Tuesday, April 1, 2014

So How Did They End? - Psych and HIMYM

They are now gone but will not soon be forgotten.  But were the finales satisfying?  Did they pay off after their long runs?  Some series for me have gotten the endings just right (Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer), others not (Quantum Leap, Dexter, St. Elsewhere). So how did we say goodbye to Psych and How I Met Your Mother?



Psych's finale was awesome!  The happiest of endings, with Shawn (James Roday) finally moving north to be with his love Juliet (Maggie Lawson).  The whole episode had Shawn building up to make the move, leaving lifelong bro and bestest BFF Gus (Dule Hill) behind, and technically he did.  But Gus, realizing he had a friendship "for the ages," quit his job - well, eventually did after changing his mind 12 times - and followed his pal to San Francisco to continue their adventures. 

Shawn's adorable proposal to Juliet at the end of the episode was long and wordy but in the most adorable way - we, along with Juliet just wanted him to friggin ask! - but most importantly was when he asked Juliet if she would "marry us - well, mostly me, but Gus will always be there."  Juliet always knew Shawn and Gus were a package deal in her future, and she (and we) wouldn't have it any other way.

I do wish the whole gang, including Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) and Shawn's dad Henry (Corbin Bernsen), could have been together in the end, but Shawn's moving on with his life with them behind in Santa Barbara is something I can live with.

Here's to seeing our Psych friends again!


I'm still digesting the finale of this wonderful show, which bowed out just hours ago.  Admittedly, it did not go entirely where I expected it to.  For weeks we speculated that the Mother - whose name is Tracy McConnell (Cristin Milioti) - had passed on, and it did indeed turn out that way.  What I didn't expect is that Ted (Josh Radnor) would eventually find his way back to his first true love Robin (Cobie Smulders) ... with his kids full blessing and encouragement. 

I've read a lot of comments online, and a lot of people are calling this a terrible ending, hating it thoroughly.  I don't feel that way.  I am disappointed that they chose to have Tracy die - Milioti and Radnor had perfect onscreen chemistry and made an adorable couple.  But the show over the nine seasons always had a back-and-forth tug between Ted and Robin, so having him come full circle to be with her (six years after Tracy's passing - a very fair mourning period), even calling back to their first date, blue french horn and all, was something I can live with.

Harder to accept was Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), having accomplished his "perfect month" (31 women in 31 days), finding out that "Number 31" was pregnant.  So he becomes a dad and finally finds the truest love of his life (yep, he and Robin get divorced after just three years of marriage) in his daughter.  The fact that on the day she is delivered he is still calling the mother of his child by her number is insulting, even for eternal cad Barney.  It goes on to show that he is very much in his daughter's life, but unclear if he has joint custody or he is living with the mother (if that's the case, to still not call her by name ... really?).

Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) were still together, happy and procreating.  Still one of TV's best marriages.

I really enjoyed how the episode played out, taking us through moments over the years leading up to the year 2024.  It was very realistic how they incorporated changes in each of the characters' lives, the progression of their relationships, families and careers.  Life isn't always sunshine and happiness, and HIMYM has brilliantly incorporated moments of sadness and heartbreak while not pushing us into super-drama territory.  So this ending had that and, while it's not the ending I wanted, I can accept it. 

I still wish Tracy had recovered and had a long, loving life with Ted.  But at least they shared a great love in for a time, and that's what counts - and what we're meant to take away:  love who you love as much as you can for as long as you can. 

I like that very much.

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