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2014-04-28 04:08:44 AM
3 votes:
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 12:49:01 AM
3 votes:
Also, is anyone else upset that they cut 18 minutes for the final edit instead of making a triple length episode?
2014-04-28 05:03:23 AM
2 votes:

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 04:15:19 AM
2 votes:
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 03:58:14 AM
2 votes:

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 12:30:03 AM
2 votes:

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 12:03:53 AM
2 votes:
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 03:03:21 PM
1 votes:

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 11:18:16 AM
1 votes:

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 08:25:25 AM
1 votes:

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 07:53:05 AM
1 votes:
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 06:07:41 AM
1 votes:
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 04:56:17 AM
1 votes:

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.
 
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