Parting thoughts on “How I Met Your Mother”

WARNING: Massive spoilers ahoy. Tread lightly.

How I Met Your Mother closed its remarkable nine-season run last night with a breathless and expansive double episode, titled “Last Forever”, that saw its creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, attempting to have their cake and eat it too, unsuccessfully in my view. It was a fairly dizzying display of rug-pulling disguised as fan service that moved me intermittently – far less, unfortunately, than this show has in the past, including this season, which I generally approve of – gave me a few smiles, left me shrugging at times, scratching my head at others, and actively disappointed as the curtain finally fell. Continue reading “Parting thoughts on “How I Met Your Mother””

DVR Hindsight #2 (1/16/14) – HIMYM, Archer, Brooklyn, Justified

Archer

The Oscar nods came out this morning just before I went to press (always wanted to say that, though online it doesn’t really apply), and they seem to be in line with expectations. Lots of Gravity, lots of Slave, lots of Hustle, lots of Wolf. I hope to spend a bit of the next month and a half familiarizing myself with the competitors, but for the moment, let’s reflect on a busy start to the TV week, as two Fall seasons pass their midway points, one new season finds its footing and another pulls the rug out from beneath both its characters and its audience. Continue reading “DVR Hindsight #2 (1/16/14) – HIMYM, Archer, Brooklyn, Justified”