This is a Nerd Alert of DEFCON 2 proportions!
Just in time for May Sweeps, ‘The Big Bang Theory ‘ [TBBT] and its gang of beloved geeks will celebrate the iconic fandom of Star Wars in an episode to air on May 1st, 2014 on CBS. As an engineering geek, this is one of my favorite TV shows because of the caricatures (yes, I work with people like this on a daily basis) and as a fan of the comedy genre this show is pure gold. As a Star Wars geek I’m even more excited TBBT is celebrating Star Wars day this year thanks to a little official help from Lucasfilm’s special effects arm Industrial Light and Magic (ILM).
“The Proton Transmogrification” airs May 1 (just before Star Wars Day of May 4th) and sees the gang celebrate the space-themed holiday. Dr. Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) has visions of childhood with his mentor, Professor Proton (Bob Newhart), acting as a personal Jedi master. Fans of TBBT Sheldon and Professor Proton have a hysterically tenuous relationship throughout the series. As this Star Wars themed episode is set on the swamp planet Dagobah, I’m betting Dr. Leonard Hofstader, Sheldon’s beyond patient roommate, will be R2D2. The money shot would be seeing Leonard drop him as he tries to control using The Force. Knowing Sheldon he would have done it purpose.
For those of you non-Star Wars geeks who didn’t get the joke, Star Wars Day is held on May 4th to coincide with the iconic utterance of “May The Force Be With You”. Substitute 4th for Fourth and therein lies the pun. If you are on Twitter just be on the lookout for the #MayTheFourth and #StarWarsDay hashtags to see the geek convergence evolve before your very eyes. And an FYI to all Star Wars fans–Disney’s Alan Horn has provided News about Star Wars VII has begun shooting and casting is nearly complete.
The Big Bang Theory airs on Thursdays at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter for the exclusive deetz regarding the episode.
Note: The writer owns stock in Lucasfilm’s parent company, Disney.
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read more.