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06 September 2014 @ 01:59 pm
Today we will dance across the backs of dead Greeks.  
++ Hello and welcome to everyone from the recent friending meme that had been going around. *waves* There's been an influx of friending memes on LJ lately, and I'm glad for that. This site probably won't return to the level of activity it used to be during its heyday, at least many are attempting at it, so the more the merrier.

++ The alternate ending for How I Met Your Mother has been released, also known as the one and only true ending the show should have had.

I know series finales in general can be a hit or miss for people depending on how they're executed, and you cannot please everybody, but I have never seen a series finale so universally hated as what was originally aired for HIMYM. I will never understand the reasoning for choosing the ending they decided to show, and why it was so hard for them to basically see that this ending was the one people were wanting, one that made sense given what they were leading up to. It actually feels like a proper bookend to the show. I was never invested with the series, had only sporadically watched episodes throughout the years, but it makes me really angry that they wasted all that time for a crappy finale when they could have had this, which unfortunately even though we have it now seems "too little, too late."

++ Over the course of the week I watched some movies I hadn't seen before. First was Doom, which I ended up liking. It was entertaining and reminded me a bit of Resident Evil, and not just for the fact that they're based off video games. Next was one that had recently come out but I didn't go see in theaters: 300: Rise of an Empire, which Eva Green was practically the main star of the whole thing and stole the spotlight, let's be honest here. She was magnificent. I just wished there had more Lena Headey. Though I actually hadn't seen the first 300, so that may be next on the list.
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: Selena Gomez - My Dilemma
philstar22philstar22 on September 6th, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
That ending was so much better. We still have the Barney/Robin divorce, but at least this feels in character, Tracy is given some actual respect, the rather gross messages about guys being creepy and still getting to date the girl and the girl really having feelings for the guy who keeps pushing and goals about having a family are superior to goals about careers, and there is hope at the end.

I'm pretty sure most of the reasoning for the original final boils down to Carter Bays seeing himself as Ted and writing himself getting the girl.
Renée: Dollhouse. Victor/Sierra.rogueslayer452 on September 7th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
What I took away from this was that Barney and Robin had troubles in their marriage, but had managed to repair them. But that's one of the reasons why I like this version much better, because regardless whether they really got divorced in the end or not, the fact is that they remained adults while doing so and therefore in-character, instead of severely reducing their characters like the aired finale did.

And I agree, with that and with Tracy and Ted, that there's a level of hope presented with these characters and their relationships with each other. This is how a finale should be.

I'm pretty sure most of the reasoning for the original final boils down to Carter Bays seeing himself as Ted and writing himself getting the girl.

Pretty much yeah, and I just think that's super gross.
˚ * 。●★ skywalker ★● 。* ˚: sb } scott } w/ gundustofempires on September 6th, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that alternate HIMYM ending exists, even if they for some reason didn't go with it in the end - god knows why. This one is how it went in my head and the ending I'll remember ;)

Doom is such a guilty pleasure of mine, always nice to see other people watching it and liking it too! Loved the 300 sequel as well, Eva Green was indeed magnifgicent, and I was also totally biased when it came to Sullivan Stapleton lol =P I agree it needed more Lena though! Do watch the first movie, she's quite amazing in it. And bonus Gerard Butler and Michael Fassbender helps too ;)
Renée: Kahlan. Swept by the wind.rogueslayer452 on September 8th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Same, this is the only ending that exists for me.

I'm just sad that their characters didn't meet/fight each other, and that Artemisia died in the end. Still entertaining though, and it's prompted me to watch the first movie.
Profiterole_profiterole_ on September 6th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen 300 or its sequel, but Eva Green and Lena Headey were the highlights of the trailer. ♥_♥
Renée: Daenerys. Not a queen; a khaleesi.rogueslayer452 on September 8th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
They were truly amazing in the second movie, Eva Green especially. I wished the movie had just been about them specifically fighting each other, though. ♥
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Renéerogueslayer452 on September 8th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
It's the only one I accept as the true ending, tbh.
rhoda_rants on September 7th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
I've never watched "How I Met Your Mother," but OMG, the sonic boom I heard when it ended. People were P-I-S-S-E-D. Glad there's an alternate ending at least.

Out of curiosity: What happened? (I've spoiled myself for what happens in the original ending, since it's not really my thing and I don't think that's likely to change, but I don't know any of the characters' names.)
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 8th, 2014 09:41 am (UTC)
Essentially, the last season was entirely focused on the weekend of Barney and Robin's wedding, which over the course of the last few seasons the show was building up to them being together and getting married. Ted, the main character and the one narrating/telling the story, had previously dated Robin in the earlier seasons and was still quite hung up on her. The entire point of the season was seeing the personal growth of characters as we reached the end of the series, Ted especially since there was an episode dedicated to having him finally let go of Robin and then finding his actual soulmate, a.k.a. the Mother, at the wedding itself.

The alternate ending, as seen above, is what many people were expecting the finale to be. It showed Ted officially meeting the Mother, Tracy, after showing having a quick montage of all the things that occurred over the last nine seasons which prompted Ted to end up at that moment, and after they have their first talk where basically everything clicked for them, his voiceover states, "And that, kids, is how I met your mother." Which is perfect because it's the bookend to how the show first began, with future!Ted telling his kids how he met their mother.

Now, the ending that they chose to air, the one you read about, is entirely different and completely betrays everything the show built up over the seasons, particularly the last season, and disrespecting the character developments that happened.

Apparently, the creators wrote that finale during S1/S2 when the show was teetering on being cancelled so they had a backup finale in case that happened -- hence why I think that version should have been the alternative ending instead of the other one, because otherwise it doesn't make sense given all that has happened over the course of nine seasons. It was just so infuriating, and the fact that so many people, from dedicated fans to casual watchers (such as myself) to even people who didn't care for the show were upset and pissed off by how the series ended. So this is not about biased fans being bitter about not getting what they wanted, it's about the utter disrespect to the narrative of the story being told. That finale might have worked for S1/S2, but it doesn't work after NINE SEASONS worth of developing these characters, their storylines, their personal growths and developments and seeing their relationships evolve.
Abbeyplace_to_hide on September 7th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm one of the many who didn't like the HIMYM series finale. Yeah, I kind of think it's a 'too little, too late'
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 7th, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
I just don't understand why they couldn't have just done this in reverse, like have this be the actual series finale (the one everyone wanted) while the one they aired be the alternative one (the one they originally wanted). That would have made more logical sense and would have kept from pissing everyone off in the process.
Abbeyplace_to_hide on September 7th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I don't know either. I know. I don't know why they wanted to air the one that pissed everyone off.
noybusiness: lolcatbsgnoybusiness on September 7th, 2014 05:46 am (UTC)
The video is broken now.

Edited at 2014-09-07 05:46 am (UTC)
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 7th, 2014 06:24 am (UTC)
I edited and replaced the broken one with a working video link via Tumblr post. I'm hoping it works for you and others.

Edited at 2014-09-07 06:25 am (UTC)
noybusiness: lolcatbsgnoybusiness on September 7th, 2014 06:38 am (UTC)
It works fine. That was a much better ending!
Kimsaturnsdaughter on September 7th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'll actually finish HIMYM someday now. I have seasons 7-9 left but wasn't going to bother after reading about the original ending.

I haven't seen 300 in years but I remember it being a lot of fun, definitely worth a watch. I've been meaning to check out the sequel, thanks for the reminder.
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 7th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
I feel really horrible for all the fans who were invested with the show for all those years, having this image -- an image the show painted, by the way -- of how the series was going to end, only to be letdown in the most terrible way possible. I know not all finales are going to make everyone happy, but that was just a shitty thing to do.

I just remember all the memes that came from it ("This is Sparta!"), lol.
R.nemophilist on September 7th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
I love that the place feels more active lately! Here's hoping it's on the rise, haha. :)

HIMYM had the worst ending ever, I didn't even bother watching the last season once I found out. UGH.
Renée: Lost Girl. Bo. Succubus.rogueslayer452 on September 8th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
I feel like you can probably watch the last season and just not watch the last episode, and keep this version in mind. But yeah, there has been a lot of people feeling disillusioned about the series based on that finale.
stephenamell: 11 © <lj user=fawns>stephenamell on September 8th, 2014 10:16 am (UTC)
I love and hate series finales. I hate how my Vampire Diaries one ended, and did not care for my Falling Skies one. So I know how you feel. Yeah, I can understand that.

Never heard of or seen Doom. Tried Resident Evil before, and didn't care for it at all. I have been wanting to see 300: Rise of the Empire. Not much of a Eva Green fan, though she wasn't bad in Casino Royale. But the movie looked good. Still need to see the first one as well.
chiara: tv: parks and rec leslie half facestellicidio on September 9th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
Hi :D Looking forward to getting to know you and I'm really happy about the activity on here lately :)
Still uncool.: laurismall_monkey on September 9th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
I have only seen a few episodes of HIMYM, so I can't really comment on it but I just wanted to pop up and say hi. :D *wawes back*