Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Launch Acceleration Recap
"The Launch Acceleration" was the first Big Bang episode in over two years that I watched at home, as it aired, for the first time with no knowledge of what was going to happen. (Well, almost. I'd gotten spoiled and knew that Leonard proposed. But I didn't know how, or any of the specifics.) I was hoping for a strong episode to mark the occasion, and it didn't disappoint!
Leonard and Penny have been one of my OTPs since I started watching. Howard and Bernadette have been known to give me warm fuzzies this season, and I'm still digging the Shamy. So on the couple front, I was happy to see the developments for all three.
Two years ago, Leonard told Penny he loved her, and it sent her running. Now, he proposes (albeit, not intentionally), and while she initially, understandably, freaks out, in the end we see them working together to move past it. (Not to mention the adorable parallels with Penny quoting Star Wars before each "incident.") Through the second half of this season we have seen Leonard and Penny 2.0 working to correct what went wrong the first time around, and last week is just more evidence of how far they've come.
On the Howard/Bernadette front - I was surprised to see Howard's sudden relief at the possibility of not going into space, but it was played so perfectly it just fit. His dancing with Bernadette has made me smile every time (and I've watched the episode a number of times within this past week), and I still can't help but marvel at how far Howard has come through the years.
I was slightly let down with Bernadette's father, though. Maybe it's because he was only in one scene, whereas when meeting the other parents they've been around for much more of the episode, but it fell a little flat. Simon's acting saved the scene for me (seriously, he deserves some recognition for his comedic timing), but it's still my least favorite parent encounter yet.
And then the Shamy. I loved the continuity of spaghetti with little hotdogs, and the Strawberry Quik made me laugh because it is my favorite pink fluid. (If you haven't had it, try it.) But even more than watching Amy attempt to seduce Sheldon, I loved watching Sheldon and Leonard bemoan their girlfriend problems together. Scenes with just the two of them have felt far and few between recently, and then bringing back the 3D chess was icing on the cake.
But back to Shamy momentarily - the final "doctor" scene would have been even better had CBS not ruined the surprise by releasing pictures of Amy in the costume. And did Amy's voice sound different to anyone else in her lines there? I can't decide if there is a difference (something in the tone?), or if I'm hearing things.
It's a sad fact that I could basically end the recap here, and yet there is no above mention of Raj. With only one scene last week, Raj is more and more often being pushed into the background. And while I do enjoy all three canon couples, focusing on them shouldn't come so often at Raj's expense. Find something to do with Raj, please!
What did you guys think of The Launch Acceleration? And are you ready for the finale tonight?