TV Review: “How I Met Your Mother” Season 8 – So Close, Yet So Far Away

Written by Hana Elniwairi January 02, 2013

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One of the very few shows that can still get a genuine laugh out of its audience, “How I Met Your Mother” recently hit their winter/fall finale and ended it with a bang. Here is a look at the good, bad, and in-between aspects of season eight.

The Good

The shining stars of “How I Met Your Mother” season 8, so far, are without a doubt Robin and Barney. Yes, this couple has had several golden moments throughout the series, but the first half of season eight did quite a bit to set everything in stone for these two. Barney’s proposal scheme was so elaborate and complicated, and at first, I wasn’t sure I liked it, but upon a second look, it is very much like Barney to go through so much trouble and scheming for just about every aspect of his life. The inclusion of Patrice’s character was also a great idea, because she brought so much humour to the relationship, and she is, in almost every way, the exact opposite of Robin, making Barney’s plan seem quite ingenious, really.

Another aspect of season 8 that is working well so far is Lily’s and Marshall’s transition into parenthood. The show depicts it really well, and makes it fit into the world of “How I Met Your Mother” seamlessly. A concern of mine was that it would be difficult to blend the new-parents with their old friends, but the show addressed that difficulty, and is working through it well.

The Bad

Drama is good; rehashing past relationships can often add quite a bit to a present relationship, but there’s a limit to everything. In this case, Ted’s and Robin’s relationship, and the question of its nature, appeared to be a crutch the writers were using to move the plot along, but the effect was simply not good. I understand there needed to be a reason for the Victoria character to leave in order for the next chapter in Ted’s life to come about, but using the Ted-Robin relationship as the excuse made me roll my eyes in exasperation. Unlike the aforementioned moment in “The Last Page”, the break up with Victoria felt fake and hollow.

The So-So

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Halfway through season 8, the show focused on Marshall’s career for two episodes. Those episodes were interesting, although they felt slightly out of place. A concern of mine is whether or not this will last through the end of the season, because those episodes, and that potential storyline, is a good hour that could have been spent on other storylines. However, seeing as the show is only half-way through, there is still hope that this storyline will come to be more meaningful.

With this season possibly being the second to last, there is the issue of resolving the question of the show’s title. I won’t complain about how the show is no longer strictly about that storyline, as plenty of people have addressed that issue already (See Here), but a sense of closure is needed. If the mother is not introduced very soon, I fear that there won’t be enough time to develop her character, or the relationship with Ted. A rushed relationship, and an equally rushed attempt to tie in all the nots will no doubt be a less than satisfactory way to end what has been a pretty good show to date.

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The Final Verdict

“How I Met Your Mother” started off with a fresh idea, and a handy incentive for people to keep on watching until the end. With a title like that, it’s hard not to at least be slightly curious who this mother is, and how did he freaking meet her. Last season was slightly dizzying and uncertain, and this season is starting off better. However, season 8 can still spiral downhill if the rest of the season isn’t written well, and if we don’t at least actually meet the mother!

My Rating (so far): 7/10

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About Hana Elniwairi

Hana is a student at UWO, studying Psychology and Creative Writing. She enjoys watching movies and TV, no matter how much she complains about them or claims otherwise.

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