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Old April 1 2014, 12:05 PM   #601
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Re: How I Met Your Mother: The Final Season

We don't know that Ted ended up with Robin. He's tried the same thing before. Who knows if in 5, 10, 15 years from the last scene if they'd still be together? Robin isn't exactly the most stable person in terms of relationships. Just because Ted shows up with a romantic gesture after realizing he's still in love with her, it doesn't mean she will reciprocate. It's the same as the premiere, really.
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Old April 1 2014, 12:23 PM   #602
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That finale was the mother of all legendary fails.
So the soulmate he has been looking for for 9 years finally arrives, and then dies a couple of years later. Instead be bounces back to the emotionally unstable one that clearly was never the right match. Load of crap.

Perhaps next week there's the real finale and this was just an elaborate April Fools joke.
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Old April 1 2014, 12:23 PM   #603
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I'm just totally shocked that THIS was the ending they knew they were writing to all this time.... then they spent nine years showing us OVER AND OVER that Ted and Robin are not meant for each other, showing Barney grow and mature into the person for Robin, making us fall in love with the Mother as his perfect soul mate...

<<By the way, those people in the bar that Marshall spoke to, were they the ones in the new show? If not that scene felt really odd. >>

I agree, that bit was just awkwardly written and acted and just felt totally out of place. It's like, why are they doing this? I thought Marshall was going to give some touching speech about the things they've done, but instead he just lamely trails off.

I'm pretty sure those weren't the new characters. It was all guys, right? The new show is mostly female.
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Old April 1 2014, 12:35 PM   #604
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Re: How I Met Your Mother: The Final Season

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I'm pretty sure those weren't the new characters. It was all guys, right? The new show is mostly female.
No, the main characters are still 3 guys and 2 women plus the main character's husband who she's divorcing in a supporting role.
But two of the main guys are gay, so the new show is mostly people who are into men.
But I agree that the people in the bar were not those characters, they were too young and didn't look like Greta Gerwig, Nick d'agosto etc.
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Old April 1 2014, 12:41 PM   #605
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I didn't like it. I actually thought the points about a group of friends aging were extremely well done. Sure it was sad to see, but that's a part of life, which is something this show has done so well. Even though I may not have liked parts of the episode, I thought it maintained the show's adherence to the truth of being alive.

But that said, I feel like the death of the mother cheapens the show. From the finale, I didn't get the impression that either Robin or Tracy were the one true love of Ted's life, which kind of renders the entire show pointless. The whole point of Tracy was to show Ted that Robin wasn't the person for him and that there was someone out there that was better than who he considered the perfect woman. And the dialog at the end from the kids made it seem like the relationship between Ted and Tracy wasn't as special as it was made to be throughout the show. In a way, it retroactively makes the entire story a ploy as to get his kids to come around to him dating Aunt Robin.

I think the cognitive dissonance is what really gets to me. What is this episode (and by extent this series) trying to say? We spend 9 years explaining why the relationship with the mother is the epic love story worth waiting for, but here we're left with the mother dead and triumphant music as he brings Robin the Blue French horn. I could handle a sad ending, I could handle a happy ending, but I'm truly at a loss over how I'm supposed to feel.

There was a time where I wanted Ted and Robin to end up together and I couldn't believe there was someone out there better... unfortunately a big part of me wishes the show ended there...

Ultimately, I feel like the show outgrew it's ending and it's unfortunate that they maintained dogmatic adherence to an ending that no longer fir the story they were telling.
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Old April 1 2014, 01:02 PM   #606
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Re: How I Met Your Mother: The Final Season

shivkala wrote: View Post
We don't know that Ted ended up with Robin. He's tried the same thing before. Who knows if in 5, 10, 15 years from the last scene if they'd still be together? Robin isn't exactly the most stable person in terms of relationships. Just because Ted shows up with a romantic gesture after realizing he's still in love with her, it doesn't mean she will reciprocate. It's the same as the premiere, really.
They're both about 25 years older than when they first met. People change. Robin was mentioned as being close to the kids and the fact she had several dogs would seem to indicate she had settled down in both her life and career.

As such, there's no reason not to assume the factors that led to
Their breakup in the past aren't there anymore.
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Old April 1 2014, 01:32 PM   #607
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I didn't like it. I actually thought the points about a group of friends aging were extremely well done. Sure it was sad to see, but that's a part of life, which is something this show has done so well. Even though I may not have liked parts of the episode, I thought it maintained the show's adherence to the truth of being alive.

But that said, I feel like the death of the mother cheapens the show. From the finale, I didn't get the impression that either Robin or Tracy were the one true love of Ted's life, which kind of renders the entire show pointless. The whole point of Tracy was to show Ted that Robin wasn't the person for him and that there was someone out there that was better than who he considered the perfect woman. And the dialog at the end from the kids made it seem like the relationship between Ted and Tracy wasn't as special as it was made to be throughout the show. In a way, it retroactively makes the entire story a ploy as to get his kids to come around to him dating Aunt Robin.

I think the cognitive dissonance is what really gets to me. What is this episode (and by extent this series) trying to say? We spend 9 years explaining why the relationship with the mother is the epic love story worth waiting for, but here we're left with the mother dead and triumphant music as he brings Robin the Blue French horn. I could handle a sad ending, I could handle a happy ending, but I'm truly at a loss over how I'm supposed to feel.

There was a time where I wanted Ted and Robin to end up together and I couldn't believe there was someone out there better... unfortunately a big part of me wishes the show ended there...

Ultimately, I feel like the show outgrew it's ending and it's unfortunate that they maintained dogmatic adherence to an ending that no longer fir the story they were telling.
Had it not been for the mother, Ted would have probably bounced back to Robin immediately after he heard about the divorce anyway.

So the mother was just turned into an obstacle that Ted needed to overcome by this episode.

"Fortunately, the love of my life died, and my kids are okay with it, so I can now be with you, Robin."




I think the quality of a finale can be measured by how well you can ruin the show for someone who watches the very first episode by telling him how it ends.
By the time Future Ted says "This was the story of how i met your aunt Robin", just say "Yeah, at the very end, the mother actually died, and he actually gets together with Robin."
BAM, interest in the entire show destroyed.

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Old April 1 2014, 01:59 PM   #608
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And the final insult. No Bob Saget. He spent nine years walking us through the narration and gets absolutely nothing for the final episode where his character actually would have finally appeared and had something to do.

I don't even like the name Tracy
Saget was never going to appear as Older Ted. They've showed flash-forwards with Radner as Ted (grayed a little).

As for Tracy? Well, any name they would have picked, some group of people wouldn't have liked.
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Old April 1 2014, 02:06 PM   #609
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That her name was Tracy was already revealed in the episode where he made that stripper joke to the kids.
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Old April 1 2014, 02:09 PM   #610
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I thought it was pretty good. Definitely better than "These Are The Voyages."
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Old April 1 2014, 03:25 PM   #611
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Funny, I was just about to remark that we should all look on the bright side: Now Star Trek: Enterprise is no longer the series that had the most insulting finale for its loyal viewers.
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Old April 1 2014, 03:25 PM   #612
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While I was disappointed in the episode, I also liked it. My main issue was, this final episode should have been the plot for the entire final season and it would have been more rewarding. To many things that were crammed in, with a lot of emotion but very little payoff.

They could have explored so many of the themes thoroughly. Without a doubt my all time favorite moment of HIMYM is when Barney is holding his daughter for the first time, it made me cry so hard. Then no more of her after that, so it made all those tears feel like for nothing.
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Old April 1 2014, 03:27 PM   #613
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Re: How I Met Your Mother: The Final Season

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That her name was Tracy was already revealed in the episode where he made that stripper joke to the kids.
Yeah, I was just found out about that last night.

From episode 1x09 which aired in November 2005...

Ted and Robin agree to go to the strip club with Barney for Thanksgiving, and Ted, as an act of charity, pays for a stranger's lap dance. Seeing this, another lap dancer compliments Ted on his good nature, and reveals her real name: Tracy. In the year 2030, Future Ted tells his kids "And that's the story of how I met your Mother", shocking the kids before Ted reveals he was joking, much to their relief.
Source. So they either had the mother's name planned all this time or they went back to that episode for the name.
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Old April 1 2014, 03:41 PM   #614
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Here's an interview with Cristin Milioti from a few weeks ago where she debunks the idea that the mother dies...



And an article to go with it.

She seems just as charming and quirky as the character she plays and I kind of feel sorry for her that she's seen only one episode of Lost and it was the finale.
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Old April 1 2014, 04:33 PM   #615
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To say I was not happy with the ending of the show is an understatement. It COMPLETELY cheapens the mother and her importance in Ted's life.
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