Last Forever Review- I am going to get maimed for this (Spoilers)
I’ve been afraid to express my opinion over vocal majorities, but I cannot sit quietly while Ted’s name stands under The Scrappy
. I for one like the finale, and there are lots of people who do, they just aren’t as loud as those who hate it for some reasons I see and some that I think are highly exaggerated.
The Mother is a baby machine and Ted is a horrible person for moving on after six years of mourning her death? I think the finale established pretty well that having Tracy die was the last thing Ted would’ve liked to happen. In fact, after Ted told the story and his kids came to the conclusion that it was just an attempt to get their permission for asking out their Aunt Robin, it took some convincing before even he
accepted it. With his response of “What, I just call her?” it seems to me like he hadn’t given it much thought, and his decision to approach her with the smurf penis was obviously made on the spot.
Also, Robin gets sentimental about letting Ted go for a very brief period of time and that’s it. I never really got the impression that she regretted every life decision she ever made that led them to not being together. And Barney falling in love with his daughter is absolutely hated from what I’ve seen on the internet. Why!? Yeah, so Robin couldn’t provide him with a kid, but that doesn’t mean Barney didn’t genuinely feel for her! And did people want him to fucking throw the baby on the ground!? Anything besides what I saw happen with Barney in the heartwarming scene with his daughter would’ve derailed his character even further, which people were already complaining about to begin with, so accept that Barney's true love is his daughter. Robin had nothing to do with his kid, so drop it!
As for Lily, she hardly had any loose ends to tie up. They got home from Rome, she gets pregnant, and obviously that’s portraying women in a weak way
. That part is definitely stretching it.
Look, obviously they didn't nail this finale. The entire ninth season takes place at Robin and Barney’s wedding and their divorce is undermined. But people hate the sinking of their ship so much that I believe a majority of the finale hate is just looking for things about it to loath besides the divorce. Yes, I would’ve preferred if Tracy stayed alive too, but don't blow everything out of proportion with the Unfortunate Implications
Honestly, I really liked the finale. One of the aspects I found most grating this season was all the bumps Barney & Robin kept having when we all knew they were going to get married. So when I found out they got divorced, I suddenly realized that rather than being forced conflict to pad out the episode, their sub-plots were really about showing why these two just don't really work together. That's actually genius, as now all those sub-plots suddenly have a lot more meaning. As for the stuff with Barney's kid, I'm actually happy with it, as I was cringing seeing Barney go back to being the playboy after two seasons worth of character development. While Robin was the closest Barney may ever come to a real romantic relationship, his daughter was the one who ultimately opened his heart, and that's actually pretty sweet, considering how afraid he had been to have a child before. My only real complaint about this finale was that Tracy needed more screentime. Every scene she was in this season lit up, and she really helped breathe some new life into the show. It's a shame that they only used her for about a third of the season. But as for the finale, I have to agree, it was a lot better than people give it credit for. But then, I'm often a defender of controversial finales, so what do I know?
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As said before, it wasn't a specific issue, but the sum of it's parts. One of the problems with the divorce is that while it's in terms of chemistry issues between Barney and Robin, it goes and forgets Ted and Robin's chemistry issues and pairs them together, which gives the feeling of designated pairing. It also in many people's opinions, doesn't fit with the rest of the series. This series has been both acclaimed and criticized for it's idealized views of love and life, with Ted, Marshall and Lily being the biggest drivers of this, then decides to flip the scrip at the very end and be very realistic or even cynical.
26th Aug 14
I just feel that it was uncalled for, because in one of the last episodes of the series it shows that Ted lets Robin go. First in a visual sense, and then later on when she gets cold feet.
It's just such a big waste to me because they resolve that ship, they pair Ted and The Mother as well as Robin and Barney, and everything is good... but after that, everything that season had built up to was completely unravelled in 2 episodes. I can see Ted putting Robin at ease within his heart and feeling like going back when they both have the chance, and the chances of Robin and Barney staying together weren't great, but it felt cheap - still kind of feels cheap - that they made this entire season around how Robin and Barney are getting married and love each other, top it with Ted getting over Robin and meeting the mother of his children, and proceed to undo that in the span of 2 episodes.
In the last episode in particular, all of this happens: the marriage falls apart, Barney turns back into a wild playboy after resolving his character arc three times (The Playbook's destructions and the passing of it to a new generation), Robin is made unhappy for favoring her career over settling down, the mother is unceremoniously killed off (with footage showing Ted's grief being cut from the broadcast
), and they finally get back together as 60-somethings.
What was the point of destroying the Playbook twice and Barney handing a new playbook off, if he was just going to return to his life of lechery? What was the point of Ted letting Robin go in the last episodes if they were going to be the final couple? And though yes, I can see that they were building up to it pretty well, why the hell would they kill off the mother after birthing Ted's kids, giving him stability, generally being his soulmate - just so he could reconnect with Robin?
I understand this is an old review, people have their own opinions on the finale and that's fine... but the last episode undoes the last couple of seasons, and personally I think it undermines the show a bit to spend 9 years looking for the mother, characterizes her in bits and pieces over the last season and then kills her off for another ship. What a waste.
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