Towards the end of his life, he was being presented with a special award for services to television or something. Jonathan Ross was presenting it and announced that he had a letter from Prince Charles congratulating Spike.
He read out the first few lines about how Charles had always been a huge fan of The Goon Show and in particular, Spike. Before he could get any futher, Spike just casually said,
I said that when I was done with Glee and HIMYM, I'd watch Sherlock.
I’m at that point, but I’m psyching myself up for disappointment.
Only because, invariably, when something gets hyped as much as this has, it will disappoint.
Any advice, tips or pointers I need for going into a show, the historical canon of which I only have a broad, sketchy idea of? Bear in mind also, I read A Study in Scarlet and it’s on my list of most hated books, and Sherlock Holmes is one of the few fictional characters I can absolutely not stand.
How I Met Your Mother is a genius show for its narrative devices. It tells amazing stories with the use of unreliable narrators, flashbacks, flashforwards, forgotten details, unchronological events and amazing characterisation. I love how so many episodes take place over the course of one evening, or just a few minutes, and use the aforementioned devices to make sense of everything.
It makes more sense than Friends ever did and here’s why. The characters of Friends never seemed to be at work, but the characters in HIMYM usually are so having the stories take place over a shorter period of time (and many, many flashbacks involve the characters) being at work explains why they are rarely at work in the present moment. Also, look at their jobs. Lily, Marshall, Barney and Ted all presumably work Monday-Friday, and Robin (for most of the show) works early mornings and probably also has the weekends off. Hell, Barney is probably the only one rarely at work because he never seems to need to be.
Also, the characters in Friends were stuck together. Cemented. They didn’t have external friends whereas the HIMYM crew all seem to have other circles. Sure, they mostly revolve around work, but they are capable of speaking to people besides themselves.
Just another reason why How I Met Your Mother is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. Not saying that Friends is rubbish, because it isn’t, it’s brilliant. It’s just not the same.
There’s a few bob in your pocket, and you’ve got good friends And it seems that summer’s never coming to an end Young, free and innocent, you haven’t got a care Well, apart from deciding on the clothes you’re going to wear The streets turn into paradise, the radio’s singing dreams You’re innocent, immortal, you’re just fifteen
And who dares tell the lambs in spring What fate the later seasons bring? Who’d tell the girl in the middle of the pair The price she’ll pay for just being there…
But leave them alone, let them go and play They care not for what’s at the end of the day For what is to come, for what might have been Life has no ending when you’re sweet sixteen
And your friends are with you to talk away the night Or until Mrs Wong switches off the chippy light Then there’s always the corner and the streetlamps glare And another hour to spend with your friends … with her To share your last cigarette and your secret dream of the midnight hour At seventeen
It’s just another ferryboat, a trip to the beach But everything is possible, the world’s within your reach You don’t even notice broken bottles in the sand, the oil in the water And you can’t understand how living could be anything other than a dream When you’re young, free, and innocent … and just eighteen
And only if the three of them could stay like that forever And only if we could predict no changes in the weather And only if we didn’t live in life, as well as dreams And only if we could stop and be forever just eighteen
“Boys can be girls, the old man can be young, ethnicity can be chosen, 15-year-olds can be stock analysts – and on the internet no one knows you’re a dog”—The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology (via xfawnx)
And it’s about the evolution of humans and so on, all the different species that died out on the way, and there was mention of this very intelligent experiment done a while back.
Basically, researchers showed photos of different habitats from across the world to children from every continent and every kind of background and basically measured which habitats they were most attracted to. Without fail, children up to a certain age all selected the African savannah habitat. After a while though, they began to select the habitat that was most like what they had grown up in.
Scientists believe that this “savannah hypothesis” suggests that somewhere in our biological makeup we have retained a preference for the habitat in which we found food and shelter in for the greatest part of our evolutionary history.
The past 10,000 years of civilization have failed to stamp this out.