Monday, March 31, 2014

HIMYM: The Finale

I didn't like it, but I get it (kind of).

I'm cool with Tracy dying, in a way. I loved her; she was perfect for Ted and like I said before, it was meant to be that way from the beginning.

But it was clear from the start that it was always about Robin, and the fact they filmed this finale with the kids back in season one just drives that point home (even if I don't like how they got there, and I don't particularly care for Robin—especially not in that episode). 

The whole story wasn't because Ted wanted to tell his kids about their mother. Six years after she died? No, like the kids said, he wanted to ask their permission after his roundabout way of telling them how "totally in love" with Robin he was. I actually appreciate knowing there was a reason for the story. And I'm even OK with Ted and Robin, in theory. They were endgame, even if people didn't like it.

But still, what bothers me the most is the two-plus years I spent invested in Robin and Barney's relationship. Their divorce, no matter how inevitable, left a bad taste in my mouth.  I have more of a problem with that, the way they cast Barney off to the side and had him revert back to the person he used to be, even more than the way they discarded the mother. With all of the time spent investing in their relationship, the proposal, the wedding (this entire season!), the unwinding of the relationship was just too quick, too haphazard and not well-explained. Their demise made no sense, not with the epic build-up we've had over the past couple of years. I guess the best way to describe how I'm feeling right now is unfulfilled—with the Barney and Robin relationship conclusion and that they've seemed to waste the character development of both the mother, Ted and Robin (seriously, what was the point of the letting go episode???), not to mention Barney. I read that there's going to be a mini wrap-up that Josh Radnor filmed for the DVD release—maybe that will answer some questions?

"How I Met Your Mother?" Good one, Carter Bays. I guess the joke's on us. Maybe it's not a coincidence the finale aired the day before April Fools'?

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