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24 December 2010 @ 09:56 am
30 Day Love Meme, Day 05  
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?

Leonard and Penny (The Big Bang Theory)

I have never found a canon couple with less chemistry EVER on a television show, but Leonard and Penny take the cake. Of course, it doesn't help that I don't think they work on any other romantic level either. In addition to no chemistry, there is no believability to the pairing. Nada, zilch, zip, zero. The show is so very much better when they are just friends. They work as friends, but whenever romance (or, let's get real, in their case ... sex) enters the equation, things become uncomfortable and awkward (but not in the intended, haha-funny way of Michael Scott on The Office). Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco do not have a lick of romantic/sexual chemistry at all, I don't care if they dated in real life. They're the rule that proves that those involved in real life have no chemistry on screen. Because they don't; they really, really don't.
eolivet on December 24th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yeah, they singlehandedly ruined "The Justice League Reformation" (or whatever it was called) two weeks ago -- which had been freaking hysterical before then. I think BBT works as straight comedy, but trying to get all arc-y and introducing a "serious" "love story" does not play to its strengths. Look at how Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler have been played: laughs, not sentiment. The most genuine sentiment on the show has come from friendships and Sheldon and his mom.

Long story short...ITA with your argument here. ;p
Arabian: Sheldon Cooper02 - Luminous Fisharabian on December 24th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I think that there's been some sweet and real genuine sentiment with Howard and Bernadette, but they've actually written their story (even as little as they've written it) well. We've seen actual real conversations between them, they've given us reasons to understand why they're together. And Amy Farrah Fowler (my God, I love her name!) isn't really a romantic interest at all. But she has turned out to be surprisingly awesome.

But, yeah, L/P ruined TJLR, and the hilarious episode a few episodes before that (the girls' slumber party).
Beccy: TBBT ~ Jim/Kaley1epic_love on December 24th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
GOOD GOD YES! If the show continues to try and make them romantic, I'm gonna go insane!

Arabian: KaleyCuoco04arabian on December 26th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
GOOD GOD YES! If the show continues to try and make them romantic, I'm gonna go insane!

If I wasn't so in love with everything else about the show, I'd stop watching. My sister got me the S3 DVDs for Christmas, and it's so sad, because most of the box art, and inserts are SOOO L/P heavy, it's like they simply DO NOT GET IT! And, yes, those two dating in real life (for two years, they broke up early this year, I think) may be why. Perhaps they were cute in real life and the people involved with the show see them instead of how horrific Leonard and Penny are. I dunno.

Kaley Cuoco revealed it in CBS' Watch magazine cover story a few months ago.
Shane: [BBT] Rock/paper/scissors...havemy_heart on December 24th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
I so agree. No chemistry whatsoever. The show just does better with focusing on friendship with Penny and the guys.
Arabian: Sheldon Cooper02 - Luminous Fisharabian on December 26th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Exactly. And I think that bringing Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler into the mix has turned out splendidly, but, GAH!, how I hate the L/P pushing. Grrr.
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Arabian: Sheldon & Pennyarabian on December 26th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Well, I've certainly bitched about them enough in the past, LOL!

I can't stand when the writers feel the need to push them together, they just don't work at all.

Oh. My. God. SO MUCH YES!!!
I deny your reality, and write my ownspaceanjl on December 24th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
This. Forever. With chocolate sprinkles on.

Arabian: Jim Parsons01arabian on December 26th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
And a rainbow heart! :)
ThroughAnAmberFocusamberfocus on December 24th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
La la la la la, I can't hear you. *smiles* Sometimes I think my husband and I are the only two people on this planet that like this ship. Oh, well, to each their own and I still love reading your opinions!
Arabian: Dr Who (9)arabian on December 26th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
You're not the only two, there is a small group of fans out there who do like them.
Dulcedecorumest: Sons of Anarchydulcedeusex on January 14th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
I could not agree more... I also kinda hate Jax and the nurse/doctor chick on SOA Season 1... because she BORES me.

Leonard and Penny are so wrong for each other because he morphs into this self-congratulating asshole whenever they are together!
Arabian: Penny02 - Face Palmarabian on January 15th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
Leonard and Penny are so wrong for each other because he morphs into this self-congratulating asshole whenever they are together!

And it makes NO SENSE why Penny is with him. NONE WHATSOEVER!

(I don't watch SOA, so don't know. Sorry.)
Dulcedecorumestdulcedeusex on January 17th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Sorry I saw you mention the same names as the characters on SOA and I thought we were on the same page! *ducks head*

But man oh man can I NOT stand Leonard/Penny... do check out the fic slybrunette wrote about Sheldon/Penny if they had lived together and it was Leonard who'd moved into 4B... It's fantastic and in character and such a great AU verse that I am now in desperate need of more fics for!