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HIMYM: The Necessity of Lily Aldrin

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This article be in lieu of me writing about How I Met Your Mother on a weekly basis as I had originally intended.

Even on the shows you love, there are always those characters that you hate. Lost had Miles, who came along too late in the game to be interesting, had a snide remark for absolutely everything, and a snider remark for when you tried to tell him very nicely that we already had a character who could talk to dead people, thank you very much. For Homeland fans, it’s Dana Brody, who interrupts the very interesting pursuit of world-threatening terrorists to bring us the startling story of how she likes a boy. For Breaking Bad fans, this character was often Skylar White, who we didn’t like because she stood in the way of our protagonist, making life more difficult for a man who at one point was fighting off more than one Mexican hitman at once.

For How I Met Your Mother fans, the consensus seems to be that this dead weight is Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan). Read more…


“Lilys Be Trippin'”- How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 4 Review- ‘The Broken Code’

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We pick up right where we left off this week after the cliffhanger from last week’s episode that I never got around to reviewing (In a nut shell: Solid Ted and Lily story, funny runner with Barney and Robin dodging old people, Marshall needs to get to this goddamn wedding right now).

At first, I was very worried that they were going to do a total cop out of last week’s meaty moment when Barney quickly dismissed Ted, but then it took over the episode and my concerns were assuaged. And replaced them with further concerns. Read more…

How I Met Your Mother Season Nine Episode 1 & 2 Premiere Review- ‘The Locket’ and ‘Coming Back’

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How I Met Your Mother has always been great televised comfort food. From its first four seasons where it was reliably stellar and inventive television on the barren CBS wasteland, to the back half of its lifespan where it has been less reliable but continues to turn out one or two episodes a season that really surprise in the still barren CBS wasteland, HIMYM has always been there to feel like the entertainment equivalent of eating chocolate ice cream straight out of the bucket. Featuring some great romances, clever time manipulation, and an endlessly enjoyable comedic team, the drunk thirtysomethings of MacLaren’s have been nothing if not a consistent way to spend a Monday night for the last eight years.

To put that into the proper frame of mind: I was twelve when this show first aired. Lord. Almost half of my life has been spent with Ted, Marshall, Lily, Robin, and Barney. It’s the first show I ever truly fell in love with, and probably the one I’ve done full rewatches of more than any other. It really is the perfect show to put on after you get off a ten hour Christmas shift at McDonald’s.

I suppose that’s why this drastic shift in narrative form for the final season gives me a bit of pause. Read more…

“Where’s the Poop, Indeed?”- How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 24 Finale Review- ‘Something New’


This review contains major super double spoilers!

Well there she is! Jeezum crow, after all this time sometimes you forget what we were working towards here. We’ve seen the mother, and she’s kinda cute. Of course, Ted still hasn’t, but this nice piece of dramatic irony ought to satisfy fans who have long-since dismissed the show for keeping us away from The Mother for so long.

It’s a well-documented fact that those that watch this show for the express intent of meeting The Mother are going to have a terrible go of it.

Considering how middling and sup-bar I found the beginning of Season 8 to be (the first five or so episodes never got above a C+) and how ready I was for the show to be over and the pain I felt when it was renewed for a ninth (?!) season, I’m actually rather happy with how we wrapped up this season and found the final stretch after Christmas to be a wonderful ride.

The first few episodes was weighed down and smothered by that dreaded wretch of sitcom narratives: The baby. Read more…

“Better Than Bladerunner”- Top Fifteen Uses of Voiceover- A Mexican Standoff

Voiceover is a mechanic that I hate. Most of the time, it’s superfluous and annoying and really just only explains the absolute obvious, pandering straight down into the audience’s faces. Personally, it turns me off.

That’s why proper use of the mechanic should be awarded. It’s not without its merits. Sometimes it’s necessary to understanding the plot, while others use it for an added injection of comedy. It can be a handy feature, but only if used correctly. The items on this list will be immortalized for their not being as bad as the voiceover from Bladerunner.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The entire genre of film noir has been discounted from this list, as the vast majority of its films contain voiceover and it’s all so strikingly similar that it’s hard to differentiate them. That being said, on with the list…

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#6- “It’s Like Frolicking in a Surly, Many-Boobed Field”- We Are in the Television Golden Age and Game of Thrones is Back!

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Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog moderated by Kevin Lanigan, a future writer of movies and TV and a struggling sculpture artist in a time when marble is scarce. There’s probably some spoilers somewhere in here, so don’t blame me because I warned you, sonnyjack.

I am ready to welcome the sins of Westeros back into my life again. The boobs, and the midgets, and the incest… I want all of it. It’s like welcoming a dirty, crusty friend back into your life after his long HBO-fueled absence. Our noble dwarf Tyrion Lannister, the ever-slappable Joffrey Baratheon, and their entire gamut of back-stabbing winter-fearers are going to waltz back into our living rooms (or out of your computer screen if you’re one of those naughty children who pirates things) and we couldn’t be more glad.

The fervor and fan art that Game of Thrones inspires is daunting. It’s also the perfect encapsulation of where television is at right now. Read more…

“And We Could All Use a Little Chaaaaaaaang”- Community Season 4 Episode 6 Review- ‘Advanced Documentary Filmmaking’


Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog moderated by Kevin Lanigan, a future writer of movies and TV and current Good Will Hunting-esque mathematical savant. (That’s a Smash Mouth reference in the title, for all of you who are interested).

I was a little nervous about this one. Since I view the three (now four) documentary episodes as the sacred cows of Community, this one had a lot to live up to. A lot of shows could do paintball episodes, although admittedly not as well. Hell, Glee could probably do it. But no other show in history would thrice forsake its entire format for an entire episode. And it helps that all three are relentlessly funny and intimate portraits of our favorite study group (out of aaaaaaalllll the shows that consist of study groups. Namely none).

It doesn’t help that the episode was not only going to be about Chang, which is dicey enough as it is, but memory-less Chang. This is bad, seeing as I’ve already marked memory loss and one of the worst things in the world including babies and consummated will-they-won’t-theys. This looked to be bad news bears. Read more…

Top 20 Movies to Look Forward To- A Mexican Standoff

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Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog by Kevin “Kevin” Lanigan, a future writer of movies and TV and current underpants enthusiast. “Mexican Standoff” is our newest feature, a categorical list of something.

There’s a lot of good stuff waiting for us at the motion pictures. Of course, none of it is out right now, but there’s lots on the horizon. I’ve been trying to soak news up like a Bounty Quicker Picker Upper (thanks for the money, Bounty) and here’s a list of the 20 movies that I’m most looking forward to, or to which I’m most looking forward if you’re a grammar ass.

There are movies that are of course not on this list, mostly sequels to movies I didn’t enjoy. The second The Hobbit movie comes to mind, as well as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, although the casting news on that one is really promising. Admittedly, I’ve only seen the first ten minutes of the first Andrew Garfield Spider-Man flick, but that was a really terrible ten minutes. In either case, here’s the list… Read more…

“Well, It Fared Better Than Poland”- Community Season 4 Episode 4 Review- ‘Alternative History of the German Invasion’


Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog run by Kevin Lanigan, a future writer of movies and TV and current Community superfan who’s just going through some stuff right now, OKAY?!

The fourth episode of any season of Community has always been one of its linchpins. No season of the show has started off particularly well. Season 1 was a textbook example of a strong pilot leading into a show that struggles to find its feet. Season 2 started off best, but still not strong. Hell, Season 3 started off just awful and then went on to be one wildly inventive season of television.

With each of those seasons, it was the fourth episode that really kicked us off in the right direction. The Jeff and Shirley gossip story from Season 1. The Space bus episode from Season 2. And while it was filmed third, the all-time classic “Remedial Chaos Theory” multiple timelines episode was the fourth to air in Season 3. So, perhaps needless to say at this point, there was a lot hinging on this episode. Read more…

#4- “Almost Forgot, Lizzie- Yesterday Mr. Darcy Started the Cold War”- Jane Austen, Exposition, and Basic Storytelling


Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog by Kevin Lanigan, future writer of film and TV and past writer of certain specific verses of songs by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Spoilers will follow.

Do you ever feel like everything interesting happens after you leave the room? Like, every time you decide to turn in for the night, your friends encounter a caravan made up entirely of cannibal supermodels? Seems about right. I lost an entire group of horny, tasty friends that way. Read more…

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