The Big Bang Theory (TBBT) is one of the most loved comedy TV shows of recent times. I hold its value to be ALMOST in the vicinity of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Also, I would like to mention that I find people who don’t enjoy F.R.I.E.N.D.S to be non-negotiable human beings. If Joey couldn’t convince you, no one can. But, this isn’t about F.R.I.E.N.D.S, because we would have to be here for a few hundred pages, in that case.
So, coming back to TBBT, there is a reason why the show is so loved. The quirky, nerdy and supposedly unattractive characters have drawn you into a happy abyss of humor, scientific quips and have brought to your lives the amazing Penny, Bernadette and Amy. You didn’t expect to fall in love with the show and of course, you didn’t expect to love the not crazy, because his mother had him tested Sheldon Effing Cooper.
Sheldon being arrogant, insensitive, intelligent and borderline cray-cray is what attracted the audience towards him. That, and the commendable Jim Parsons. Again, whatever I write about Jim Parsons and his unmatchable talent would be a mere fraction of what I meant to write. So, let’s talk about something else. TBBT occasionally dwells into Sheldon’s early life information and his relationship with his God-fearing and protective mother, giving a peep into the weird dimension that Sheldon’s mind lives in. I guess, it was this curiosity that birthed the new TV show, Young Sheldon. Sheer curiosity to know why Sheldon Cooper is… well, Sheldon Cooper. Let’s see what all the hype is about.
Young Sheldon commences with little Sheldon doing just what he loves – playing with trains and Jim Parson’s narration. So, Iain Armitage does a pretty convincing job of playing the alienated genius that is Sheldon. Promoted up four grades, he is now in high school at the tender age of 9, trying to adjust to the unintellectual beings around him, including his family. His mother Mary Cooper (Zoe Perry) has a significant role as his guide, bodyguard, (only) friend and a galaxy full of other things.
Mary is, without a doubt, the most enjoyable character on the show. I like how they have tried to keep it as close to TBBT as possible by casting Zoe Perry, who is the real life daughter of Laurie Metcalf who plays Mary Cooper on TBBT.
Zoe does complete justice to the character and creates the perfect illusion of a young Mary Cooper. Mary doesn’t have it easy with little Shelly. She is seen defending him most of the time, even having to go against her own family regularly. What surprised me is that the emotionally short-ended Sheldon isn’t oblivious to his mother’s struggle for him and truly appreciates her for it.
Raegan Revord (Missy, Sheldon’s twin) and Montana Jordan (George Jr.) play the siblings overshadowed and embarrassed by Sheldon’s talent and while, Missy may quite frankly be okay living out of the limelight, little Georgie isn’t. It explains his absence from Sheldon’s life in his adult years. The other significant person in Sheldon’s life, who was also often mentioned in TBBT, is his Meemaw played by Annie Potts. This carefree, lovable, rule breaking grandmother is a breath of fresh air. And last but not the least, we get to know more about Sheldon’s father – and I’m not going to elaborate on that to avoid a TBBT induced spoiler – but George Sr. can very well be considered a clean slate along the lines of the knowledge gained from TBBT. In conclusion on the acting scenes, the performances are good and believable to a T.
While the performances are fine, the storyline is a little too slow for my taste, to be honest. I don’t actually look forward towards the next episode and I think that’s an issue. It is an almost innocent story, but without the oomph factor.
Young Sheldon is not bad, let me clear that. You won’t shut the episode down while you’re watching it, but you won’t be eager to watch another episode, too. At the same time, it’s great in the 20 minute comedy genre, to cool off at the end of the day. It did have its moments that had me smiling, but you won’t find the humor to induce TBBT like laughter.
So, answering the question, is Young Sheldon worth the hype? Nope, it isn’t. But, if you’re planning on watching Young Sheldon, I’d suggest that you dive in without expectations and you know what, you may not completely hate it.