Young Sheldon: I'm Still Not a Fan of the Computer Database Subplot

Truthfully, there are a lot of things I'm not a fan of when it comes to this series lately. For example, Sheldon (Iain Armitage) and Missy (Raegan Revord) are starting to look way older than their characters are supposed to be, and I've already mentioned the George/Brenda (Lance Barber and Melissa Peterman) affair thing that just doesn't seem to want to go away. However, this season's storyline involving Sheldon's idea for a database is topping that list.


To summarize: Sheldon came up with an idea to build a computer database involving grant money but doesn't want to work with the university because they are doing it for profit, and he wouldn't be the one in charge. The problem is that disagreement, which escalated to a confrontation in this week's episode, just never made sense.

First, I've never seen any indication the college didn't want him to be in charge of the project. The university's only concern (and it was a valid one) was they would be providing the resources and would want a share of the profits. In fact, they were going make sure Sheldon got his share too.

Frankly, it makes Sheldon look like an ass. At first, his reluctance to work with the university could have been justified because he was becoming overwhelmed by all the lawyers that were involved. But the longer this continues, it is becoming a lot harder to consider President Hagemeyer (Wendie Malick) the villain in all of this. Sure, she might be taking some drastic steps to "punish" Sheldon, but she also could just kick him out considering he is also getting a free education.

I guess you could make the argument about Sheldon's stubbornness being "in character" for him. However, I'm just not seeing that. It would have been different had the university told him he couldn't work on the project or refused to fund it. Since he's a big fan of basing decisions on logic, his refusal to take advantage of the university's generosity seems much more out of character for him.

This is just starting to seem like a bad storyline that, much like George and Brenda, just needs to be brought to a merciful end.

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