Urban HIMYMs: “Sandcastles in the Sand” — A Place Called Revertigo Wednesday, April 23, 2008Posted by Yostal in Gen X&Y, How I Met Your Mother, Posts that should have more humor, The Bad One, Tied to the 90s, TV shows, Urban HIMYMs.
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to my season’s worth of recaps for How I Met Your Mother. Welcome, once more, to Urban HIMYMs.
So here’s the deal:
I’m going to try and keep this brief in the outline, and then just move to my notes. I’m going to stick with the ten things manner that we had last week. Certainly, as a starting point for discussion.
Before I do that, however, may I just give a giant freaking hat tip for the team that puts Cobie Smulders together week in and week out. Hair, makeup, wardrobe, all of you take something great and just make it awesome. Well done.
And away we go…
1). The opening scene riff on what you call the deflowering of a Canadian was wonderful. It was like a Deadspin comedy pyramid, from the clever, to the horrible but had to be said. Similarly, the “summer in Canada lasts a week and a half, the last week of July” was another hilarious touch.
2). VAN DER BEEK! I love that his accent ends up being like a northern version of Varsity Blues. “I don’t want your life, eh?” Crash Test Dummies big, eh?
3). Barney is particularly charming in this episode. You can actually see why the gang puts up with everything else he does. He’s funny, he gets off good lines that are as much complimentary as they are funny, and he doesn’t overdo it on any theories or the like. Similarly, Barney’s dramatic exit when he discovers there’s a second Robin Sparkles video.
4). I don’t know if I buy Robin’s regression to her teenage self in the presence of Simon. I guess the additional presence of Michelle vis-a-vis Lily makes it a little more realistic. Then again, maybe we all do this, but just not in the obvious manner in which we see it.
5). On the same tip: I like Ted and Marshall arguing over the term for regression of one’s self to a previous way of acting. Marshall’s championing of Revertigo vs. Ted’s fight against it.
6). I like Robin fighting with her “parents” Lily and Marshall. I particularly like how quickly the couple becomes uberparental. On a comparative tip, I think that Robin’s relationship with Simon is like Liz Lemon’s relationship with Dennis the Beeper King. They should know it’s really bad for them, and yet, because it’s easy and it feels right, they don’t see the flaws.
7). Back to point 5, I like that Michelle has this whole thing figured out, associative regression, and Michelle is acting that way around Lily because Lily brings out that part of her.
8). I love the scene between Barney and Robin at the bar. It manages to be sweet, touching, funny, and genuine all at the same time. For all of his flaws, Barney actually proves himself a great friend in this case. He’s there for Robin, he genuinely has an affection for Robin as a person that I don’t even know he has for Marshall, Lily, or even Ted.
9). The second Robin Sparkles video, “Sandcastles in the Sand”. It gets better every time you watch/listen to it. For instance: “Travel the globe from Alberta to Ontario”, which means driving a van across Lake Winnipeg. That Barney and Robin keep a running MST3K style commentary on the video makes it even better. That Alan Thicke makes a cameo and is reading “CANADA TODAY”. That the robot makes a return appearance.
10). Somehow, I knew that was the way that things were going to end that way, and yet, it still surprised me. I suppose its the difference between being and becoming. It’s going to be interesting to see what comes of this.
Honestly, I really liked this episode, because as much as it sets out to make a fool of Robin, it ends up actually reminding us, as the viewer, why we like these characters so much. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next week, when Ted celebrates his 30th birthday.
So gang, please, take it away in the comments, and enjoy.
Once again, I’d like to thank my pal Geoff (aka The Bad One) for his witty and insightful comments as I worked on this. And Jennifer (aka The Yostess) for putting up with me doing this.
So, that’s all I have for this week’s edition of Urban HIMYMs. With that, this is Yostal reminding you to just chill, ‘til the next episode.