How I Met Your Mother used to be one of my favourite shows & like many things I once intensely loved, I resented it all the more when it stopped living it up to my expectations.
They dragged out the Mother mystery for far too long, to Lost-like proportions… so I lost (ha) interest in the show & began to think that I just wouldn’t care once they finally revealed Her. I didn’t think they could revive what had become lacklustre storytelling, nor find an actress that could provide the payoff to years of build-up.
And yet, and yet… in the final episode of the last season we actually did get to meet the Mother. I was immediately intrigued by Cristin Milioti, to the extent that I watched the “Sexy Baby” episode of 30 Rock (a show I give a wide berth due to the presence of Tracy Jordan/Morgan) & even went to the West End to watch Once, Milioti’s big break over on Broadway. Both explorations put a smile on my face – Milioti was both creepy & fascinating as the Sexy Baby, and Once is one unexpected Irish dreamboat of a musical. (Listen to/watch this.) I was also cheered by the news that the ninth and final season of HIMYM would be centred around the wedding weekend, sort of 24-stylee. Fresh storytelling ahoy!
Having now seen the first two episodes of the new season, I remain hopeful about the show’s direction & getting to know the Mother/Milioti. It might sound shallow, and maybe it’s just because her face is a mash-up of Colbie Smulders & Alyson Hannigan’s, but lookswise, Milioti is exactly right & the character personality seems so far spot on (sweet, nerdy). I think she’ll make me fall in love with Ted all over again – his character has seemed pointless for a couple of years now. I was impressed that they showed her with Ted a year from the wedding weekend, which opens up all the myriad ways they can develop her character & depict her relationship with Ted, outside of simply “meeting” him for the first time, which could very well be the final moment of the series.
In any case, I’m looking forward to watching HIMYM again, which is nothing short of a pop cultural miracle.
Neither of us were right, but if someone won, it was me as Becki Newton was the one actress from both our lists that eventually starred on the show. So Anne, you owe me dinner.