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How I Met Your Mother “Bedtime Stories” Review (9×11)

25 Nov

mos1Listen-I like creativity as much as the next guy, but when it’s nothing more than a gimmick, it really won’t fly. We’re halfway through the final season, and for the life of me I can’t find a reason, why do we need this episode, when it’s nothing more than bold?

I get that sometimes they need to just let loose and have fun, but the stories themselves do nothing to stun. They should sometimes break free from the confines of serialization, but not when all we get is broad characterization. We don’t need to see Barney or Robin or Ted acting like they used to act; especially after eight damn seasons, that’s a cold, hard fact.

Kudos to the writers, though, it wasn’t an easy task; on the surface, it was entertaining, and I guess that’s all you can really ask. I do like the fact that they poke fun at the theme itself; it helps it feel less gimmicky and not like dust on a shelf. Although really, Marshall? What the hell are you doing? The season may or may not be in decline, but when you decide to walk to Farhampton, it’s quite frankly, asinine. I hate the distance between Marshall and the gang; he needs to be there for the show to go out with a bang. Anyway, this episode is really hard to grade; I’ll just give it a question mark and finish the rhymes I made.

GRADE: ? (GRADE AS A CREATIVE PIECE OF WORK: B, GRADE FOR EFFORT: A, GRADE AS A PIECE OF TELEVISION: C)

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-James Van Der Beek guest stars.

-The actors’ rhyming techniques seem to be out of sync quite a bit, which both adds and detracts from the episode’s improv-esque feel and cohesiveness.

Credit to CBS and How I Met Your Mother for all pictures. I own nothing.

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