As a small note, I did appreciate that the entire show was Ted telling his kids about their deceased mother. It definitely makes more sense as a framing device, even though it's unbearably sad. But it should have ended like that, as a lovely and touching tribute to the love of Ted's life. It shouldn't have been an excuse for him to move on to Robin 'finally'. It cheapens the relationship with the Mother. Not that we saw ANY of that.
Things I liked:
- Lily, unable to handle a goodbye hug, asking Ted for an E.T. goodbye (Ted's finger meeping to Lily's forehead), and saying "Thanks that helped; it was creepy and I don't want to see you for a while." Like she was reading our thoughts for 90% of the series. But it was cute.
- Mother/Tracy: "When I get married I want to kind of fit in my dress...[hint hint]." Lily: "What's going on?" Barney: "She's getting a boob job!!!"
- Playing "Murder Train" at Robots v. Wrestlers!! Amazing; hurrah for some continuity that isn't about that damned French horn.
- Ted: "I've got a castle guy!" Barney: "I've got like three castle guys."
- Cristin Milioti was so winning, it's such a shame they didn't use her more. But her few scenes over the past few months, and tonight, have been the best.
Things that made me go hmm:
- Lily's 2017-2018 bangs.
- The Mother's crappy wedding dress. If they had the money for a French castle wedding complete with stallions and a hot-air balloon, they could have afforded a dress in a quality material. It's impossible to use a half-loop stitching on low-viscosity rayon. It would snag the fabric.
- Dumb: Barney and Ted's high-five to echo throughout eternity. Waste of a few precious minutes. Not that time was well spent tonight.
- Marshall: "Hey you kids, do you have any idea what happened in this very bar?...All kinds of stuff." What a great set-up of a line that ended with a disappointing fizzle, like a balloon deflating. Should have and could have been amazing and moving, if Marshall just said something simple but not dumb, like, "...Everything."
Things that are making me a red-faced merkit:
- Everything felt slow. The old lady at Farhampton station got more screen time, and lines, than Robin and the Mother combined. Sure sure. Good decision.
- Robin alone in the empty apartment should have been a tearjerker (a la the "Friends" finale) but it wasn’t. What a shame. Though Lily’s little face sobbing in that scene was very sad. But Lily's little face is the best.
- Barney has a love child. I'm glad he gets to have the child he always wanted, but the baby mama doesn't matter? We don't meet her? he has no relationship with her? What.
- Robin and Barney getting divorced. What in the EVERLASTING TUCK. We waited years, and then had to put up with this entire season taking place over their wedding weekend, only to have their marriage last five minutes. Epic fail.
- The Mother actually died. Like I said, I appreciate this twist as a really sensible framing reveal that makes the show as a whole a whole lot more meaningful. Doesn't mean I like it.
- Ted going after Robin. Sure guys, realize 1000-times over that you aren't right for each other...for FIRST marriages! Wait till your wife dies/you get divorced and THEN you can be each other's secondsees! Ok! WHAT A FABULOUS ENDING.
The series should have ended when Ted and Tracy were talking under the yellow umbrella at Farhampton station. That would have been lovely. It would have almost made up for the Barney and Robin shitstorm. This show of course was about the 5 best friends, but it was also supposed to be about how Ted met the kids' Mother, not about how he outlasted her so he could then guiltlessly go after Robin in middle age. When I watch my beloved reruns of this often wonderful show, I'm going to rewrite this ending.