How I Met Your Blue Bloods Mother

All seasons of How I Met Your Mother and the first four seasons of Blue Bloods are currently available on instant Netflix

How I Met Your Mother

 

How I Met Your Mother (2005-13) – Rated TV-PG

Ted’s epic search for his soul mate is told largely through flashbacks, as an adult Ted recounts to his kids how he met their mother.”

Well my wife was having surgery last month so I saved the final season of How I Met Your Mother for us to watch during her recovery. This was perhaps not the best idea as laughing hurt. It turns out that I need not have worried. The final season is not nearly as funny as the previous seasons.

If you have not watched this show, then I highly recommend it as it is quite funny throughout. The similarities to Friends (also now streaming on Netflix) are startling. As with Friends, the two nominal main characters are far less interesting than the others. Here Barney, Marshall, and Lily are much more riveting than Robin and Ted.

In the final season, we do finally meet the titular mother and spend a fair amount of time with her. Far too much time is devoted to a wedding.

There are several ways to end a series (book, television, or movie). The most common method is a refusal to commit to an ending and simply leave things open for a cash grab down the road a la Dexter. The less common method is an actually appropriate ending such as that presented in Breaking Bad. Those two comprise most series endings.

Unfortunately there is a third type of ending. That is one that, for whatever reason, the creators are angry at the fans and decide to shoot them a bird. Thomas Harris did this in the book version of Hannibal. How I Met Your Mother sadly falls into this category. Still it is an enjoyable season with a lot of laughs, even if it does fall quite short.

Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods (2010-3) – Rated TV-14

Cops Danny and Jamie Reagan and their lawyer sister Erin try to live up to the standards of their father, Frank, who’s the NYC police commissioner.

One Line Review: Should be called Blueprint

My wife, Jenny, was recovering from surgery last month and loves Tom Selleck. We really love the Jesse Stone series of made-for-TV movies. We tried Magnum, P.I. but it was a little too 80s for her. So while she was recuperating, we binged on Blue Bloods.

Blue Bloods should have been a home run. It stars the underrated Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan, your stereotypical hothead detective who doesn’t play by the rules. He is ably supported by the always wonderful Selleck as Frank Reagan, the ethical beyond the bounds of reason police commisioner and Bridget Moynahan as Assistant D.A. Erin Reagan-Boyle. Len Cariou plays family patriarch and retired cop, Henry Reagan. Will Estes is our idealistic new cop, Jamie Reagan.

Blue Bloods is an intensely frustrating series. In contrast to all the eloquent writing in the Jesse Stone series, the writing in Blue Bloods is lazy, lowest common denominator writing. The above character descriptions give you an idea of the lack of depth found here. There is little to no character development over the course of four seasons.

There are several situations investigated which might be hate crimes committed by white males but since the series is clearly aimed at an elderly white audience, the answer is never a hate crime perpetrated by whites. Similarly, while there is police corruption and our hotheaded detective should be tried for brutality, many other practices are sanitized for our viewing audience.

Every episode starts with a crime or two and all are solved by the closing credits. The crimes are gruesome enough to seem real but not so much as to scare off elderly viewers. Sexual crimes are very rarely encountered. I will say that the writers do have a good understanding of family dynamics at the very frequent dinner gatherings but this is definitely a non-challenging show.

 

 

No post today – taking care of wife

Selfie

Well, no post today. I’ll be spending the whole day at the hospital as my wonderful wife goes under the knife. I plan to keep posting but it will likely be sporadic for the first two weeks as the love of my life recovers at home.

DragonCon

 

We’re going to watch the old Batman TV series while our granddaughter is with us. I’ve saved the final season of How I Met Your Mother for her recuperation and we might finally give Sons of Anarchy a spin. My selling point will be to tell her that it is a retelling of Hamlet.

Selfie

 

Get well soon, honey! I love you!

Huge October Netflix Update

Netflix always has a good influx of movies at the beginning of the month but this month appears particularly good, especially in television and classic movies.

Action/Adventure: 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Congo, Death Wish 2, Death Wish : The Crackdown, The French Connection II, Hardrock, The Heavy, The Italian Job, Joe Kidd, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Road House, Two Mules for Sister Sara

Anime: Blade of the Phantom Master, .hack//Quantum OVA

Classic: Here Come the Girls, The Molly Maguires, The Rat Race, The Sand Pebbles

Comedy: As Good as it Gets, Burke and Hare (2010), Citizen’s Band, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Curse of the Pink Panther, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, Ghostbusters, Jackie Mason is…One Angry Man, Jeffrey, The Last Days of Disco, Mansfield Park, Return to Me, Summer School, Won Ton Ton: The Dog who Saved Hollywood

Documentary: All.I.Can, Anna Wintour: Bloomberg Game Changers, The Central Park Five, Face 2 Face, Fame High, Horgasm: A Love Story

The Hindenburg

Drama: American Gigolo, Beyond Borders, Breaking Away, Brighton Rock, Determiism, The Evening Star, Fargo, The Field, Forrest Gump, Gang Related, A Good Man in Africa, The Hindenburg

Faith: Last Ounce of Courage

Family: All I Want for Christmas, The Blue Elephant, Stolen Summer

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Fire in the Sky, The Man who Fell to Earth, Shopping, Solar Crisis, Timeline

Foreign: Raaz 3, Tsotsi

Pumpkinhead

Horror: Disturbing Behavior, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Ghoulies II, Pumpkinhead, Resident Evil, Troll, Troll 2, Visiting Hours, Mimic 2: Hardshell

Musical: Grease

The Walking Dead

Television: 666 Park Avenue, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Animal Mechanicals, Doctor Zhivago, DTLA, Lazy Town, Monarchy, Murdoch Mysteries, Power Rangers: Megaforce, Prime Suspect, Shakespeare Uncovered, Upstairs Downstairs, and new episodes of 30 Rock, Brink, Comic Book Men, Continuum, Curious George, Doc Martin, The Office, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, The Walking Dead, and How I Met Your Mother

Thriller: Blood and Wine, Body of Evidence, Dark Blue, Dressed to Kill, The Gambler, The Great Train Robbery, King of New York, Tempo (2003), Twilight (1998)

Weekend Update – How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2010)

Playing around with traditional sitcom structure, this Emmy-winning comedy about desperate bachelor Ted’s epic search for his soul mate tells the story largely through flashbacks, as an adult Ted recounts to his kids how he met their mother. As Ted bounces from one red herring to another, his best friends Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) help keep him grounded.

The family finally finished the decadent Nip/Tuck. We were planning on moving on to Breaking Bad but last week How I Met Your Mother debuted on Netflix. You can now watch the first six seasons on instant Netflix commercial-free and that is exactly what we started this weekend. We had never seen the show but had heard good things about it. So far, 12 episodes into Season 1, it is hilarious.

The ensemble cast is wonderful. We love Alyson Hannigan from her turn as Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and she is great here even if she is constantly upstaged by Neil Patrick Harris as Barney. Jason Segel is quite good as well and the height differential between Jason and Alyson is used to good comedic effect. Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders round out the cast of five and are also quite capable but while they appear to be the central couple, the other three are more interesting (again so far – we are only halfway through the first season).

Bond Update: I reviewed Netflix’ cornucopia of Bond films recently while bemoaning the fact that none of the Brosnan Bonds were represented. Well new month, new Bonds – Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, and Tomorrow Never Dies are now available for your viewing pleasure.