I was inspired to wear this shirt after seeing Lily wear it during Monday’s How I Met Your Mother finale. Having one last opportunity to get excited when I saw Lily wearing a clothing item that I own felt so right…which just adds to my feeling of sadness about how everything else about the HIMYM finale felt so wrong.
The costume director of HIMYM has had a penchant for dressing Lily in J. Crew, Madewell, and Anthropologie clothes over the course of the show, which has resulted in my being pleasantly surprised on several occasions when clothes I own pop up on screen. There was even one time where Lily and I matched – earlier this season I was surprised to see one of the Madewell shirts I own show up on screen, only to realize that I had the shirt on too. Twilight zone!
Unfortunately, the warm and fuzzy vibes stopped with matching shirts for me when it came to the HIMYM finale. It’s funny – one of my main complaints about shows today is that they don’t seem to have a plan. Writers just churn out season after season of content, riding their viewership numbers as long as they’ll last without enough regard for what the point of the story was in the first place. Even though the last four seasons of HIMYM have dragged on and on and ON, I was always comforted by the fact that they had a plan from the beginning. The creators told the public that they’d filmed one of the final scenes eight years before – a undeniable sign that they knew where they were going, at least in my mind.
Unfortunately, the “planned ending” felt entirely out-of-date and out-of-touch in this instance. After watching the highly anticipated final footage, I wish they had left it in the vault. It was a terrible case of sticking to the plan, even when it’s clear to everyone else that the plan is bad. Sometimes stories change and the plan has to change, too. I see that now. And I’m kicking myself for wasting too many hours of my life hanging on for dear life to the bitter end, only to be disappointed. If I’d have known how things would turn out, I would have stopped watching a long time ago.
I will give massive props, however, to Cristin Milioti, who made such a wonderful, lovable mother. You deserved a better end!
That’s enough HIMYM ranting – let’s put the subject to rest forever. And in the meantime, have a wonderful Wednesday!