If you’re not watching How I Met Your Mother…well, I feel sorry for you, and not just because you won’t understand the title of this post. It’s because HIMYM is one of the best TV shows on right now. Not only is this show one of the best, but last night’s episode, “Symphony of Illusion,” also happens to be one of the best of the entire series—and being in its seventh season already, that’s really saying something.
I won’t spoil this ep for anyone who has yet to see it, but yes, it was that amazing. It had me laughing out loud just seconds into the episode, and continued to make me laugh. Even better, though, is how it also made me cry. Yes, I was in tears by the end. While that may be an easy feat for me in real life, it’s far from easy for a TV show to make happen. The tears were at first because of how tragic certain reveals were, and then how amazingly heartfelt the episode wrapped up despite that. (Ted FTW. Please stop hatin’ on him, haters.)
Naturally, once my utter fangirlism for this episode eased a little, I couldn’t help but start connecting it to writing—specifically, what I want to achieve as a writer.
I’m a comedy writer at heart, no matter what plot or genre I happen to be exploiting. Unfortunately, much like sitcoms in the TV world, it is easy for people to write off comedies as just that: a comedy. Good for nothing else but making you laugh and helping you forget about your troubles. While I do hope to achieve that in my writing, I don’t want that to be the only thing I achieve. My characters will experience troubles, too—troubles that sometimes can’t be fixed. Bad things will happen. Reality will happen. Because of this, I will always admire comedies that dare to tread in more dire directions, since those are the same directions I try to tread. It’s the same directions HIMYM treads, and for more than just last night’s episode. For that, I applaud them.
I feel like I may have bored you all just now with my ramblings, so in apology, here’s a gif of Robin punching Barney, ‘cause the world is always a much more entertaining place when Barney is getting punched….