I Got This Is Us'd
Monday, March 27, 2017
Twas a cold spring day two weeks ago when I needed something to have on in the background while I worked on a few emails. Almost everyone I know watches a show called "This Is Us," so I figured what the hell, I'd give it a shot.
I was reluctant because I don't watch a lot of primetime TV, I'm more of a Netflix and Amazon girl because I like to binge watch. Also I'll be honest, the show gave off very cheesy vibes. But like I said, my plan was to watch it as a "background show."
After episode one I was mildly entertained. I liked the twist at the end and bragged to myself that I picked up on it about 30 seconds before everyone else, having seen some of the cues planted earlier in the episode. Most of all, I assured myself I was correct in thinking it was a very cheesy show.
After the second episode I told myself I was done. The show was just a little much for me. Far too predictable, too cliche, too much of everything I don't love about primetime tv shows.
Fast forward to me 5 or 6 episodes in crying like a baby at every critical moment.
"Are you okay?" Chris asked when he walked in on me sobbing on the couch. "I thought you said this show is stupid."
"It is, it's so dumb," I said between cry hiccups. "I hate it." And then I pressed play on the next episode.
I got This Is Us'd and I don't even know how. I watched almost all of season one on Saturday and finally admitted to my sister that I "enjoy the show." It's time to stop pretending. I am embracing the cheesiness of it all and would now like to discuss it with you.
First of all, I love the nostalgia. I'm going to make a bold statement here based on zero facts, but I have to believe that's a huge part of its appeal. Everyone loves a show about the good ol days. It's why I lived for the Wonder Years as a child, watch Now and Then at least once a month, and was devastated when Mad Men ended. All of these shows give us a peak back to when life felt more simple; a time I never lived in, yet somehow feels so familiar to me.
I'll admit I even occasionally fast forward through the present parts, at least I did when I first started watching. All I want to see is Jack and Rebecca as they once were. Because Jack, what a guy! When he did pushups with Randall on his back I lost it. Of course I'm a big fan of Rebecca and think she is an amazing mother, but I'm simply smitten with Jack.
I have only one episode left and I already know that we get to zero resolution as to what happens to Jack. But I'm okay with that, because I don't want to know. I don't want Jack to die! Never! I want life to stay exactly as it was when we first brought the triplets home back in 1980 and everything was so unknown and new, but also so perfect!
See what I did there? That's me getting This Is Us'd. I confuse their reality with my own.
Beyond my crush on Jack, I'm a big fan of Beth, Randall's wife. When she got her postcard in the mail I broke down; she needed that. We all did.
Basically the entire Memphis episode had me in tears. It could have been the three glasses of wine I had, who knows. I just thought it was beautifully written and directed and the perfect trip I needed for closure with sweet William. When he got the chance to play the piano on stage with his old bandmates I knew right then and there I had made the right decision to go to Memphis. Of course it didn't fit in well with all the stress I'd been under at the commodity firm, but it was right for my soul.
Oh Randall. What a sensitive human he is. It breaks my heart when he's a kid, I want to punch Kevin and scream "stop being so mean to your brother!" Good thing he has Kate. I really like her character, but have to say her fiance Toby drives me nuts. He was funny at first, but now I get so annoyed with everything he says and just want to tell him to shut up. Yes, he provides comic relief, but he also provides comic annoyance because it NEVER STOPS.
Also, I know this may not be a popular opinion, but I think he treats Kate like shit. Does anyone else notice this? If she doesn't fall head over heels for his "grand gestures" he immediately turns it back on him like, "what about me? where's my grand gesture?" He's the mean nice guy and I can't stand him. If you ask me, Kate's too good for him. There, I said it.
Last thing I'm going to say about Toby (I have a lot of built up aggression toward him I'm realizing) he consistently tries to sabotage Kate's weight loss journey. He appears supportive, but in my opinion, he is the opposite. When he interrupted her pound/workout class at her weight loss retreat and made a complete mockery of it I. Was. Livid.
And that's my take. Do you watch the show? What do you think? Who is your favorite?