Faults In Sheldon Cooper’s Character
Now, when I say ‘faults’ in Sheldon’s character, I don’t mean the things I don’t like about him. I’m not going to detail here examples of when I think he was selfish, 或者 about how I think all his friendships, for the most time and in my opinion, are kept 由 the efforts of the other people. However, it annoys me whenever I read Finn Hudson hate on Glee, and I adore Leonard Hofstadter so much I get annoyed when I read hate about him. I would be a hypocrite to 发布 an 文章 about what I do not like about Sheldon-and not to mention there are many, many 更多 things I do like about him. This 文章 is about 写作 faults.
写作 a character like Sheldon is very, very hard. Portraying a character like Sheldon is also very, very hard, and Jim Parsons does an incredible job. Doing a great job in 写作 him consistently has proven to be impossible.
1. Sheldon’s Spot
“In the winter, this 座位 is close enough to the radiator to remain warm and not so close as to cause perspiration. In the summer it is directly in the path of a 交叉, 十字架 breeze created 由 opening windows there and there. It faces the 电视 at an angle that is neither direct, thus discouraging conversation, but not so far wide as to create a parallax distortion.”
Pilot episodes establish premise. They are short examples of who each character is. In the pilot of The Big Bang Theory, we establish that Raj can’t talk to women. We establish the canon couple. We establish Howard is creepy. The Sheldon’s Spot Rant is also established in the first episode, 1.01, and it is affirmed in 3.10 由 Penny that that is indeed still the requirements for Sheldon’s spot. The Sheldon’s Spot problem seems to be strengthened in 1.17, where he had to choose a place to sit in Penny’s apartment, based on lack of glares and drafts.
In 1.06, Sheldon sits on Penny’s 长椅, 沙发 with Leonard and Howard. This is not the location of the spot he chose in 1.17, nor is it even the chair he chose.
In 2.02, Leslie, Sheldon’s self-proclaimed arch-enemy, sits in Sheldon’s spot while Sheldon is in the apartment. He says nothing about it. Why would he constantly tell Penny to get out of his spot and not Leslie? He and Penny are friends.
In 2.23 and 3.16, Sheldon says “that’s my spot” to his 老友记 sitting on the 长椅, 沙发 at the North Pole, and to the other men in his jail cell sitting on a bench. So now his spot isn’t determined 由 air flow patterns and dispersion of sunlight and how the cushion ‘feels’ (2.16) but it simply has to be the left end of…anything?
2. Sheldon’s Bedroom
-This was originally brought up 由 me in a 论坛 post on another site, so if 你 saw it and recognize this, yes, I was under a different username, but yes it was me.
“People don’t go in my room.”
Anyone who watches The Big Bang Theory just to watch it knows this. People are not allowed in Sheldon Lee Cooper’s room. 或者 are they? If 你 watch the 显示 and accept any idosyncracy that was presented in a moment where Sheldon is freaking out about something, then look closer. People have been allowed in his room without complaint since season one.
He used to be “people can’t go into my room.” Okay, fine, I bought that. Then I kept noticing exceptions, and when “exceptions” outnumber rules, then aren’t the exceptions the new rules?
I was watching The Barbarian Sublimation the other day, and I realized something. That episode was 2.03. He let his mother in his room in 1.04, and Penny in 1.11, and then Missy in 1.15. Even if one wants to argue that his mother trumps him and his sister is also family so he’d be okay with it, why did he let Penny in there in 1.11 and then protest about the same person being there in 2.03?
Even if in 1.11 it was convenient for him to bend his rule (he was sick) and 2.03 wasn’t (he was sleeping), then what about Leonard coming into his room in 2.17 and 2.23, when it wasn’t convenient for Sheldon at all? He was working (2.17) 或者 sleeping (2.23) at that point. In 2.23 he protested, but only because “Mee-Maw just made cookies,” and not because “people don’t go in my room.”
Penny entered his room in 2.17, when he wasn’t even there, again in 3.01 when he was, and Raj and Leonard came in there in 3.09.
In 3.12, he fled to Leonard’s room to sleep, while leaving Martha in his. That wasn’t convenient for him, but he didn’t tell her “people don’t go into my room.” He allowed her to come in when she asked, and then simply left himself.
In 3.21, it was his idea to allow Plimpton to spend her nights in his bed-something he hasn’t allowed anyone, not even his closest friends, to do before.
So what’s up with that? The ‘no one goes into my room’ rule has been contradicted since before he first 说 it.
Even if one wants to argue that he’s simply had character growth, look back at the season one examples. When I started watching at 2.01, I would have found myself honored if Sheldon existed and I was allowed in his room. Now everyone and their mother just waltzes in and out of there…and it really wasn’t that different in at the very beginning.
3. “I Sleep In A Bed."
This one isn’t that big of a deal. Sheldon refused to sleep on Penny’s 长椅, 沙发 in 2.21, because he needs to sleep in a bed. He kept that consistent in 3.13, when he 说 that he appreciated Penny’s offer to stay in her apartment after the burglary, but he knew that she and Leonard wouldn’t be comfortable on the couch. The only read exception to this rule was in 1.05 when he slept on the 长椅, 沙发 in his apartment, but one could argue that he was surprised 由 Leslie’s presence in Leonard’s room, and he felt it too awkward to be in his own room.
4. Faults From The Pants Alternative
-This was a problem caught 由 粉丝 from the moment the press release for The Pants Alternative was released. Sheldon has spoken in crowds before, and all of a sudden, to make a storyline, he’s terrified. The writers try to cover for this 由 giving him a speech about what crowds bother him. Though I have a hard time believing that his speeches in 1.09, 1.12, 2.06, and 3.01, among other I am sure I missed, all fall within his acceptable limits.
-What people say and do while drunk, they want to say and do while sober. That’s been told to me 由 teachers, coaches, and Driver’s Education instructors. I have no problem believing that while sober, Sheldon wants to sing Fiddler On The Roof songs. I have a big problem believing that Sheldon wants to moon a roomful of people.
5. Faults From The Adhesive 鸭 Deficiency
There were many, many faults in this episode-Penny faults, Sheldon faults, and faults from the other storyline, but of course I’m only talking about the Sheldon faults here.
-It took Sheldon that long to realize it wasn’t Penny’s arm. Really? I’m willing to forgive this one, though, because he’s the only character that on 电视 that 你 could get away with that with, and it was hilarious and awkward. And at least he didn't break character further, he was clearly uncomfortable when he realized what had happened.
-“The hero always peeks, it never ends well.” Then why did he peek? It apparently never ends well. Well, there is another explanation for this. If the hero always peeks, and Sheldon obviously considered himself a hero (3.16), then I’m willing to believe that he’d peek. It’s his duty as a hero, even if it never ends well.
-Soft Kitty. That is a song for when one is sick. Now, “homesick is a type of being sick.” Yes. “Injured and drugged” is not. Once again though, Sheldon doing that for Penny was sweet, so even though I really shouldn’t forgive it since I’m so picky about character traits remaining constant, I will.
The 写作 faults from The Adhesive 鸭 Deficiency don’t bother me as much, because there are good arguments for why they happened. But I had to mention them because they are there.
Sheldon Being Wrong
Sheldon was wrong in 1.12, 3.02, 3.04, 3.18(that wasn’t how they got the name X-Men) and on several other occasions, and each time it was apparently a huge shock. There are only so many times one can pull off the “never been wrong before,” card.
I can forgive the 3.08 faults. The other faults, not so much. Again, I know there are more, 更多 that I’ve noticed but didn’t remember at this time, and ones I haven’t noticed. But one thing is for certain. 你 have to be very, very careful when creating a character like Sheldon.
Note to writers: I 爱情 你 guys. You’re great, and I know I couldn’t do a tenth as well as 你 do in 写作 anyone, much less Sheldon. I am fully aware that it is a comedy, and sometimes 你 need to forfeit the characters for a laugh. I’m just OCD and I needed to point this out.