Tuesday, February 4, 2014
How I Met Your Mother 9x17: Sunrise
Pro: Barney's story was not about him getting cold feet and running out on the wedding.
Con: I still didn't care all that much about the actual story of Barney passing on all that he knows to a pair of random losers.
Pro: The Lily/Marshall fight is over.
Con: It concluded in a ridiculously abrupt and simple manner, and even though Marshall sort of learned a lesson, it still feels like he "won" and Lily just caved. Her coming back and then the two of them continuing their discussion, allowing Lily to make some of the points Ghost Lily made, would have given Actual Lily more agency in the decision.
Pro: It was nice to see Marshall's dad one last time, especially since he called Marshall on his BS, and 2006 Lily's interactions with Ghost Lily were genuinely entertaining.
Con: I guess both the identity of whomever picked up Lily and the entire idea of her running out on Marshall was ultimately no big deal?
Pro: Ted's storyline was a nice excuse to bring back some old characters one last time (sans Zoey, of course, who is busy fighting Peter Pan), and was an effective device to illustrate the journey Ted took to realize the importance of letting go.
Con: Said storyline involved yet another ride on the Ted/Robin merry-go-round
Pro: On the bridge in Central Park, Ted sounded like a lunatic raving about how love means never letting go, presumably the final step towards his realization that he does, in fact, need to let go.
Con: I'm not sure "raving lunatic" was really the effect the writers were going for, and instead Ted's rant was supposed to explain and validate to people why we keep riding this dumb ride when, in fact, it just made Ted sound like a crazy person.
Pro: Nevertheless, SagetTed's narration, and the overly-literal visual of Ted letting go of Robin, allowing her to float into the air, just like his balloon friend, suggests Ted has finally, once and for all, let go of Robin, putting an end to this ride for good.
Con: I'd like this episode a lot more if I believed for a second this actually was the end of Ted pining for Robin.
What the hell kind of party lasts until sunrise, yet everyone is still as relatively put together and with it (as opposed to exhausted or really drunk) as the people at that party Barney and his proteges attended?
And seriously, Ted wants Robin to get at least a little sleep on her wedding day? She's been literally up all night; I'll be amazed if she doesn't doze off during the ceremony.
Man, the green screening in this episode was horrible. Like, "Once Upon a Time at its worst" bad. They really couldn't find an exterior on which to shoot Barney walking down a nondescript street with two random guys?
I have no strong opinions on the lists of Ted's best and worst girlfriends, but I did love that Zoey made both lists.
So are we meant to assume that Ted left the locket in the water at Central Park? I sure hope so.
I do appreciate that Ted came clean to Robin about all this (his feelings, moving to Chicago, etc.) so there won't be any secrets at the wedding and Ted can meet the Mother with a clean slate.
The internet tells me that Robin's confirmation to Ted in the epilogue that she did want him to kiss her on their first date pays off a line in the pilot in which SagetTed said Robin eventually told him as much. Not the kind of thing that single-handedly makes this episode awesome or anything, but it's one of those little details I appreciate the show tying up, once again the kind of thing Lost should have done but didn't.
While I swear I read that the show would be airing new episodes right up until its finale, it turns out that HIMYM, like nearly everything else, is taking the Olympics off and will return with new episodes in a few weeks (at which point it will then run uninterrupted until the finale on March 31st).
2006 Lily: How many MySpace friends do I have by now? Has James Blunt put out the steady stream of number 1 hits we all expect from him?
Robin: Bro Hell sounds bad.
Ted: I’m sure Barney has a whole thing about Bro Hell.