'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Young Sheldon' crossover was everything fans had hoped for
The episode titled 'The VCR Illumination,' saw the need to bring out the "emergency pep talk you made when you were a kid," according to Amy, setting the premise for the crossover
The Thursday episode of 'The Big Bang Theory' made the unthinkable happen. Everybody's beloved nerd from the show, Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), met his boyhood self aka 'Young Sheldon' star (Iain Armitage) and it was spectacular. Granted it was via a videotape, but as the show nears its series finale, fans have been looking forward to this crossover with much impatience, and it's safe to say - they weren't disappointed.
The episode titled 'The VCR Illumination,' starts off on a sad note, with our grown Sheldon (what a paradoxical concept, yes!) upset and depressed upon finding out that the Nobel-seeking theory he constructed with his now wife, Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), has been disproved.
Therefore, arises the need to bring out the much anticipated "emergency pep talk you made when you were a kid," according to Amy. Soon the tape loads and our Sheldon from today shares matching salutations with the on-screen Sheldon from yesteryears. Also, in true Sheldon style, young Sheldon asks for a password too!
"Sheldon's younger self wants to make sure that it's actually him watching the tape," executive producer Steve Holland said, as per USA Today, but the hilarity of the situation doesn't end there. The 10-year-old Sheldon also proceeds to explain the gravity of the situation if the prep talk video has been brought out: "If you're watching this, I assume something bad has happened, something unfortunate and unforeseen. Something that's making you question everything."
That meeting "was a big one and checks a big box off. We wanted to find a fun way to connect these two shows," Holland shared about the concept of the crossover - something he had thought off even before this season aired. And, everything linked together because one of the members of Sheldon's gang of scientifically charged nerds, Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), even happened to have a working VCR. "These two shows take place in different time frames so it's not like it's easy to bring characters from one into the other," he said.
Adding to all this funny about this meeting is the inevitable glitch in the videotape, where, in the middle of young Sheldon's serious, wise monologue, his advice gets interrupted by a comical recording of his father and brother. Summing it all up, Holland said about the crossover: "We wanted to do a story that had some meaning, (that) there was a reason why we were using the 'Young Sheldon' cast on it."
Joining the popular comedy in its 12th season, with a show that basically is its prequel was an interesting thing to do for the showrunners especially since this is the final season of 'The Big Bang Theory', and 'Young Sheldon' will essentially replace it. But what we are particularly thrilled about with the crossover episode is finding out the origins of Sheldon's iconic catchphrase, "Bazinga." This only confirmed the show is really up for providing closures to its fans, especially since this season has already revealed the origins behind some typically Sheldon things - like his triple-knock habit, his fondness for relationship contracts, and, of course, the lullaby 'Soft Kitty.'