Thursday, April 3, 2014

How I Met Your Mother: ...such a sorry parting~

The series revolves around Ted Mosby (played by Radnor, voiced by Saget) narrating the story of how he met Tracy McConnell (Milioti) to his children. While living in New York City and working as an architect, the narrative deals with his best friends, including the long-lasting couple Marshall Eriksen (Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Hannigan); the eccentric, womanizer-playboy Barney Stinson (Harris); and news anchor Robin Scherbatsky (Smulders). The series explores many storyline, including a love triangle between Robin, Ted, and Barney; Marshall and Lily's relationship; as well as the careers of the characters.

After nine seasons, How I Met Your Mother or fondly known as HIMYM to HIMYM-ers like me, has ended.. there are mixed reaction to the finale. i was at office when majority of the fandom shudders with disappointment and much regret at how the creators handle the the ending of our much loved TV series.. i tried to reserve judgment, to see for myself how do we say goodbye to Ted and his family of friends. and when i did watch the finale, some part of me simply feels incomplete. as if something was missing.

it hurts to see how happy they were..

it wasn't that the finale was not executed with much finesse, it's just that we spent so much feelings on Barney and Robin, i mean, hell, we spent the season 9 (all 22 episodes of them!) building the anticipation to see Barney and Robin finally get their happy ending... i mean, it might be ok to me if Barney got into a fatal accident, or that he found out he has a lovechild and that drove them further apart.. but for Robin's jet-setting career to drive their forever after apart, man, that is NOT right.. i feel that my heart broke for Barney.. he cared for her so much.. that love, that intense, sacrificing feelings which drove him to do things for the ones he loves, it didn't get lost in a puff of smoke just because the hotel didn't have WIFI and he can't upload his jokes on daily basis!

man, this is the problem, i think. that the creators treated Barney so callously during the final episode.. that after he and Robin got divorced, he simply became that incurable womaniser all over again.. he was complete with Robin, demmit. and to imply that he reverts to his old ways is too painful. because the guy with diaper and samosa don't do that. they don't do splits on a stupid challenge. they don't. they love and endure instead. they do stupid things to let love lives. the way barney was presented in the last hour of HIMYM simply implies to us that the real core of Barney Stinson is a fake. think about it, Barney who went through Lily's stupid estrangement from Marshall, who helped Robin's career get back on tracks, who propped Ted up during his stupid breakups won't be that shallow person that is in Last Forever . heck, what Barney really is was crystal-clear in Rally,  only 6 episodes prior to series finale, how could the creators' vision of him gets so f^cked up oh so unwarrantably?

an underlying message: have kids instead. they give you unconditional love. others don't. ok. i think GoT's Cersei Lannister's advice got through the creators sub-conscious :(

true. Robin wasn't exactly there for Barney 100%, she was not really that in love with Barney, to think of it. she only wants Barney desperately when he's with someone else. only to leave Barney out in the cold when he breaks up with another girl he's being serious with. all the time. some says that Robin is always being self-preserving, aloof even. but then, in the end, she still gets the best deal, Ted Mosby. what kind of underlying message really the creators want to tell us? be career-driven, sacrifice your family life for it and in the end, when the loneliness won't make up for your success, it's ok, a guy you dumped so many times, will be under your window with the blue french horn?


it wouldn't be so bad if we didn't fell in love, hook, line and sinker with the Mother. she was wonderful, just the exact, rightful match for Ted. i would feel so much better if we get more moments of her and Ted.. of their family life before she wastes away.. this is so sad.. i could accept the fact that the Mother dies.. it is a given, because otherwise the kids would have known the story of how their parents met. i, like many other HIMYM-ers want more of her and Ted. of how much she cures all his heartbreaks and makes him happy.

h.e.a.r.t.b.r.e.a.k. :sobs:

and Ted ending up with Robin is simply a given too, a simple line going into a full circle. otherwise the story wouldn't have gone 9 seasons with his feelings for her never ending. it's just that i believed that when she floated away just like the balloon, that part of his feelings for her has ended for good. it seems like the creators are simply telling me that once you love, no matter how you said goodbye, no matter how grand the closure was, you will end up in a circle of never letting go, never able to be free of #DeritaCintaTakBerbalas (unrequited love) ..

is that so? really so??

girl, please listen to your OWN advice!

and because one hour is short, we never get to properly say goodbye to Lily-pad and Marsh-mallow. although they were having a second baby, they ended up going to Italy after all, despite Marshall being offered judgeship? why is that? we never really knew about what happened to Marshall and Lily during all those years. as if they were reduced to the background when all this while, they have been much an integral part of the series. and Lily simply letting Robin out of their lives simply don't add up. friends fight for each other, more so when they are this close-knit. does having the Mother around make it easier to not see Robin again? 

fans are screaming blue murder, asking for blood, even petitioning to have the ending as follows..

but then, we don't always get what we want kan? it saddens me that in the end it was Barney who gets the worst deal of all. i still remember how happy i was when they got up so drunk and Robin picked up that baby. even though it wasn't their miraculous baby after all, it was their neighbour's, the fact that such short ultimate gladness makes the half-baked divorce so much more painful to swallow.


Barney, my heart goes out for you.. more than words can't tell, more than i could ever expressed..