Saturday, March 19, 2011
Dehumanizing characters: The Big Bang Theory.
Here's one of the weirdest things I've ever seen.
The Big Bang Theory's scripts for some reason use last names for two of their characters: Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh Koothrappali.
I have no idea why they do that.
Not only are Koothrappali and Wolowitz rather hard to write and pronounce, but it also dehumanizes Howard and Raj. To me it's almost like describing them as character X and character Y.
I think that's simply wrong.
For example, could you imagine if scripts for Friends had Chandler Bing as 'Bing' or Rachel Green as 'Green'?
I don't think so. Thankfully that didn't happen. We had Chandler and Rachel (and Joey and Ross and Phoebe).
I'm not saying that there can't be any exceptions. House for example uses House for Dr. Gregory House. But that's okay because House is an abbreviation and well, House has an attitude.
But when it comes to The Big Bang Theory, I have no idea what Lorre and Prady were thinking.
No wonder the show lacks character development. You can't develope your characters unless you treat them as real human beings.
Shame on you guys with your last names.