'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Excelsior Acquisition' Recap
by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 2nd 2010 12:30AM
(S03E16) I've got to say, I would have enjoyed a little bit more of Stan Lee in this episode. He didn't really get to interact with anyone except for Penny. Even though Sheldon was in the scene, he just kind of hung back before dashing into Stan Lee's house. Instead of seeing another, "what crazy situation can we put Sheldon in" scene, I would have much preferred seeing the events that transpired that ended up leading to Wolowitz and Leonard having gelato with the comic book legend.
In fact, the episode left me with more questions about Stan Lee than it answered. Namely, would he really answer his own door, and do he and Hugh Hefner go pajama shopping together? Because that is a reality show I would be interested in watching.
When a show like 'The Big Bang Theory' has a guest star as huge as Stan Lee, we really shouldn't have an episode that not only centers on Sheldon, but centers on a completely different storyline from the one Stan Lee is in. Take, for instance, Wil Wheaton. He wasn't in the episode very much, but he at least seemed like he was part of the action instead of a random famous guy wedged into the show.
While I wouldn't say that this episode was bad (I'd be hard-pressed to find more than one or two actual bad episodes from the series' entire run), it wasn't one of my favorites. The writers have done a great job with Sheldon, and Jim Parsons absolutely deserved his Emmy nomination.
However, they seem to be leaning on him more and more, at the expense of the rest of the cast. This episode veered dangerously close into the category of, "we have a bunch of people on the show who just set up jokes for Sheldon" territory this week. I sincerely hope that they can back away from this and find their way back to the ensemble comedy that we all fell in love with. Otherwise, I'm not sure how much I'll really look forward to season four.
Some of my favorite lines from this episode:
"How can I possibly discuss with Stan Lee the scientific foundations for inter-stellar flight on a silver surfboard when part of my brain will be scanning his face for signs of contagious skin disease?" - Sheldon
Wolowitz: "Damn paper cut. Nothing worse than a paper cut!"
Raj: "Obviously you don't remember your circumcision."
Wolowitz: "Why do you have all of these unopened paychecks in your desk?"
Sheldon: "Because most of the things I'm planning to buy haven't been invented yet."
"I don't trust banks. I believe that when the robots rise up, ATMs will lead the charge." - Sheldon