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How I Met Your Mother – 6.04: Subway Wars

October 15, 2010

“Face, huh?  That’s your weirdest nickname for boobs yet.” -Ted

Oh shit, did they just combine two of my favorite shows?  In this episode, How I Met Your Mother meets The Amazing Race, as each of the gang competes in a race from the bar to a steakhouse in an attempt to prove who knows how to get around NYC the best.

Like The Amazing Race, I think what I loved about this episode is that it was a really fantastic combination of simplicity and complexity.  The concept behind the episode was very simple (first one to the finish line gets the prize!), yet the execution was ambitious in scale and actually managed to pull it off quite well.  The episode takes us through the subways, on a bus, and down the streets of New York, all while keeping an exciting pace and summing up the action with a giant map with the characters’ faces on their location.  At the same time, the writers manage to elevate the episode past a simple slapstick episode about mad dashing by peeling back a layer on the characters a bit.  It’s revealed that the sudden need for competition between the friends actually stems from frustrations they were feeling with their day-to-day lives: Ted receiving a single poor review on his page, Robin being jealous of her new co-host, and Lily and Marshall having difficulty conceiving their child.  Of course, they all manage to confront their own insecurities by the end of the episode, but the journey to self-discovery is thrilling, inventive, and hilarious.  There’s only so much you can do with a 23-minute episode of primetime television, and yet, they really managed to fill this one to the limit by packing in an action-packed storyline, a decent amount of character development, and some heart-warming moments.  In the end, Robin wins the race and Lily and Marshall come to terms with the fact that getting pregnant may take some time and that they should enjoy their final moments of non-parenthood while they still can.

Barney’s always been the selfish and self-centered one of the group (at least, more so than the others), and in watching the series, it’s not hard to wonder why the rest of the group puts up with him (even in this episode, Lily jokes about trying to ditch Barney by all moving away).  Even though Barney’s at his most hilarious when he’s being his most self-centered, it’s nice to be reminded every now and then that deep down, he truly is friends with the rest of the group.  Moments away from crossing the finish line, Barney recognizes Robin’s need for a win that day and lets her win by tackling Ted right at the end of the race, allowing her to truly feel like a New Yorker.  Barney is the closest that the show gets to a one-dimensional character, and because it’s a bit rarer than with the rest of the group, it’s especially fun to see the moments when Barney shows a bit of humanity and courtesy for others.


How I Met Your Mother – 6.01: Big Days

September 22, 2010

“This, what you’re doing right now?  I’m getting a de-rection.” – Barney

I’m going in to this new season a bit cold, because I actually haven’t seen the entirety of Season 5 yet, which could have been a problem since HIMYM actually does have a good deal of continuity involved in it.  Thankfully, most of the major threads were reviewed when introducing each character again in the season: Lily and Marshall trying to have a kid, Robin getting out of a relationship, and Ted…well, still looking for that damn mother.  How long has it been, Ted, 6 years?  Did you really need to tell your kids about all that crap in the many many years before you met their mom.  Just get to meeting the mom already, dammit.  …And it looks like we will!  We actually start off this latest season with a very promising forwarding of the plot by having Ted reveal exactly where he met his kids’ mother.

The rest of the episode was enjoyable enough.  The main plot involved Ted trying to talk to a girl at a bar that turned out to be a friend of one of his exes.  Meanwhile, Lily and Marshall get in an argument about keeping the attempts to get pregnant secret, Robin spends the episode being a slob in the aftermath of her breakup, and Barney is…well he’s Barney.  Not a whole lot goes on in the episode, and the bit with Robin seems a bit shoe-horned in (in the last few minutes of the episode, she all of a sudden decides to turn it back on and start dressing like an attractive young woman again), but it was also full of funny bits of dialogue and a clever twist at the end.  Mostly, though, I’m looking forward to the promise that we might just get to finally meet the mother this season (unless, y’know, we just spend the rest of the season on wild goose chases again.  Whatever.)

Meanwhile, it’s weird to see Lyndsy Fonseca on two shows, especially since the footage they use on this show is the same clip they’ve been using since Season 2.  She looks so much younger, she must have been like 18 or something.

Also, nice shirt Lily indeed.