If you thought that ‘Young Sheldon’ is shaping up differently than ‘The Big Bang Theory’ then you are not the only one. Sheldon and younger Sheldon are very different from each other and here are the reasons behind it.
Last year, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ wrapped up after 12 successful seasons when Jim Parsons decided to leave the show. But carrying forward its legacy is the spin-off show ‘Young Sheldon’, a prequel to the ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
The ongoing prequel spin-off features a young Sheldon, a socially awkward young genius child, living with his dysfunctional family in Texas. While the two shows exist in the same reality, some stark differences make the spin-off different from its original. And one of these differences is the most notable of them all. What is it, and what creative forces led to this decision? Let’s find out!
- Sheldon Cooper- Now and Then
- ‘Young Sheldon’ is different from ‘The Big Bang Theory’
- Season 4 of ‘Young Sheldon’: What can we expect?
Sheldon Cooper- Now and Then
The creator of ‘Young Sheldon’, Steve Molaro, who created the show with showrunner Chuck Lorre, recently revealed that they wanted to differentiate between the two versions of Sheldon.
According to him, this stems from the idea that the character had evolved over the years. Sheldon is more agreeable and less annoying when he was younger and maybe not fully aware of the depth of his genius self.
He further went on to say that, as annoying as the older version of Sheldon is, he can get away with it. With the younger version of him, they wanted to keep him naive and how a young child should be despite his extraordinary brain. What about the other characters?
‘Young Sheldon’ is different from ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Sheldon isn’t the only character different than his counterpart in ‘The Big Bang Theory’. His mother, Mary Cooper, and grandmother, Meemaw, are significantly different between the two series in both attitude and characteristics.
And that is not the only continuity issue that the spin-off prequel has. Molaro has previously acknowledged the problem, and he said that ‘Young Sheldon’ prioritises narrative over continuity and the decision has been taken from a creative standpoint, one that would allow the actors more flexibility with their characters.
But the continuity errors (or as the creators call it, creative decisions) haven’t hindered the show’s popularity. Fans have been excitedly expecting season 4 to drop anytime, whose release date has been pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The show had already begun production in March when it was shut down.
Season 4 of ‘Young Sheldon’- What can we expect?
Season 3 ended with Sheldon visiting his future Alma mater Caltech with his father. The same place where he would one day convene with his good friends Leonard Hofstadter, Howard Wolowitz, and Raj Koothrappali.
“Imagine all the stimulating conversations that must go on at these tables. I can see myself going here one day.” Ah, little did he know that he was very right in thinking so.
The older Sheldon had frequently informed the fans that his childhood wasn’t so great. The next season of the series is supposedly going to undertake darker tones with more drama while keeping the comedy quotient alive while the fans take a closer look at the younger Sheldon.
The fans will explore how much of those traumatic experiences such as losing a father to alcoholism, the constant bickering between his parents, feeling not understood and alone, shaped him to be the Sheldon we now have from ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
Do you find ‘Young Sheldon’ less annoying? What do you think we can expect from season 4? Let us know in the comments section below!