Sunday, November 5, 2017

Round Two: Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon: Season 1, Episode 2 “Rockets, Communists, and the Dewey Decimal System” (B-)

This show premiered over a month ago but for some reason CBS decided to keep it on hold until now. I never watched the original series regularly but enjoyed it in irregular samples each year, so I figured I would give this one a shot. It feels like so long ago that I watched this pilot, which I found surprisingly endearing, and as a result I opted to tune into this second installment. What it showed me is that this show can do okay but that it’s not something I need to be watching. Sheldon talking about how he didn’t mind being alone because he agreed with Jean-Paul Sartre that “hell is other people” still led to him trying to make friends because it was important to his mom. Missy’s suggestion to look at the list of people who had checked out the book as a template for making friends would have been more effective if the book didn’t come from a school library, and as a result he had some adult conversations with some very frustrated teachers. Meeting a kid with similar interests seemed like a good idea until every member of his family made his Vietnamese origins extremely awkward and then he nearly got arrested for the FBI for trying to order uranium. There are some laughs to be found on this show, and there’s no denying that star Iain Armitage is a great fit to play Sheldon. Maybe I’ll check on this show another time, but for now I’m more than happy to part with it.

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