How I Met Your Mother Finale: We just got slapped with a REALITY CHECK

Some feel cheated.  Some feel ripped off. Others saw the final hour of How I Met Your Mother as a complete let down.  I however, believe it was beautiful. This 9 season sitcom became our favorite show through the hilarious characters, long-running jokes, strangely relatable friendships, and that famously addictive story arc. We waited 9 whole years to see what the hell was so damn great about Ted meeting his wife. What we received instead, was a curveball we never expected, and a beautiful depiction of reality.

First and foremost, let’s do a speedy recap how the series left off with each character:

Marshall & Lilly:  Our all time favorite couple ended up having a total of 3 children. They eventually moved into a larger apartment-out of the beloved home above Maclarens. Also, Marshall basically becomes state Supreme Justice. perfect perfect perfect, DUH

Barney:  Robin&Barney get a divorce just after 3 years due to Robin’s travel demands for her job. (This may be the only criticism I have on the episode: they dragged us through a whole season about their wedding, and spent maybe 5 minutes about the divorce.–I can’t be too mad though.This season wasn’t even supposed to happen. If television wasn’t about money, this finale happening in 2013 would have been flawless) After losing Robin, Barney realizes he will never love someone that way again. He goes back to his womanizing ways, and finally after performing the “perfect month,” he get’s a girl pregnant.  It finally happened. When Barney meets his daughter for the first time though, his life changes.  The only woman who could really change Barney for the better became his own baby girl.

Robin: After the divorce, Robin went MIA. She travelled the world for her career, as only Robin could. Seeing Ted happy with his wife really hurt her; witnessing the man she could’ve been with. Distancing herself from the gang was the only thing she knew to do.

Ted:  All within the last 15 minutes of the episode, we learn how much Ted loved his wife. We ALSO learn after 10 years of marriage, she loses a battle to illness…6 years before telling this story.

“It was at times a long, difficult road. But I’m glad it was long and difficult, because if I hadn’t gone through hell to get there, the lesson might not have been as clear. You see, kids, right from the moment I met your mom I knew, I have to love this women as much as I can and as long as I can and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second. I carried that lesson through every stupid fight we ever had, every 5 a.m. Christmas morning, every sleepy Sunday afternoon, every speed bump, every pang of jealousy or boredom or uncertainty that came our way. I carried that lesson with me.”

Ted’s kids call him out on the entire story- with the questions we have been asking the entire time. “I don’t buy it Dad” …. “Mom is barely even in the story”….“This is the story of about how you’re totally in love with Aunt Robin and you’re thinking about asking her out, and you want to know if we’re okay with it.” “Mom has been gone for 6 years now, it’s time!”  The HIMYN series ends with Ted, holding the blue French Horn, on the street outside of Robin’s window.

In a nutshell: The Mother has been dead the whole time. Ted actually ends up with Robin.  Ted’s kids are awesome.   NOW for the reality check:


Dear HIMYM Fans who feel betrayed,

Let’s TRY to take a different perspective on it all. Throughout those long 9 years, this show was about FRIENDSHIP and the unpredictability of LOVE.  These are the 2 most important things in life, and can come in all shapes & sizes. Admit it – HIMYM did not give us that fairytale ending you wanted. It did not give us a sappy, cheesy, comedic ending with a freeze frame of a bunch of friends fake laughing. This ending was REFRESHING, REAL, & quite frankly PERFECT. This is real life. People get divorced.  People die. Friends lose touch.  BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN LIFE. It’s what happens afterwards and how you handle it that matters.  The love of Ted’s life died, but that doesn’t mean he’s not allowed to find happiness again. And who’s better than someone he has loved both romantically in the past, but also as a truly life-long best friend. Tracy (the mother) found love again after her first true love Max passed away. She has now returned to this first love, just as did Ted.  It’s likeee a circle of life sortof thangg.

 

Ted Mosby never gave up on love. He also never settled for anything less than the perfect match who didn’t just tolerated his flaws, but actually kindof liked them. Robin was not Ted’s perfect match, but he never gives up on those who are special in his life. Robin did not fully compliment every aspect about him. There is no doubt in my mind that Tracy was Ted’s true love, and that he loved her more than he ever loved Robin.  But life is not a perfect fairytale; bad things happen. Although Ted lost the love of his life, she gave him 2 of the most perfect gifts he could have ever wanted. Ted Mosby was always meant to be the best Dad.  After losing Tracy, Ted is allowed to find happiness again. He was lucky enough fall back in love with one of his best friends. The bottom line is, Ted is happy.  Ted had a lot of shit happen in his life, but he ALWAYS dug himself out those holes and NEVER gave up on love. Although real life circumstances took his soulmate away from him, he was still able to resurface and find happiness again.

So STFU everybody. Try to learn something from Ted Mosby: 1. Don’t ever give up on love, it’s worth waiting for 2. Don’t let bad things in life keep you down 3. Keep those who are special to you close, forever 4. You can always find happiness again after enduring the darkest of times. Because that’s real life. You have to fight for what you want.

Thank you Ted Mosby. Thank you How I Met Your Mother, for taking a realistic approach on life and giving us 9 years of laughter, tears, and ongoing jokes we will quote for ever.

 

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The Final Curveball of How I Met Your Mother

After 9 seasons of watching our favorite hopeless romantic and loyal friend Ted Mosby, we will finally get to see him meet the love of his life and live happily ever after. Or will we?

How I Met Your Mother has easily become this generation’s version of Friends. The creators came up with a brilliant concept that not only dragged viewers through addicting cliff hangers year after year…but provided us with lovable and hilarious characters. The trail of breadcrumbs and clues leading to the mother’s identity was just a perpetual bonus alongside the shenanigans of Ted’s memorable gang.  Barney, Robin, Lily & Marshal form a group of friends that although very distinct…relate just enough to your own clique of besties. I don’t think there is a single person out there who doesn’t want to live above the bar Maclarens with their best buds. A tear may be shed as we say goodbye to our favorite canadian pop-star, the Daddest architect, the best couple in the world, and the awesomest of awesome bro. Barney Stinson alone will go down in history as the woman chasing, suit-wearing, bro-code swearing, easily quotable character played by NPH. The point is, fans expect the series finale to be Legen….I hope you wanted milk with thatdary.

Alright, enough of the sob-story worthy compliments.  Let’s get down to the point. Two weeks ago in the episode titled Vesuvius, the writers gave us viewers the most bizarre hint…uhh reveal? (IDK what to even call it)  in HIMYM history.  In a flash-forward to a conversation between Ted and his future wife in 2024, he tells her one of his many stories from Robin/Barney’s wedding. When he tells his wife that Robin’s mother did in fact show up for the wedding, the mother replied “What mother is going to miss her daughter’s wedding?”  This then caused the revealing moment.  Ted broke down and cried. WHYY?  The mother immediately began to console Ted and try to make him laugh, as if to change the subject and take his mind off whatever this matter may be. Theories have been flooding the internet about why this may be.

Theory 1:  The BIGGEST question arising from this is: Has the Mother in fact been dead the entire time Ted has been telling his children this story? Is Ted crying because he knows his own wife will not live to see his daughter walk the aisle?? Is this the real reason why Ted has been telling the story to his kids the whole time? Many have theorized in the past the Mother has been dead, but this is the first time the show has actually hinted that this might be possible. Does the love of Ted’s life that he has oh so craved to find through years of heart break…really end up dying?  This of course is the most morbid theory…but the writer’s are definitely trying to plant this idea into our heads whether its true or not.

Theory 2:  Perhaps Ted is crying because he worries that his own wife might not live to see his daughter walk the aisle.  Key word in this theory: MIGHT. The writers probably want the finale to be just as much of a tear jerker as it is funny. So why not make us all believe that she might be dying. Perhaps we soon find out that she has a medical scare…and maybe this is why he is telling the kids the story. HOWEVER, she lives in the end. I really don’t think that the writers would create such a dark ending to such a positive show. Nor do I think CBS would be too jazzed with the idea that the mother dies. However, I think they LOVE the idea of tricking us all…making us cry our eyes out…then surprising us with the Mosby gift of life. Those jerks.

Theory 3: Something is happening to Ted. We all automatically jump to conclusion that something is wrong with the mother, but what if Ted is the one in fact striken with some sort of condition?  Ted seems to be on the brink of tears throughout entire episode (in the flashforwards).  A key line in this episode is when the mother tells Ted, “I don’t want you to be the guy who lives in his stories. Life only moves forward.”  For the 9 years we’ve known Ted, he is living in his stories from the past. He has a need to explain every detail of these stories to his children. Here’s a thought: Is Ted dying? No, I really don’t think Ted is dying. The emotions and interaction between Ted and the Mother did not seem like this was the case. As ridiculous as this may sound though…could Ted be acquiring Alzheimer’s? Or perhaps suffered from a brain injury?  Maybe eventually, Ted’s memories are really all he has.

For some reason, something in the future scares and sadden’s Ted. We do not know what this may be yet, however it clearly hurts Ted enough to make him cry. The writer’s could simply be trying to trick us, as they often do. This is a show known for its skill with misdirection. They successfully planted the seed to make us worry and theorize…kindof like Inception.  I’m confident that the ending will be nothing less than beautiful. Whether the Mother is in fact dead or not, the writers have been waiting to give us this ending for 9 years. They will provide a finale absolutely satisfying to fans; even if it ends in tragedy, they will find a way to make it perfect. As we say goodbye to the characters we love, and finally learn how Ted meets the mother, I know that the writer’s will find a way to let us leave with a smile.

P.S. There’s one slap left in Marshall and Barney’s slap-bet   I’ll bet anyone 3 slaps…that the finale ends in a slap so epic that it shakes the world. 

P.S.S  ….WHERE THE EFF IS THE PINEAPPLE FROM?

Casually Judgmental: Fall 2013 TV lineup

Alright, so here’s the deal.  These are the new fall 2013 television shows, that I think won’t suck. Disclaimer: I am being extremely judgmental based on very little information. This is my immediate first impression and brutally honest predictions. Take it, as you will.

Pssst honestly though, none of the new fall previews blow me away. I’ll probably just stick to the already awesome shows on television instead of delving into new mediocre territory.

 Brooklyn Nine Nine(fox)

Starring SNL alumni Andy Samberg, this police station set comedy has some great potential. Based on the previews, I get a Scrubs meets NYPD, but with a side of Parks and Rec/Office vibe to it. Sounds good to me.  This is probably because the creators were writers on Parks and Rec: Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Samberg plays one of the top detectives in Brooklyn who tends to goof off more than he works, but still seems to remain on top. Now that he has a new tough as nails boss, there will be a well balanced mix of idiots and conflict within the station and on da streets of Brooklyn. Not included in the pic, but remember the squeaky here we go galaxy here we go guy from I Love You Man, he’s in it too. juss tryin not to leave anyone out.  This show will be one big concoction of diverse characters, stupidity, and absurdity– which somehow creates hilarious success.

The Michael J Fox Show (nbc)

Has anyone seen the promos for this show? If you have, and you’re like me, you caught yourself lolling at Michael J Fox finding humor within his disability. Then immediately after laughing you questioned your own morality, and discretely looked around to see if anyone else let out a chuckle. Don’t worry, its okay. This show will definitely get viewers for its season premiere, mainly because people love rooting for anything Marty McFly related. Meant to be semi-autobiographical, MJF plays an ex-news anchor with Parkinson’s who tries to reacquire his job while juggling his family. This could become a hit; solid combination of tears, hugs, laughs, and the ability to educate society a little. Pic: very awkward unprepared family photo= Relatable and nobodies perfect but you can still be happy. That little kid looks super weird though. BUT, who’s the third lady, this isn’t SisterWives.

How I Met Your Mother the final season

Not a new show? big deal, get over it.  This fall will mark the end of an era. September will debut the final season premiere of TedBarneyRobin Marshall&Lilly. The final season of HIMYM will take place throughout the course of one weekend….Barney and Robins wedding weekend…aka the weekend Ted meets his wife. The rest of the cast will meet this mystery woman before Ted does, to add more to that dramatic irony.  I’m also assuming there will be incessant flashbacks/flashforwards the show is known for.   This past Spring, audiences were shocked to see the mother AND…..have no idea who the hell this lady is. Except, slightly recognizing her as that sad woman waving her arms around in those nonstop commercials for the Broadway musical Once.     I have high hopes for this season, and am expecting some tears. I’m psyched. You’re psyched. Or you should be psyched. So get psyched. PicAnalysis: So funny. c’mon. look at each of them. look at the cut-out priest. look at ted, he has a beard.

The Crazy Ones (cbs)

After 31 years, he’s coming back to television. Robin Williams is starring alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in this father/daughter single-camera comedy.  Robin plays the kooky boss and SMG plays his more reserved daughter as they run a Chicago based Adversing Agency despite Robin’s eccentric personality. To be honest, I have a bad feeling about this show. Why did I put it on this list then? Because Robin Williams’ name caught my attention. Which is exactly what it will do to the country: Catch our attention. Then, I have a very bad feeling we will all get tired of laughing at the repetitive material. Don’t get me wrong, I think Robin William’s is one of the funniest and most brilliant comedic actors in history, but I’m just nervous. I just really hope this is actually funny.  Pic Analysis: This reminds me of Flubber.

Blacklist (nbc)

 Apparently this is supposed to be very good. NBC feels extremely confident about this one. woopdidoo.  I don’t see anything very special from the previews, but I get somewhat of an Alias feel from it. Not quite sure why, but I liked Alias. Unexpected female lead who turns out she can run shit. Story: the most dangerous criminal in America has been caught and he refuses to be questioned by anyone other than a rookie CIA agent he has no relation to. I guess it sounds a little cool. According to everyone else, this show will be a hit. I’m not sure if I will watch it, but most will. Then after a few episodes I’ll secretly tune in. That’s all I have to say about that. Pic: Literally every single picture online for this show looks animated. Disclaimer: The Blacklist is not animated.

The Hundred. (CW)

With the creation of the Hunger Games, the entire wizard or vampire scene with young adults is diminishing, and post apocalyptic worlds with dying teenagers are taking over. 🙂  With fears of the world ending, people can’t help but to love watching teenagers saving society.  Everyone loves an underdog story. The Hundred has potential to be exciting, gripping, and having characters you genuinely care about. I bet adults will hate this, but teenagers will lovee it. This is gonna be like the new OC for this generation’s youth. People want what they can’t have. In the 90s, everyone wanted to be beautiful, tan, have expensive materialistic items, and wear Abercrombie. Now, they have all of that. Instead, everyone wants to be the one who saves the world, acquire baller archery skills, and have a hunky bf back in their post-nuke-hit home they can cuddle up to.                                                                                Pic Analysis: Everyone seems to look uncomfortably feminine. I mean the girls look pretty, but so do the boys. So lets hope the casting is better than this pic is doing it justice. Could be nothing more than an unfortunate photo. ps. is it raining?

The following shows have intriguing concepts worth bringing up, but will most likely crash and burn….

Mixology (abc)

The entire show follows the course of one night at a bar, following 10 single adults.  Sounds like a cool idea? This could either rule, or suck so much.  I don’t know about you, but I only want to see the second half of the season when everyone is wasted. If they really play up the stages of drunkenness at a bar, from awkwardly sober to embarrassingly shitfaced, I will love this show.  I’m hoping there will be random flashforwards to increase some sort of tension or…something. It really depends on how they do this. If this is properly executed and the drunk jokes are more relatable than stupid, then it may do well.                                                                                                    Pic Analysis: Things are not looking up solely based on the fact that every individual in that picture is annoying me. Starting with the super annoying girl with her leg up, the leprechaun ‘fake choking’ his friend(which isn’t funny) while the other friend tries to look like he’s involved, the lesbians in the middle, and the 2 girls staring at the wannabe Barney Stinson who’s looking at us instead of them…. yup this will fail.

Lucky 7 (abc)

7 gas station employees in Queens, NY miraculously win the lottery after years of pooling their money together. After winning though, not all their problems are solved and their lives change forever blab la bla.  This immediately makes me think of Lost for some reason. Very high concept show with a lot of potential…to probably fail. If they can make audiences truly care about these characters and throw in some wild mysteries, this show has a chance. pic analysis:  a. why is there a lense flair…if you can even call that one. b. why do 2 of the girls look so awkward. why are they posing how i did in my 4thgrade class picture.

Super Fun Night (abc)

Helloooo Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson).  I’ve declared the alternate title to be The Fat Amy Show. I think I’d rather see her have her own talk show, but she’s such a friggin loose cannon, networks prob have no choice but to put her in scripted television. Good news though, she’s not only the star, but the writer as well. Oh and she also co-created it with Conan Obrien. YEAH, Coco. If that’s not a recipe for comedic success then idk what is. Unfortunately however, critics who have watched the pilot were not impressed. Uh oh. This may flop harder than fat amy herself. Anyone see Rebel host the VMAs? It was painful to watch. Lets hope this isn’t a redo of the VMAs and that Conando’s 50% pulls through.  Also sidenote:  apparently Rebel is doing an American accent in this. UGH WHY. Half the things she says are not funny unless there’s an accent behind it.  Good luck fat Amy.

 Shows I bet 10 bucks will suck: These literally have no hope.. :  Back in the GameSean saves the world. And Dads oh and Mom.