I could go on and on about the mistakes that were made in this finale. From spending 3 seasons shoving the Barney and Robin relationship down our throats only to dissolve it within 10 minutes (and for the record, I never bought the relationship....but I guess now it's clear I was never supposed to,) or worse: tantalizing the audience with the idea of what the reward of the show was. They made us believe that after suffering through years of emotional anguish and unrequited love our leading man would find happiness with a woman who loved and deserved him; instead that so-called reward was revealed to be merely a footnote. The absolute worst part had to be the scene where the kids reveal the big twist. What would have worked as a series finale from Season 5 and earlier feels completely out of place and disrespectful now. Over the course of this season, we came to love the mother but in a matter of seconds we are informed she's dead and who even cares because he's been in love with Robin all along. The stubbornness of these writers to stick to an ending that no longer benefitted any of its characters was kind of appalling and seems like they had something to prove with their arc for Ted as a reflection of themselves. He has his cake and eats it too. The woman of his affection for years goes after the bad boy but in the end flies back to him. It strikes me as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and his secret desire to build this whole thing to prove a point in the end that the nice guy doesn't finish last, even though it appears that for a time Barney won the battle. The only problem is you no longer made your nice guy nice and the love of his life turns into a casualty for a pointless and childish point.
I love you, but it's kind of convenient for me that you're dying now that Robin is single.
Ted: "I think you know how you feel about me now, and time isn't gonna change it. Do you love me?"
You can't feel bad for Robin EVER. She had her chance and she CHOSE Barney. Oh and she flat out told Ted she didn't love him. Ted deserves to be his dream woman's first choice. Ted was never Robin's first choice and she knew him long enough to be able to appreciate him....yet it's only when he's finally happy with someone else she begins her regrets. Only took her 10 years to realize it. Let's kill the mother now so Robin can find her happiness!
(Continuation of previous scene since it cuts off before the best part...)
The imagery of Ted walking through the sea of yellow umbrellas that ANY ONE of them could be the one who he would share a "lifetime" of happiness was beautiful and full of hope. Now? ....
Robin: Shouldn't I be with the guy who finds me my locket? Shouldn't I be with the guy who STEALS the blue french horn?? Look me in the eye and tell me why shouldn't I be with THAT guy?
Ted: Because I'm not that guy anymore!
Yet merely an episode later and supposedly 17 years pass and SURPRISE: he's that guy again? Then who was he when he was ready to meet his future wife? Speaking OF his future wife, let's hear about all the setup about her that clearly didn't impress their snotty kids.
(Apologies for the sound quality)
"She's on her way Ted, and she's getting here as fast as she can."
But don't anticipate it too much. She's just gonna die after a decade of all that WAITING.
Victoria's ex describes to Ted how he'll KNOW when he meets the love of his life.
Klaus: Have you ever felt this way about someone?
Ted: Yeah I think so.
Klaus: If you have to think about it, you have not felt it.
AKA no Robin shouldn't have been the only thing those dumb kids took away from that story as we see moments later it flashes to their meeting. It forever and always should have stayed with their mom.
I love you. I'm always going to love you. Til the end of my days and beyond. You'll see.
Sigh. This was where the death theories first began. But I still believe this is one of the most beautiful scenes to have ever aired on the show and I loved the idea of a future self-knowing just where to go to make the past version of themselves happy. And it is now our consolation prize in lieu of the finale to show, even though, that episode didn't fully, how much he truly loved her.
You picked a real winner Mosby.
This juxtaposition of Ted at one of his lowest moments side by side with a blissfully happy and in love Ted is, in my opinion, the most rewarding scene of the entire series and probably my favorite. After everything he'd been through, we see a Ted who has his love fully and completely reciprocated; in short we'd never seen him happier on this series. This was the girl.
And that kids is the kind of stupid thing you say before you meet someone who hits the reset button on the world, who makes it seem ridiculous you ever considered settling.
Initially I felt this scene was introduced far too soon in the season, and do still stand by that. But now having seen the whole last season, it was one of the brightest and best spots. Plus Future Ted's narration once again is beautiful and again the lesson we want to be learning in reference to the woman who bore your children and not some dumb ex girlfriend who shares the same name as a bird.
Give your heart and soul to me and life will always be La Vie En Rose.
Seriously. You watch that back to back with that final scene of the kids and you just KNOW those writers are insane. Can't you see what's best for the show!???
Anyway. I'll end this retrospective once more with the video I posted yesterday and how the show SHOULD have ended.
Funny how sometimes you just find things.
RIP HIMYM. I wish the writers could have respected what you grew into and ended you properly.