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2014-04-28 12:03:53 AM  
Not sure I like the sound of this "happy" alternate ending. Who didn't assume the mom was dead by the time he told the story?
 
2014-04-28 12:30:03 AM  

serial_crusher: Not sure I like the sound of this "happy" alternate ending. Who didn't assume the mom was dead by the time he told the story?


I didn't think she was dead until they threw a big hint two or three episodes from the end.  It was the scene where Ted and the Mother were eating dinner at the Inn in the 'future' (at least from the continuity that most of the show was in) and Ted made a comment about how sad it was for a girl not to have her mother at her wedding, at which point the Mother almost broke down.

At that point I figured that either the Mother was sick and dying, or that (in a potential twist) Ted was sick and dying, and that the narrator had just been a DVD recording that Ted had made before he died.

I liked the finale though, I think it wrapped the show up well and tied up the loose ends as much as possible.
 
2014-04-28 12:45:55 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: serial_crusher: Not sure I like the sound of this "happy" alternate ending. Who didn't assume the mom was dead by the time he told the story?

I didn't think she was dead until they threw a big hint two or three episodes from the end.  It was the scene where Ted and the Mother were eating dinner at the Inn in the 'future' (at least from the continuity that most of the show was in) and Ted made a comment about how sad it was for a girl not to have her mother at her wedding, at which point the Mother almost broke down.

At that point I figured that either the Mother was sick and dying, or that (in a potential twist) Ted was sick and dying, and that the narrator had just been a DVD recording that Ted had made before he died.

I liked the finale though, I think it wrapped the show up well and tied up the loose ends as much as possible.


If you watch the series over again, there are some clues from earlier seasons too that make sense in retrospect. For example, there's the episode in season 3 where Robin dates a single dad and Ted reveals at the end that she was in pictures the kids drew of their trips to the zoo and the beach.
 
2014-04-28 12:49:01 AM  
Also, is anyone else upset that they cut 18 minutes for the final edit instead of making a triple length episode?
 
2014-04-28 12:51:11 AM  
John Ritter would rise from his grave, see his shadow, and then there'd be six more episodes?
 
2014-04-28 03:58:14 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: serial_crusher: Not sure I like the sound of this "happy" alternate ending. Who didn't assume the mom was dead by the time he told the story?

I didn't think she was dead until they threw a big hint two or three episodes from the end.  It was the scene where Ted and the Mother were eating dinner at the Inn in the 'future' (at least from the continuity that most of the show was in) and Ted made a comment about how sad it was for a girl not to have her mother at her wedding, at which point the Mother almost broke down.

At that point I figured that either the Mother was sick and dying, or that (in a potential twist) Ted was sick and dying, and that the narrator had just been a DVD recording that Ted had made before he died.

I liked the finale though, I think it wrapped the show up well and tied up the loose ends as much as possible.


They should have killed the laugh track once Tracy died. I marathoned the last four episodes, still digesting everything and seconds after the mother is confirmed dead that track is laughing like a loon as his kids tell him to move on. There was nothing funny about that part.

Other than that no complaints.
 
2014-04-28 04:08:44 AM  
Jesus Christ, internet. The show was *always* about Ted and Robin. Always. Ted may have been able to move on, but it doesn't mean he ever got over Robin. That happens, sometimes. He was always going to end up with Robin.  Even if they're eternally on again/off again, it's Ted and Robin all the way. Ted and Tracy kinda, sorta, settled for one another. Ted had no Robin, Tracy had no Max. Doesn't mean they didn't love one another, doesn't mean they weren't happy. It just was what it was. I think that's what a lot of folks have a problem with, the notion of settling. Either cause they've settled, or know they were settled for. And it doesn't sit well with them to have such a thing pointed out.

I do agree, though, that things were rushed and that far too much time was spent on the wedding weekend. Also, who the FARK has a wedding on a Sunday evening? I'm assuming a goodly number of folk came from NYC, and it's like an hour and a half from the inn. Not counting those who came from Canada.

Also, Marshall was the only decent person in that whole group.
 
2014-04-28 04:15:19 AM  
Also, how was it not exceedingly obvious, from way back when, that Tracy was dead? For Christ's sake, Ted had Luke and Penny locked in his damned study for like 2 months, recounting a decade of his life.  As verbose as that tool is, it probably wouldn't have gone on so long had Tracy been alive. Clearly this was all for a reason. Surely they'd gotten some shorter version in the past. This was all about Ted laying the whole thing out.

And...what kind of farked up dad details a farking decade's worth of sexual escapades he and his friends(and the kid's nominal family) went through? Dude...there are some things your goddamned kids don't need to know.
 
2014-04-28 04:56:17 AM  

robohobo: Also, how was it not exceedingly obvious, from way back when, that Tracy was dead? For Christ's sake, Ted had Luke and Penny locked in his damned study for like 2 months, recounting a decade of his life.  As verbose as that tool is, it probably wouldn't have gone on so long had Tracy been alive. Clearly this was all for a reason. Surely they'd gotten some shorter version in the past. This was all about Ted laying the whole thing out.

And...what kind of farked up dad details a farking decade's worth of sexual escapades he and his friends(and the kid's nominal family) went through? Dude...there are some things your goddamned kids don't need to know.


Hell, there are people I know from overseas who don't even speak fluent English and have never set foot in America who picked up from the subtext that this was Ted telling it to the kids after the Mother was dead. If it's obvious enough to come through for people with questionable command of the English language, it really should have been obvious to everyone.
 
2014-04-28 05:00:09 AM  

robohobo: Jesus Christ, internet. The show was *always* about Ted and Robin. Always. Ted may have been able to move on, but it doesn't mean he ever got over Robin. That happens, sometimes. He was always going to end up with Robin.  Even if they're eternally on again/off again, it's Ted and Robin all the way. Ted and Tracy kinda, sorta, settled for one another. Ted had no Robin, Tracy had no Max. Doesn't mean they didn't love one another, doesn't mean they weren't happy. It just was what it was. I think that's what a lot of folks have a problem with, the notion of settling. Either cause they've settled, or know they were settled for. And it doesn't sit well with them to have such a thing pointed out.

I do agree, though, that things were rushed and that far too much time was spent on the wedding weekend. Also, who the FARK has a wedding on a Sunday evening? I'm assuming a goodly number of folk came from NYC, and it's like an hour and a half from the inn. Not counting those who came from Canada.

Also, Marshall was the only decent person in that whole group.


It's cheaper to book a hall on a Sunday. You do, however, pass the cost on to all of your guests.
 
2014-04-28 05:03:23 AM  

robohobo: Jesus Christ, internet. The show was *always* about Ted and Robin. Always. Ted may have been able to move on, but it doesn't mean he ever got over Robin. That happens, sometimes. He was always going to end up with Robin.  Even if they're eternally on again/off again, it's Ted and Robin all the way. Ted and Tracy kinda, sorta, settled for one another. Ted had no Robin, Tracy had no Max. Doesn't mean they didn't love one another, doesn't mean they weren't happy. It just was what it was. I think that's what a lot of folks have a problem with, the notion of settling. Either cause they've settled, or know they were settled for. And it doesn't sit well with them to have such a thing pointed out.

I do agree, though, that things were rushed and that far too much time was spent on the wedding weekend. Also, who the FARK has a wedding on a Sunday evening? I'm assuming a goodly number of folk came from NYC, and it's like an hour and a half from the inn. Not counting those who came from Canada.

Also, Marshall was the only decent person in that whole group.


Why do people always say Ted "settled" for Tracy? Clearly, from what we learned about her and the way future Ted talks about her through the entire show, Ted did not settle in any way. Tracy was clearly perfect for him, and for the time Ted was with her, it was only about her, and not Robin. Unfortunately, people do, in fact, die. And we move on, like Ted.
 
2014-04-28 06:07:41 AM  
As much howling as there's been about the HIMYM series finale, it's still nothing compared to the deafening wails heard at the end of HBO's
 
2014-04-28 06:14:31 AM  

Apos: As much howling as there's been about the HIMYM series finale, it's still nothing compared to the deafening wails heard at the end of HBO's


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Though if you'd been interrupted by a hurricane and then abruptly turned into a lumberjack I would have given you one of these:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-28 06:28:47 AM  
What was described in FTA reminds me of the "Previously on Farscape" that started the final episode, flashes from every single episode of the series.
 
2014-04-28 06:30:39 AM  

Jorn the Younger: What was described in TFA reminds me of the "Previously on Farscape" that started the final episode, flashes from every single episode of the series.


FTFM

Also, since mentioning it made me look it up
 
2014-04-28 06:52:16 AM  
It should have ended with Ted being an interactive computer simulation of the deceased real Ted telling his kids about himself from beyond the grave, the narration ending with the kids turning him off and going into the next room where Tracy and Robin, their mothers, are cuddled up together on the sofa on a videoconference call with Justice Marshall and Senator Lily of New York, who announce the simultaneous births of their first grandchild and their tenth child, in split-screen along with Barney, who has just received international acknowledgement of his flush and abundant island nation of Barneytopia where he is the only man amongst thousands of women, all aged 18-29 and rescued or escaped from deplorable conditions of slavery, cruelty, marriage, glass ceilings, etc., from around the world and having made their way to Barney's island where they have created a place of peace, compassion, freedom, rational government and above all appreciation of Barney, who doesn't actually rule there so much as maintain the server, because it's all just a virtual reality he never leaves since his investment company has sponsored all the high-tech startups needed to grant him access to every futuristic convenience and wealth enough to immerse himself in them. The kids say their bit to their "Aunt Lily and Uncles Marshall and Barney" and the call ends. The kids complain that Dad's simulation talked forEVER and they're hungry, so at Tracy's suggestion they all decide to order pizza, which is immediately printed out hot and fresh with extra cheese by their MagiKitchen™ 3D Food Printer from StinsonCo. The credits roll but at the end there is a continuation, where Robin is cleaning up alone after dinner. She gets a call on a tiny earpiece phone, tells the caller to hold, makes sure nobody else is looking, then slips into a nearby closet and through a secret door at the back, emerging into a fantastic high-tech command center with an eagle logo on the floor. She switches off her holographic wig and age-mask, smoothes her short brown hair, pulls on a dark blue uniform jacket and pops up a wall-sized holographic screen, the image upon which we don't see as the camera moves through it, but Robin then taps the earpiece and says after a moment's study and a slight smile of surprise, "Good to see you again, Nicholas. I see you've finally had that eye replaced." Then a switch to the production company slides for Bays Thomas, CBS, and Fox, then unexpectedly there is a quick, small inset screen which goes a strange bluish white and in a clip so fast it requires replaying on the DVR to really catch, Neil Patrick Harris, wearing a tattered suit upon the side of which has been plastered a red bumper sticker which is only partially intact and legibly showing only the letters MA##EL, walks stiffly but rapidly across from right to left with his arms out and a grimace on his face, going "Grr! Arrg!"

...But then, I never watched the show.
 
2014-04-28 07:43:24 AM  

Grotesk: It should have ended with Ted being an interactive computer simulation of the deceased real Ted telling his kids about himself from beyond the grave, the narration ending with the kids turning him off and going into the next room where Tracy and Robin, their mothers, are cuddled up together on the sofa on a videoconference call with Justice Marshall and Senator Lily of New York, who announce the simultaneous births of their first grandchild and their tenth child, in split-screen along with Barney, who has just received international acknowledgement of his flush and abundant island nation of Barneytopia where he is the only man amongst thousands of women, all aged 18-29 and rescued or escaped from deplorable conditions of slavery, cruelty, marriage, glass ceilings, etc., from around the world and having made their way to Barney's island where they have created a place of peace, compassion, freedom, rational government and above all appreciation of Barney, who doesn't actually rule there so much as maintain the server, because it's all just a virtual reality he never leaves since his investment company has sponsored all the high-tech startups needed to grant him access to every futuristic convenience and wealth enough to immerse himself in them. The kids say their bit to their "Aunt Lily and Uncles Marshall and Barney" and the call ends. The kids complain that Dad's simulation talked forEVER and they're hungry, so at Tracy's suggestion they all decide to order pizza, which is immediately printed out hot and fresh with extra cheese by their MagiKitchen™ 3D Food Printer from StinsonCo. The credits roll but at the end there is a continuation, where Robin is cleaning up alone after dinner. She gets a call on a tiny earpiece phone, tells the caller to hold, makes sure nobody else is looking, then slips into a nearby closet and through a secret door at the back, emerging into a fantastic high-tech command center with an eagle logo on the floor. She switches off her holograp ...


Took the words out of my mouth!
 
2014-04-28 07:50:17 AM  

Grotesk: It should have ended with Ted being an interactive computer simulation of the deceased real Ted telling his kids about himself from beyond the grave, the narration ending with the kids turning him off and going into the next room where Tracy and Robin, their mothers, are cuddled up together on the sofa on a videoconference call with Justice Marshall and Senator Lily of New York, who announce the simultaneous births of their first grandchild and their tenth child, in split-screen along with Barney, who has just received international acknowledgement of his flush and abundant island nation of Barneytopia where he is the only man amongst thousands of women, all aged 18-29 and rescued or escaped from deplorable conditions of slavery, cruelty, marriage, glass ceilings, etc., from around the world and having made their way to Barney's island where they have created a place of peace, compassion, freedom, rational government and above all appreciation of Barney, who doesn't actually rule there so much as maintain the server, because it's all just a virtual reality he never leaves since his investment company has sponsored all the high-tech startups needed to grant him access to every futuristic convenience and wealth enough to immerse himself in them. The kids say their bit to their "Aunt Lily and Uncles Marshall and Barney" and the call ends. The kids complain that Dad's simulation talked forEVER and they're hungry, so at Tracy's suggestion they all decide to order pizza, which is immediately printed out hot and fresh with extra cheese by their MagiKitchen™ 3D Food Printer from StinsonCo. The credits roll but at the end there is a continuation, where Robin is cleaning up alone after dinner. She gets a call on a tiny earpiece phone, tells the caller to hold, makes sure nobody else is looking, then slips into a nearby closet and through a secret door at the back, emerging into a fantastic high-tech command center with an eagle logo on the floor. She switches off her holographic wig and age-mask, smoothes her short brown hair, pulls on a dark blue uniform jacket and pops up a wall-sized holographic screen, the image upon which we don't see as the camera moves through it, but Robin then taps the earpiece and says after a moment's study and a slight smile of surprise, "Good to see you again, Nicholas. I see you've finally had that eye replaced." Then a switch to the production company slides for Bays Thomas, CBS, and Fox, then unexpectedly there is a quick, small inset screen which goes a strange bluish white and in a clip so fast it requires replaying on the DVR to really catch, Neil Patrick Harris, wearing a tattered suit upon the side of which has been plastered a red bumper sticker which is only partially intact and legibly showing only the letters MA##EL, walks stiffly but rapidly across from right to left with his arms out and a grimace on his face, going "Grr! Arrg!"

...But then, I never watched the show.


This
 
2014-04-28 07:53:05 AM  
What TFA's talking about would have helped with the disorienting whiplash effect the audience suffers due to the rapid transition from  "Oh, how sad, the love of Ted's life is dying!" to "Ted professes his undying love for Robin again!". It'd have made the finale a lot more palatable.

The main problem would remain; the theme of the last couple seasons was "Ted needs to let Robin go", which then gets reversed in the finale. Imagine a sports movie where a cyclist gets hit by a car and spends years undergoing painful rehabilitation so they could ride a bike again, only to in the last 5 minutes decide to take up golf instead. An ending isn't judged solely on its own quality, it's also judged on how well it ties up the story that has preceded it.
 
2014-04-28 07:53:33 AM  
Changing the Barney character never made any sense. He was TV's greatest womanizer since Sam Malone, and you want to marry him off? Of course, they ruined Sam, too. He dates three women each week, then suddenly want kids?
 
2014-04-28 08:25:25 AM  

Serious Black: Also, is anyone else upset that they cut 18 minutes for the final edit instead of making a triple length episode?


That's what stood out to me too.

That extra 18 minutes used properly could have given us the time to get over the mother's death and move on with Ted.
 
2014-04-28 08:55:02 AM  
Heart wrenching? I hate when comedies try to be dramas. God forbid they find a funny and clever reason for not being with the mother.
 
2014-04-28 09:03:13 AM  

Wolf892: Gunther: What TFA's talking about would have helped with the disorienting whiplash effect the audience suffers due to the rapid transition from  "Oh, how sad, the love of Ted's life is dying!" to "Ted professes his undying love for Robin again!". It'd have made the finale a lot more palatable.

The main problem would remain; the theme of the last couple seasons was "Ted needs to let Robin go", which then gets reversed in the finale. Imagine a sports movie where a cyclist gets hit by a car and spends years undergoing painful rehabilitation so they could ride a bike again, only to in the last 5 minutes decide to take up golf instead. An ending isn't judged solely on its own quality, it's also judged on how well it ties up the story that has preceded it.

Have you heard of a little movie called "Bicentennial Man" with Robin WIlliams? The whole movie is about an android with a personality struggling to become human and to be judged the same as a human and when he's only moments away of this finally happening he dies before he can hear he was a success...

Blah, horrid way to end a movie...


Sounds like a good way to end a lackluster film.
 
2014-04-28 09:04:57 AM  

Wolf892: Have you heard of a little movie called "Bicentennial Man" with Robin WIlliams? The whole movie is about an android with a personality struggling to become human and to be judged the same as a human and when he's only moments away of this finally happening he dies before he can hear he was a success...


He dies because he's become human. It's thematically appropriate.
 
2014-04-28 09:32:12 AM  
A close-up of Robin's three-inch clenis would've been unpleasant.

/never watched the show, because I also never watched "Friends".
 
2014-04-28 09:33:30 AM  
Were they caught breaking a Good Samaritan somewhere and wound up in prison?
 
2014-04-28 09:36:48 AM  

yukichigai: Though if you'd been interrupted by a hurricane and then abruptly turned into a lumberjack I would have given you one of these:


GODDAMMIT. I had successfully forgotten about that shiat. I blocked it from my mind.
 
2014-04-28 09:41:17 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: serial_crusher: Not sure I like the sound of this "happy" alternate ending. Who didn't assume the mom was dead by the time he told the story?

I didn't think she was dead until they threw a big hint two or three episodes from the end.  It was the scene where Ted and the Mother were eating dinner at the Inn in the 'future' (at least from the continuity that most of the show was in) and Ted made a comment about how sad it was for a girl not to have her mother at her wedding, at which point the Mother almost broke down.

At that point I figured that either the Mother was sick and dying, or that (in a potential twist) Ted was sick and dying, and that the narrator had just been a DVD recording that Ted had made before he died.

I liked the finale though, I think it wrapped the show up well and tied up the loose ends as much as possible.


Same here. It made the last 9 years of Ted telling his kids story after story about how much he loved Robin make sense.
 
2014-04-28 10:36:53 AM  
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2014-04-28 10:40:51 AM  
Oops, wrong thread.
 
2014-04-28 10:53:09 AM  

Fark You I'm Drunk: Why do people always say Ted "settled" for Tracy? Clearly, from what we learned about her and the way future Ted talks about her through the entire show, Ted did not settle in any way. Tracy was clearly perfect for him, and for the time Ted was with her, it was only about her, and not Robin. Unfortunately, people do, in fact, die. And we move on, like Ted.


100% agree. I never got the impression that either of them settled. Had she not died, they'd still be together and very happy together. However, sometimes the love of your life dies and you have to move on. Plus, it had been 6 years since her death. He didn't just go back to Robin. It took 6 years for the two of them to realize that there was something there again. (Although it seems like she never really let go, which upset her when she saw that Ted had moved on and was happy.)

This story, and the series, was Ted's way of moving on with his life. It's clear Robin's been a part of his family's life for the past 6 years, and the kids love her. So this was just the final step before he made his move. The ending may not have been the ending I wanted, but it was a good ending because it worked, it made sense, and it was real.
 
2014-04-28 10:54:31 AM  

Gunther: Oops, wrong thread.


Spoiler alert! This is the alternate ending on the DVD, right?
 
2014-04-28 11:18:16 AM  

soporific: Fark You I'm Drunk: Why do people always say Ted "settled" for Tracy? Clearly, from what we learned about her and the way future Ted talks about her through the entire show, Ted did not settle in any way. Tracy was clearly perfect for him, and for the time Ted was with her, it was only about her, and not Robin. Unfortunately, people do, in fact, die. And we move on, like Ted.

100% agree. I never got the impression that either of them settled. Had she not died, they'd still be together and very happy together. However, sometimes the love of your life dies and you have to move on. Plus, it had been 6 years since her death. He didn't just go back to Robin. It took 6 years for the two of them to realize that there was something there again. (Although it seems like she never really let go, which upset her when she saw that Ted had moved on and was happy.)

This story, and the series, was Ted's way of moving on with his life. It's clear Robin's been a part of his family's life for the past 6 years, and the kids love her. So this was just the final step before he made his move. The ending may not have been the ending I wanted, but it was a good ending because it worked, it made sense, and it was real.


People don't want real endings to sitcoms. They want happily ever after. That's the lesson I've learned.

Yet even with the criticism, maybe the HIMYM team actually did a great job with this ending. I mean, the show's finale was aired four weeks ago tonight, and Fark is STILL giving greenlights to articles about it. Even if its controversial, people are obviously remembering it and probably will continue to remember it for some time.
 
2014-04-28 11:31:51 AM  
I watched the final season, mostly because I have no life. I thought it ended fine. Ted wanted kids, Robin didn't. Ted had kids with Tracey, Robin traveled the world being a reporter. Both got what they wanted. Later on in life things changed and they got back together.

For all we know it lasted one date before Robin said "Yeah, you're still the creepy stalker from 15 years ago"
 
2014-04-28 12:03:14 PM  

Serious Black: Yet even with the criticism, maybe the HIMYM team actually did a great job with this ending. I mean, the show's finale was aired four weeks ago tonight, and Fark is STILL giving greenlights to articles about it.


You wanna try to use the "People are still talking about it that means it isn't shiat" defense for Dexter's ending?
 
2014-04-28 12:04:26 PM  

Pope Larry II: I watched the final season, mostly because I have no life. I thought it ended fine. Ted wanted kids, Robin didn't. Ted had kids with Tracey, Robin traveled the world being a reporter. Both got what they wanted. Later on in life things changed and they got back together.


Where have I seen this before? Oh, that's right...

You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly
She took off to find the footlights
And I took off for the sky
 
2014-04-28 12:15:46 PM  

ChrisDe: Pope Larry II: I watched the final season, mostly because I have no life. I thought it ended fine. Ted wanted kids, Robin didn't. Ted had kids with Tracey, Robin traveled the world being a reporter. Both got what they wanted. Later on in life things changed and they got back together.

Where have I seen this before? Oh, that's right...

You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly
She took off to find the footlights
And I took off for the sky


And then he quit driving a cab and got a job with a trucking company, only to be killed when his brakes gave out on the road into Scranton, PA.
 
2014-04-28 12:42:42 PM  

Pope Larry II: I watched the final season, mostly because I have no life. I thought it ended fine. Ted wanted kids, Robin didn't. Ted had kids with Tracey, Robin traveled the world being a reporter. Both got what they wanted. Later on in life things changed and they got back together.

For all we know it lasted one date before Robin said "Yeah, you're still the creepy stalker from 15 years ago"


And that, kids, is why I decided to throw myself off the GWB.
 
2014-04-28 12:46:39 PM  
TED MOSBY NEVER RETURNED HOME
 
2014-04-28 03:03:21 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: TED MOSBY NEVER RETURNED HOME


The episode should have ended with Ted waiting outside the pizza place waiting for Tracy to come back.
 
2014-04-28 03:51:55 PM  

Caeldan: Serious Black: Also, is anyone else upset that they cut 18 minutes for the final edit instead of making a triple length episode?

That's what stood out to me too.

That extra 18 minutes used properly could have given us the time to get over the mother's death and move on with Ted.


Cut the whole damn rhyming episode, and a few of the Marshall's road trip segments, and they could have used two or three episodes at the end to gracefully wrap everything.
 
2014-04-28 03:52:42 PM  
If it had been longer, it certainly would have been worse.
 
2014-04-28 04:51:38 PM  
Peoples' complaints about the finale boil down to the piss-poor execution of it all.   Even if Ted ending up with Robin was the right way to end the series, the finale was still dogshiat because it was horribly paced and crammed so full of "big" moments that they all lost their emotional impact.  Seriously, think of all the huge shiat that happens in the finale - there's so many emotional moments being tossed at you that they all lose their significance.  They jammed at least half a season's worth of stuff into 40 minutes.  They might have been going for some message like "Life happens so fast!  Not everything is perfect!" but it was still way out of whack with the rest of the series, and it made for shiat TV.
 
2014-04-28 04:57:08 PM  
Barney's character was completely destroyed and ended up a pathetic shell of himself. Not a happy ending for him in the least bit. He probably dies alone in a gutter wishing he would have stayed with Robyn.

Ted was unable to move on in his life and continues to "live in his stories." It makes him pathetic and weak. He follows his heart at the expense and detriment of everyone and everything.

Robyn was apparently just as pathetic as Ted. In the end, why was she living in the same exact apartment she was before? It makes her seem like nothing in her life has changed. What happened to her illustrious career? How did the kids know who she was if she traveled all the time? If she didn't travel while the kids were growing up then what the hell was she doing?

What happened to Lilly's job? After her and Marshal got back from Italy did she ever continue a career in art or did she just give up on all that even though it totally screwed Marshal over afterwards because it took him years to be a judge apparently and he was working at some crappy job.

Beyond that how in the world will Ted and Robyn ever work out? They made it very clear throughout the show that they shouldn't be together and in the end nothing has changed, so why will it be different this time?  They stay together now because they are old and tired, now it's time to settle?
 
2014-04-29 01:03:14 AM  

Serious Black: soporific: Fark You I'm Drunk: Why do people always say Ted "settled" for Tracy? Clearly, from what we learned about her and the way future Ted talks about her through the entire show, Ted did not settle in any way. Tracy was clearly perfect for him, and for the time Ted was with her, it was only about her, and not Robin. Unfortunately, people do, in fact, die. And we move on, like Ted.

100% agree. I never got the impression that either of them settled. Had she not died, they'd still be together and very happy together. However, sometimes the love of your life dies and you have to move on. Plus, it had been 6 years since her death. He didn't just go back to Robin. It took 6 years for the two of them to realize that there was something there again. (Although it seems like she never really let go, which upset her when she saw that Ted had moved on and was happy.)

This story, and the series, was Ted's way of moving on with his life. It's clear Robin's been a part of his family's life for the past 6 years, and the kids love her. So this was just the final step before he made his move. The ending may not have been the ending I wanted, but it was a good ending because it worked, it made sense, and it was real.

People don't want real endings to sitcoms. They want happily ever after. That's the lesson I've learned.


It's kinda in the name sitcom = situational comedy -> comedy is a defined story trope involving a couple meeting, liking each other, hating each other, loving each other and there's a wedding at the end. Humor is the category for stories just designed to be funny.
 
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