'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Mystery vs. History': I gots ta know!

 A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I compare my baby to the chupacabra... 

"Mystery vs. History" had a couple of promising ideas at its core, one of which wasn't executed terribly well, the other a bit better but in familiar fashion. 

The big idea is the one that provided the episode with its title, with Ted trying to swim against the sea of information available to him about every woman he tries to date and drowning anyway. I've been lucky enough not to have to date in the Facebook age(*), but the downside of all this information is very real (trivia arguments are less fun), and the idea of Ted trying to date blind seemed interesting. But I didn't like the idea of Barney and Robin as Ted's relationship cops - even if their slow transition from themselves into gum-chewing investigators with Noo Yawk accents was funny - because Lily's the nosy, manipulative one and Robin doesn't usually get this invested in Ted's love life. (We'll get back to that in a minute.) More importantly, though, it had to force the resolution with the twist about Janet being awesome rather than creepy. I don't buy everyone's stunned, simultaneous spit-take reaction, and I especially don't buy that everyone would demand that Ted go to the website(**) in the middle of the date. She wasn't a dude, or a black widow, or even someone who hates "Annie Hall," and even if Barney wanted to cause trouble, the other three (Marshall and Lily especially) wouldn't have. Classic case of sacrificing character for the sake of a joke that wasn't remotely worth it. Read More...



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