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22 December 2012 @ 11:56 pm
The fuck has happened to How I Met Your Mother?  


See, this is a show that I loved because of the wonderfully decent, thought-out choices the characters made about their love lives. The sort of sad but well thought out and genuinely the best decision for them to make decisions. I'm not generally a fan of American sitcoms, but I loved this, because everyone acted like damn adults. (Well, 20-somethings. But y'know. People made good decisions even though it was hard). Some examples:

Robin declines getting into a relationship with Ted because she doesn't want commitment and he does.
Robin makes the BAD DECISION of getting into a relationship with Ted, they then break up because yeah, they don't want the same kind of future.
Lily leaves Marshall because she doesn't want to commit to a life she isn't sure she wants to have.
Lily decides she wants that life, but Marshall refuses to get back together immediately because he still needs time to do the same thing she did - to check find out who he is outside of their relationship.
Ted's friends intervene because he is making a ridiculous decision to marry someone too fast.
Barney and Robin try to have a relationship, but break up because they realise they are not happy together. With the lovely lines "Nothing would make me happier, than to be happy, but I'm just not" and "think of it as getting back together as friends."
Marshall's dad dies, and jesus do they write that well.

AND NOW.

Barney got engaged to Quinn, who he hardly knew and who scammed him out of a lot of money in their first interaction. They break up over pre-nuptial agreements.
Victoria left her partner at the altar for Ted, someone she dated for less than 6 months 6 years ago & who cheated on her.
Ted proposed to Victoria, without them having even talked about Victoria being convinced he is still in love with Robin. Break up.
Robin gets briefly engaged to Kevin, who again she barely knows, before they've had a conversation about whether either of them wants children. Break up.

AND NOW. FOLLOWING 5 EPISODES OF DATING, WHICH OCCURRED 3 YEARS AGO AND ENDED BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH MISERABLE, BARNEY AND ROBIN GET ENGAGED. Without even dating again.

Now, I don't think marriage has to be treated as a big deal. Hell, me and Sam would probably get married if I decided to do post-grad in Cardiff, because my fees would be lower since he's Welsh. But since none of these proposals on the show are a matter of practicality, and all of the proposals in the last series have happened after less than six months of dating and are made with the intention of 'forever', I must say: WHAT THE FUCK PEOPLE, PUT SOME THOUGHT INTO YOUR DECISION MAKING. Maybe make sure the big conversations (for instance "do you trust me?" and "do your future life and family goals work with mine?") happen BEFORE you propose.


TL;DR: I used to love this show and now everyone on it is being an idiot and it's gone really shit.