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2014-04-02 12:31:09 PM
So let's just leave everybody hanging as to why he told the story? That makes him into an even more ridiculously pretentious douche than he was...it leaves a more sour taste in my mouth than the uncut ending.
 
2014-04-02 12:46:24 PM
I've never seen this show, and didn't see the finale, but I thought this was pretty touching. Perhaps because I just got married 3 months ago.
 
2014-04-02 12:50:56 PM
"Everyone?"
 
2014-04-02 12:51:21 PM
Well that was kind of perfect. Why didn't they do that?
 
2014-04-02 01:21:04 PM
Eh.

I didnt mind the original ending... was it great ? No, but it wasn't terrible either.
 
2014-04-02 02:06:48 PM

Serious Black: So let's just leave everybody hanging as to why he told the story? That makes him into an even more ridiculously pretentious douche than he was...it leaves a more sour taste in my mouth than the uncut ending.


Yea, no kids ever want to hear the story of how their father and mother met, especially the girls, so yukky and gross.

I like the original ending better, but I think they could have had him meeting the mother mid year and covered their relationship and her death until he connects with Robin again for the finale.  While most people didn't like the slow pace of HIMYM, this ending would have fit that pace better.
 
2014-04-02 02:12:39 PM
He saw the potential in what could have been, so Dylan put together an alternate ending, one that's SO much better than what creators creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas actually gave us.

I'm sure Carter Bays and Craig Thomas care deeply. They'll probably cry tonight in the piles of money they use for pillows.
 
2014-04-02 02:12:40 PM

haemaker: Serious Black: So let's just leave everybody hanging as to why he told the story? That makes him into an even more ridiculously pretentious douche than he was...it leaves a more sour taste in my mouth than the uncut ending.

Yea, no kids ever want to hear the story of how their father and mother met, especially the girls, so yukky and gross.

I like the original ending better, but I think they could have had him meeting the mother mid year and covered their relationship and her death until he connects with Robin again for the finale.  While most people didn't like the slow pace of HIMYM, this ending would have fit that pace better.


That would have been acceptable as well. The pacing of the finale was really quick. I think that's part of why a lot of people are so gung-ho against the ending. Going from "hey, Barney and Robin are married" to "holy crap, the story is over" in 40 minutes was really fast. Making it a two-hour finale instead of a one-hour finale would have allowed them more time too, and they could have fit it into a 24-episode season by cutting a couple of the filler episodes.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2014-04-02 02:13:08 PM
The biggest problem with the last five minutes was that Ted wasn't played by Bob Saget.
 
2014-04-02 02:20:39 PM
Some people just need to get lives, its a TV show.  You didn't like the ending, oh well.  Move on with your life.
 
2014-04-02 02:23:55 PM

NicktheSmoker: Some people just need to get lives, its a TV show.  You didn't like the ending, oh well.  Move on with your life.


The final shot should've been Bob Saget in his bed from Full House with a naked Uncle Joey and Jesse next to him, and the final line was "I just had the weirdest dream." and then the Full House theme song starts playing as it fades to black.
 
2014-04-02 02:24:37 PM

scottydoesntknow: NicktheSmoker: Some people just need to get lives, its a TV show.  You didn't like the ending, oh well.  Move on with your life.

The final shot should've been Bob Saget in his bed from Full House with a naked Uncle Joey and Jesse next to him, and the final line was "I just had the weirdest dream." and then the Full House theme song starts playing as it fades to black.


Whoops, meant to quote

jbc: The biggest problem with the last five minutes was that Ted wasn't played by Bob Saget.


You can ignore my post Nick.
 
2014-04-02 02:30:23 PM
Didn't really watch the show but I'm guessing this recut ending has everyone running a train on Allyson Hannigan, who was bent over the armrest of the couch.

Was I even close?
 
2014-04-02 02:34:47 PM
Everyone was pissed off about the Mother dying, which I think they actually handled pretty well. We saw enough of her to know she was perfect for Ted, and we saw them together and knew they were happy. It's a show that's already dealt with death, and it was handled fine.

The problem, and this is mostly due to pacing, was Barney and Robin. When you spend the whole previous season centered around their wedding and convincing people that they were going to make it work, and then have them divorced ten minutes in after only a couple lines of dialogue, that's not right. But, it was still a good finale. Endings are really hard to do.
 
2014-04-02 02:39:09 PM

haemaker: Serious Black: So let's just leave everybody hanging as to why he told the story? That makes him into an even more ridiculously pretentious douche than he was...it leaves a more sour taste in my mouth than the uncut ending.

Yea, no kids ever want to hear the story of how their father and mother met, especially the girls, so yukky and gross.

I like the original ending better, but I think they could have had him meeting the mother mid year and covered their relationship and her death until he connects with Robin again for the finale.  While most people didn't like the slow pace of HIMYM, this ending would have fit that pace better.


Not to shamelessly self-plug, but after initially reacting very negatively to the finale I actually wrote about this very idea last night.  What if the final episode had taken place over a full season?  Same plot points, same character decisions, same twist ending, just starting with a much briefer wedding story and then having the last 20 episodes or so covering the 17 years between Barney and Robin's wedding and Ted and Robin reconnecting again.

It was actually a fun experiment because I discovered that there was a really interesting idea buried in the finale about love and how, despite Ted's quixotic quest to fine The One, there's really no such thing as One True Love.  That people can find love at different times in their lives.  Sometimes the love of your life in 2013 is not the love for your life in 2017.  And sometimes you lose your love.  But it's nice to know that even if the worst happens, there might be another One True Love out there for you.

That entire story crammed into 40 minutes however, gives the idea that Barney and the Mother were just speed bumps in Ted and Robin's journey toward each other - that Robin settled for Barney because she didn't want kids and that Ted settled for the Mother because she did want to have kids.  I don't think that was the writers' intention, but because of the way the finale was structured and because of how quickly they blew past each marriage, it felt like Ted and Robin were Destined For Each Other and their previous relationships were mistakes.
 
2014-04-02 02:44:20 PM

Moodybastard: Didn't really watch the show but I'm guessing this recut ending has everyone running a train on Allyson Hannigan, who was bent over the armrest of the couch.

Was I even close?


Cobie dealt with motherhood quite a bit better than Hannigan. During the course of this show she went from Internet favorite Quirky 7 to a Shrill 6.
 
2014-04-02 02:50:13 PM
Why did they make Robin and Barney divorce after only three years? Ted pined after the mother for 6 years after she died; the kids are what, around 13-15; so therefore Ted and the mother were together somewhere between 8-10 years before she kicked the bucket... meaning that Robin was single and waiting for Ted for ~13 years? Frankly, that makes no sense. Did she have a decade long string of romances in there that we just never hear about?

Also, how come no one knew that Barney was working on a perfect month until after he not only completed it, but then subsequently found out that #31 was pregnant? We're really supposed to believe he wasn't bragging to everyone about it the next day?
I submit that there was no "perfect month" - that was just an excuse. Barney hired a surrogate to bear a child for him, because he wanted a kid, but he didn't want a long term relationship. That would also explain the divorce, and Robin may have even known about the surrogate, but played along so that Barney could keep his credibility.
 
2014-04-02 03:03:50 PM
Apparently the final episode was 18 minutes long, and they had to cut some parts of the episode, explaining why a lot of HIMYM fans were pissed off about the pacing of the last episode.

They should have made the last episode 90 minutes long so they could have dealt with all the loose ends sufficiently, including the one big question they never answered...

WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH THE PINEAPPLE?!?
 
2014-04-02 03:06:38 PM
I used to love this show. My wife loves the show. The last season I have just sort of muddled my way through watching it with her. I'm glad it was over, but that last episode did for the show, what 'Prometheus' did for 'Alien.'

What a total load of bull. You string together 8+ years of having the mother technically being the center of the show, and you kill her, with an abrupt picture montage?

I would've been okay if they had gotten married early on, and the episode had dealt with her slow decline in health, while revolving around the friends and their goings on, coming in and out of different 'major' moments as they did. And I would've ended it with Barney and Robin talking about Ted's loss, and realizing with some pretentious bullshiat that their love was worth the fight, because nothing could be as bad as what Ted went through. Let Ted be tragic.

Instead they shoehorned in a Robin love story, because fark them and their one trick pony.

/Rant over...
//I think the episode pissed me off so much because sitting there with my wife, imagining trying to go through that kind of loss, you just can't wrap Ted's life up so neatly with a pretty little bow and move on.
 
2014-04-02 03:10:39 PM
I hear they just got the greenlight to do another season, so Ted and Robin will be living with some telegoths on a space station.
 
2014-04-02 03:17:40 PM

INeedAName: I used to love this show. My wife loves the show. The last season I have just sort of muddled my way through watching it with her. I'm glad it was over, but that last episode did for the show, what 'Prometheus' did for 'Alien.'

What a total load of bull. You string together 8+ years of having the mother technically being the center of the show, and you kill her, with an abrupt picture montage?

I would've been okay if they had gotten married early on, and the episode had dealt with her slow decline in health, while revolving around the friends and their goings on, coming in and out of different 'major' moments as they did. And I would've ended it with Barney and Robin talking about Ted's loss, and realizing with some pretentious bullshiat that their love was worth the fight, because nothing could be as bad as what Ted went through. Let Ted be tragic.

Instead they shoehorned in a Robin love story, because fark them and their one trick pony.

/Rant over...
//I think the episode pissed me off so much because sitting there with my wife, imagining trying to go through that kind of loss, you just can't wrap Ted's life up so neatly with a pretty little bow and move on.


This is exactly what I thought.
 
2014-04-02 03:19:20 PM

scottydoesntknow: NicktheSmoker: Some people just need to get lives, its a TV show.  You didn't like the ending, oh well.  Move on with your life.

The final shot should've been Bob Saget in his bed from Full House with a naked Uncle Joey and Jesse next to him, and the final line was "I just had the weirdest dream." and then the Full House theme song starts playing as it fades to black.


If it was the same network, have a pullout shot to a studio audience laughing while Bob Saget introduces the next clip.

/or 60 minutes of Lily & Robin farking like bunnies
 
2014-04-02 03:23:13 PM
when does the daughter turn blonde and move in across the hall from a couple of nerdy physicists?
 
2014-04-02 03:29:32 PM

Serious Black: So let's just leave everybody hanging as to why he told the story? That makes him into an even more ridiculously pretentious douche than he was...it leaves a more sour taste in my mouth than the uncut ending.


There doesn't need to be some super-serious reason for a father to sit his kids down and tell them about his life before he was their dad.  The twists and turns that resulted in meeting their mother.  How life doesn't always go in the direction you think it's going to, but seemed to work out for all of them, since none of them would be there otherwise.

Maybe the mother was taking super long at the damn grocery store.  The reason isn't really important.
 
2014-04-02 03:37:30 PM
It's entirely too easy to be a critic.
 
2014-04-02 03:39:17 PM
Robin, the renowed bus-picture-having world-traveling reporter is now in her late 40s or early 50s (based on the timing above), back at her first apartment in New York... That makes no sense, unless she got let go, in favor of some younger, blonder hottie. Which makes her emotionally vulnerable, right in time for Ted.
 
2014-04-02 03:58:43 PM

Theaetetus: Robin, the renowed bus-picture-having world-traveling reporter is now in her late 40s or early 50s (based on the timing above), back at her first apartment in New York... That makes no sense, unless she got let go, in favor of some younger, blonder hottie. Which makes her emotionally vulnerable, right in time for Ted.


That kind of makes sense. If an apartment is rent controlled, New Yorkers will hold on to it forever. Also, at that age she would probably be making the move from a field reporter to the anchor desk, and all the nig networks have their anchors in NYC. At the very least, shed probably be on one of the big morning shows by that point.
 
2014-04-02 04:00:38 PM
All the big networks, I mean. Farking from the phone.
 
2014-04-02 04:04:36 PM

Mad_Radhu: Theaetetus: Robin, the renowed bus-picture-having world-traveling reporter is now in her late 40s or early 50s (based on the timing above), back at her first apartment in New York... That makes no sense, unless she got let go, in favor of some younger, blonder hottie. Which makes her emotionally vulnerable, right in time for Ted.

That kind of makes sense. If an apartment is rent controlled, New Yorkers will hold on to it forever. Also, at that age she would probably be making the move from a field reporter to the anchor desk, and all the nig networks have their anchors in NYC. At the very least, shed probably be on one of the big morning shows by that point.


BET is out of NYC?
 
2014-04-02 04:05:32 PM

Mad_Radhu: All the big networks, I mean. Farking from the phone.


Phone doesn't autocorrect "nig" huh?
 
2014-04-02 04:10:12 PM

Martonio: Apparently the final episode was 18 minutes long, and they had to cut some parts of the episode, explaining why a lot of HIMYM fans were pissed off about the pacing of the last episode.

They should have made the last episode 90 minutes long so they could have dealt with all the loose ends sufficiently, including the one big question they never answered...

WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH THE PINEAPPLE?!?


I agree with you about the 90 min episode idea.   It would've given the mother and her death more time for the audience to come to terms with it.  After 9 years of Robin and then ending with Robin, I think a lot of us felt like we wanted more time with the mother.

Mind you, that's a great way to make us feel what Ted felt - like we wish we had more time with her.  But we feel it more in a 'who was that awesome character that just blipped past' sort of way, not a 'all the time in the world would've have been enough - but that for damn sure wasn't enough' kind of way.

/still enjoyed it
//ranters gonna rant
 
2014-04-02 04:14:42 PM

Theaetetus: Robin, the renowed bus-picture-having world-traveling reporter is now in her late 40s or early 50s (based on the timing above), back at her first apartment in New York... That makes no sense,


That was a completely different apartment - and much more expensive looking.  It just also had a window out onto the street (placed where I think the kitchen was placed in the old one).

OTOH, it might be the same street, but I assume that has more to do with space on the backlot or lack thereof.
 
2014-04-02 04:18:30 PM
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The ending had a severe lack of laser pointers
 
2014-04-02 04:21:02 PM

Yanks_RSJ: Serious Black: So let's just leave everybody hanging as to why he told the story? That makes him into an even more ridiculously pretentious douche than he was...it leaves a more sour taste in my mouth than the uncut ending.

There doesn't need to be some super-serious reason for a father to sit his kids down and tell them about his life before he was their dad.  The twists and turns that resulted in meeting their mother.  How life doesn't always go in the direction you think it's going to, but seemed to work out for all of them, since none of them would be there otherwise.

Maybe the mother was taking super long at the damn grocery store.  The reason isn't really important.


True, but he had already told them the short version of how he met their mother. You know, the story about the yellow umbrella. Going from the short story to eight years prior to meeting the mother plus another year on the two-plus days prior to meeting her would be pretentious even for Ted.
 
2014-04-02 04:25:14 PM

Yanks_RSJ: Mad_Radhu: All the big networks, I mean. Farking from the phone.

Phone doesn't autocorrect "nig" huh?


Apparently not. That is what was kind of weird. I typically don't write texts involving attractive and successful people of any nationality.
 
2014-04-02 04:32:23 PM

Mad_Radhu: All the big networks, I mean. Farking from the phone.


Yeah right.... racist
 
2014-04-02 04:34:41 PM
Watching the last season was more out of OCD completion issues than actually thinking the show was very good anymore.  The finale was the cream of the crap, the best episode of a bunch of lackluster ones.

Having the mother died was an interesting choice that I thought had merit as was the divorce, but the recoupling so many years later rang false to me.  So the cheesy balloon thing earlier in the season was nothing?  Marrying someone with a history being with someone like Barney would also be problematic, not mentioning the whole stress it would have put on their friendship.

There were some good ideas in there and some bad ones.
 
2014-04-02 04:35:01 PM
Should have had Alyson Hannigan have sex with Ellen Page for 60 minutes

/drtfa
//never watched the show
///apparently Wendy McColm was in one episode, Alyson could have had sex with her too that would be nice for some ginger on ginger action
 
2014-04-02 04:35:05 PM
I only watched the first 1/2 of the series and read a summary of the real ending.

But I have to say that this re-cut seemed like a good ending to me. The show was never "edgy" ... it was 9 years of finding new ways of telling the same jokes (and it did that well). Doing don't try to suddenly become GoT for the finale.

P.S. The actually ending screws Barney.
 
2014-04-02 04:38:06 PM

mjbok: Watching the last season was more out of OCD completion issues than actually thinking the show was very good anymore.  The finale was the cream of the crap, the best episode of a bunch of lackluster ones.

Having the mother died was an interesting choice that I thought had merit as was the divorce, but the recoupling so many years later rang false to me.  So the cheesy balloon thing earlier in the season was nothing?  Marrying someone with a history being with someone like Barney would also be problematic, not mentioning the whole stress it would have put on their friendship.

There were some good ideas in there and some bad ones.


It may have only been a few episodes removed for us, but in show time, it was seventeen years in the past, including six years after the mom died. Remember what Ted and Robin told us was necessary for a relationship to work: chemistry and timing.
 
2014-04-02 04:39:46 PM

INeedAName: I used to love this show. My wife loves the show. The last season I have just sort of muddled my way through watching it with her. I'm glad it was over, but that last episode did for the show, what 'Prometheus' did for 'Alien.'

What a total load of bull. You string together 8+ years of having the mother technically being the center of the show, and you kill her, with an abrupt picture montage?

I would've been okay if they had gotten married early on, and the episode had dealt with her slow decline in health, while revolving around the friends and their goings on, coming in and out of different 'major' moments as they did. And I would've ended it with Barney and Robin talking about Ted's loss, and realizing with some pretentious bullshiat that their love was worth the fight, because nothing could be as bad as what Ted went through. Let Ted be tragic.

Instead they shoehorned in a Robin love story, because fark them and their one trick pony.

/Rant over...
//I think the episode pissed me off so much because sitting there with my wife, imagining trying to go through that kind of loss, you just can't wrap Ted's life up so neatly with a pretty little bow and move on.


Just technically. The show has basically been a Friends clone since day 1. The mother story line gets serviced in the first and last episode each season, and 3 or 4 more clues are sprinkled throughout each season. It is just a narrative thread, not the meat of what the show is about. It has always been primarily a show about five friends living in NYC, and it has always revolved around Ted and Robin's relationship. They let us know with certainty that Robin is not the mother several years ago, and that never really added up.

As far as the mother dying, if this episode was the first time you realized it, then yes that would be exceptionally jarring, but they made it painfully obvious this was going to happen in Vesuvius where they did an absolutely magical job of dealing with the subject in the conversations (and facial expressions) between Ted and Tracy in that episode. They didn't need to go through it in any more detail or in any grittier a fashion, because that moment in the episode wasn't about death. Ted had dealt with it, the kids had dealt with it, and the audience should have already dealt with it.
 
2014-04-02 04:44:43 PM

Serious Black: It may have only been a few episodes removed for us, but in show time, it was seventeen years in the past, including six years after the mom died. Remember what Ted and Robin told us was necessary for a relationship to work: chemistry and timing.


The problem for me was the day of the wedding, the day of the Halloween party and possibly another time Robin states that Ted is who she should marry.  Makes her kind of scummy for marrying Barney at all.
 
2014-04-02 04:45:42 PM

salvador.hardin: As far as the mother dying, if this episode was the first time you realized it, then yes that would be exceptionally jarring, but they made it painfully obvious this was going to happen in Vesuvius where they did an absolutely magical job of dealing with the subject in the conversations (and facial expressions) between Ted and Tracy in that episode. They didn't need to go through it in any more detail or in any grittier a fashion, because that moment in the episode wasn't about death. Ted had dealt with it, the kids had dealt with it, and the audience should have already dealt with it.


On top of that, they also had strongly foreshadowed Robin being a major presence in Penny and Luke's lives all the way back in Season 3.
 
2014-04-02 04:58:57 PM

Theaetetus: Robin, the renowed bus-picture-having world-traveling reporter is now in her late 40s or early 50s (based on the timing above), back at her first apartment in New York... That makes no sense, unless she got let go, in favor of some younger, blonder hottie. Which makes her emotionally vulnerable, right in time for Ted.


The really unbelievable part is that she didn't age a day...
 
2014-04-02 05:14:05 PM

rugman11: It was actually a fun experiment because I discovered that there was a really interesting idea buried in the finale about love and how, despite Ted's quixotic quest to fine The One, there's really no such thing as One True Love.  That people can find love at different times in their lives.  Sometimes the love of your life in 2013 is not the love for your life in 2017.  And sometimes you lose your love.  But it's nice to know that even if the worst happens, there might be another One True Love out there for you.


THAT is what the show is really about, imho...and what is has ALWAYS been about.  love isn't always static, it often changes as you do.  You can find the perfect person, lose that person, and realize that there is another person who would be perfect for the person that you have become.  Btw, somebody up above said that "Robin settled for Barney because she didn't want to have kids", but that isn't true.  She COULDN'T have kids, and if Ted had been with Robin instead of the Mother he would have never HAD the kids he had, which you can tell are the most important thing in his life.  Beyond that, this show is about the idea that there IS fate, and that if you stay strong you will find the person you are meant to be with, for whatever period of time you are meant to be with them...
 
2014-04-02 05:25:08 PM
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scottydoesntknow: The final shot should've been Bob Saget in his bed from Full House with a naked Uncle Joey and Jesse next to him, and the final line was "I just had the weirdest dream." and then the Full House theme song starts playing as it fades to black.


Just imagine Fallon as Ted.
 
2014-04-02 08:21:25 PM

Theaetetus: Why did they make Robin and Barney divorce after only three years? Ted pined after the mother for 6 years after she died; the kids are what, around 13-15; so therefore Ted and the mother were together somewhere between 8-10 years before she kicked the bucket... meaning that Robin was single and waiting for Ted for ~13 years? Frankly, that makes no sense. Did she have a decade long string of romances in there that we just never hear about?

Also, how come no one knew that Barney was working on a perfect month until after he not only completed it, but then subsequently found out that #31 was pregnant? We're really supposed to believe he wasn't bragging to everyone about it the next day?
I submit that there was no "perfect month" - that was just an excuse. Barney hired a surrogate to bear a child for him, because he wanted a kid, but he didn't want a long term relationship. That would also explain the divorce, and Robin may have even known about the surrogate, but played along so that Barney could keep his credibility.


Maybe. They left that out because in narrator Ted and the Gang's perspective, they had no idea what she was up to. She was even compared to the yeti I believe. The dogs would indicate that she spent a bit of time alone, however.
 
2014-04-02 08:44:22 PM

StrikitRich: [static4.businessinsider.com image 850x425]

The ending had a severe lack of laser pointers


What I don't get is how the ricin got in Alyson Hannigan's sugar packet.
 
2014-04-02 09:19:04 PM
Since I missed out on yesterday's thread about the ending...
I think the comments about the pacing being off are my biggest issue with it.
I actually had kinda forgotten about the clues dropped in Vesuvius so it wasn't until the photo montage started that I realized where they were going with that, so it was a serious gut punch.
And the ending was obviously telegraphed too.

On a tangent though, what show that's run over 100 episodes ever ends up with a satisfying ending? Seems if it goes longer than a couple seasons there is just too much investment for anyone to really accept how it ends.
 
2014-04-02 09:20:09 PM

jbc: The biggest problem with the last five minutes was that Ted wasn't played by Bob Saget.


Yeah - that was just....wrong.

Since they didn't immediately cut to black or turn the mother into a farking lumberjack...this was NOT a bad finale.  Lackluster...sure.  But in terms of shiatty series finales....not even in the top 5.
 
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