Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How I Met Your Mother 7.18 - Karma



How I Met Your Mother 7.18 - Karma


Brief Summary

Barney is intent on getting Quinn to date him, even after learning she's a stripper. However, what he doesn't realize is that he's being played. Robin keeps a journal as she stays with Marshall and Lily in Long Island, and finds herself feeling suffocated by their suburban lifestyle. Ted tries to come up with a use for Robin's room.

What I Liked

Robin keeping the journal about the oddities of suburban life was fun. Marshall and Lily really seemed like how they were in "The Sexless Inkeeper" and "Dual Citizenship," as the globbed together married couple. I liked that they admitted they weren't happy at the end, though, because that was pretty pathetic! ("8:45 ... time to turn in!")

Ted's various uses for Robin's room were fun, however, I guess while Robin's "ghost" haunting the room made sense, I didn't quite feel their conversation. (I feel like Ted needs to stop dwelling on Robin so much. He didn't even take her moving out the first time that hard.) Ted smoking meat, making furniture, and making/painting pottery was hilarious, though.

The end where Ted gives the apartment to Marshall and Lily. I had a feeling that they might move back into the apartment as the episode was drawing to a close, but it hadn't occured to me that Ted might give it all to them. That was a sweet gesture, and it brings Marshall and Lily closer to the action again. It also gives Ted a chance to spread his wings and get out of the place where he's been for some 10 years now.

What I Didn't Like

Barney going after Quinn was to be expected, but why was he so gullible about it? Surely he knows how strippers operate by now. Even Ted could see right through it.

Twists and Turns

Marshall and Lily are moving back to the city, into Ted and Marshall's old apartment, no less!

Observations

Interestingly, in the first season episode The Duel, Marshall and Ted fight over who gets to keep the apartment with Marshall and Lily get married. Marshall says he would use the extra room for a possible baby. Funny that here six years later, they're going to be doing just that! And since they're not taking their old room back (but rather using it as the baby's room) it should have a different feel to it for them than when it was their apartment in their 20s. I'm interested to see how they decorate it. I'm also curious if the swords were on the wall in that episode, or if they've been taken down for a while. I need to double-check.

Robin and Ted are both without an apartment now. I'd like to see Ted crash with Barney for a bit while he looks for a new place. Robin I'd like to see crash at Patrice's, haha.

I'm not really piqued by Quinn's story anymore. She doesn't seem to be the same stripper from S3, and she's obviously not very nice and was just using Barney. (Probably still is, even though she seems friendly and genuine in the end.) Does anyone seriously think this is the woman Barney is going to marry? Didn't think so.

Overall

Not a bad episode. Definitely gets things moving in a new direction. I'm excited to see Marshall and Lily back in the city and in the old apartment. I'm excited to see where Ted and Robin end up living.

But I can't help but feel like this whole season has just been a lot of flip-flopping and back-and-forth: Barney loves Nora, Robin pines for Barney, Robin dates Kevin, Marshall and Lily move to the suburbs, Barney breaks up with Nora, Robin rejects Barney, Robin gets serious with Kevin, Robin breaks up with Kevin, Ted loves Robin again, Robin rejects Ted again, Marshall and Lily move back to the city, Barney loves Quinn ...


And not much emphasis on Ted. So here's hoping Ted's story gets a jumpstart, and we can get through Barney's new love interest relatively painlessly.

Monday, February 20, 2012

How I Met Your Mother 7.17 - No Pressure



How I Met Your Mother 7.17 - No Pressure

Brief Summary

After Ted tells Robin he loves her, she leaves for a business trip to Russia, and Ted is left to discuss the possibility of their getting back together with the rest of the gang. Meanwhile, Barney becomes convinced Marshall and Lily have a sex tape, after finding a box of theirs labeled "Long Term Bets."

What I Liked

Wow, this episode was such an improvement over the past few.

The "Long Term Bets" box that Marshall and Lily had, and the subsequent flashbacks involving it and the bets.

Barney's confessing to Ted what happened back in November, and why he's not going after Robin anymore.

Ted's telling Robin that he can't have the 40-year pact anymore.

Marshall telling Robin she needs to move out.

What I Didn't Like

Robin. I still don't like the way they're portraying her! Why did she go and kiss Ted at the beginning, and almost lead him on? It was good she admitted she didn't love him, but even she was wanting to keep that 40-year deal out there. She's been so all over the place this season with men, first with Barney, then Kevin, and now Ted. She's a mess! And I feel like she really does need to spend some time away from the gang.

Twists and Turns

We actually saw a brief snippet of Ted and the mother on one of their first dates!

Barney tells Ted what happened back in November.

Robin moves out of the apartment.

Observations

I like that Barney isn't going after Robin. She hurt him, and the ball is completely in her court if she wants to get back together. His conversation with Ted was so sincere ... a rarity for Barney. He really has matured a lot.

Marshall still refused to pay up on the bet that Lily made that Robin and Ted won't get back together. Is this just on principle, or is there another piece to that bet that we're not privy to at the moment?

Ted's got an empty room in the apartment now. Wonder if it'll stay empty? I can't think of who would move in with him, though.

Overall

A very solid return to form! It felt like such an old-school episode of HIMYM, with the callbacks to Ted getting let at the altar, and of the blue french horn. Continuity was definitely in full-force tonight. Here's hoping things stay interesting, and that Robin figures herself out soon.

Monday, February 13, 2012

How I Met Your Mother 7.16 - The Drunk Train



How I Met Your Mother 7.16 - The Drunk Train

Brief Summary

Barney and Ted ride the Drunk Train, the last train between Long Island and Manhattan. But although Ted is looking to play the field, Barney has his mind on a new girl he met recently, Quinn. Marshall and Lily go to a bed and breakfast with Kevin and Robin, where Kevin pops the big question.

What I Liked

The "Just Screaming" play that Lily forced Marshall to attend.

Everyone's comments about what Marshall and/or Lily said on their wedding night.

Quinn, surprisingly. She's sassy and attractive, I can understand why Barney is intrigued, and the idea that she's really Karma the stripper is intriguing. (There's mention of a Karma who's "stripping in Vegas" in Season 3's "The Bracket.") If she really is the same person, there's the potential for some backstory that could be interesting. Also, right off the bat, we know she's cunning, and most-likely just using Barney. No false pretenses.

What I Disliked

This episode was otherwise a hot mess. Where do I even begin?

1.) Kevin proposing to Robin. I was like, "No...." when he did. And I was even more baffled when she accepted. Robin has been portrayed always as being against marriage. And not to mention, she hasn't treated Kevin as anything more than the "safe" boyfriend. She's never even said she loves him. Why in the hell would she accept his proposal of marriage?! Especially when she's cheated on him?

2.) I appreciated that Robin was upfront with Kevin and told him flat out she never wanted kids. And it did drive him away. But I'm unhappy that that was the straw that broke the relationship. Not because she realized she was just stringing him along and didn't really have deep feelings. Not because she fessed up to having cheated on him. Because of her no-kids policy. Because of that, we're left to believe she would have married the guy otherwise? That she really, honestly wanted to be married to him??

3.) TED. What the hell, Ted? I know he's coming from a depressed, desperate state. And I'd like to think part of it is just him feeling bad for Robin on top of that. But we don't need to seriously address Ted's feelings for Robin again. Doing it this late in the game is damaging to his character. He needs to move on, or his epic romance with the mother isn't going to feel believable.

4.) Is it just me, or did this episode bounce from scene to scene with almost no transition? It was all over the place. One minute they're at the B&B, the next minute they're back at Robin's apartment talking wedding plans. What day is it? How much time has passed? Who the hell knows.

Twists and Turns

Kevin proposed.

Robin spills the infertility secret to Kevin, Marshall, Lily, and presumably Ted.

Robin accepts the proposal, but after seriously telling Kevin she never wants children, he breaks up with her.

Quinn is actually a stripper from the Lusty Leopard, who has been mentioned before, and seems to know Barney.

Observations

I honestly have no idea what the writers are thinking these days. This shown has thrown rhyme and reason out the window, and seem to be playing for shocks over quality storytelling. At this point, the most promising storyline is Quinn's, even though right from the start we know she's trouble and would never want Barney to seriously end up with her.

Robin as a character has been damaged practically beyond repair. And Ted needs to get a grip, and move on. And Marshall and Lily need some real storylines.

Overall

Terrible, terrible episode. Started funny, and then quickly descended into baffling, out-of-character, incoherent drama.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How I Met Your Mother 7.15 - The Burning Beekeeper



How I Met Your Mother 7.15 - The Burning Beekeeper


Brief Summary

Told in 5-minute intervals by room, Future Ted describes Marshall and Lily's housewarming party. Simultaneous events include Ted and Robin arguing about her abrassive behavior, Marshall getting upset at having to work late, Marshall's boss getting upset that someone ate all the vegan spring rolls, Lily's father keeping bees in the basement, mice getting all over Lily's special cheese, and Barney debating whether or not to sleep with their crazy neighbor.


What I Liked and Disliked

I appreciated a "structure" episode, as they're called, since we haven't had one in a while. However, although the events did all come together, nothing seemed all that important, or even much of a misunderstanding. The first act was incredibly hard to follow, since it featured lots of snippets of conversations. From the second act onward things made more sense, and although there were some hanging questions at each ad break (who was in the burning beekeeper suit if Mickey was in the dining room?) they were all pretty easy to figure out. (Obviously it was Mr. Cootes, since he was the only one in the kitchen.) Everything was resolved fairly quickly and easily.


One big plus on this one was that the whole gang was together for a change, even if they didn't interact with each other much. I think less story could have been given to Lily's father and the bees and Mr. Cootes and his freakout over the lack of vegan food and making Marshall work late, and more time could have been spent on the conversations between the characters.


Things that were funny were Ted recalling that he was "more of a kicker" when he and Mr. Cootes were about to get into a fight, Marshall urging everyone to eat the Gouda, and Barney proceeding to drink just about everyone's glass of wine as he moved through the rooms.

Twists and Turns

We'll just breakdown the mysteries from each room:

Mr. Cootes was the burning beekeeper: he tried on the suit in the kitchen, went to take Robin's food out of the oven, and caught fire because Mickey had dowsed the suit in kerosene on Barney's suggestion.

Lily was the one that screamed in the kitchen, because mice had gotten on her special cheese.

Barney ate all the spring rolls, and blamed Ted.

Ted and Robin were arguing about her being rude to someone at the store.

Observations

Someone mentioned that when they say the party was "two weeks later," did that mean that this episode actually takes place in the future? I don't think so, personally, but it might explain why Kevin isn't there. He's been around at all the other gang events lately, I don't see why he wouldn't be there, too. He wasn't even mentioned.

Barney is regressing, a lot. One could argue he's just using his womanizing as a shield, but damn, you think he would wise up enough not to sleep with a coo-coo bird like the neighbor.

Seriously, what was up with Robin's pants? They were like cartoonishly blue. She used to dress so nicely!


Overall

Much more entertaining than the previous two episodes, but it still just feels like filler. There wasn't any character developement, there were no big problems, and it wasn't even that funny. I saw someone compare it to an episode of The Big Bang Theory, and that's exactly what it felt like. An entertaining little story, but nothing happened. There was no reason this episode couldn't have been completely skipped over, which is sad.