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Old 11-05-2013, 07:45 AM   #1
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HIMYM - The Lighthouse, OAD 11/4/2013

Wow...was not expecting that ending. That was cool.

I have to say I actually liked this episode. Well, except for the Marshall and the hippie part. The Robin storyline was good. It showed some emotion that she's been missing lately and tied into stuff earlier in the season.

We now know why the car was left on the stairs a few episodes back. That girl cannot catch a break.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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I found the episode OK. Not a lot of really funny moments. Didn't like the hippie part at all. I think I said this before but it looks like the majority of the remaining episodes will just be filler until the last one.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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I wish they had just hired a crane so they could shoot the lighthouse scenes on the lighthouse. The green screen was completely obvious and really distracting to me.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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Very cool ending. They need more of that this season.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:01 AM   #5
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Was surprised by the ending. So the wedding is supposed to take place in May 2013. That means the proposal is sometime in spring 2015. The telling of the story to the kids is in 2030, and they appear to be well into their teenage years. So I guess we're to believe that either Ted and the Mother had their first kid before getting married, or she was already pregnant with the first one when he proposed. Either that or they got married super fast after the engagement and immediately went to town starting a family.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:33 AM   #6
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I'm a little annoyed that we saw a proposal before we even saw them together as a couple. I kinda feel like the proposal is how the show should have ultimately ended.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:04 PM   #7
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Very cool ending. They need more of that this season.
So far every time they have had Ted and the mother together, it's been fantastic and they have actual real chemistry, thus the fact that they have been keeping them apart so far this season is a sin..and that's my refrain every episode so far
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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Of course, the "HIMYM" I've just spent several hundred words describing to you doesn't really exist anymore. The faces are the same, as is the style of jokes, but it's been on too long. The writers decided early on that they didn't want Ted to meet the Mother until the very end of the series, so they had to drag out his romantic misery long past the point of usefulness. As the show moved into middle age, then old age, the jokes got broader and the characters more cartoonish and/or mean. (Somewhere along the way, for instance, Barney went from someone the gang disapproved of to someone they celebrated.) This happens on a lot of comedies successful enough to last this long — when the kinds of jokes you've been telling for years with your characters get old, you start exaggerating certain traits for effect, then exaggerating some more, until they only faintly resemble who and what they started out as — and "HIMYM" wasn't immune.

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Old 11-05-2013, 01:16 PM   #9
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Was surprised by the ending. So the wedding is supposed to take place in May 2013. That means the proposal is sometime in spring 2015. The telling of the story to the kids is in 2030, and they appear to be well into their teenage years. So I guess we're to believe that either Ted and the Mother had their first kid before getting married, or she was already pregnant with the first one when he proposed. Either that or they got married super fast after the engagement and immediately went to town starting a family.
They appear to be well into their teenage years now, but keep in mind that the first time we see them in 2030, they were much younger.


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I'm a little annoyed that we saw a proposal before we even saw them together as a couple. I kinda feel like the proposal is how the show should have ultimately ended.
The name of the show is not How I Proposed To Your Mother.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:24 PM   #10
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They appear to be well into their teenage years now, but keep in mind that the first time we see them in 2030, they were much younger.
HIMYM started in fall 2005. At that time, Lyndsy Fonseca was 18 and David Henrie was 16. I assume they've been using shots of them that they took in the first couple of seasons, because I don't think they're continuing to film new segments with them now that they're both well into their 20s.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #11
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HIMYM started in fall 2005. At that time, Lyndsy Fonseca was 18 and David Henrie was 16. I assume they've been using shots of them that they took in the first couple of seasons, because I don't think they're continuing to film new segments with them now that they're both well into their 20s.
They didn't look that old in the first season.

They did shoot more recent segments with them, most notably when the show switched over to HD, but yeah, not very recently.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #12
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They didn't look that old in the first season.

They did shoot more recent segments with them, most notably when the show switched over to HD, but yeah, not very recently.
The nice thing for them is that they get a check every time one of those scenes is used in an episode.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:57 PM   #13
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I believe they also filmed an ending segment before the kids got too old.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:41 PM   #14
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I liked this formula. While I am not as critical of the show as others and don't really care if it ever ended without meeting the mother, I like that when they have related the "present" story with the romance story like they did with the lighthouse or how they did a few weeks ago. They have always used flash-forwards effectively and these have been very nice.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #15
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I liked this formula. While I am not as critical of the show as others and don't really care if it ever ended without meeting the mother, I like that when they have related the "present" story with the romance story like they did with the lighthouse or how they did a few weeks ago. They have always used flash-forwards effectively and these have been very nice.
I'm with you here. This particular flash-forward was fine for me. The proposal was nice, but at that point they had already been together for two years and surely knew they were going to spend their lives together. No doubt what the show is saving for the end is that moment when they realize they have each met "the one".
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:06 PM   #16
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If they are "cheating" the premise of the show by showing Ted and the mother in the future, so not really going beyond the story of how they "met", then why not just do more of that.

I agree with everybody here, the scenes with her and Ted, her and Lily have been great. The show has already gone beyond what we might have expected, not seeing her until the last episode, so just do more of this. Half of each show should be more of this.

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Old 11-05-2013, 09:50 PM   #17
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I agree with everybody here, the scenes with her and Ted, her and Lily have been great. The show has already gone beyond what we might have expected, not seeing her until the last episode, so just do more of this. Half of each show should be more of this.

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I think they've painted themselves into a corner with the wedding weekend setting. The whole season takes place in 48 hours. Logistically, they can't have the mother appearing a lot in the present, at least not yet, because there's simply no way to shuttle her in and out of scenes and plots realistically and still build to something -- after all, each episode takes place in about an hour.

(I don't know whether Jason Segel had other commitments, but this may be part of the reason for Marshall's road trip. It keeps him away from Lilly and thus delays the big fight -- or whatever happens -- about their careers. In real life, that argument could easily last a weekend or more; here, they can't very well give us 22 episodes of it.)

So flash-forwards are all they can do for the mother right now. But even then they can't do many of those, because there are only so many future moments we care about (and maybe there's really just the one we saw in this ep). So overall, I think the Farhampton weekend setting was really a limiting choice and is hurting the show.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:34 AM   #18
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I have been trying to find information online about what lighthouse we saw greenscreened in. Why didn't they use Montauk Lighthouse, the only real possibility for one near the Hamptons (even if Farhampton itself is fictional, it's pretty clear it's meant to be in the Hamptons given location and name)? It's not like Montauk Lighthouse is inadequately photographed or anything, particularly since they were just going to green-screen it. And it much better suited the description than that dinky one we saw.

Yeah, I know, least important thing in the episode. I agree it was a step up, but only because of how far down they were.
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Yeah, I know, least important thing in the episode. I agree it was a step up, but only because of how far down they were.
By fast-forwarding though everything with Marshall's road trip, I actually enjoyed this episode.

The greenscreening (as I have now learned it's called - thanks TCF) was very noticeable, and nudged me out of the story for a few seconds. Odd in this day and age that it was so clumsy.
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Marshall's road trip needs to end. It really dragged down what was really a decent episode. Like everyone I thought that the stuff with Ted and the mom was really excellent. I liked the Robin/Barney stuff, even though I thought the whole egg things was kind of dumb.
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(I don't know whether Jason Segel had other commitments, but this may be part of the reason for Marshall's road trip. It keeps him away from Lilly and thus delays the big fight -- or whatever happens -- about their careers. In real life, that argument could easily last a weekend or more; here, they can't very well give us 22 episodes of it.)
He's filming a movie, so that's why they did the road trip.
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He's filming a movie, so that's why they did the road trip.
Has this been confirmed? He's had just as much screen time as he would normally have, it seems, and he has to shoot the episodes at the same time as everyone else because he's in the same scripts. I guess there's probably a bit of schedule flexibility anyway, but it hardly seems like a big enough reason to plot it this way.
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Has this been confirmed? He's had just as much screen time as he would normally have, it seems, and he has to shoot the episodes at the same time as everyone else because he's in the same scripts. I guess there's probably a bit of schedule flexibility anyway, but it hardly seems like a big enough reason to plot it this way.
He can shoot at a different location since his scenes are all, or almost all, with guest actors.
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He can shoot at a different location since his scenes are all, or almost all, with guest actors.
Filming Basic Math.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...asic-Math.html

But that doesn't help much, since both are filming in LA.
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Filming Basic Math.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...asic-Math.html

But that doesn't help much, since both are filming in LA.
That article says he's 6'10", so I'm not sure how much of the rest of it I believe.

But with regard to his filming schedule, with most of his scenes being in the same position in the car, he could easily knock those all out in an afternoon, because there wouldn't be a lot of lighting or set changes. Contrast that with the rest of the actors who have to film in multiple sets and multiple scenes per episode. I'm sure his road trip was written with the express idea of his shots being able to be done quickly, potentially several at a time, and without the need for his schedule to coincide with the rest of the casts. They probably told Sherri Shepherd she could have the role only if she was able to be flexible to accommodate Segel's schedule.
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HIMYM started in fall 2005. At that time, Lyndsy Fonseca was 18 and David Henrie was 16. I assume they've been using shots of them that they took in the first couple of seasons, because I don't think they're continuing to film new segments with them now that they're both well into their 20s.

Well, maybe they'll come back to film _one_ more new segment...




Oh, and add a +1 "liked the proposal ending."
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He's filming a movie, so that's why they did the road trip.
A few weeks ago he was filming some movie in the Boston area - he was on my daughter's college campus.
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Was surprised by the ending. So the wedding is supposed to take place in May 2013. That means the proposal is sometime in spring 2015. The telling of the story to the kids is in 2030, and they appear to be well into their teenage years. So I guess we're to believe that either Ted and the Mother had their first kid before getting married, or she was already pregnant with the first one when he proposed. Either that or they got married super fast after the engagement and immediately went to town starting a family.
Maybe they're using Simpsons math.. They're always 'in the present', so don't care too much if at all if they make year-number references that are totally inconsistent with the rest of the series.
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