Young Sheldon -- "A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast" -- S2E22 -- OAD 5-16-19

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  1. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Wallace Shawn deserves an Emmy award for guest appearance in a dramedy for this one, closely followed by a regular supporting cast award to Annie Potts. Both just affecting and heart-wrenching, and as good as any Oscar award-winning film performance.

    And the rest of the cast, superb as always.

    Finally, the final scene and minutes: for me, the best part of The Big Bang Theory series finale, closely followed by the speech at the end of TBBT.

    My appreciation and thanks--
     
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  2. Steveknj

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    Agree. I really felt sad and scared when he was on the roof. I love the character and how well he's played. Just a superb episode, and great tie in to TBBT series finale.

    BTW, I thought Young Bernatdette looked closest to older Bernadette.
     
  3. Agatha Mystery

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    I thought young Howard was pretty spot on.
     
  4. Mikeguy

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    I just noticed that young Leonard in the ending montage is wearing his same TBBT grown Leonard bathrobe. Good one!

    So sweet, that grown Sheldon, in the voiceover at the end, is thankful for the fact that he is a bonded quark as vs. a solitary neutrino, with the backdrop of young Sheldon's listening to the radio broadcast of the award of the Nobel Prize to the discoverers of the quark (when young Sheldon had wanted the neutrino discoverer to win) and with the song "Some Day, We Will Be Together" playing in the background. Oops, I have some dust in my eye, again.

    Perfection. :clapping:
     
  5. TonyD79

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    What an episode. Truly scared for John and what it means for his future since Sheldon never mentioned him in BBT even after the character was added on Young Sheldon. Did he go away last night?

    But the ending was pure perfection. And sold that Sheldon’s speech at the awards really took hold with him. Nice.
     
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  6. Mikeguy

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    This is one of the things I find so affecting in YS (and moreso than in TBBT, which is more solidly situation comedy, heaven bless it): it has these dramedy moments that just are gut-wrenching. Earlier in this season, it also had it with the show centering on Mary's religious convictions and questioning, also well-done. And Iain Armitage handles them so well, in his micro-moments of reflection.

    For a show like this, and any comedy-based show, to approach the concept of a mental spiral--wow.
     
  7. TonyD79

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    Great point about Ian Armitage. That kid is very talented.
     
  8. bobcarn

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    I fell in love with YS from the very first episode, and the last episode just reinforced it all for me. The writing is superb, the timing is perfect, and every single character and actor is wonderful.
     
  9. LoadStar

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    Quoting the above posts from the BBT thread for context, and paging @Hank.

    In any case, I didn't get Alzheimer's from this episode at all. What I got from it was more of a stress or trauma induced mental breakdown, similar to Prof. Rothman on Big Bang Theory. (In that instance, it was presented more as a comic plot element, rather than the dramatic depiction here.) It seemed to be that he was becoming (or was already) bipolar.
     
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  10. Hank

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    I guess we'll see next season. What stress or trauma was Sturgis or Rothman under? It wasn't clear in that episode either. Rothman just appeared nutty, but the behaviors of Sturgis, to me, strongly suggest Alzheimer's.
     
  11. Tony_T

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    "Some very talented people were not recognized with a Nobel"
    Yes, iike Stephen Hawking (because no one has yet proven his ideas)
     
  12. DancnDude

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    I was thinking more along the lines of him having discovered something in his past but he didn't get the credit he deserved and never won the prize.
     
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    That was pretty much my take... it was a nervous breakdown triggered by the realization that he would in almost all certainty never win the Nobel.
     
  14. Hank

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    What? It's not like he was a researcher or theoretical physicist doing groundbreaking work.... he was a science professor at a college. IIRC, he just really wanted the discovery of quarks to win the Nobel, but it didn't. I don't think that's the trauma needed to push someone into a nervous breakdown, unless he was already mentally compromised by something like Alzheimer's. His odd behavior started prior to that anyway, like pulling weeds in the front yard at night.
     
  15. LoadStar

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    But that's not really alzheimer's behavior, that's manic behavior.
     
  16. Hank

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    It's totally Alzheimer's behavior. It could be something else, sure, but it is consistent with Alzheimer's.
     
  17. TiVo'Brien

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    I'm thinking the Dr. Sturgis character has been written out of the show. I'm guessing the only thing we'll hear about him next season is a brief mention by Meemaw.
     
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  18. TonyD79

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    It isn’t possible that he is a professor now but was a researcher earlier in his life? It was said he had prior breakdowns. Teaching may have been his therapy. The trauma was personal, not a generic rooting interest. He was Sheldon who failed to win. Parallel to the Sheldon who did. Kind of obvious, actually.
     
  19. Hank

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    Except his breakdown started before the Nobel Prize plot started. Also the Sheldon that did win is in a different show.
     
  20. TonyD79

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    Okay. Anticipation of the awards coming up wouldn’t trigger anxiety? Nah. In fact, it would mean more that it wasn’t about who won or not.

    And, no, it is the same Sheldon. Just like we saw all the kid versions of the people on BBT.
     

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