'How I Met Your Mother' Season 9 premiere - 'The Locket'/'Coming Back': Strangers on a train

The final-season premiere of "How I Met Your Mother" was not just the first real look at Cristin Milioti as the mother, but also the first glimpse at a big structural change to the show.The present-day action this season will all unfold over the course of Barney and Robin's wedding weekend, a space of just 55 hours, as established in a title card in the first of Monday's (Sept. 23) two episodes. There are a couple of potential problems set up in the premiere and some pitfalls with this kind of format -- see a few paragraphs down -- "The Locket" and "Coming Back" were ... pretty good. For all the trepidation about how the show would handle this change, the early returns are for the most part promising.For starters, it looks like the "HIMYM" team got it very, very right with the casting of Milioti as the mother. She has a seemingly effortless chemistry...



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