?

Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry


I never got fed up with this show like a lot of people did. It was a little slice of silly, delightful, romantic fun for me to liven up my Monday nights, and I liked it. I adored Marshal & Lily, my favorite television couple; I liked Ted, who was silly and funny and earnest; I even liked Barney's crazed antics. And there, for the last season, they seemed to be working very hard to make Barney into a real person, who goes above and beyond for the woman he loves.

Did I believe in a happy ending? For this show, hell yes. I thought sure it was going to come out all right -- I wasn't spoiled, and I am too naive and too generally idiotic to have grokked early on that all this time he'd been talking about meeting their DEAD mother and he was still in love with Robin.

ARGH.

This is an ending that might have worked for me YEARS ago, but after the last couple of seasons? No.

The writers had a story, and for years I've admired their dedication to their continuity. That said, however, there is such a thing as realizing that the plot they started out with just didn't work anymore for what they had in hand. If they were really that wedded to this ending, they should have spent this season introducing The Mother and telling us all about them and their lives together, NOT focusing on Barney & Robin's wedding weekend. Because after spending twenty-some episodes coming to believe that Barney actually COULD be a good husband, they threw the whole thing out in the first ten minutes of the finale. They spent the entire season doing the good-writer-thing by SHOWING us this growing and changing on the part of this character, then in this finale, it was all "tell-tell-tell." No more showing. "This happened and then that happened and oh, that happened, and this, and now we'll wrap it all up."

Blah.

I watched from the beginning; it was one of the few shows left I watched live and then often again on DVR.

The simple truth is the show went on too long. And instead of being willing to admit that their characters had grown in different directions from the original vision of the ending, they just shoved everything back into that conclusion they'd envisioned NINE YEARS AGO. What would have worked years ago just no longer did, and it came off totally wrong to have this entire last season thrown in the garbage in a matter of a few minutes.

It undermines all the character development Barney finally received; it makes Ted into a real jerk for marrying Tracey at all when he KNEW he was still in love with Robin; and it turned both women into a "prize" to be won -- and poor Tracey was a consolation prize, at that. She didn't even get a name until those last few minutes, and a scene that should have been wonderful (and normally made me cry) was hasty and rushed, like the whole thing.

The finale should have been last week's wedding. The wrapup for the incidental characters was fantastic, and deserving. The main characters got short-changed.

They also might have made it work if the finale had been the whole season, instead of one episode. Start the season with Ted and Tracy meeting under the umbrella, and tell it with the flashbacks and flashforwards from there. Let us get to know her, get to see Barney and Robin married and breaking up, get to meet the girl who gave Barney a child and a reason to live after Robin left him, get to see Ted as a happy married, and see him grieve for the woman he'd loved before going back to the past.

All these characters deserved SO much more than this finale gave them. Marshal and Lily were barely set pieces.

I knew I loved this show, but I hadn't realized to what extent -- I feel a lot like I did from Journey's End all the way through to The End of Time. At least this one is over fast.

Well, enough whining. *sigh* Stupid, I know, to get this wigged out about a stupid television show...



So. We saw this in our usual park the other morning:



And last week we went up to a park that has a pond:



And this is watching me now:

Comments

( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
(Deleted comment)
wildrider
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
One thing I LOVE about my phone, is I can catch that expression on Churro - my "good camera" has automatic red-eye, and he always squints!
evil_little_dog
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
What pretty blue eyes.
wildrider
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
He is a handsome fellow.
evil_little_dog
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
He's my favorite colors - yellow(ish) and blue! :D
sillymagpie
Apr. 2nd, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
Great picture of Churro!

Bleah. The finale sounds awful. Robin and Barney were perfect for each other. They spent a lot of time on that. Dumb writers. Boo, hiss.
wildrider
Apr. 3rd, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
They did a lot to make that pairing work, going to HUGE lengths to have Barney grow up and be a real man -- and then tossed it all out.

They were too focused on the vision they'd had at the beginning, instead of realizing the changes their storyline had taken. :/
ljs
Apr. 2nd, 2014 10:47 am (UTC)
Yay wildlife! (Including your sweet kitty.)

And although I didn't watch HIMYM regularly, I did check into the finale -- and it seemed like, as you say, they had to do contortions to get characters who'd grown back into the form envisioned years before.
wildrider
Apr. 3rd, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
I'll get over it someday, I think. :P

I had to post that shot of Churro here, to distract from my whining! :) Happy Wednesday!
cornerofmadness
Apr. 2nd, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
I never watched this show but man have I seen some upset people (points to Terrible Mind's blog) and I can't say as I blame you.

Like the photos especially Churro
wildrider
Apr. 3rd, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
They REALLY screwed the fans, I think. (But then, I should be used to that!)

Thanks! I love the way my phone takes pictures, honestly.
cornerofmadness
Apr. 3rd, 2014 01:32 am (UTC)
You are not alone in that. I've seen no less than 4 news articles about that today.

It takes nice ones
( 12 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

July 2017
S M T W T F S
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow