What I’ve Been Reading: May 11, 2014

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What I’ve Been Reading: January 19, 2014

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Some video game stuff in this week’s What I’ve Been Reading. Also, the death of net neutrality (BOOOO!), and porn star dating? Don’t worry, it’s safe for work. More

Why I Have Different Problems With How I Met Your Mother Than Everyone Else Does

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How I Met Your Mother is now four episodes into its seventh – that’s right, seventh! – season, and so far, the reaction has been the same it has been for the past couple of seasons. There are those who complain that the show has totally lost its way since season 3 or 4 and wish it would revert back to its old style, and there are those who still think that the show is a pretty good way to spend half an hour every Monday night.

As for me, I used to think I fell somewhere between the two camps, but now I’m not so sure. Last week’s “Ducky Tie,” the third episode of the season, was a referendum of sorts for HIMYM fans. It marked the return of Victoria, played by Ashley Williams, one of Ted’s love interests from season 1 and probably one of the most loved characters in the show’s history. It consisted mainly of Ted telling the story of a night he spent with Victoria, while he was at dinner with his friends. The reaction to “Ducky Tie” – both from critics and fans – was overwhelmingly positive, with some of them calling it the best episode in years.

But me? I strongly disliked it. It was a step above such duds as “The Yips,” “Benefits,” or “The Perfect Cocktail,” but it was by far the worst of this season’s first four episodes. That got me thinking: am I watching this show differently than everyone else is? I’m starting to think that I might be, and I’ll examine why after the jump. More