The season premiere of 'How I Met Your Mother' was Monday night, but first, let's recap. (FYI, This is not my first experience with writing HIMYM episode recaps, they date back to last season on my personal blog.)

When we left off, Ted (Josh Radnor) had just proposed to Stella (Sarah Chalke) and we were waiting for an answer. Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) had slept with Robin (Cobie Smulders); Marshall (Jason Segal) quit his job at a law firm and is now unemployed as he and his wife Lily (Alyson Hannigan) prepare to move into a new apartment that is ... well ... structurally crooked.

Last night was a prime example of why I love this show. Ted's marriage Proposal was accepted but, as Marshall points out, does Ted really know Stella that well? More importantly: does she love 'Star Wars'?

This may come as no surprise, but I have had these exact conversations. Yes, for me, Star Wars is a deal breaker. Marshall convinces Ted to watch Star Wars with Stella --Marshall has a lot of free time on his hands because he is unemployed ... umm ... (in the most sarcastic voice possible) yeah, I have no idea what that is like -- with negative results. She hates it. She thinks Chewbacca is a bear and does not understand why anyone would listen to the ideas of a bear. (He's a Wookie!)

How is this possible? How can anyone hate the original Star Wars? I digress. But, she tells Ted she loved it. Marshall knows she is lying, but when he asked her if she could lie about this the rest of her life --considering Ted watches Star Wars on every occasion imaginable -- she realized, for Ted she could. Can I even explain to you how much I love that this is even an issue?!?! I thought I was the only one who ever had this conversation.

Barney is in love with Robin, I am not sure what to think about this development. In a way I am happy to see the Barney character act mature enough to actually have feelings for another human being. I ask though,with this latest development, is it even still Barney?

It is obvious this will be a reoccurring theme of the season. A "will they or won't they" situation (even though they already have). Do we want this? A neutered Barney? Well, not really ... he may be in love but he is still sleeping around. Considering how stellar the writing has been up to this point, I will give the writers the benefit of the doubt this will be handled in the least "schmaltzy" way humanly possible.

Welcome back, How I Met Your Mother! Check back weekly throughout the season for recaps.

-Click to View Gallery

Story by Mike Ryan

Starpulse contributing writer