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Old March 18 2014, 01:40 AM   #511
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Re: How I Met Your Mother: The Final Season

Eh, there were a lot of missing faces. I bet that was all based on availability and time. I mean, it was one long tracking shot. Very cool.
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Old March 18 2014, 02:13 AM   #512
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Yeah
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Old March 18 2014, 03:18 AM   #513
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Yet another beautiful, funny, and touching final act. We got to see Ted and Mother's first date!!! We got to see their first kiss!!! That was so magical. I'm so jealous.
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Old March 18 2014, 04:55 AM   #514
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Re: How I Met Your Mother: The Final Season

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No Victoria?
Her doing well with her bakery in Germany (as seen earlier in the season) is a good enough (and happy enough) resolution for the character, in my opinion.

I'm just impressed with what we got in terms of the actors that did appear, particularly Jorge Garcia, Jennifer Morrison and Kal Penn.

As far as episodes are considered, "Gary Blauman" was one of the best of the season.
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Old March 18 2014, 05:04 AM   #515
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Beautifully done.

It was pretty apparent that that last tracking shot was done on the studio lot -- the brick wall behind everyone while they were outdoors was noticably fake and it (being shot on the lot) likely facilitated having so many cameos. The setup probably was a bitch to do and you can almost see people waiting to hit their marks (when James reunites with his husband and when Gary drives back in at the end) but it was still wonderfully executed.

Hot damn, I am going to miss this show.

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Old March 18 2014, 06:33 AM   #516
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This is the first one this season that feels like things are starting to wrap up... every sitcom has those wrapup montages, but due to the nature of this season we haven't really gotten that until now.

And Blah Blah Blah's name is Carol!
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Old March 18 2014, 06:33 AM   #517
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This is the first one this season that feels like things are starting to wrap up... every sitcom has those wrapup montages, but due to the nature of this season we haven't really gotten that until now.

And Blah Blah's name is Carol! Which makes me wonder why she prefers to be called Blah... that's not really a name that can be shortened. Unless Carol is the shortened version.
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Old March 18 2014, 06:54 AM   #518
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It could be shortened to Carrie (as a nickname) or even Caro.

And yeah, it definitely gave the wrap-up vibe. Likely the producers' way to hammer home Ted's point that you lose touch with people after a while, sampling various people he'd met along the way, but also giving viewers one last visit with these characters from the course of the 9 years, and thereby saving some time in the finale for everything they actually want to put in the finale.

I thought it worked beautifully.
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Old March 18 2014, 05:49 PM   #519
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No Victoria?
Maybe Ted didn't keep in touch with Victoria. I was impressed with that montage, that was very well done. I still don't remember Blah Blah, although I know I've missed a few episodes along the way.
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Old March 18 2014, 05:55 PM   #520
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There's a superb review and analysis of the episode "Gary Blauman" over at The A.V. Club, here.

My favorite bit:

But the beautiful thing about narrative is that the best storytellers can shape it to be both true to the complexities of real experience, and generous in fulfilling our wishes. Future Ted talks about how nobody means to, but everybody loses touch with people who were once central to their lives. There are people we never see again, whose rest-of-the-story we never know and are not a part of. Yet Gary comes back, and this prompts a glorious pan around the Farhampton Inn parking lot, where scenes from the futures of minor characters from the whole history of the show are set up like little living dioramas. There’s Carl passing down the bar to the next generation; Jeanette hooking up with Kevin after her court-mandated counseling; Patrice getting calls from Robin on her advice show “Patrice! In The Morning”; Zabka earning a poetry medal; Scooter serving school lunches with Lily’s stripper doppelganger; Sandy Rivers sexually harassing his Moscow television cohosts in Russian; Ranjit living the high life as the owner of the limo service; Zoe getting attacked by the Central Park hawk she’s trying to save; Blitz giving up gambling at precisely the wrong moment; and Blah Blah finally getting a name (Carol). It’s a beautiful bit of miniaturization, reminiscent of the stagecraft and practical effects of the Superdate sequence, one of my favorite HIMYM moments of all time. And it allows Ted to give all those people a final bow, no matter how small or large a part they played in his tale.
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Old March 18 2014, 11:59 PM   #521
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To those of you who are not aware, Gary was played by the real life husband of Cobie Smulders: Taran Killam.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0453115/?ref_=nmbio_sp_1
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Old March 19 2014, 12:19 AM   #522
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Ooooooooooh. I think I knew that at one point. Still: mind. blown.
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Old March 19 2014, 12:25 AM   #523
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They did Hollywood gamenight together a couple weeks back.

He was the least famous person that had ever been on the show, and I didn't get it, until his marital status was explained and we saw that Cobie was sitting on the opposing team aching to grind him into submission.

Are Alex Denisof and Alyson still married?
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Old March 19 2014, 12:32 AM   #524
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They're still married.

OMG! Willow is 39 years old now!!!
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Old March 19 2014, 12:38 AM   #525
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Neil Patrick Harris' husband is David Burtka.

David Burtka plays Scooter (Lily's stalker) on HIMYM.

No one else obvious pops up, but nepotism reigns on this series for realz.
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