Ahhhh and the Finale finally aired, the suspense over the mother finally over. Every fan could now finally let out a sigh of relief. But I can see that not many have liked it, not many are happy about the ending, “the famous television series did not get the deserved ending”, many say. What started in 2005 as a quest for the “Mother”, ended abruptly. All the character development seemed futile, because probably we always knew that Ted was hopelessly in love with Robin for like Forever, Marshall and Lily were the cute little married couple who we always knew intended to have many kids, and of course Barney is Legendary, he cannot change his way and settle. Well we knew all this from the very beginning, so in simple words there was no closure to any character.
I am a huge FRIENDS fan, always was, always will be, but when my brother introduced me to this one, not to say it was a refreshing change, I was O.K. with it, I always said that it could not have replaced FRIENDS, and there can be and should not be any comparisons. HIMYM was different, it had an invigorating way of storytelling, the characters were less guarded than FRIENDS, the first few seasons were fantastic, the latter were mediocre, but every now and then there were moments, moments we enjoyed and cherished, made us want to watch more.
And so finally the end came, and the mother was revealed, the much hullabaloo was over, and the critic’s caps were worn again. The internet right now is swamped with criticism for the end, the writers are thronged, and viewers are upset, no one seems happy. But I say its O.K. whatever has happened, it’s an end of an ERA again, for me at least, and I am sure for my brother too. Bitter sweet it was again a learning experience, taught me again that life moves on, we are not young forever, there is so much to look forward to, so much to do. Definitely the moments spent in the past with friends, family, first workplace, are cherished, but they are not meant to remain that way forever, no matter how much we desire them to remain unchanged. We always think life is NOW, but that now is not constant. When Robin told Lily that everyone is moving on and life is not the same easy going, young people anymore, I pondered, what she said was right. We are growing each day, and life is moving on. I ponder on the last nine years of my life now once the series are over, and I have come a long way too, I was unmarried when it aired, I am now married and have a toddler. My brother was in school and now he is working. So we have seen a lot during the span of this series.
When the music “Ta ta da da, ta da, da” blared for the last time, I reckoned that I won’t be hearing it again, of course I will find new series to watch, but it meant an end of another ERA after friends for me, I was not a huge fan, but these are a few things that I will probably carry to my old age, these were my days. Another generation will come and watch series of their times, but all these will remain close to my heart. I had cried when friends had ended, did not when HIMYM did, but nevertheless, a part of me was sad. It might have not been the perfect ending; there are many articles which are still writing about it. It might not have developed any characters at the end, might have given a very depressing ending, might have annoyed many, but for me in the end all that mattered was that it ended, and left with me in my heart a little void which I know will soon fill up. Of course I will not be thinking about it day and night, I thought about it for about half hour after it was over, but yes I will always remember, Marshall, Lily, Ted, Robin, Barney, for the people they were, the friendship they shared, their awesome McLaren’s moments, the playbook, bluehorn, apartment, dopplegangers, Patrice, yellow umbrella and everything else. It was not Absolutely but also nothing less than a LEGENDARY experience. With all the ups and downs I cherished it.