Who else agrees that Cape Feare was probably one of the best Sideshow Bob episodes?
I think it was THE best Sideshow Bob episode.
Who else agrees that Cape Feare was probably one of the best Sideshow Bob episodes?
I think it was THE best Sideshow Bob episode.
I’m sorry guys. I really tried. I really tried to watch Spider-Man 2 again with an open mind, but…this movie is terrible. Peter Parker has an emotional breakdown because the woman he never even dated gets engaged to someone else and loses his super powers and quits being Spider-Man. He sees someone getting mugged and just keeps walking by. Then his super powers are magically restored to him once he gets his “confidence” back which just so happens to be around the time his love interest is taken (again) so he can deliver a speech about “Letting dreams go” to a brainwashed villain who then teams up with Spider-Man to fight the “real” villain…a machine.
Look, I’m not saying that the other Sam Raimi movies or The Amazing Spider-Man are flawless, they have a lot of flaws. Even TASM, which I kind of liked, is plagued with bad writing and poor choices. If I’m being honest, the first Raimi movie is probably the best Spider-Man adaptation. But jfc I will never understand why people call Spider-Man 2 one of the best superhero movies. For me, this is one of the worst representations of my favorite hero.
We continue the 24 marathon, this time taking looking at season 2. A nuclear bomb threatens everyone in Los Angeles and it’s up to Jack Bauer to stop the bomb from going off and the United States from entering World War III
If you’ve been on the internet lately, odds are a few people were complaining about the latest incarnation of theTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - now brought to you by professional childhood-ruiner Michael Bay. It’s your typical fare for a Michael Bay movie (note that he’s only producing it) - lots of destruction, military presence, Megan Fox, the words “Michael Bay” appearing on screen sending a shudder down your spine, etc. It looks pretty dumb - but here’s the catch: TMNT has ALWAYS been dumb. And dumb in a way that’s meant to appeal to whatever generation of kids it’s aiming for. This new version isn’t ruining your childhood any more than pretty much every single previous version of TMNT. Let’s take a look back…
Thank you. Everyone needs to see this and stop saying Michael Bay Turtles are ruining their childhood. It’s been ruined. Several times. Hell, the 1990’s cartoon that everyone loves ruined the original comic.
And can I say there is nothing realistic in re-dating your ex-girlfriend who is also the ex-wife of one of your still alive best friends. That is only normal in backfuck counties and Jerry Springer. Please stop telling me that is real life.
OMFG THANK YOU. THANK YOU!!
I could probably talk about that one episode for years and it will probably join the likes of Sopranos and Lost as a very poloarizing finale. Some will hate it, some will defend it, others will scratch their heads. In the midst of the internet losing their damn minds on Monday night, I think the portion of the fanbase that was totally fine and/or liked the ending, didn’t really fully realize why people like myself, hated the finale and why people like me felt that it may have ruined the show. This is not mean to be a “No you’re wrong it sucked” post. No, not at all. This is meant to try and give some clear reasons why fans like me were irrate. I’m seperating this into 2 parts. The first part is going to tackle what a lot of people are talking about: the ships. There’s so much more wrong with the finale than just the ships, but since it’s a huge talking point, this first part is going
to be discussing the Swarkles divorce and the Ted/Robin endgame.
Also, before we begin, I’d like to get some full disclosure so you know the person who is writing this. I am not a HIMYM original fan. I was cynical to the show when it first started. I caught up on the show’s six seasons on Netflix, including marathoning through season 2 in a single day. Yes, it was that awesome. I think season 1 was good, even if it felt like the show didn’t find it’s footing for a little bit and that seasons 2-4 are probably the peak of the series. Seasons 5-6 are okay to decent. I might be in the minority of thinking season 7 is actually really good, but the show really suffered in it’s last 2 years, especially with about 85% of the episodes in it’s final season. I’m sure there will be someone who says I can’t truly judge the show when I binge watched half the series, but I write this as a fan of the series and someone who became very attached to these characters. Robin is my favorite character followed by Barney. No, I don’t hate Ted and yes I think Marshall/Lily are awesome. And no, I have no idea who left the pineapple either. Okay, we good? Good. Let’s get started.
Controversial statement: I actually don’t mind that Barney & Robin got divorced. They were my OTP of the series and let’s be honest, in the later years of the show, they were the only reason to tune in every week. But being realistic, Swarkles was always doomed. The relationship is based on high emotions and lies. Barney, as much as he’s changed, has also lied multiple times to her. He says he got rid of the playbook, but he hasn’t and only gets rid of it when Robin finds out. It takes him until the day of the wedding to come clean to her fully and then still is holding out some truths. Now, yes, couples lie and they hold the truth from each other, and part of Barney’s charm is his mystery. I mean, it took us until the final season to even find out what he does for a living. But it started to become clear that the lies were going to add up. Robin was constantly questioning and doubting her decision to be with Barney for pretty much their entire time together. Seriously, go back and watch seasons 8 & 9 and take a shot every time there’s an episode where Robin questions Barney and in the end he has to prove himself to her. This rarely ever is the other way around. That’s because Barney is so in love with Robin. Go back and watch “Splitsville” where he gives his “I am forever in love with this woman” speech and see, Barney is so in love with Robin, that he’s blind. He doesn’t see the obvious problems they have, where as Robin isn’t totally blind, but is kind of going along with it. Their rushed engagement is less so of a plot hole and more of these 2 just being so into each other and that idea, that they rush into it, not really thinking of the issues with it. So, even if the show ended with them together, my head canon is that they would probably end splitting up or they would need to go to couples therapy.
The problem with the divorce in terms of pacing is that not only did we spend the last 3 years surrounding a will they won’t they plot with Barney and Robin, but we just spent 22 episodes of the final season around the weekend of their wedding. There’s multiple episodes dealing with Robin’s doubt about their relationship only for Barney to surprise her and she realizes Barney really is the right one for her. We see them get married and then the 10 minutes into the next episode, they’re divorced. I also came to the realization of what Swarkles was. It was never putting them together and telling a story of their relationship. Swarkles was a plot device. They were put together (again) after their fling in season 3 & the relationship that totally did not work in season 5, to set up Ted/Robin being endgame. It was there to give Robin a serious relationship but then make her realize Barney isn’t right for her (even though most of the episodes ended with her being convinced he is) and make her remember her relationship with Ted and realize she should’ve ended up with him despite the fact that Robin & Ted haven’t had romantic sparks since the end of season 2 unless you’re going to count their episode of friends with benefits. But a serious romantic spark hasn’t happened in 7 years.
What’s even more frustrating about this is the fact that this was all done because of the ending Bays & Thomas concieved in 06-07 and then filmed a secret scene with the kids. Their ending was always the mother dies and Ted ends up with Robin, because at the time, Ted & Robin were big. To make sure no one thinks I’m playing favorites, I totally enjoyed the Ted/Robin ship. However, the 2 part season finale of season 2 showed very clearly why they weren’t going to work. Robin didn’t want to settle down and have kids. She’s said this before, but like Barney, Ted was so blind to it. Robin was also blind to it since she knew that’s what Ted wanted. Some may make the argument that Robin changed her mind in “Symphony of Illumination” the episode Robin realizes she can’t have kids. Not so. It wasn’t that Robin suddenly wanted kids because she couldn’t have them. Robin was upset because that life choice that was always there if she changed her mind, was suddenly taken from her. Robin doesn’t say yes to Barney when he proposes because she’s somehow changed her feelings on commitment. She said yes because he was the one she was ready to commit with, not Ted.
The story has been that Ted was still pining for Robin and having issues with letting go. This is Ted’s thing. He has issues letting go. That’s why he’s telling stories about him and his buddies 25 years ago messing around in a bar. He has issues with letting go of things that are sentimental. This is his character and why it made sense for me that the last few seasons were about Ted letting go of Robin. It felt like nice bookends. The first few seasons were him being with Robin and the last few were about him letting go. Two major episodes this season that deal with this are “Sunrise” when he actually lets go of Robin and she drifts off like a metaphorical balloon and “End of the Aisle” when he gives the locket, something he went through extraordinary lenghts to get, to Barney to give to Robin. He realizes he’s not the guy anymore. In fact, when Robin gets cold feet, Ted says “I’m not that guy anymore”. I mean, really, the writers were making it so freaking clear that Ted and Robin were no more. Ted passing the locket to Barney to give to Robin was symbolic of Ted moving on. So the ending makes zero freaking sense given everything they made Ted go through.
The other part of the problem is that it feels like in this very long story, as impossible as it seems, it feels like we’re missing big details. Like I said, season 9 deals a lot with Ted letting go of his feelings for Robin, just as Tracy is letting go of Max. They both are ready to move on, when they find each other waiting for the train. There’s also no indication that Ted had feelings for Robin when he was with Tracy. In 2030, Ted has been a widow for six years. All we know is that Robin has spent time with the kids (I will discuss this plot hole in part 2) and she has come over for dinner a few times and the kids think they are “obvious”. But we never get to see this. We never get to see Ted and Robin’s interactions after Tracy has died. We know that when Tracy was sick, she wanted Ted to move on and not be a guy trapped in his stories (See “Vesuvius” Season 9, Episode 19) so we know Ted was struggling to move on, but he knew that’s what she wanted, but does that mean he just decided to rekindle feelings with someone he spent almost a year letting go of in 2012-2013? And yes, before anyone says it, I know they cut the scene between Ted and Robin running into each other at a resteraunt after Tracy’s death, and yes I totally think that scene would’ve helped. But it was cut and it hasn’t been released yet, so I’m just going with what was shown this week. Had they actually spent time showing Ted and Robin the 6 year period after Tracy’s death, it would’ve been more believable that Ted goes after Robin, instead of it feeling like it comes out of nowhere. It feels like there’s a big chunk of this story that was just glossed over in the last few minutes of the finale.
All of this leads to a lot of confusion on how Luke & Penny come up with the whole idea that this story is just about Aunt Robin. How? When 5+ years of this story had no Ted/Robin feelings at all? Did they not listen to his whole story about the wedding and how he let go and moved on from Aunt Robin? The ending of this whole story is a full circle thing with Ted and Robin again. I get why they went full circle, repeating many moments of the pilot. Seriously, I get it. But it’s so hard to enjoy those last few moments when it feels like the writers are stretching so much and taking leaps to try and get to that point. Again, I’m not pissed they broke up Barney & Robin as I’ve said I feel like their relationship was going to fail, no matter how awesome it seemed. I’m not even pissed that Tracy is dead. It’s just given all the information we’ve been given in the last 2 years of the show, I just can’t buy Ted & Robin being the end of the story. And no, before someone tells me this was the “Realistic” ending, HIMYM has never been realistic. Ted is telling 104 hours worth of story to his kids, even the stories that seem to have no effect on the plot, in one night. And even so, I don’t buy Ted and Robin being realistic when they haven’t had a romantic spark since season 2. I’ve heard people say this was better than a fairy tale ending. No one is saying to give a fairy tale ending. But how is Robin & Ted not a fairy tale ending for them? No, this wasn’t more realistic and this wasn’t a non-fairy tale ending. A realistic ending is Robin & Barney didn’t work out and Tracy died, but Ted tells the story about holding onto your friendships because you never know when they might be taken from you, you know, like how Luke and Penny’s mom was taken from them. I mean wasn’t that the entire point of the last episode? Wasn’t it about the gang staying there for the big moments with each other? And no, just because Luke says Robin comes over for dinner and they are “obvious” doesn’t solve that problem. We never see this, we’re just told it last minute. That kids, is a cop out.
Whew, okay. I almost feel like there’s more to say but I HAVE to end this conversation about Barney/Robin & Robin/Ted here. If you agree or disagree, I am 100% open to debates. the HIMYM fandom was always full of theories and ideas and at least for a little while, we can keep that up. In part 2, I’m gonna move away from the ships and talk about the characters. Because boy, was there some serious ooh work going on here.
It’s the Mass Effect 3 of sitcom endings.
Mass Effect 3 is a freaking masterpiece compared to this