So it happened! After 9 long... no wait... looooooooong years of waiting through a string of heartbreaks, Ted FINALLY told his kids how he met their mother. So built up over 9 years, was the payoff worth it? It was a legen... wait for it... dary fail!
That's it. I'm calling it! And if you still haven't watched, you might want to skip this for spoilers!
How I met Your Mother premiered in 2005, attempting to fill the Friends shaped void in all our lives? Did it succeed? Well, no one could, given the impossibly high standards of camaraderie set by the regular visitors of Central Perk. But to be fair, the 'gang' cringe-inducing as it may sound, gifted us with moments, tears, laughs and number of things to remember by, not least of it all being a resurrected he-who-cannot-do-n-wrong-and-so-hot-that-he's-gay Neil Patrick Harris as the legendary Barney Stinson! Between Ted's endless failed loves and heartbreaks, and on the journey to finding his one true love, we grew to love first and eventually annoyed to kingdom come with his sappy, wishy washy search. Get WITH the memo, Sire!
So we waited. We endured. From blah-blah to naive nymphettes who suspiciously resembled Katy Perry, Ted'd string of failed dalliances closely matched Barney's list of one night stands. And season after season, as we passed from one candidate to another, we grew to care less about the mother and more about the group. And while this would have justified the end completely, having established, amidst criticism nonetheless of being stetted out like a pajama string. But when we grew to like and love the Mother (so saintly a name, innit!), pulling the rug from under our feet was well… lemon law!
And then we met The Mother... and we hated her when we saw her first. ADMIT it, you did, too! But, we grew to like her more and more with her wisecracks! And then, as she strummed her ukulele to a heartbreaking rendition of "La Vi En Rose" in arguably the best episode of the final season, we knew, she was the one for Ted! And for what? For her to shrivel up and die! Really now! And anything worse than Ted being still hung up on Robin was the fact that Robin actually loved him back! And Barney… dear dear Barney… why you no be legendary in the final episode?
And while many a pragmatic brain might say, this was a practical end, might I point out that this was pure escapist pleasure which failed to reach it peak when it had it bait moment hanging in front of it. sO, what next? Sigh a little, and continue the elevated discourse on how we were SO over Ted & Robin! And of course, as soon as we watch How I Met Your Dad premiere soon enough, swiftly forget about it all. In essence, let's remember that Friends came once and only once, and sadly, HIMYM jumped the shark on the opportunity to becoming a similar cultural milestone.
Sniff… and there we shut The Bro Code once and for all! A low five bros... a low frikkin' five!
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