Sunday, January 23, 2022

Round Two: How I Met Your Father

How I Met Your Father: Season 1, Episode 2 “FOMO” (B+)

The idea from the first episode of this show that one of the men that Sophie met on that night is the one she’ll end up with is interesting, and the fact that we specifically saw frames of certain people suggests that it isn’t likely to be someone else we didn’t notice who might finally appear years later in a clearer context. At this moment, it feels like Jesse is the likeliest suspect, even if things got off to a rocky start when Sophie got kicked out of the club seconds after deciding to just go for it and then happened to see the perfect Jason Mamoa pun photo opportunity. Going back to Sid’s bar was a productive development, and he was totally wowed by Charlie being his real self, obsessing over his cufflinks and commenting on things that no one else had noticed in the bar. It’s better when he’s not trying so hard, and while it’s good that he’s sticking around and moving out so that Valentina can have a bit more space to breathe, I’m still not sure I see them as a couple. Ellen completely failing on the flirting front at the club was entertaining, but I do hope that we get to see her engage in real relationships over the course of the show, not just as a lesbian-from-Iowa punchline. I’ll also note that it’s interesting that Kim Cattrall’s older Sophie is on-camera the whole time while Bob Saget’s Future Ted was always just a voice being heard by his annoyed kids, but maybe there’s a reason for that which will be revealed later.

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