As soon as the opening credits of The Big Bang Theory rolled on my screen with the familiar Star Wars lettering/background, my nerd senses began tingling. This was finally the moment I’d been waiting for all season: Sheldon and Amy were finally back together and were going to engage in coitus after nearly five years of dating. And the writing staff timed it perfectly to coincide with one of the biggest moments of the year for nerdy fandoms everywhere: the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In “The Opening Night Excitation,” Sheldon has taken the day off to watch the original Star Wars trilogy leading up to the premiere, but when he discovers that the premiere day falls on Amy’s birthday, he’s convinced by Penny (and Professor Proton’s spirit – beloved guest star Bob Newhart) that skipping the premiere to spend the day with Amy instead is the right thing to do. Seeing Newhart dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi is a highlight of the episode. I thought his advice to Sheldon was sweet and accurate when he said, “You can see the movie any time you want, but there are only a limited number of days you can be with this woman – be with her.”
Sheldon makes the right decision and tells the guys he won’t be able to attend the movie with them. They attempt to offer their extra ticket to Stuart at first, but then when Wil Wheaton shows up out of nowhere at the comic book store, they quickly offer the ticket to him instead. And thank God they did. Seeing Wheaton appear at the movie dressed as Spock from Star Trek and yelling
“Live long and suck it!” tweet
after being booed by the Star Wars fans made me laugh harder than I have in a while. I’ve never understood why you can’t enjoy both franchises in equal measure.
I thought it was clever how they kept going back and forth between the Shamy storyline and what was happening with the rest of the guys at the Star Wars movie. It made me more than a little sad that I didn’t get to attend a midnight showing, but I vowed to wait and see it with my boyfriend later this weekend. Watching the guys on the show enjoying it was almost like being there, right? I was there in spirit much like Newhart’s character was there in Jedi spirit for Sheldon on this momentous episode.
All in all, I thought the treatment leading up to the big moment for Shamy was well written. It possessed all the awkwardness and tenderness of your first time. It was endearing knowing how intimacy in any form has long been a challenge for Sheldon, but knowing that he wanted to do something special for Amy to show her how much she means to him. While a tad clichéd, watching her giggle nervously beforehand as she played romantic music and lit candles in excited anticipation made me wish my own first time had been more meaningful. And Sheldon’s desire to get verbal consent from her in the heat of the moment was sooo Sheldon. Who else other than Sheldon would possibly consider printing out a contract to ensure they don’t get sued after sex?
The scene in which you see them together in bed for the first time with Amy in a sweet, simple nightgown instead of sexy lingerie and Sheldon in a white t-shirt was poetry in motion. He asked her why she was shaking and she replied that it was because she was nervous because she’d built up losing her virginity in her head and didn’t know what to expect. When Sheldon very honestly told her that neither did he but they could find out together, it was a beautiful moment because of its rare purity. In a world in which people always seem to be in such a rush to have sex and not think about the aftermath, it was a little refreshing to see two people who were still a little old-fashioned when it comes to courtship and waiting to have sex until they’re both ready. I’m not sure what lies ahead for the couple. Will they engage in coitus often or merely once a year on Amy’s birthday as Sheldon said afterward?
While some may not agree with the writers’ choice to compare the hype of losing your virginity to the hype surrounding the new Star Wars movie, I enjoyed it. But then again, I’ve always been obsessed with pop culture. I loved it when Leonard and Howard expressed feelings of nervous anticipation about the movie, while Raj expressed fear of it being a letdown like The Phantom Menace and Wil Wheaton taunted them saying, “We all remember Jar Jar Binks.” Then after Shamy had done the deed and we cut from them saying they enjoyed it more than they thought they would to the guys at the movie looking like they’d just had orgasms and Wil Wheaton saying he enjoyed the movie more than he thought he would, I erupted in laughter once more. The comedic force remains strong this season, but I think it takes a certain type of person to be able to appreciate it for what it is. Just as maybe it takes a certain type of person to appreciate being in the type of relationship that Shamy has slowly blossomed into. I really do think Amy and Sheldon are a perfect match, and I’m looking forward to the rest of this season.