I saw it. They really stretched the joke for all it was worth with the whole additional segment where he started talking about finally getting wood and now he was going to start the erection of his settlement..or whatever his exact words were. Still, as popular as Catan is I wonder how many of the general public's heads this whole thing flew right over.
It seems Chuck Lorre got so tired of people thinking The Big Bang Theory used a laugh track that he put this at the end of an episode. ◦ The show does frequently set certain locales and scenes that would be difficult to do with a studio audience, but they've said that those scenes are still shown to an audience (recording their reactions) to keep the laugh track consistent. Because of the use of the studio audience (apparently often composed of Caltech students, where the characters in the show work) you will get people who laugh at the obscure jokes and technobabble gags before they are explained. ◦ People may think it has a laugh track because the laughter sometimes seems very forced and extremely noticeable, or laughing when nobody has said anything.
Big Bang is inane and moronic. The same sort of reactionary comedy that takes its cue from other media rather than being original that seems to plague television sit coms, and dramas for that matter.. When you find yourself thinking "Heh Heh, they just made a joke about this other joke I read on the Internet.", then you need to expand your entertainment options a bit.
I can think of dozens of things that are a better use of time than a half hour of this. And a whole season at a time......
Whatever people think of the show this was a great bit of publicity for Mayfair and Catan. I know on this site Catan is like the old redheaded stepchild, but in most of the public it is still an unknown game. How much publicity did it get with this? A lot I'm sure. How many folks are going to start looking for that "wood for sheep" game after this show.
I almost wonder if Mayfair tossed a few bucks the producer's way for the placement.. We're talking about the top sitcom on TV right now.
So they made the most generic, slightly-inside board game joke possible?
Sounds about right.
You have to remember..the most generic board game joke to you is not the most generic joke to the Joe Q. Publics of the world. Even though Catan is the Candy Land of the Board Game Geek crowd you have to remember it is relatively unknown to the majority of the rest of the world.