Big Bang Theory blunder: Sheldon’s Star Wars knowledge put to test in Darth Vader gaffe

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Sheldon Cooper not only professes to be an expert in all things comic books, fantasy and sci-fi, the iconic CBS scientist also claims to have a photographic memory. However, this was put to the test in a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory which saw the brainy physicist fail to remember an iconic Star Wars line.

The Big Bang Theory’s sci-fi obsessed Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) misquoted one of the most famous scenes in Star Wars history in an embarrassing blunder in the eleventh season.

Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones) and Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) confrontation in The Empire Strikes Back has gone down in blockbuster history following its release in 1980.

However, Vader’s revelation that he is, in fact, Luke’s father, has also become one of the most commonly misquoted movie lines.

Fans who have kept up with the exploits of Sheldon and his roommate Leonard Hofstatder (Johnny Galecki) will be well aware they are some of the smartest characters on TV.

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Thanks to Sheldon’s eidetic (or photographic) memory and IQ of 187, viewers may have assumed he was immune to such blunders as befall lesser movie buffs. 

Unfortunately, he inadvertently revealed his Star Wars know-how was severely lacking when he failed to recall Vader’s correct line of dialogue in episode three, The Relaxation Integration. 

To make matters worse, none of his fellow geeks were able to call him out on the mistake.

One perceptive fan raised the error online when they spotted the error during a discussion about Sheldon’s voice.

They wrote: “When Sheldon is telling Leonard, Amy and Penny about how his voice is like a white James Earl Jones, he quotes the famous Darth Vader line ‘Luke, I am your father.’ 

“This is an example of the Mandela Effect, that apparently even Sheldon Cooper is susceptible to. Darth Vader actually says ‘No. I am your father.’”

While the late British actor David Prowse provided the physical performance for the formidable Sith Lord, American star James Earl Jones made the role his own thanks to his commanding vocals.

Jones is instantly recognisable for his deep, baritone voice, and is also known for voicing Mufasa in both versions of Disney’s The Lion King. 

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His performance as Darth Vader cemented the character as one of the best cinematic villains of all time, and most recently reprised the role in the prequel film Rogue One. 

Sheldon should have already been embarrassed during this scene, as his own irritating speech patterns are a far cry from James Earl Jones’ intimidating voice.

To make matters worse, the ostensibly Star Wars-obsessed scientist lumped himself in with other less knowledgeable fans by misquoting the well-known scene.

Although many film fans remember the scene differently, Vader is actually responding to Luke’s claim that Obi-Wan Kenobi told him his father had been killed.

He then replies ‘No’ to refute Kenobi’s lies, though many fans add Luke’s name when quoting the line to give the scene context.

Sadly, Sheldon’s mistake was seen as unforgivable by certain Star Wars aficionados who couldn’t help pointing out the misquote in online forums. 

However, guest appearances from Jones himself and fellow Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher in season seven managed to restore The Big Bang Theory’s geek cred to some extent.

The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix. 


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