Movable Type 3.2
August 26, 2010
What I Want This Season: How I Met Your Mother
This is one in a series of posts about what I'd like to happen this upcoming season on various returning shows. You can assume that there will be spoilers through last season, but I won't include any spoilers I might or might not have read about the upcoming season. These posts are just about what I WANT.
Speaking of shows that were a mess last season! Let's hope this one gets back on track.
Ted (and the mother): I'm in the "just meet the mother already and get on with it" camp. I don't think the show would have to end or anything once the mother appears. Just get it over with.
Robin and Barney: I would like for them to get back together, please, show.
Ted and Lily: I don't necessarily think Lily has to get pregnant immediately, but I hope they don't forget about that plotline and it stays a main thing. I think this is one show that would actually not be ruined by a baby, eventually.
September 22, 2009
TV Review: How I Met Your Mother 5.1: "Definitions"
(I actually have finished socks to show you! And pictures from Ireland. And stuff. But apparently I'm in the mood to write about TV, so I'm going to go with it. Also, you can assume that there will be spoilers in all of my TV reviews.)
Overall: A satisfying premiere. Lily finds out that Barney and Robin have been secretly hooking up all summer and makes them define their relationship. Ted starts teaching at Columbia. The mother is theoretically in his class, but there's a twist on that. (Recap here. If that link is dead by the time you read this, try here.)
Ted: Enh. At this point, I really don't care how he met the mother. And his various antics involved in beginning his teaching career didn't really interest me. I guess this is why I don't generally watch sitcoms. The mother is supposedly in his class, but it's unclear whether it's the economics class he was accidentally teaching or his actual architecture class. I'm guessing the economics class.
Lily and Marshall: It's a sign of how little he had to do in this episode that I actually had to look up Marshall's name just now. He gives Ted a fedora and a whip so he can be Indiana Jones (who is a professor, you know). This is really only funny because it lets Barney talk about his "whip guy." Anyway, Lily does her normal adorable insanity thing and forces Robin and Barney to define their relationship. I know Alyson Hannigan annoys a lot of people, but I love her.
Barney and Robin: Okay, this is the only plot line I really care much about on this show right now. I love them together, and I love how they are trying to figure out what "together" means for them rather than falling into an out-of-character normal relationship. (See also: Gossip Girl. I guess this is my favorite plot device this season.) Barney as jealous non-boyfriend was great, and I love how they are extremely self-aware and in deep denial simultaneously. It's refreshing that it's both of them resisting commitment - shows how they're really perfect for each other, I guess. (An aside - wasn't there something about Robin possibly facing deportation? What ever happened with that? Was it resolved? I'm probably just forgetting. But wouldn't it be hilarious if they got married so she could stay?) Ted and Lily's exchange at the end of the episode was perfect: Ted knows they're lying, but Lily knows that they don't know they're not actually lying. I'm really looking forward to seeing where they go with this.