‘How I Met Your Mother’ Loses Its Sparkle, Subbing Porny Puns For Canuck Yuks

Nicole Scherzinger and Cobie Smulders as 'Space Teens' Jessica Glitter and Robin Sparkles (CBS)

Nicole Scherzinger and Cobie Smulders as 'Space Teens' Jessica Glitter and Robin Sparkles (CBS)

This Monday, CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother‘ uncorks Part 3 of its Robin Sparkles “trilogy,” and the results are a mixed bag.

‘Mother’ lovers of course know that “Robin Sparkles” (Cobie Smulders) was Robin Scherbatsky’s stage name as a teen pop star in Canada. In previous installments, we met Miss Sparkles through her actually catchy “Let’s Go To The Mall” music video, then learned of her ill-fated romance with James Van Der Beek via “Sandcastles In The Sand.”

This time around, we lay witness to ‘Space Teens,’ an educational-ish kiddie show that costarred “Robin Sparkles” and her onetime BFF “Jessica Glitter” (played by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger). The catch is that, viewed in retrospect, the gals’ out-of-this-world adventure comes across as double entendre-laden porn.

Perhaps testing the limits of what can be done on television at 8 o’clock, we see Robin and Jessica tugging suggestively at a videogame controller as space commander Alan Thicke eggs them on. And then there is the ‘Space Teens’ theme song – “Two Beavers Are Better Than One,” which is intended as an innocent homage to Canada’s national symbol.

Indeed, the turbulence-induced jiggling the girls do in this preview clip is wholly tame compared to what else the episode serves up:

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I’m a huge fan of “Robin Sparkles” and how her not-so-great exploits in the Great White North poked good fun at Ms. Scherbatsky’s Canadian origins while simultaneously parodying 1980s music videos.

The ‘Space Teens’ mission falls short, however. Missing a chance to lampoon kiddie “edutainment” shows (and all but abandoning clever riffs on Canadian culture), it instead goes out of its way to set up broad and heavy-handed porno dialogue. I believe I preemptively groaned the instant I saw Alan Thicke enter a scene toting two pieces of wood.

Will you give Robin Sparkles’ latest appearance a look-see?

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