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'How I Met Your Mother' Recap: A Star Wars Tradition in Retrospect

Last night's episode relied heavily on one of the show's favorite plot devices: flashbacks and flash-fowards. Based on the premise that, starting in 2000, Ted and Marshall have "trilled" it up every three years (i.e. watched the entire Star Wars trilogy in one sitting), the episode flashbacked to four points in the gang's history, then to the present (2012) before one final flash-forward to 2015. Not only did the story flash to certain time periods, it also showed Ted, Marshall and Barney's predictions for what their lives would be like every three years (i.e. there were twice the amount of flashes to include the hypothetical ones). Sound confusing? Here's the breakdown: //www.buddytv.com/articles/how-i-met-your-mother/how-i-met-your-mother-recap-a-44945.aspx

'How I Met Your Mother' recap: May the Farts Be With You

Who would have thought ''Star Wars'' could bring so much drama? //tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/how-i-met-your-motherseason-7-episode-2/

How I Met Your Mother Recap: Great Expectations

It’s been tough to keep up with HIMYM this year — every week or so, the series takes a break, making it even harder to remember (or care about) the dramatic upheavals of previous installments. Barney is in a serious relationship now? Marshall and Lily totally ditched Long Island? And why isn’t Ted living in the house he bought several seasons ago? And when the writers take the time to catch us up every so often, it can seem like regurgitation rather than reality. Which is why last night was perfect. Rather than rehash the recent past, we rehashed the very distant past, reminding us of what’s been at stake all along: twentysomethings making the adjustment to being thirtysomethings; young adults becoming adults, no qualifiers. Of course, this is all shot through the lens of Ted’s quest for a wife. It sounds basic, but the playful narrative and necessary plot detours have confused the story line at points; some of you, like us, have grown fatigued by treading water. Fans of the show want it to be on as long as possible, and if all episodes could be like last night’s, we would agree. Yet keeping up the ruse of meeting the Mother in present time translates into a lot of stalling. Enriching the backstory, on the other hand, tends to be fun, and it allows us to see more of the characters as we knew them rather than as they are. (Settling down and having kids may be facts of life, but this is not always the best sitcom fodder. See: Up All Night .) Read More... //www.vulture.com/2012/04/how-i-met-your-mother-recap-trilogy-time.html

How I Met Your Mother Review: Barney Shat First?

Unlike the disappointment many Star Wars fans felt after seeing The Phantom Menace , having waited so long for a new installment, I'm pretty confident fans of How I Met Your Mother felt anything but Jar Jar Binked when it came to tonight's new episode, " Trilogy Time ." The force is strong with show writer Kourtney Kang, who did very well to bring us back from the dark side of countless weeks with no new episodes.  Some programs like their linear scripts, but our favorite comedy showed once again it loves to rock a flashback. Things got off to a great start tonight in present day, though, with the peeping Tom obsessing over Barney and his seven o'clock smile. The revelation that he was, in fact, routinely relieving himself of some pent up gas to prevent breaking wind in front of Quinn was as good an opening scene as we've been treated to all season.   Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2012/04/how-i-met-your-mother-review-barney-shat-first/

How I Met Your Mother “Trilogy Time” Review

We discovered another one of Ted and Marshall’s friendship rituals in tonight’s episode of  How I Met Your Mother , "Trilogy Time." To keep the Dark Side  at bay, Ted and Marshall had made a habit of watching the original Star Wars trilogy  every three years. Barney eventually came to be included in their triennial geek fest, but all the way back in 2000, the Barnicle-free Ted and Marshall had visions of their future that couldn’t be more different from the lives they hoped they would lead. Without resorting to a recap episode, the flashbacks to their fantasies and realities was a great way to summarize some how the relationships between all five of the main characters have changed over the course of the last seven seasons. When we got out of the earlier parts of Ted and Marshall’s flashbacks and into parts of the timeline that we had already seen in earlier seasons, I enjoyed the new perspectives on familiar scenarios. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/04/10/how-i-met-your-mother-trilogy-time-review/