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HIMYM – How Your Mother Met Me (S9, Ep 16)

Now, no amount of greatness is going to magically give me back the time I spent luging through the first half of this season, but boy was this one good.

It both makes me angry and happy that this is what we got this week.  On one hand, this how-your-mother-met-me-yellow-umbrellawas the best episode in years, as the writers used their strengths to make it work.  They used their knowledge of the show, their solid emotional core, and the excitement of the new character to engage every inch of of viewing experience. SO WHY DID IT TAKE THEM THIS LONG TO DO IT RIGHT? I mean, come on.

But let’s just take this as a single episode. We got a break from the Inn, our no so favorite characters, and the whole wedding overall. In addition to this, we got to relieve all of the “gasp” moments from the last few years.  Obviously, we are drawn to the mystery of how they eventually meet and what the mother has been up to in the meantime, which makes this ‘shake up’ 200th episode all the more exciting. What makes it great is how good Cristin Milioti is throughout.

How-Your-Mother-Met-Me_FULLThey’ve written her character to be this perfect fit for Ted. No, like literally she is the perfect woman for him and a saint. It could be pretty off putting, even if it’s told from Ted’s point of view, but Milioti makes it all work. She even made Ted look great again. She easily uses the backstory given to her (the death of her love Max) and integrated it seamlessly into her entire performance. It was heartfelt and real. It makes me believe that these characters, as terrible as they’ve become lately, deserve all the happiness in the world.

We’ll have to see what comes next and how it plays out, but this got me excited, once again, for the end. If only the first half was told from the mother’s point of view. I want more time with her.

Keep On Watchin’!

-Bryan

HIMYM – Unpause (S9, Ep15)

It’s amazing that it’s been 15 episodes so far and I haven’t stopped watching. This episode was definitely one of the better ones.

Was it funny? Eh. Was is fun and full of great character moments. Yes. That’s all I ask for d19ce338208d48e6c84aa1402c019ad3these days. I have mixed feelings about Barney’s “backstory/forwardstory,” as well as using drunk Barney as a way for us to sympathize with him. He’s been very unlikeable and this didn’t change my opinion of his relationship with Robin. The ability to ask him any question and get a true answer post Jabba-drunk was pretty entertaining. We found out what he does and the punch line was lame. Alas, we still got an answer.

The highlight of the episode was Marshall and Lily’s fight. They’re both right, but while HOW-I-MET-YOUR-MOTHER-9x15-5-630x419Marshall gets harsh, Lily abandon’s the conversation. I’m very interested to see how this plays out because unlike Ted and company, I still care about Lilypad and Marshmallow. Marshall’s comments about her moving away are something that would come up in a fight like that and I hope the writers have the balls to actually deal with it.

The two ending scenes were a nice little treat. I thought the transition into Ted and wife getting to the hospital was a little abrupt, but at this point I’ll do anything for moments like those. The rancor at Jabba’s palace, while half assed, what pretty funny.

Let’s just see how the all pans out…

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

HIMYM – Slappointment in Slapmarra (S9, Ep14)

The opening slap is a microcosm of the show – Slow, boring, and unfunny. Taking way too long to land something that isn’t remotely interesting anymore and only hurts the Slapsgiving #3: Slappointmentcharacters. Then, Barney’s list jokes don’t come close to funny.  Yet somehow, the episode turned for the better. Marshall’s version of his story was pretty funny. Laugh out loud? Perhaps not always, but definitely enjoyable throughout. Especially the kid who introduces him to the slap of one million (or one thousand) exploding suns.

It was a little hokey, but I liked the kung fu/Kill Bill spoof. Aside from the inspired premise, this half hour did a good job of highlighting all of the actors, while staying true to most of them. The three mentors played by the gang was a nice touch to include them, but not feature them.

It’s amazing what leaving the Inn can do for my viewing pleasure. Following up on the hanging slap plot like that was fun and I think that Marshall has one more slap left from the bet.  Let’s hope it’s the last scene of the show in the future. Marshall may be the only character left who still holds up and focusing an episode on him was worth it to start this final run.

I hope they can keep the quirk of this episode while moving forward, as it is much needed.

Other thoughts:

  • I still laugh every time somebody gets slapped. I’m a child.
  • The Boyz to Men cameo didn’t do it for me, but it definitely heightened the  absurdity! It doesn’t compare to the last scene in This Is The End.
  • I wish you much gold.

Keep on Watchin’!

Bryan

HIMYM – The Rehearsal Dinner (S9, Ep12)

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We got away from the Inn and Marshall was talking to other people we once cared about? This episode is already in the win column… I mean, the relative win column.

Barney and Robin make no sense to me, but I guess at this point I still have to accept it.  The twist was so absurd and overdone that I just couldn’t believe it.  Usually this show has nice twists based on actualities (that may be embellished), but this one takes the crazy cake.  Barney is insane and his actions are no longer those of a grounded character.  It’s way beyond what any person (Robin) could handle in a relationship and therefore not even working in what has become an absurdist sitcom.

Ted’s story, in keeping with the craziness, made little to no sense in the grand scheme of things for this character.  Remember when Ted was the main (grounded) character and that’s why all these supporting characters worked on their own specific levels of wacky.  Let’s just get this over with, shall we?

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

HIMYM – Platonish (S9, Ep9)

Platonish

 

Well, it wasn’t perfect, but I will totally take it!!!!!!!!

This is what I was expecting from this last season: moments in the Far Hampton Inn with flashbacks and flashfowards to moments involving the mother.  The jokes worked on a character level, Marshall was actually a person talking to another cast member, and it had a heartfelt ending that made me, if only for a moment, love these people again.

Robin and Barney didn’t bicker and ended up with a sweet story cap.  Ted felt like old Ted, who I didn’t hate at all.  Then, finally, we got some mother!  Sure she seems TOO perfect, but remember, it’s Ted’s future memory telling these stories.

Let’s just hope that THIS is the story telling we get as this tragically bad season progresses.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

 

HIMYM – The Lighthouse (S9, Ep8)

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This was a far better effort this season and so instead of saying the same thing over and over and over again, I’m gonna try and stay as positive as I can.  So, here goes.

Among all of the outrageous things happening this season, this episode turned those things into nice HIMYM-esque moments.  From Barney’s mom and Robin having a moment,  to the ‘what we know about Robin’s mom ‘flashbacks’, to the final scene that finally brought back the mother, this episode had pockets of moments that were grounded in a show we once loved.

Granted, it’s still a shadow of what we once knew, but episodes like this make the final season bearable.  Call backs to earlier episodes (ala “The Proclaimers” in the car and Ted’s mom) will always make me smile as I can think back to a time where this show always clicked.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

HIMYM – No Questions Asked (S9, Ep7)

No Questions Asked

I have no idea what these writers are doing.  Forget that all these episodes stupidly take place on the same weekend at the Far Hampton Inn. Look away from the characters that are all larger than life mockeries of what they once were in earlier seasons.  Disregard the fact that Marshall is away and the bickering between Barney and Robin is unbearable.  Ignore the broad humor that doesn’t fit the characters anymore.  All you have to see is that these episodes aren’t funny.

When it comes down to it, this show is a half hour TV comedy and it is no longer funny.  Sure everything I told you to forget factors into it, but the jokes just fail.  We are asked to rely on our understanding of these characters for the laughs, but these are no longer the characters I want to see end happily ever after.  The one liners are dumber than ever.  The humor is so far below par that I don’t think it can be saved.

Bring back the mother OR bail on the Far Hampton idea.  The thing is–it may be too late.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan

How I Met Your Mother – Last Time In New York (S9, Ep3)

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I’m always a sucker for a good grammar joke. 

Well, that was an improvement.

This week I actually laughed and felt rays of early season sentiment poking through the cloudy storytelling mechanism.

While trying to escape the zombie hoard of old people, Barney and Robin look for a place to prove they aren’t going to be a boring old couple.  As Marshall, the die-hard Vikings fan, drives through Packer country, Lily discovers Ted’s New York City bucket list.

Let me just start by saying that I forgot that Ted decided to move to Chicago because I don’t really care.  We know he’s most likely going to stay, so it’s literally a waiting game until he meets ‘the mother’.   If they’re going to engage an audience, the writers will have to reassess these characters’ stakes versus what we know about the ending. What saved that story line was Lily’s genuine, although very scripted, response.  Ted’s douche level was still evident (the scotch tasting jokes), but not nearly as high as current episodes.  Regardless of my feelings towards individual characters, it’s still nice to see how much this group of friends cares about each other.

As you know, I wasn’t a fan of Marshall’s road trip scenario, but this week they spiced it up enough.  They cut down on the shenanigans of his driver and focused on his relationships to the people in Farhamption.  By using pre-existing information about Marshall’s football tendencies (obsessions really), the NFC North rivalry jokes really landed for me.  Though, the longer they keep Marshall away, the staler his storyline will inevitably become.

The flashbacks to April 26th and its two destructive sword fights also really worked, as the childish best friend camaraderie of Ted and Marshall paired well Lily and Robin’s attempt to color correct the bottle of scotch.  The juxtaposition of their sword fights in relation to their friendships is an example of how this show used to work.  The jokes used to be more grounded in characters and their interactions, not broad humor.  This week it was evident when it was working.

You know what else is funny? Old people jokes.  Mandy Patinkin was very popular over the course of the episode, but the pull power of his name made me smile more than I thought I would.  All of the elderly likes and dislikes were well written, but James giving himself up to save his brother was a highlight.  A rare bit that worked on all levels

The ending, however, felt very abrupt.  It doesn’t seem as though Ted has been ignoring Barney, even if they haven’t shared much screen time together.  I also don’t buy that Barney would be sitting on the carousel information, all of the sudden confronting Ted about it in that moment.  It seemed too convenient for plot purposes, regardless of it being a TV show that needs those ongoing obstacles.

This late in the game, I probably want more ‘mother’ in the mix, but this episode was a nice departure.

Other thoughts:

  • Marshall in the Packer’s swag and Ted in the 1920s swimwear were a nice visual gag combo.
  • Ted’s vignettes of list flashbacks were a bit lackluster.  Has Josh Radnor’s comic skills gotten worse or was he never that funny to begin with?
  • I appreciate the ongoing ring bear and Lily drinking jokes, as it is all the same day.  While not that funny, the consistency keeps up the smiles.
  • As good as this episode seemed to be, I’m afraid that we won’t see a better one than this.  I hope this “season in a weekend” can stay fresh.

Keep on Watchin’!

-Bryan