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14 minutes ago, GeauxColonels said:

The wife and I are doing a complete series watch of How I met Your Mother and are really enjoying it. We never saw the show when it was airing and decided to make this our summer binge. We've just made it to season 7 now (I believe). I'm also doing a rewatch of Entourage because it had been a while since I had watched the show.

Don't watch the finale. Seriously don't. Just watch the DVD alternate ending. 

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Finally watched The Wire. It was as good as advertised. 

 

Thoughts:

- I think one key theme is that the cops and local government not only don’t win, but are also in many ways more corrupt and morally reprehensible than the criminals they’re chasing. Yes, it feels like a body is getting dropped at least once an episode, and they’re selling drugs, but they’re just doing what they need to do to survive and at least they have a code that they stick to.  

 

- The Bubbles storyline is the best. I could’ve watched a whole series just centered on him. I was cheering his redemption saga throughout the series.

 

- Humanizes the problems associated with urban decay and I think it still holds up even though the latest season is coming up on 10 years old. For this reason this may be the most important TV show of this century.

 

- the reporter making up quotes and receiving a Pulitzer for his “reporting” in season 5 was all too prescient.

 

- Everyone told me the second season was bad, fully skippable, or “weird”, but I found it just as engaging as the rest and I think it’s essential to show that crime is not strictly a young black male inner city drug dealing issue and that the police have their hands full with all manner of illegal activity. Also, needed to show The Greek and how everything was interconnected.

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18 hours ago, Cosmic said:

Don't watch the finale. Seriously don't. Just watch the DVD alternate ending. 

I don't agree.  The final season is kind of a drag, as it's essentially 48 hours over 24 episodes, but the finale doesn't bug me.  In fact, to me it makes sense and makes the whole show make sense.  My gut reaction was negative but in reflection, I actually am OK with it.  I think it's probably the most overblown negative reaction to a series finale ever.

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55 minutes ago, OnWis97 said:

I don't agree.  The final season is kind of a drag, as it's essentially 48 hours over 24 episodes, but the finale doesn't bug me.  In fact, to me it makes sense and makes the whole show make sense.  My gut reaction was negative but in reflection, I actually am OK with it.  I think it's probably the most overblown negative reaction to a series finale ever.

Couldn't disagree more. That whole last season was essentially thrown away in the first three minutes of the finale, they repeated plot points and treated them like it was a big reveal, and it didn't fit the tone of the rest of the series. I think they had their ending in 2005, and didn't respect how the show had grown in those 9 or so years.

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1 hour ago, Cosmic said:

Couldn't disagree more. That whole last season was essentially thrown away in the first three minutes of the finale, they repeated plot points and treated them like it was a big reveal, and it didn't fit the tone of the rest of the series. I think they had their ending in 2005, and didn't respect how the show had grown in those 9 or so years.

I think it's been stated that they knew the ending right away.  And I agree to an extent that the show's evolution did diminish the original plan.  It may have been better-served if the show had been one or two seasons shorter (in respect to repeating plot points). 

 

Given that, it makes some sense. Potential spoiler...

 

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Just as the kids said, the whole story was about Robin...not the mother.  I'd rather there have been some other guy than Barney (since it gets a bit incestuous) but the show was pointing this way the whole time (even if I did not recognize it).

I think one issue is the mother fit into the show/peer group very well...I liked her quite a bit.  So at that point, having the six of them live happily ever after would have made viewers happy.  And Ted kinda gets to have his cake (Robin) and eat it, too (the kid-raising lifestyle Robin did not want), which maybe some people did not like.

Now, had the show ended the way most of us hoped, would that have diminished the fact that the entire story was pretty much pre-mother?  I suppose not, because I thought it was just a clever title for a show that obviously had to have a long wait for the actual meet.  

I agree with the premise of the last season...all this time for Robin/Barney's wedding and suddenly "we got divorced."  Dedicating that much time to the wedding (particularly when he's just about to end up with Robin) makes that all kinda weird.  But I don't pin that on the finale; I pin it on the final season.  It almost seems like they signed on for one season too many and rather than continue to have Robin bounce between Ted and Barney and have time drag on for one more year, they decided this would be a way to have a season without having to have any actual things happen.  Aside from the "where are they now" (Carl, Ranjit, William Zabka, blah blah, etc.), most of that season was kind of a bust.  It had some laughs, but it just dragged on so slowly.  

 

I don't generally get too worked up about finales anyway.  I find it hyperbolic when people say "it ruined the whole show."  So even if I did not like it, I would not be to worried about it.  There was a lot of disappointment in the Seinfeld finale as well, which I get, but it certainly does not mar the show for me.

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4 hours ago, OnWis97 said:

I think it's been stated that they knew the ending right away.  And I agree to an extent that the show's evolution did diminish the original plan.  It may have been better-served if the show had been one or two seasons shorter (in respect to repeating plot points). 

 

Given that, it makes some sense. Potential spoiler...

 

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Just as the kids said, the whole story was about Robin...not the mother.  I'd rather there have been some other guy than Barney (since it gets a bit incestuous) but the show was pointing this way the whole time (even if I did not recognize it).

I think one issue is the mother fit into the show/peer group very well...I liked her quite a bit.  So at that point, having the six of them live happily ever after would have made viewers happy.  And Ted kinda gets to have his cake (Robin) and eat it, too (the kid-raising lifestyle Robin did not want), which maybe some people did not like.

Now, had the show ended the way most of us hoped, would that have diminished the fact that the entire story was pretty much pre-mother?  I suppose not, because I thought it was just a clever title for a show that obviously had to have a long wait for the actual meet.  

I agree with the premise of the last season...all this time for Robin/Barney's wedding and suddenly "we got divorced."  Dedicating that much time to the wedding (particularly when he's just about to end up with Robin) makes that all kinda weird.  But I don't pin that on the finale; I pin it on the final season.  It almost seems like they signed on for one season too many and rather than continue to have Robin bounce between Ted and Barney and have time drag on for one more year, they decided this would be a way to have a season without having to have any actual things happen.  Aside from the "where are they now" (Carl, Ranjit, William Zabka, blah blah, etc.), most of that season was kind of a bust.  It had some laughs, but it just dragged on so slowly.  

 

I don't generally get too worked up about finales anyway.  I find it hyperbolic when people say "it ruined the whole show."  So even if I did not like it, I would not be to worried about it.  There was a lot of disappointment in the Seinfeld finale as well, which I get, but it certainly does not mar the show for me.

I think our opinions are very close, but I think that the finale has to follow the show that preceded it. I can't hold the last season to blame, because it was the same guys who were running the show the whole time (correct me if I'm wrong). The finale came after, even if they planned it from the beginning. The finale should have been the DVD extra, and vice versa. They just had to pull the car into the driveway, but they drove through the back of the garage because they decided they wanted to drag race some guy nine years ago.

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