Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The story of how I did every conceivable thing on the planet- EXCEPT meeting your Mother

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Ladies and gentlemen, this will be a rant about a once beloved show that introduced us to lovable, quirky characters and the story of their lives- all while examining the premise of how the narrator meets his wife; aka the mother of his two children.

If you are going- "Oh Jesus, he's not gonna bitch about a show no one takes seriously anymore is he? That's so lame."- I partly agree with you and will excuse you until the next post. But for those who stick around, I rant because the show clearly is about two seasons in over its prime and it has jumped the shark. "Jumping the shark" - is an idiom that is used to describe the irreversible decline of a popular television series. Once a series "jumps the shark", it's dying and no amount of epinephrine can jump start the show to its former glory. And we can also sense the lack of interest in the show as it progresses- a friend of mine so OBSESSED with the show, that every conversation starter was "Do you have the latest episode of HIMYM?" followed by the whipping out of a flash drive, now asks me with an air of disbelief if I'm still watching. And once an audience tires of the show, they should just put it out of its misery. HIMYM is one of those shows where the writers have teased us into watching just so that our curiosity can be sated once the Mother character is revealed. We're dragged through season after season where often pointless stories of every other character are vivisected into oblivion, while the show's central premise is barely addressed. 

At the start of the show the focus was clearly on Ted Mosby; the man who believed in true-love; who quoted poetry; believed in destiny and who lovingly remembered the events that led to meeting the woman of his dreams. I really wanted Robin Scherbatsky to be the one, I honestly did. They shared a strong chemistry and that worked really well on screen. Cue in the lovey-dovey couple who knew they were meant for each other from the beginning and a dysfunctional sex maniac who actually stole the show despite his disgustingly shallow view of women and relationships.

Now, Ted Mosby has turned into an annoying and whining architect and has dated almost as many women as Barney Stintson and STILL hasn't gotten any where close to finding the one. To the point that every time some woman is shown dating Ted, we know that she isn't the Mother and that she's going to dump Ted, marry someone else or quite possibly commit suicide at the end of the season. Stella was probably the most disliked character on the show. And why did they even introduce Jennifer Morrison as a ditsy hippie love interest? She gave up House MD for this?

Robin Scherbastsky was a woman who knew what she wanted: a strong career before love. At the start of the series she commanded a sexual prowess that was alluring. Now, she's dated Barney of all people and in the latest episode, Kal Penn ( House MD redux?)-  it looks like she'll date just about anybody and that's just so sad for Colbie's character on the show. We lost a strong, independent woman.

"We're dragged through season after season, where often pointless stories of every other character are vivisected into oblivion, while the show's central premise is teasingly addressed."          ________________     
Lily and Marshall are well...still Lily and Marshall. They are possibly the two characters on the show who I liked throughout because they're quite made for each other. The credit card debacle, the DOWISATREPLA incident and the  bring-Marshall-his-spare-pants incident- were all pure gold. They did get trying on one's nerves at times- the accented "You son of a beetch" and the over the top routines, but all in all, they are still the backbone of the show; 
probably the only adults in the group.

Barney Stintson. While I guiltily and ashamedly admit my love of his misogynistic antics in the beginning of the series, I was a little pessimistic when he was going to settle with Robin of all people. I love that that the writers are trying to make Barney grow up and be a man but the addition of Nora in the previous season who suddenly becomes a serious love interest for Barney is too hastily done to warrant belief. And he was willing to dump her because she hadn't seen Star Wars? How juvenile can you get?

So where does this leave us? We have seen the evolution of the cast of happy-go-lucky New Yorkers from their simple beginnings to where they are today. Marshall and Lily are married and are expecting; Ted is still looking for love, a yellow umbrella, that hot chick's even hotter room-mate whose ankles alone are proof of her existence; Robin has hit rock bottom in love and Barney is trying to grow up while still having commitment issues. These may as well be the stories of our own lives: how we lost what's precious to us; our first child with a loved one; the trials and tribulations of following your dreams and striking it big in a sleepless and unforgiving city and the adventures of rediscovering love,friendship and family at every corner. Heart warming isn't it?

That's all well and good, but I don't give a rat's ass about all that anymore- who's the MOTHER, god-dammit?!

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