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Nov. 10th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Here's the thing about The Rough Patch, for me.

I did not like this episode, and I did not like the way they went about breaking up Barney and Robin. It's too crazy and sitcommy to me, and I don't think it's true to either of the characters. And that's super frustrating. I mean, I ship them, too.

BUT. I think the writers got B/R together and then realized they only had a few stories. And then they realized it couldn't last forever. And then they turned it over to Chris Harris - who loves the crazy sitcommy stuff (his last ep was The Front Porch) - to end it. And lo, it was kinda stupid.

BUT. While I think The Rough Patch is the lowest point of the season so far, next week's episode is my favorite so far, partially in the way that it uses Classic Barney. And Classic Barney has been used to excellent effect in the post-Rough Patch season that I've read so far (I read the table draft of 511 this morning).

SO MY POINT. I love Robin/Barney in the flirting and the sitting-next-to-each-other-in-the-bar and the OMG-they're-perfect-for-each-other, but I think that for the most part, the writers fumbled the BroTP ball, and it's ultimately a good thing that they've hit this story beat and moved on before it got painful.

Sorry, I've just been waiting to get that out since we shot this one. I'm clearly a terrible shipper (considering this is the only couple I've ever really shipped).
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Thank you SO much for your insight. It helps to have someone "on the inside" to tell me that things get better. I love them and I'm heartbroken, but I've watched the show from the pilot. I'm here for the long-haul.

It's too bad they didn't know what to do with them. Maybe they should have been creeping the comm... ;)
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
What up, fellow production assistant! (Although I am slaving away in the world of freelance and do not have an awesome steady job on an awesome TV show D:) IA, thank you for your insight. I was thinking pretty much the same thing, that they fumbled the ball and are trying to get on so they can get back to what makes the show great, so I'm glad there's some real person confirmation on that. I've heard there's a slap coming up, and obviously there's more Robin Sparkles in the future, so I haven't given up on the show yet -- I'm just disappointed that they seem to really have choked when it came to Barney/Robin in the first place.
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I am in no way cool/old enough to be a PA (I'm an intern), but yeah, you've articulated what I've kind of assumed. I haven't talked to any of the writers about this, but I do feel like this ep is a turning point in the season. And there are definitely awesome things coming - slapping, singing, fake websites, the whole bit. But as a fan, I totally agree with your disappointment.
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Oops, that's my bad, I misunderstood your position there... Still you be in the know way more than most. :)
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh, still, that's awesome! My internships were nowhere near as cool. *Barney-style thumbs up!* I'm even working on a spec script for that very show, so if I were an intern I would probably just die.

Can I friend you? We seem to have a lot in common!
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Ha ha, it's definitely awesome, I'm definitely really lucky, and I definitely shit myself daily (or, really, twice a week, when I'm there).

Sure, let's be friends! I have to warn you, I've gotten terrible at updating my LJ lately, but I still definitely keep up with my flist. :)

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