TV Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' Season Three Premiere
After a long summer without "How I Met Your Mother," one of the small screen's few remaining comedy gems returns for its third season on Monday (Sept. 24) offering a quick resolution to Barney's cliffhanger from May, "Legend... Wait for it..."
Some resolution-obsessed TV fans -- you know, the ones who keep insisting that
As the third season begins, the show's creative team is back to the business of helping Present Ted find the love of his life. Not only did the finale conclude with the revelation that Ted and Robin had parted romantic ways, leaving Ted back on the market with a very eager Barney (should've-been-Emmy-winner
"Wait For It" is about Ted and Robin trying to move past their break-up after three months apart. Ted thinks he's cool with things until Robin returns from Argentina with a crooning massage artist (guest star
It has to be said that although Moore looks phenomenal in leather and fishnets, she's just about the least believable biker chick I've ever seen and unlike Inglesias, she doesn't even get to sing. However, her stunt-casted presence ("HIMYM" will take new viewers however it can) is validated by the utter brilliance of having Mandy Moore call another character a "huge vagina." Iglesias isn't so much with the acting, but he brings out the best in the actresses, as both Smulders and
As is always the case with "HIMYM," the straightforward narrative is playfully fragmented and the funniest bits come not from the story, but from the familiar interactions of the top notch cast. Standout moments include a debate on the logistics of sex on a windsurfing board, a string of reactions to Ted's break-up beard and an unexpected tattoo. And, as is often the case with "HIMYM," the best lines go to Barney, including his attempts to entice Ted out on the town for a date with two circus performers with the come-on, "We are gonna get Cirque du So-Laid."
Dedicated fans will want to stick around for the post-credits tag, which sets up both a website and a momentous event for November.