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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How I Met Your Mother - Architect of Destruction review/recap (As promised, because this show won the poll)

Is How I Met Your Mother officially back as a cute and funny show? The last two episodes were fantastic. The one before last (the one dealing with whether Robin was a real New-Yorker) was better, but this one was just fine as well. There was a great, although limited use of Barney in both, Lily was not super annoying, and there was enough humor to carry both half hours.

Last night dealt with Ted and Barney still working together on the GNB building. Ted found out that the site of the building was going to be the place where an old hotel, The Arcadian, was going to be torn down. It used to be a great hotel, but now it is a place where drag queens hang out. Ted was sad that he was going to be a part of the hotel’s demise. To make Ted’s quandary even more dire, he met a hot activist girl named Zoey who wanted to save it. She also had mad knowledge of architecture. As Ted set of to save the building with Zoey, he assured his four friends that he was not only doing it for a girl. No one believed him.

If you were watching the news and spoilers for this show, you will know that much was made of Zoey. She was played by that Dr. Cameron from House (Jennifer Morrison), and people were wondering if she could be The Mother. We maintain she does not exist. Those kids were adopted. Or made in test tubes. We’ve given up hope, and it is never coming back. But we were surprised when Zoey turned out to be off-limits. Well done, show, for surprising us. In the episode, she was married, and she ended up hating Ted because he decided to stop fighting GNB over the building when he found out Zoey was taken. That girl was crazy. She sure acted unmarried. And why did it take Ted so long to notice the ring? When we scout out a member of the opposite sex, that’s the first thing we look for, to make sure they are available.

The subplot was about how Robin is dating Marshall’s law school friend, Max. But Max has a small penis. This shocked Marshall, but what was worse was that Marshall realized that girls talk too. Lily had been telling Robin details of their sex life. This isn’t making us like Lily, our least favorite character, any better. This subplot was funny, but it’s just not acceptable to bring intimate marriage secrets, whether personal or just physical, out of the relationship. It’s not right, and we would never do it to our husbands (when and if we get them). That’s between us. Just sayin’.

We loved, “It’s filled with snakes. I don’t remember saying snakes.” We also loved the parade of Ted’s different past identities he used to impress girls. The best moment had to be Barney bonding with the bunny in Ted’s apartment and using it as an evil prop.

Episode Grade: B+

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  1. wish you had a boy voice in your critiques on this show. the Barney character adds a very ideal masculine voice that has not been seen in many tv shows because it is too sketchy of a topic in this new young and largely feminized market that has now been taken over after 8:00. Best example is the increase of the Glee, Gossip Girl, and Hellcats that really empower the famine voice. Although i believe show such as One Tree Hill and Gossip girl should be viewed by the young male population, especially because of this lack of imagination, foreplay, and guy's self maintenance that i here all too well from my female friends. But we need shows with characters like Barney from How I met Your Mother, or Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, or even the well "with-held from public view" show Entorage, to remind us that it is ok for guys to just be guys, glorify the Bromance and the natural high that comes with the unedited comedy of "real life" ridiculous guy conversations that many girls, nor even the elder generations of parents(mainly the Moms of the household), seem to understand. I am not saying that Barney is hardly an epitomize version of the true guy, hardly, especially from the amount of girls that "claim" to fall at his feet, but he gives us the confident skills of just being comfortable of who we are as boys, and girls seem to collect around the "confident man". I also encourage the creation of a character that just represents the challenge of refusing to grow-up and reminding us of how fun our shrewdness can be. Maybe i am just rambling, but i hope these points aren;t just a "guy thing"

  2. Quick edit of my post: meant Feminine not "famine", and:
    "household), CAN'T seem to understand"

  3. It's these sorts of comments that get us out of bed in the morning. Literally. This blogger got out of bed to answer this.

    You pointed out a writing error. Thanks! Often, because of our amazingly packed school schedules (you’ve heard law school is hard? Try taking 18 credits/hours in it), proofreading time is low. One of us wrote “there was great, limited use of Barney,” when what was really meant was “there was great, although limited use of Barney.” We think Barney is 90% of the reason to watch the show. One of us has actually read “The Bro Code.” Yeah, they made it a book. We can’t get enough Barney. Sorry for the apparent Barney diss. When we first started watching, we thought Barney was going to be just another stereotype, like any confident skirt chaser on TV, but Barney is much more than that. He lives by a code, wears suits everywhere, sings, plays laser tag. and is pretty much the most hilarious guy ever.

    You also make a good point about us pandering mostly to the female audience. We check the stats and comments, and most of the readers ARE girls, so we cover Gossip Girl, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Vampire Diaries the most. We will never do Hellcats though. No way. We can’t bear to watch it. We’ve tried hard to keep stuff like Fringe, Dexter, The Event, Boardwalk Empire, and a few comedies on for the guys, and we are going to do Sons of Anarchy next season. We will ponder your suggestion of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” You’re right, there really AREN’T enough guy shows, even though you guys dominate the box office.

    We would totally need a guy to write about Entourage if we ever wanted to cover it. That is something girls rarely get, and if they do, they probably don’t get it to the proper level. But as for other stuff, we think we got at least a few man cards from marathoning “24” and "Deadwood." It’s a thought though. We’ll keep a look out for a guy who can write and who also watches too much TV.