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Before The Big Bang There Was Young Sheldon

By Mordred Carver

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Sheldon

Narrated by Jim Parsons aka adult Dr Sheldon Cooper, Young Sheldon is not only an interesting insight
into the life of Sheldon at age 9, but the lives of his family and those around him. Set in Texas during the
80’s, this spin off prequel to the hit CBS show The Big Bang Theory is sure to gain more than enough
viewers, eager to find out where Sheldon came from and how he became the successful man he is today.

Of course growing up is difficult for us all, constantly learning, growing, figuring things out, but what if
you were only 9, with an IQ greater than your entire family and living in the state of Texas? Chuck Lorre,
creator of hit shows such as Dharma & Greg, Two & a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory helps us
understand what it was like. Iain Armitage takes on the mantle of a Junior Sheldon very well and within
moments you know he was an excellent pick for the role, Zoe Perry alongside him as his mother Mary is
also a perfect casting, with certain angles she looks the spitting image of a young Laurie Metcalf (TBBT’s
Mary Cooper)

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What of the rest of the cast though? Of course, you do get to meet his twin sister, as equally insulting as
her adult counterpart, his older brother and of course his father. With a bible belt family that loves
football and God, you know that just the home life alone is going to be a mesh of chaos and love, with a
dash of science and Vulcan logic thrown in for good measure.

School life of course will also be tackled, but where in Texas do you put a child prodigy who wants
nothing more than to follow the rules and learn all he can? Why in his older brothers class of course!
Needless to say, he makes a firm impression on his classmates and teachers alike. I am already curious to
find out how Sheldon will adapt to this new situation, I suspect he may at some point find a friend at
school, but whether they are a teacher or a student, that remains to be seen.

With a great range of 80’s music and styles, even down to cereal boxes and milk cartons, it’ll take you
back to yesteryear with fondness. The jokes however are fewer and farther apart than its futuristic
predecessor, but without a live studio audience that is to be expected. It does make up for that though with
some great camera work in which you see the world through Sheldons eyes… at a low height, looking up
at all the tall kids.

Coming to E4 here in the UK in 2018, it’s certainly one to keep an eye on, I think it could possibly be one
of those quiet gems that hides silently amongst the mainstream, just waiting for the true Sheldonians to
discover it before it explodes into popularity around season 3.
Until then, I’d like to thank Chuck Lorre for breaking out of his comfort zone and I look forward to the
rest of this 13 episode season.

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