkwardness and flaws from season one are practically gone and more intelligent humor is implemented to make this one of the smarter comedy series on television.

You assume a creaky premise with a hotty living among four science geeks would be filled with formula plotting and tired jokes; instead what we get is some interesting episodes involving the relationship between Leonard and Penny, along with more of Sheldon’s ever growing list of quirks and idiosyncrasies that help propel the show to heights that most modern sitcoms can’t.

I don’t use this word at all but there are times where “The Big Bang Theory” is nothing short of brilliant. Not only are the science foursome still utterly hilarious but Penny is much more integrated in to their group and is given much more to do than what we saw in season one. She’s blossomed as a fully developed individual who never shies away from embracing the world that these four young geeks create. And for the second time around Jim Parson’s character Sheldon not only steals the show but any scene he shares with his fellow cast members. This season creator Chuck Lorre and co. focus on the ups and downs of Leonard’s relationship with neighbor Penny where they constantly go from intimate to strictly friendly to intimate again providing some genuine laughs with the conundrum of where they’re headed in their relationship.

The season packs the laughs with the writers relying on the humanity instead of taking these potentially cliché characters and turning them in to caricatures. Definitely it’s one of my favorite television shows right now and season two is worth the purchase. As for the DVD, we’re given three features that are fun watching but ultimately feel like the creators had nothing else to offer in the way of insight toward the show so instead there’s more focus on production and the mathematics on the show. However there is the funny nine minute gag reel that shows the crew fumbling lines and swearing more than expected. “The Big Bang Theory: Physicist to the Stars” is a ten minute puff piece that reiterates the information we received on the first set: There is a real physicist on set who checks the mathematics and consults with the creators.

Finally, “Testing the Infinite Hilarity” is an enlightening fifteen minute featurette that explores and explains how the show wanted to evolve from the first season and how deeper we got to know the characters which pretty much validates why second season is so much better than the first.  “The Big Bang Theory” just continues to evolve from a trite premise in to something that’s more focused on character development and truly interesting and original comedy that opts to keep its stance and not dumb itself down for the audience.