Posted by Pablozky at Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4 Comments
I thought last season was the weakest of all, even though it had some all-time great episodes like “The Final Page”, “Band or DJ” and “Weekend at Barney’s”, but most of the episodes on said season weren’t on par with the awesomeness of the glory years, mostly because the writers had a hard time integrating new storylines (including Marshall and Lily’s baby Marvin) and some others became tired and old (Ted chasing after Robin). Still, even if last season wasn’t as strong as the previous seasons, we could still say “hey, this is still How I Met Your Mother!” it hadn’t lost its essence. And by the premiere alone, which even experiments on a whole new narrative format, I can say the show still has it, and its most likely to keep things this good the whole season. Which is great, as this is our goodbye season.
Marshall has some rough time on this episode with some really good comedic results; as you may remember, Marshall got his judge job, and as he told his mom, she couldn’t help but to upload a photo on facebook to congratulate him, which means that Lily would probably end up seeing it. As such, Marshall tries to guide his mom through his cell phone on how to take down the picture, but sadly he is on a plain ready to take off, and as he refuses to hang up, he is forced to get down of the plane; and he’s not alone, the woman sitting next to him tried to hurry Marshall into hanging up the phone and it got violent, and so she was kicked off the flight too.
If something didn’t quite work out as funny as the rest was some of the Robin and Barney’s bits, but that’s not because the pair is boring or something like that, but mostly because the whole scare they share when they think they might be even slightly blood related was way too over the top, more than what I can usually can take; but it’s hard not to enjoy their telepathic conversations, seeing them ending their own murderous thoughts and such things. Also, I’m glad we’re getting to see Barney really committing to Robin; the second half of the 8th season struggled in its way to make Barney a suitable boyfriend/fiancée for Robin, but now we see that he’s ready for it, he is able to show his love for her without too many cheesy lines nor over the top actions, he just needs to look into Robin’s eyes as he did in this episode. Neil Patrick Harris is a wonderful actor and he makes Barney look like he is really in love with Robin, ready to spend his life with her, and Cobbie Smulders doesn’t fall short either; while usually concerned over Barney, we can see that Robin shares Barney’s feeling, and that’s quite sweet.
Ted doesn’t get much to do in the first episode, as he mostly drives to Farhampton, but by the end of the first episode we get a nice moment when he gives Robin a picture of the group together; most of us must have expected for him to give Robin the locket (as the title implied), just as Lily theorized, but I find this something Ted would likely do, because he is just naturally nice, he puts everybody’s well being before his. I think Ted really wanted to give her the locket, but he is trying so hard to let her and Barney be happy that in the end he puts his happiness aside, just as when he pushed Robin to go for Barney in “The Final Page”. Though not as poignant, it is really sweet and one is left waiting for The Mother to show up; I, for one, don’t want to see Ted this hurt anymore, so I can’t wait to see his meeting with The Mother. Through these many seasons we’ve seen Ted getting hurt too many times, and having this obnoxious receptionist shove his loneliness in Ted’s face is not only annoying, but also a bit hurtful. But Ted himself is an optimistic, and even when he is about to lose hope, a part of him still knows he will meet the mother of his children, and that’s all the fuel he needs to keep moving forward, but I’m getting worried that the fuel will ran out by some point of this season before we meet the mother.
Robin, as she is still unsure about her relationship with Barney, doesn’t want him to find out as James marriage was the one that made him believe on marriage (making Lily quite offended) and she is scared that he would freak out. Barney has always been a bit cartoony and as such it’s a fair concern for Robin, but thankfully Lily blurts out about James divorces and Barney gets to prove Robin that their relationship is strong enough to make him believe in marriage, even if his brother’s one failed; this lead to nice moment, a kiss and yet another great interaction between NHP and Cobbie Smulders.
This is How I Met Your Mother: you’re ensured to laugh and cry. And that’s why it’s so great.
-It isn’t a season of How I Met Your Mother if we don’t get to see Ranjit a little bit; the divider is still soundproof.
-The Mother: “I would give him humiliating a nickname until he stops driving like a little girl”.
Ted: “It was Lady Tedwina Slowsby. And it worked”.
-Lily shows The Mother her demon like eyes when she tries to get her phone. The fact that The Mother didn’t run away is yet another argument to be made for her to become a part of the gang.
-I love how Marvin seems to not care at all while his father struggles with the passenger next sit; he is just smiling around, waving his arms. That was utterly cute in midst of a pretty funny feud.
-Barney had a banner and an erotic cake in James room to congratulate him for his anniversary; weird to watch, but funny results when he moves all those things to Ted’s room and we get to see Ted’s reaction when he gets to his room.
-Crossing my fingers to see Robin yelling to Patrice in next episodes; she has to be invited!
-Next week: The Walking Old? Let’s see what the writers do with that.
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