HIMYM, or as one of my friend’s described it-a cheap version of Friends, ended this week with a surprise twist many of us saw coming. The mom dies thereby allowing Ted and Robin end up together. Sorry, but if you haven’t watched it yet, then maybe you shouldn’t be on the Internet.
For the most part, people were upset, but to be fair, we’ve watched enough sitcoms to know by now how they end. The couple that started it all ends it all, together. Producers didn’t have much of a choice either. After almost a decade of watching these two characters fall in and out of love, we’ve been indoctrinated that no matter how many obstacles stand in their way-engagements, best friends, infertility-they will always end up back together because that is true love, at least by television’s standards.
In the world of make believe, these on and off again relationships serve a purpose- to fuel the story line. If two healthy people found each other and a way to make it work from the beginning there’d be nothing to watch. In the real world, Ted would have stayed married to the mom. He and Robin would have lost touch, meaning that even if the mom had died, he’d probably start online dating.
Until last week, I would have told you that watching these bipolar relationships is detrimental to society since they teach children that true love should be unbalanced and impossible. True love can overcome anything. It’s a sweet thought, but it isn’t realistic.
I guess that’s where the producers and audience had a disconnect. For once, they wanted something real or at least plausible. If anything, this was the real twist in the HIMYM finale, the fact that the audience wasn’t willing to buy what producers were selling. Guess the twists on you T.V. We’re bored of your cookie-cutter endings. Show us something different.
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