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In Memoriam: How I Met Your Mother
On Monday, March 31, 2014 the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) bid adieu to its hit comedy ‘How I Met Your Mother’ with the finale, “Last Forever.” I fell in love with this television show from the very first time I saw it. Since the show turned out to be a complete success, most people are going to act like they “knew it all along,” but I actually did (I swear). Admittedly I did think it was going to end up being a ‘Cheers’ for young people, but I am glad that I was wrong.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. It all started when Ted’s best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel), dropped the bombshell that he was going to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realized that he had better get a move on if he, too, hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is his friend Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), a confirmed bachelor with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women. When Ted meets Robin (Cobie Smulders), he’s sure it’s love at first sight, but destiny has something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future. – CBS.com
Okay, now let’s dissect this finale!
First of all… I knew it! I knew that something was up! I knew this show couldn’t end on this boring storyline that we’ve been “treated” to for this entire final season. I knew that Ted and Robin had to get together! It’s what I always wanted! It’s what fans of the show needed! This show has never been about some also-ran mother! It has always been about Ted and Robin! I just didn’t feel this all-time special connection between Ted and this “mother.” Seeing their interactions didn’t make me feel like they were meant to be… in any way. It just made me hope that they were going to break up… at any moment.
SIDEBAR: This means Lily has to pay Marshall back (Marshall sneakily paid off their bet, where he believed Ted and Robin would get together, but Lily didn’t).
I am so happy things semi-ended the way that it should have. My only problem is that Ted and Robin won’t get to enjoy each other’s company in their primes. I mean, now they will have to have “old people sex!” That’s too bad, but at least they get to be together. I loved the final scene between Ted and his two kids. I guess if the writers had to play out this “mother” theme there really wasn’t any other way to do it. I just wish they wouldn’t have wasted the entire season on the wedding between Barney and Robin, and this subsequent meeting between Tracy (Cristin Milioti) and Ted.
Why waste so much time making Tracy (the mother) seem like she was going to be so important and have such a huge influence on all five of these friends only to have her play the same absentee role she has virtually played throughout the entire series? I know that this show was very popular, and I am sure CBS wanted it around as long as they could (also the chance for the cast and crew to milk the CBS cash cow), but this show really hung on two seasons too long.
By the way, Robin looked absolutely scrumptious toward the end of the finale when she walked into the bar with her very form-fitting blue dress. WOW! She never looked better during this show. She seemed to be the only person who didn’t age as the writers took us through the gang’s miserable initial future.
Speaking of their future… I hated to see everyone so unhappy. This series has always been about fun, so seeing the gang’s dreams and relationships struggle was hard for a day one fan like me.
I have to admit one thing: The acting in the finale was top-notch. The scene with Lily and Robin talking in the empty apartment was a definite tear-jerker. I am sure both actresses were just channeling their emotions and feelings about the show coming to an end directly into their characters. Barney’s conversation with his newborn baby girl was a little moving, too. However these bouts of greatness happened is inconsequential: They got it done.
I still have a few questions after watching the finale. Why didn’t the writers give us a nice video montage to tie together all of the fate-guided things that happened, that eventually led Ted and Tracy to hook up? Why didn’t we get to see Marshall and Lily’s other kids? Why did the writer’s disrespect Barney’s baby momma by not even giving her a name (she will forever be known as 31)? Why were we led to believe (during the past 2 seasons) that the train stop was going to be the finale of the show? Why was Robin living in the same apartment, even though she’s now a highly recognized news reporter?
In the end, the finale got it done. For a comedy, you really could not ask for much more. Everything wasn’t perfect, but the show held true to what it has always really been about. Ted is with Robin. Marshall and Lily are still together and as happy as they can be. Barney is still Barney.
Ted may have been the main character, but Barney was in-fact the star of the show. His womanizing and childish games set the pace, and was the main reason I loved this program.
From Barney’s suits and black book to Ted’s everlasting nerdiness… this show will most definitely be missed. Rest In Peace, How I Met Your Mother… Rest in ever-lasting peace. You were Legen… (wait for it)… dary! (I couldn’t resist the corny ending.)