How I've Missed You, How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother was by far the show I was most looking forward to this fall, and the new season doesn't disappoint. I have a few nitpicks, but overall it was a very strong start to what should be an excellent season.

The Good:
Most of the show falls under this category. Some specifics:
-Barney. Once again, I have to say that Neil Patrick Harris should have gotten that Emmy. He manages to be both hilarious and sympathetic at the same time. He played his scenes perfectly- adjusting to his new feelings for Robin, but still true to the real Barney well all know and love. And the high-pitched noise he made when he was calling Robin was the funniest bit of the episode.
-Lily and Marshall. Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel didn't have much to do last night, but they proved once again that they can do a lot with a little. Favorite lines from each of them: Lily's "I'm a kindergarten teacher. When I see a confused little kid in the corner trying to eat the lefty scissors, I have to help the poor bastard." And Marshall's "She hasn't seen Star Wars? Ted, the only people who haven't seen Star Wars are the characters in Star Wars because they lived it, Ted." Also, loved Jason Segel's delivery of "We have to go."
-I think both Cobie Smulders and the writing for Robin have gotten a lot better. I'm really excited to see her side of the Barney/Robin romance.

The Bad:
-Even though I love Sarah Chalke (and it really is a testament to her acting skills that I didn't once think of her as Elliott last night, especially considering how Ted can sometimes be a tad JD-ish), I'm still not buying her as the mother. Last night's episode did a little, but not enough to push me in that direction (it's not like they don't have chemistry, it's just that we really haven't seen that much of her. Until we see Ted and a mother prospect connect the way Ted and Robin did, I'm not buying it (and no, I don't want Ted and Robin together, obviously they weren't going to work out, it's just that they were great together. You get what I'm saying (or you should, I'm in my third parenthetical here))).
-Aside from the very short bits at McLaren's, there were no scenes of the whole gang together (and even those scenes were to serve a very specific plot point or joke; there were none of them just messing around.)
-Also, when are we going to see Stella with the whole gang at the bar? Lesser girlfriends (Victoria, Natalie, even Blah Blah) have hung out at the bar, but we haven't seen Ted's finace there. I was hoping that they would all go down to the bar to celebrate the engagement, but we haven't even seen Barney's or Lily's or Robin's reaction to the news.

Ooh, idea! If Bays and Thomas and Co. want to sell us on Stella (and I'm still not sure that they do), they should have her involved in getting Robin and Barney together.

Anyways, this was a solid episode and a great season opener. I laughed (a lot), I cried (not at all), and I can't wait for next week.


TiVo Queen said...

I felt the episode was a solid B and couldn't figure out why until I read your post - you're completely right re: the missing group scenes which make the show special.

Lily said...

LULSKIES it was so good. but stella can't be the mother because we never saw her with a YELLOW UMBRELLA!!! also yeah i realized that there weren't many group scenes (except of course the hilarious "super-obvious code-word" ones)which is too bad. but yay im excited for this season and MANY MORE FROZEN BANANAS TO COME!!

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