10 Big Bang Theory Cameos We Want To See
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Any one of these would be worthy of a "Bazinga!"...
In the last seven years, The Big Bang Theory has been a haven for geeks. While there are those that have been critical of the writers for playing on stereotypes of nerds, they provide interesting and comical discussions on current scientific theories and discoveries, as well as referencing so many fandoms that many of us are a part of, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, comic books and their respective movies, Firefly, Dungeons & Dragons and so many more. Even more, the producers have lined up talent from so many of these films, programs and comics (dare I say, the greatest of these is the recurring role of Wil Wheaton), as well as some of the leading scientists of our time. So without further ado, I present here, for your approval, my wish list for future cameos for The Big Bang Theory.
10. Mark Hamill
With the announcement that both Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones would be appearing this season as themselves, I thought that the next perfect choice would be Mark Hamill. After his turn as farm boy-turned-Jedi Luke Skywalker, Hamill has made a name for himself doing voice-over work (his biggest claim to fame being the voice of The Joker in numerous DC Animated projects and video games) and appearing as himself. The question, as always, is will he be the cause of another restraining order for Sheldon?
9. Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon is in the geek Pantheon. The boys have proclaimed their love for Buffy and Firefly, Whedon has written comics and is Marvel Studio's wunderkind, having written and directed The Avengers, co-created Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and working behind the scenes on Marvel's current film roster. Another tie is the fact that Johnny Galecki starred on Roseanne while Whedon was a writer on the show. I would love to see a debate at Stuart's comic book store involving Whedon and some aspect of the vast world of comic book characters. Whedon also knows comedy, and an appearance would be very welcome.
8. Dr. Brian Cox
Professor, particle physicist, and a member of the team on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. This last year he did a televised lecture on time travel in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, even filming some scenes in the TARDIS with Matt Smith. The fact the he has ties to the LHC would be a jumping off point for him to meet the boys. As always, I expect that Sheldon will somehow ruin the event, but it would be great to see him interact with our favorite science nerds.
7. William Shatner
When Kaley Cuoco started appearing as the daughter of The Negotiator in the Priceline commercials, I thought it was the first step to seeing James T. Kirk appearing on the show. So far the original Star Trek crew has only been represented by a voice-over from Leonard Nimoy and a hilarious cameo by George Takei. Shatner is an icon, and while he has done numerous projects, he will always be Kirk, which is something he seems very comfortable with, and has had no issue cashing in on that fact. When he hosted Saturday Night Live in the eighties, he did a skit where he parodied his famous rant at a convention, going off on fanboys who seemed to not be able to tell where the line between reality and fantasy lies. Perhaps Sheldon will get the same sort of treatment from the good captain.
6. Nathan Fillion
On the subject of captains, before portraying Caleb in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Whedon cast Nathan Fillion as Captain Mal Reynolds on the short-lived Firefly, a program Sheldon loves and is - to this day - still angered by its cancellation. And Sheldon has also remarked that, after voicing the character in several animated projects, Fillion would have been the perfect choice to play Green Lantern in the film adaptation. And Fillion has done sitcom work before, so he would be a great fit for the show.
5. Dr. Michio Kaku
A theoretical physicist who has done several Discovery Channel and Science Channel series about science and science fiction, and has also been a part of several Doctor Who specials talking at great length about the possibilities of time travel. Kaku is not only brilliant, but just as much of a geek as the boys, and it would be great to see him interact with them. And any chance to add more educational scientific discussion to the already amazing program is welcome, especially if they can tie it into nerd topics.
4. David Tennant
I'm surprised that there haven't been any appearances from anyone involved with Doctor Who yet, but Tennant is one of the most popular actors, as well as more accessible to those outside of the fandom. And since there are leagues of fangirls who would tune in to see him make an appearance, the producers would be stupid not to get him on the show. Maybe there could be a little jealousy thrown in if the ladies of the show get a little crush on the rogue Time Lord.
3. Patrick Stewart
Apart from the many great appearances from Wil Wheaton, Star Trek: The Next Generation has been represented by a hilarious cameo from Brent Spiner (Data), who became one of the most recent additions to Sheldon's arch enemy list, and two brief cameos by LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge). It would only be fitting that Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself make an appearance on the show. Not only has Stewart done sci-fi and Shakespeare, but he has comedy cred, having worked on American Dad. Stewart has a brilliant sense of humor, and a true gravitas. I would love to see him interact with the group.
2. Chris Hardwick
It's difficult to go too far without seeing Hardwick somewhere. Between The Nerdist, Talking Dead, and @Midnight, Hardwick has made a name for himself for bringing all things nerd to the masses. He is also good friends with Wil Wheaton, and both have appeared on each other's blogs. Maybe the two of them could invite Sheldon to participate in a blog, which can only end in disaster, or hilarity, however you choose to look at it. Hardwick is well versed in comedy, and would interact well with the cast.
1. Neil Gaiman
The moniker "master storyteller" is thrown around too easily, but it certainly fits Neil Gaiman. The man is also a walking encyclopedia of all topics, especially comic books. Maybe Gaiman will do a signing at Stuart's store? Maybe he runs into the boys at the Cheesecake Factory? Either way, it would certainly make for a great moment in geek television. Gaiman is always entertaining, and would make a terrific addition to the group.
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