Saturday, January 28, 2023

What I’m Watching: How I Met Your Father (Season Premiere)

How I Met Your Mother: Season 2, Episode 1 “Cool and Chill” (B)

This show returns just over a year after it first premiered, which is pretty good these days when you never know how long it will be between seasons or if renewed shows will even be back at all. This show’s second season premiere definitely makes it feel like a replacement for “Emily in Paris,” which serves as great, consistent entertainment that isn’t necessarily spectacular TV. There does appear to be a major connection with “How I Met Your Mother” coming this season thanks to the appearance of Neil Patrick Harris at the end of the episode when Sophie said that she might be “dating her dad,” though no one expressly identified him as Barney Stinson. I’m not sure if this show needs to lean on such callbacks, but I guess it could be fun. I appreciated the love quadrangle that Sophie got herself into in this episode with Drew showing up to the impromptu wedding party that Jesse was already at and Ian enthusiastically invited himself to, and it looks like Jesse may be the winner in all of this, for now at least. Ellen’s sequin phone case was quite entertaining, and those facial expressions were very impressive. I’m not quite sure how Sid accidentally ordered gefilte fish instead of red velvet cake, but it was good for a fun Drew moment when he showed up and was attracted by the smell. It’s hardly a surprise that Charlie and Valentina aren’t able to keep their hands off each other, and it should be enjoyable to watch them try to navigate where being “bros” leads them.

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