“This Is Us” is one of the most popular shows on US cable and the season 2 premiere didn’t disappoint.
Although I fell immediately in love with the show when it started in September 2016, there are elements of it that I didn’t particularly like: I thought the moment Jack and Rebecca met each other was a little bit ridiculous, too much “insta-love” for me.
But aside from a few elements, it’s a solid show. The stories are absolutely brilliant and moving.
I have cried for all 18 episodes in season 1 and of course, season 2 didn’t leave my tear ducts dry.
It was hard to watch: from Kate’s struggles with her career, to Randall’ and Beth’s adoption problems and Jack’s not-so-shocking revelation.
The show hits you where you are most vulnerable, your insecurities and your issues. You identify with the characters on an extremely deep level.
Before starting the season 2 premiere, I was almost sure I wasn’t going to cry. I was not in the mood to cry I didn’t feel like it was going to happen, but of course I bawled like there was no tomorrow.
I absolutely adore all of the performances, the only one that didn’t make the same impact on me as the others was Justin Hartley’s. It’s probably just because of Kevin. I’m not a huge fan of the character, I don’t really like that cocky, arrogant and selfish personality. Nonetheless, I absolutely liked the episode. I was a little bit disappointed in Jack, even if I shouldn’t be. We see him struggling with his issues, and problems like alcoholism. But he’s a nice man, he gave up his dreams, just like Rebecca did, and he tried to have overcome is addiction.
In the episode we also get to know a little bit more about what happened to Jack, how he died. There isn’t much, but I think one of the reasons is his alcoholism. There are clues like Kate with a dog and Randall talking to a redheaded girl, but the most revealing one, is the last scene. There is house, burnt to the ground. And if I’m not mistaken, it belonged to the Pearsons.
I don’t really get why people are so obsessed with finding out how Jack dies. DO YOU WANT TO SEE HIM DIE? DO YOU WANT THE PAIN!? ARE YOU MENTAL?
Rebecca’s pain at the end destroyed me. It broke my heart. In a million pieces.
The “get in the car” scene was also amazingly written and acted. She put aside her anger and disappointment towards him and focused on helping him and keeping their family together.
Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia have a terrific chemistry together, especially in the dramatic scenes.
One of the most amazing scenes was Beth asking Randall to adopt a grown-up kid to help him get off the streets. I thought her gesture was INCREDIBLE. So selfless. I’m in love with Beth and Randall.
And can we talk about Randall’s “Women can do anything” speech? LOVE IT.
To sum up, great start for a second season. Let me know what you think about the episode, I’d love to chat about the show!