Why The Big Bang Theory is Important to Me
As it is for millions of Americans, my favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory, written and produced by Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Steven Molaro.
Everything works. Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is not only impossibly gorgeous and one of the most talented comediennes in TV history; Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is pure genius as the “wise fool” who speaks his truth regardless who it hurts; Leonard (David Galecki) is not only straight man but the Geek who gets the Girl — all the actors are so excellent that none is a minor player. They and the writers make a harmonious entity; warm, touching, hilarious.
But there is something deeper in the show: a voice which should be heard.
“Bang” says that science is not to be feared.
Flashback in time to the 1931 classic movie Frankenstein. Remember how it ends? The villagers came with pitchforks and torches, intending to kill the scientist and the monster he created. Boris Karloff, (initially unbilled) star of Frankenstein, played the monster or “mad scientist” all through his career.
“He meddled in things man was meant to leave alone,” is a classic movie line (from The Invisible Man with Claude Rains) which sums up the anti-science attitude.
That mindset continues to this day, and not just in the movies. How often do we hear politicians say, “I am not a scientist!”, as if that is an excuse to not believe in global climate change.
Strangely, I did not watch the show for years, though my son Roman and wife Gloria kept telling me, “Watch this show, Sheldon is just like you!”
Well, no, he is not; at least I can’t see it. For one thing, he is a physicist: I have trouble with basic math. In language skills, I can compete, perhaps, —> Read More