I’ve been so busy this week that I haven’t had time to write up my usual TV series recaps. I apologize for that, but I still want to get some thoughts out there, so I’m going to post now even though it’s pretty late in the week. I watched the season finales of How I Met Your Mother, Bones, and House, all of which aired on Monday night. I watched HIMYM live, but TiVo’d the other two and didn’t get around to watching them until yesterday. Here are my reactions to each of the three very different shows.
How I Met Your Mother 3×20 — “Miracles”:
– I was underwhelmed by this episode as a whole, and was hoping for something much different. I didn’t like the hasty proposal to Stella (mostly because I don’t think she’s the mother anyway), but could understand that the writers wanted to put that out there in case the show wasn’t renewed. If it had been canceled, they could have ended the mystery on that note. Since it will be back next year, I’m sure the writers will go in a new direction. There’s NO WAY Ted ends up with her.
– Barney loves Robin!!! That was the best part of the ep by far for me! It’s so awesome that Robin is the one Barney thought of when his life flashed before his eyes…. I really hope the writers don’t back down from this relationship. I would love to see these two get together. (That look in the pic above is for Robin, after Barney realizes how he truly feels.)
– I liked that Ted and Barney are friends again, but wasn’t particularly moved by the reconciliation scene. I’ve read some message boards so I know most fans liked that scene, but not me. It just felt wrong that Ted finally started talking to Barney only when Barney was in traction.
– Marshall in a Kawasaki Racing t-shirt that he has worn before this season. I told ya someone in the wardrobe department is a motorcycle/motocross fan! (BTW, is Jason Segal gaining weight or has he always been a bit on the chunky side?)
– Can’t wait for next season and more Robin/Barney hotness!
House 4×16 — “Wilson’s Heart”:
– This was one of the best House episodes I’ve seen in the entire four-year run of the show. The pacing was excellent, and the last 20 minutes or so were absolutely heartbreaking. I hardly ever cry at TV shows, but I couldn’t help it here. Amber’s death was horrifying and sad all at the same time.
– Poor, poor Wilson. He finally found the right woman and look what happened. And how great was Robert Sean Leonard’s performance? That guy was crying in like three or four different scenes, and he looked like he was generating actual tears in each one of them. How many male actors would have been able to do that?
– Speaking of male actors bringing the tears, how about Hugh Laurie? I gasped when I saw House — misanthropic, I-don’t-care-about-anyone Greg House, crying as he realized what was wrong with Amber. Another “wow” moment for sure.
– Anne Dudek was terrific in her scenes as well. It seems like all the House actors brought their A-games for the finale. The look of realization that washes over her face when Wilson tells her what happened was just… shattering to watch. My God.
– This episode had me thinking long and hard about what I would want done if I were in Amber’s condition. Would you just want to stay in the coma and die peacefully, or would you want to be woken up so you could say goodbye to your loved ones? That’s a tough call because I don’t know how I’d be able to sit there for a few hours knowing that I’m going to die soon. Holy hell, what a choice!
Bones 3×15 — “The Pain in the Heart”:
– Bones is not a show that I expect a lot of quality writing or storylines from. It’s one of those shows that I turn on for an hour of pure entertainment and escape, where I can check my brain at the door and just sit down with a bowl of popcorn and take in the ep. Even so, I was extremely disappointed with where the writers decided to go with the finale. Zach as Gormagon’s apprentice? Really?? He was my favorite squint, so I’m pretty bummed that he’s no longer going to be on the show.
– I thought the opening with Booth’s fake funeral was kind of dumb. I knew that the death wasn’t real, but I was expecting it to be a dream or something. At any rate, that whole segment felt rushed, and lacked any real emotion as a result. I would have liked to see Bones grieving a bit more, too. As much as she compartmentalizes, I don’t think she’d be able to go on as usual like that if Booth really had died. That was kind of a stretch.
– I thought that Sweets was going to be revealed as the killer. I remember feeling that there was something up with that guy when he first came on the show, so I was hoping that I’d be proven right. I occasionally like Sweets’ banter with Booth and Brennan, but I would much rather have Zach around than him.
– I like that Zach protected Hodgins even though he knew he’d receive some type of injury from the blast. That belies Zach’s coldly logical approach to most things, yet is consistent with the character since we know that he was actually friends with Jack.
– That was a nice moment at the end with Booth and Bones, but it didn’t make up for the crap that went before it. I don’t want Zach to leave the show as a killer!!!