The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
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The D & D Vortex 

The gang finds out Wil Wheaton hosts a celebrity Dungeons and Dragons game involving William Shatner, Joe Manganiello, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Smith. Deception and betrayal are the path to make it to the one open seat.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny Hofstadter
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Joe Manganiello ... Joe Manganiello
Wil Wheaton ... Wil Wheaton
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kevin Smith ... Kevin Smith
William Shatner ... William Shatner


To apologize for something bad he inadvertently did on the Professor Proton Show, Sheldon goes to Wil Wheaton's house. In the process, Sheldon discovers that Wil hosts a Dungeons and Dragons game night for some of his celebrity friends, the only one that Sheldon is certain being among those celebrities is William Shatner. As such, Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj do whatever they can to be invited to Wil's next game night, especially when they learn one of the people that attended the one that Sheldon almost walked in on was someone they know that is less than a celebrity. But the issue of being invited by Wil starts to expand when some others within their social circle learn which other celebrities are included that may appeal to other than the nerd senses of Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj. Written by Huggo

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21 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode was taped on February 5, 2019. See more »


Leonard Hofstadter: If you really want to know, I'll tell you where I was. I was at Wil's D&D game, but that's all I can say.
Penny Hofstadter: Oh, fun. Were there famous people there?
Leonard Hofstadter: Ah, sorry, I-I-I can't tell you that. Okay, well, yes, but I-I-I-I can't tell you who. Well, no, I-I can tell you Shatner, but that's only because you already knew that one.
Penny Hofstadter: Well, I'm glad you had fun.
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References Avengers: Infinity War (2018) See more »


History of Everything (Instrumental version)
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[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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24 February 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Big Bang Theory

Almost a cultural hub and a dream project for the nerd and movie goers out there, The Big Bang Theory lift off from the first episode in '07 possibly breaking many records on broadcasting and awards shows; this is another one of Chuck Lorre's production as it too resembles with the others on its hardcore and counter argumentative humor. And unlike others, its witty and sharp humor doesn't walk on 'mundane sitcom rituals' which they carried off till the mid series quite nicely after which the plot grew thin and the humor got petty and childish to a point where the viewers have started to feel like a homework that doesn't end.

On performance level, Parsons is never reliable on his co-stars, he is literally a one man army and the reason behind it is not that he is given the range and content to flaunt his skills but even when the writing goes frizzy in its latter season, he delivers unflinchingly. On the other hand, Galecki is convincing throughout the series along with Helberg supporting him decently. The narrative that was once fluid, gripping and thought-provoking has now turned into this misconceived mixture of rotted out ideas, that ought not to draw even a chuckle, let alone be intriguing enough to keep the audience tangled in these undercooked characters' mundane life.

Another main reason, why the ideas narrowed down as it aged on screen was because of too many lead actors sharing the screen and the writers being restricted on offering and dividing the work or humor to each and everyone resulting into low quality of the final product. Even though the series have somehow found itself in the 12th season it still hasn't offered much on character development (their work on Sheldon is appreciative but not worth the effort).

Season 12

With an attempt of attaining a closure to a higher ideal, the last season is sculpted to justify and culminate the entire series and as much as the hopes are higher, the maturity on writing is equally lower where the offered final product is of a daily soap quality.

The D & D Vortex

Helbert doing a series of impressions, Sussman being interrogated by the guys and the repetitive betrayal in the group that goes throughout the episode are the high points of this act that almost puts the series back on the spot where it all started; almost, still a long way to go.

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