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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Review “The Santa Simulation” – Take That, Jolly Old Elf!

In order to force Sheldon into the Christmas spirit, Leonard arranged a night of holiday-themed Dungeons & Dragons in "The Santa Simulation," this week’s episode of  The Big Bang Theory . For a minute it seemed like Leonard and Howard would actually be independent, free-thinking creatures who felt comfortable in their desire to spend a night gaming instead of being led around by their women, but by the end it was clear that they had made the "wrong" choice and should have chosen sex over friendship. Am I being harsh? I want to make it clear that I still love these characters and, for the most part, this show (despite all its flaws), but I can certainly see why there’s such a growing backlash against it. It just seems like the guys are constantly having to apologize for being who they are and liking what they like. I wish they could all be like Sheldon and just not give a damn, but more than that, I wish it didn’t matter to Penny or Bernadette or even Amy that their boyfriends and husbands might want to do something that doesn’t involve their breasts. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/12/14/the-big-bang-theory-season-6-the-santa-simulation-take-that-jolly-old-elf/

The Big Bang Theory "The Santa Simulation" Review: Does This Episode Deserve Cookies or Coal?

While this episode managed to avoid the worst of the Christmas cliches with its hypothetical elf slaughter and Santa's cannon-wielding cameo in Sheldon’s nightmares, it instead fell into a pile of its own series staples, for better or worse. //www.tv.com/news/the-big-bang-theory-the-santa-simulation-review-does-this-episode-deserve-cookies-or-coal-30267/

THE BIG BANG THEORY: "THE SANTA SIMULATION" REVIEW

Christmas came to the Big Bang Theory this week, and the guys and girls chose to ring in the holidays in very different ways. The guys embarked on an epic Dungeons & Dragons adventure, because really, it's not Christmas if you aren't rolling for initiative and shooting your magic rod all over some goblin's ass. Or so Raj would put it. Meanwhile, Penny and the other girls, being the haters of all things nerdy, decided to hit the bars instead. Both halves of this episode provided some solid entertainment, even if the latter portion never felt like it had the room it needed to fully breathe. It was nothing if not bold for the writers to attempt to frame an episode around the concept of a group of nerds embarking on an imaginary role playing adventure. Community already did that with the episode "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons," and the results were characteristically brilliant. The Big Bang Theory is not Community. So the D&D adventure was more of a loose framing device in this case. Leonard's decision to spice up his campaign with a few Christmas elements was a clever touch, particularly as it sparked a holiday transformation in Sheldon. Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2012/12/14/the-big-bang-theory-the-santa-simulation-review

The Big Bang Theory Review: D&D Christmas Edition

Dungeons and Dragons - The Christmas Edition made its debut on this week's The Big Bang Theory when Leonard showed off his creativity in developing the quest. Despite his distaste for the holiday, it was Sheldon that sang the Christmas tune to save their gaming lives, though he also killed Santa in the end. " The Santa Simulation " was a mixture of funny and not-so-funny situations and lines. Perhaps, if I was a D&D player, I would have enjoyed it more, but I doubt it. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2012/12/the-big-bang-theory-review-the-santa-simulation/