If you're a fan of How I Met Your Mother and clicked on this, then I imagine you're thinking, "What kind of monster would only watch the pilot and finale of an entire TV show?" It's me. I'm the monster.
Anyway, last weekend I was Googling "best TV comedy pilots" and How I Met Your Mother kept popping up on tons of lists. So I was like, "Huh, I should watch this, I guess." So I did! But once it was over, I decided to skip to the finale.
So, for better or worse, here are all my thoughts and feelings on the pilot and immediately after, the finale.
First, I realized that this narrator was trying to convince me that this boy — Justin Russo — was his SON.
The voice over/freeze frame reminds me of that one meme. You know what I'm talking about.
I'm not sure I believe this 27-year-old man is freaking out about marriage and his love life but OK. Also, I can't believe they named Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney, like the dinosaur.
I don't know these characters yet, but I bet Lily is gonna accept Marshall's marriage proposal. Also, I would just like to point out that there is a billiards ball set in a bowl on the coffee table.
I will say that the fear of opening champagne is real because that shit's unpredictable.
Realistically they would have at LEAST moved to the couch to have sex. That's fun and cute when you're 20 (or is it?) but not when you're almost 30 and can throw your back out.
Ted's hopeless romantic narration is SO SAPPY. I'm also not buying that this is gonna end up being their mother.
OK, fine, I'm sold by their cute banter, but TBH Ted could have told her to throw the drink in Barney's face since he clearly can't stop talking about Lebanese girls.
WAIT A SEC. Robin's boss just rolls up to her doorstep like phones don't exist as she's finishing the date with Ted and tells her she's got to work. WHAT???
Love that Ted's sense of urgency to see Not-The-Mother again or otherwise be forgotten about is based off his friend's very scientific explanation of "hot girl time." And yet, he is gonna commit a petty crime to impress her.
Ted makes it to Brooklyn, but you're telling me this woman lives with FIVE dogs in NEW YORK CITY???? Do FIVE DOGS even fit into an apartment in New York City????
Marshall and Lily are kind of nauseatingly perfect and for that reason I think one of them will probably be unfaithful but marry each other anyway, but I'm not gonna watch the entire season to find out!!
Ted says, "I love you" and honestly if this were realistic Robin would be like, "OK please leave forever bye."
These characters do have good chemistry, but Ted's desperation is making me cringe.
Anyway, this was basically my face when Ted reveals "Aunt Robin," which confused me because I thought Aunt Robin = their mother's sister. My friend set me straight and told me that "aunt" is used because she becomes a close friend.
So, before I tell you my thoughts on the finale, I want to make some predictions of what happens in the 9 seasons I won't watch. I bet at least 40% of them are correct.
- Ted remains a hopeless romantic and goes on many failed dates, to which his kids are like "why are you telling us about the time you fucked Pool Table Cindy I thought this was a story about mom."
- Barney continues to be a skeevy, slimeball and remains single. For whatever reason, the gang keeps hanging out with him.
- Marshall and Lily go through SOME SHIT (he cheats? she cheats? someone gets cold feet?) before they actually get married.
- One of them winds up owning that dive bar they were at.
- Robin joins their friend group for whatever reason even though Ted was A LOT and ends up becoming best friends with Lily.
- There has to be an episode where they're stuck on the subway or something, because that's just NYC.
- Their mother is eventually introduced way later than anyone would have liked.