By Parker, Just Parker
First an apology. I basically took last week off. Checked out from work and life in general. I didn’t even watch the finale of This is Us until this morning. I wish I could say the week off did me good. 🙁
Anyway, by now you’ve all watched the show. I’m still processing it. Some of it seemed really obvious: Sam earns WHORE status, Rebecca rebuffs him, Jack punches him, Rebecca drives drunk Jack home, they have a big fight (which was awesome) and they decide to hit pause. Jack goes to live with Miguel for a while but delivers a pretty little speech on his way out. About how their story is just starting. It was vintage Jack that we loved but at this point vintage Jack that we loved is starting to get a bit tiresome in my opinion. Maybe I’m just in a bad mood from my non-week off. Anyone else? To me, the most heartbreaking moment of the whole episode was when current Rebecca opens her door and Jack isn’t sleeping outside her bedroom like he did so many years ago.
I know a lot of people have written about the Jack/Rebecca ‘fight’ scene. And, yeah, that’s how I fight with my husband too so I’m onboard with the idea that this may have been the best couples argument filmed on television pretty much ever. And maybe, like my fights with Mr. Parker, the futility and the lack of resolution were the whole point. But it is a weird juxtaposition to me that you can go from that particular scene with its very realistic incoherence, to grandly delivered ‘speeches’ the next morning. I mean, unless he was up all night practicing.
The flashbacks were flat. Don’t hate. The poker thing was stupid, Rebecca was stupid and Jack was basically a cartoon.
If you’re getting the impression that this was the first episode of this show that I didn’t love, you’re getting the right impression. This is not to say that I hated it. That would be a big stretch. But it didn’t really move me like I wanted the finale of this show to move me. In fact, I almost wish that the previous episode was the season finale and we’d been left wondering what happened on Jack’s drive to see Rebecca until the new season started. I did love the Cat Stevens soundtrack though. I am THAT old. lol
So where does that leave us?
First of all, I kind of wish that this had been a one-season series.
I am not that interested in Kate’s storyline and her new desire to sing, I don’t care if Kevin and Sophie are a couple or about his acting career, and I am more than indifferent to Randall and Beth adopting a baby. Now it is entirely possible that the writers pull a “William” storyline out of their hat, but I wouldn’t bet on it. There’s not enough there there in any of the subplots anymore. The argument between Randall and Beth about what color the baby is going to be (c’mon, you know that’s coming) is not exactly going to rise to the William story. Toby drawing out Kate’s story about Jack’s death is already beyond tedious so I can’t imagine that getting any better. And whether Kevin gets casted and can keep his relationships together with Sophie is not all that interesting. And, btw, since I am really not enjoying work right now, why don’t any of these people seem to actually need to earn a living?
And of course, we still have Jack’s death to, um, look forward to. I guess that reddit guy who predicted some kind of fire that wipes out most of Miguel’s old family and makes Jack a hero is probably in pole position now for most likely ‘end of Jack’ theory. At this point the drunk driving thing is entirely too heavy handed, probably. Maybe Kate feels guilty because she was visiting her dad at Miguel’s and left her curling iron plugged in. I kid. Sort of. But I’m also starting to care less, which is usually not a good sign for me staying with a show.
So next season is going to be at least partly about how Jack and Rebecca deal with their separation and how that affects the kids. We have the above mentioned teased storylines for each of the ‘current’ adult children. And, ultimately we have Jack’s death. Or we don’t. The show has already been picked up for two more seasons. As I wrote in my first recap, I can’t imagine the show without the Jack/Rebecca storyline evolution. So maybe Jack won’t die until the show is ready to die. And at that point, I suspect, we’ll all be ready for Jack to DIE IN A FIRE.
Which is why I think it should have been one season. In a nutshell.