God help me, they’re screwing up Robin and Barney twice.
“If you don’t mind me saying, your dad is a complete idiot for not calling. He should never let a day go by without calling you, because when I let a day go by without talking to you… ummm, that day is just no good.”
- Barney Stinson
Excuse me for saying this, but…squeeeee!
Bays and Thomas have made it clear that they’ll drag mysteries out long past the point where they’re in any way interesting.
I don’t care in the slightest that Zoey wasn’t the Mother. I care that she was both an unfunny character and a fairly unpleasant one, someone who was selfish and manipulative and completely destructive to the harmony of the group, and yet someone the show largely let off the hook for all of that. Even in this final episode, Robin had to couch her instructions to Ted with a “We love Zoey, but…”-style softpedal, which is nonsense. Zoey was horrible. Even her real reason for wanting to save the Arcadian was horrible, revealing her once again to be a hypocrite motivated not by ideals but purely self-serving motives.
… I’m letting the episode sucker me back into thinking the show is heading for some kind of Robin/Barney reconciliation. Nora’s the more recent woman for Barney to have been referring to in the car, and Robin not only spends the whole episode mooning over Michael Trucco from “Battlestar Galactica,” but Future Ted warns us we haven’t seen the last of the guy. But an episode that spends so much time reminding us of the power of misdirection wouldn’t be that obvious, would it? And there was that seemingly unnecessary throwaway gag where Barney imagines what Jerry would tell him about how he was never happier than when he was dating Robin that I really, really want to believe is a hint of where all of this is actually going. It’s probably me reading too much into things, but the exchange was so out of nowhere, and Lithgow and NPH spent so much time swapping magic advice, that… yup, I’m still a sucker for some things this show does.
Why I still watch the show.
If the writers feel that Barney simply shouldn’t be in a relationship, that’s fine - I disagree, but other fans are with them on that, and I can live with it. But if they’re going to go there, and Robin is still a part of the show and available… That’s silly.
I would support this choice.
The trailer for Josh “Ted Mosby” Radnor’s writing and directing debut, Happythankyoumoreplease, is out. Ted’s also starring, alongside Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, and cute child actor Michael Algieri, And ooo, Buster Bluth is also in it! What do we think?
This writing … I just… can’t stand it. I couldn’t even watch the whole trailer.
Is HIMYM jumping the shark? (signs point to yes)