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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Premieres

by on September 26, 2012

After almost 4 months of waiting with baited breaths, the (tentatively) final season of How I Met Your Mother is here. And while it ended in the most exciting way possible, the preceding 21 minutes were not quite so.

If you’re bothered enough to see this, then I can be sure that you’ve seen all of the 7 preceding seasons. The season 8 premiere, Farhampton, starts a few hours from where season 7 left off – precisely after Barney and Robin’s wedding. Ted is waiting at the Farhampton station, waiting for his train, when in typical Carter Bays and Craig Thomas style, Ted starts narrating the story of the wedding.

Well here are the pros of the episode:

  1. Moments of vintage Barney Stinson – especially when he was on the phone with Klaus’ sister, Andrea the Giant.
  2. Barney’s awesome 60 second recap of everything that’s happened in the show so far.
  3. Genuine Barney-Robin moments, especially 642 West 14th Street.
  4. An awesome last minute where we see the mother closer than ever. And for the record, this time there will be no copout – “That’s the moment where he’s going to meet her”, confirms Bay.

And here are the cons, which unfortunately, mar an otherwise impressive premiere:

  1. A bland, uncreative Marshall-Lily storyline.
  2. The Ted-Victoria moments – a lack of chemistry which seemed all the more obvious this time round.
  3. Klaus’ German accent – although his scene with Ted was quite something.
  4. Overall lack of laughs.

Although I give credit to Bays and Thomas for going a different route and revealing the destiny so that we focus completely on the journey, I feel it does take quite a bit away from the plot. It’s like watching The Sixth Sense and knowing from the start that (SPOLIERS!) Bruce Willis is already dead. Kind of dampens the impact of the story, doesn’t it?

As always though, the HIMYM guys got it spot on with the music. The episode ended in a rather grand way, (quite similar to Season 1, Episode 22 – This Modern Love by Bloc Party and Season 7 Episode 17 – Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine) with closest we’ve been to the Mother while The Funeral (Band Of Horses) playing in the background.

While, overall, many might be underwhelmed by the 8th premiere of the show, the episode will be hard to put down simply because it gave us exactly what we’ve been waiting for, (well not quite but we’ve never been this close, have we?) the moment where Ted and the Mother meet.


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