Television / Comedy
How I Met Your Mother: Season 2
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Reviewed by Justine Manzano
Upon watching the first season of the series How I Met Your Mother on DVD, I proclaimed it to be a good comedy, but not as good as Friends. Now in its third season and with the recent release of its second season on DVD, I can proudly proclaim it to be a worthy and possibly more interesting replacement. Why? With loads of solid continuity in their storylines and a way more creative way of presenting things, How I Met Your Mother is definitely the more interesting of the bunch and possibly the funnier one.
The series follows the life of Ted (Josh Radnor), who is reliving the story of how he met the mother of his children (who we have yet to meet) through flashbacks as he tells the story to his children. Along for the ride are his best friends, law student Marshall (Jason Segel, Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up), his on-again-off-again girlfriend Lily (Alyson Hannigan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Pie), womanizer Barney (Neil Patrick Harris, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Doogie Howser, M.D.) and the woman Ted believes to be the love of his life (but he’s wrong), Robin (Cobie Smulders). When we join them in the beginning of Season Two, Lily has left her fiancé Marshall to explore her chances at a career as an artist, Marshall is struggling to deal with life without Lily, Robin and Ted have become a couple, and Barney is his same old self. As we follow them through the season, we get some of the wackiest and most hilarious episodes of the series so far – “Swarley” which centers around the group torturing Barney for the name he is mistakenly called by a waitress at a coffee shop who has what Barney calls, “Crazy Eyes”, or “Slap Bet” which uncovers Robin’s deepest darkest secret – she was a Canadian Pop Star…and which also involves Marshall and Barney betting against each other to uncover her secret past - the winner gets to slap the loser as hard as he can.
The DVD boxed set for Season 2 includes a ton of extras, which is the best part of any boxed set for a show you are a fan of! One can find a very funny blooper reel, Robin’s Canadian Pop Star video, a featurette on the making of the series entitled “How We Make Your Mother,” hilarious commentary and deleted scene.
Not only is the series hilarious, but it even has room for dramatic elements and the acting is never flat. These characters are infectious, and their catch phrases will stay in your head for long after each episode airs. Also, the way that the episodes are shot are ingenious. Quick montages show us the fact that certain characters (not ruining the story for anyone) haven’t eaten for an entire wedding, rather than telling us, while we get episodes that are half from Marshall’s point of view and half from Lily’s, and another episode that is told entirely in cut away flashbacks. The creators always find a new and interesting way to tell a story and that is why this comedy which should be cookie cutter never gets bland. And in this day of series being cancelled after two episodes and nothing really ever getting a chance, it’s important to be original, and How I Met Your Mother is original – check it out. You won’t be disappointed.