TV Club: The Big Bang Theory: “The Skywalker Incursion”

“The Skywalker Incursion” is one of those episodes of The Big Bang Theory where, even though very little happens in terms of plot, and there’s certainly not a connecting theme, the interaction between the characters more than makes up for such failings. After all, when there’s nothing hefty or meaningful to dig into (and a visit to Skywalker Ranch, as well as the selling of Doctor Who memorabilia, hardly count as meaningful), it’s the actors, and their chemistry, who are responsible for putting together an otherwise interesting episode.

“The Skywalker Incursion” largely works as a low-stakes comedy episode because it uses two of the most reliable narrative tropes in sitcom history: the bet between friends and the road trip. Such storylines promote conflict and comedy by forcing the characters to engage with one another on a level that’s outside of their normal day-to-day lives. Storylines involving …

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