While reading the International Business Times online this morning, I stumbled upon a Spoilers piece on ‘the big reveal’ where we finally meet ‘the mother’.
I don’t know about you, but I was ready to meet ‘the mother’ 2 seasons ago.
After that didn’t happen I stopped watching. Tuned out. They lost me. I was DUNZO.
I had decided to put ‘How I Met Your Mother’ up on my DVR shelf where eventually, all shows that lose me end up collecting what I coined — ‘digital dust’ — long after their expiration dates.
When a show grabs me, I invest real time, watching it LIVE — I endure the commercials — for me, it’s the purest way to watch quality television.
So when I saw the show veering off the path, baiting us with crumbs into the deep woods of everyone else’s lives, relationships, careers, and overall nonsense, I felt like ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ — DUPED.
The writers had sidelined Ted.
While ‘How I Met Your Mother’ always intended to be an ensemble piece obviously aiming to be the next ‘Friends’, they completely missed the mark and confused audiences when they took turns writing EPIC starring roles for the rest of the characters.
At the start of the series, Josh Radnor, as Ted, was the indisputable star; but by the 3rd season, I was completely discombobulated by all the shenanigans distracting from the central story: Ted meeting his future wife — mother of his children.
Barney became larger than life. His overbearing, lothario, attorney character took former Dougie Howser M.D. star — Neil Patrick Harris — to an entirely different universe.
After the successful 2005 series debut, Harris publicly affirmed his gay status, joined Daddyhood via surrogate twins, and married David Burtka. He hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011, 2012 AND 2013 — which earned him 3 Emmys for Hosting 2010-2013. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010, he got his Star on the Hollywood Star Walk of Fame in 2011, and became Elton John’s BFF.
Marshall & Lily became the Ricky & Lucy — (from 1950’s comedy show I Love Lucy) — of the East Coast. They even moved to the suburbs for heaven’s sake! Their rising stars propelled — Jason Segel — onto big screen in one of my fave Rom-coms, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, leading to roles in other films such as, I Love You Man; Despicable Me; The Muppets — as well as his 1st BIG Celebrity Romance with Dawson’s Creek cutie & Heath Ledger ex — Michelle Williams. The role of Lily took — Alyson Hannigan — back to the big screen in Date Movie (2006) and reprising her role as ‘Michelle’ in American Reunion (2012) — as well as entering Mommyhood while battling her own real-life stalker.
Although Ted made — Josh Radnor — a household name in the Emmy Winning series, it seems as though very much like Ted, Josh’s career got sidelined — anyone remember his Writer-Director turns in happythankyoumoreplease (2010) and Liberal Arts (2012) from Sundance…? Exactly.
Already full-swing into it’s 9th and FINAL season (applause! applause!) after its hourlong opener on Sept. 23rd — the series seems to be giving us even MORE crumbs and leading us even FURTHER into the woods by showing how each of the friends comes into contact with ‘the mother’ even BEFORE Ted meets her.
Honestly, the fact that we’re going to be teased into one big crescendo leading up to ‘the big meet’ is pretty depressing for a show I invested 6 seasons watching.
It’s quite staggering that we’re getting such a short amount of time to know the woman who is supposed to be SO pivotal to Ted’s life — and the series.
While the focal point of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ should have been EXACTLY that — Ted meeting ‘the mother’ and watching that relationship buildup to the THEIR big Wedding — it seems to have lost its way into the great big forest of sitcoms.
My hope for the series finale is that the writers do right by the fans and actually make the ending as epic as it first started.
‘How I Met Your Mother’ is on weekly Mondays 8 p.m. ET on CBS
Just in case the series is collecting ‘digital dust’ in your DVR — here’s a look at the Season 9 Promo: