Things that upset me: burning my tongue on coffee, the food at my school, not being married to Prince Harry… the list goes on.
The series finale of CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” on Monday can now be added to that list.
I expected a touching, sob-inducing finale that tied up all the shows loose ends (like how that pineapple ended up in Ted’s room in season 1), but sadly viewers were given a piecey, poorly written finale that only caused me to shed about two tears.
Warning: If you haven’t watched the finale yet, proceed with caution! Major spoilers lie ahead.
The first flaw I found in the finale was Barney and Robin’s divorce. The entire final season was built around their wedding and the idea that they would be together for good, but the writers completely threw that out the window during the last episode. Why waste all that time leading up to Barney and Robin’s big day just to undo it all in 15 minutes (or three years in “How I Met Your Mother” time)?
Post divorce, Barney returns to his womanizing ways and this, to me, is two giant steps backward in his character development. After dating and marrying Robin, Barney proved time and again that his days of sleeping around were done. But I guess the writers decided to just throw that out the window, too.
After one of Barney’s random hook ups, he finds out that the woman he slept with is pregnant. Viewers never see the woman or find out her name; she is only referred to as “Day 31” because she was the last in a full month of daily hook-ups that Barney calls the “perfect month.”
When Barney holds his daughter, Ellie, for the first time, he turns into a completely different person. Somehow, he becomes the sole caretaker of his daughter and stops his womanizing ways.
Also, Lily’s story line was left mostly open-ended. While the finale explained on two separate occasions what Marshall was doing with his career (he found an open position as judge in Queens, and then announced he had plans to run for the New York Supreme Court). But not once did the finale mention Lily’s teaching career.
The death of the mother was also quite obviously a huge blow to the entire series and a huge disappointment to all the viewers (me included) who actually believed Ted was going to end up with her. However, it was not explained how the mother died (just that she “got sick”) or how Ted and their children dealt with the loss.
For a show called “How I Met Your Mother,” the finale was definitely lacking in necessary details about the mother.
As for Robin and Ted’s “happy ending” (not that I would call it that), I thought it was appropriate that Ted used the blue French horn and stood underneath her window, just as he did in the first episode.
The only solid, redeeming quality I can find about the finale is that when Ted and the mother – her name was revealed to be Tracey McConnell – talk for the first time, they are huddled together under the yellow umbrella. Just like the blue French horn, the yellow umbrella has been an iconic item that tied the two of them together even though they didn’t know it.
Unfortunately, the “How I Met Your Mother” series finale was not legen-wait-for-it-dary, and to be honest, I can’t request the highest of fives.
Alternatively, a few of my fellow editors at The Towerlight sat down together to talk about things we actually did like, a.k.a. our top 10 favorite “How I Met Your Mother” moments ever. Watch as I fail to pick up on Cody’s “private conversation” joke and we discuss the moments that made us tear up a li’l bit.