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Finally...A truly great episode in season 8
I've commented here and on other online forums that TBBT has "jumped the shark" in season 8, but it turns out it was more like a slow Christmas season. It started out with a bunch of slow boring episodes one had to stretch to get even a chuckle. But the season finale with it's potential for season 9 to have a Shamy engagement along with Penny and Leonard finally tying the knot left even critics and cynics like myself waiting for season 9. I still maintain my position that from a quality standpoint the show has jumped the shark if the one LOL episode is the season finale. Plus I wonder now that Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Jim Parsons getting so many other projects how much longer they're willing to stay in their roles as Penny and Sheldon respectively?
This show is losing steam.....fast!!!
I have the first seven seasons on Blu-ray. I got the set for Christmas. For the heck of it, since I wanted to see how the show developed, I watched it from the very first episode, since I don't have a lot of time to binge watch, I'm only up through season 4. I've seen enough of the episodes in syndication to know this show has jumped over Jaws. My theory is the reason CBS renewed the show through season 10 is to keep their lock on Chuck Lorre's team for new comedies.
That said, this episode was an excellent way to send out Ms. Wolowitz. The fact it took them until 18 episodes into the season to pump out a laugh-worthy episode just shows that the jump over "Jaws" has been made.
Plus, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Jim Parsons are starting to spread their wings into other major projects. If they want to keep their careers on track and out of the typecast trap, they're going to leave soon.
Nightmare in Columbia County (1991)
Complete and utter garbage
As someone who grew up in South Carolina at the time of these events, this movie is crap even by TV movie standards. The attempts at Southern accents by all of the actors are beyond awful. I'm a life-long resident of the Palmetto State and this movie is the only time or place I've ever heard anyone talk like the characters in this waste of celluloid.
The producers couldn't even get their geography right. There's no such thing as Columbia County, South Carolina. I realize the need for creative license, but why not call it, "Murder in Carolina?" or anything other than what the morons called it.
I noticed many of the reviewers like this story because it was something they could relate to personally. That's one of the reasons I hate it. I spent roughly 15 years as a reporter covering this state (I was in elementary school at the time of the Bell murders). But this movie was so poorly produced, it's insulting to everyone involved. Every remaining copy should be boxed up and thrown into Lake Murray for the catfish to eat.
Very preachy episode
I loved this show from the first time I saw it. It's like the Looney Tunes updated for the Gen. X. crowd. I was in college at the time and some friends living off campus and I used to gather around the TV when Animaniacs was on and laugh our rear ends off.
Then came this episode. I know it's meant for the kids, but I had had enough learning. I wanted something I could chill out to. Not more school. I continued to watch the show until the bitter end on the WB. I even got the entire DVD set when they were issued, but this episode is definitely the "jump the shark" moment for Animaniacs.
The little flame reeked of an old Disney Educational film. The Pinky and the Brain bit was funny. If it had found a way to perhaps satirize some of the Presidents I might have enjoyed it, instead I felt like I had been trapped in second grade for 30 minutes.