Welcome to my weekly review of This Is Us. Today: Season 2, Episode 4, Still There. (The reviews will include spoilers, so don’t read if you haven’t watched and don’t want to know what happens!) My reviews are based on a single viewing. If I were to watch several times, as I can obsess over my favorite shows (I’m looking at you, True Detective, Season 1), I might be even more insightful (or over Randall-ing it all). But I’d rather write my initial impressions than take time dissecting after many views. So….
1) Week 4 of I still like these people (except Rebecca) and want to know their story(ies).
2) Randall. The boo boo song. I love this man.
3) Getting more background on Rebecca and her mom. Hearing her mom say that the too-small costume for Kate could be her goal dress — I, along with many others probably, wanted to go through the screen and punch her for saying that.
4) Kate and her many surprises (more below)…
5) Little Randall running around trying to get the chicken pox since the doctor said it would be good if the kids all had them at the same time. He’s so cute.
6) The stories are moving forward.
The Not So Good
1) As you can tell from my short reponses, I didn’t think this week’s episode lived up to those past. I feel like too much is going on to have any depth (depth like last season), and we’re just getting exposition so things toward the end of each episode and then the end of the season will make sense.
2) The dekes, I’ll call them. Last week, Kevin pops a pill, then tells Toby this week, he didn’t like the way he felt on them, so he didn’t become addicted (again?). BUT previews for next week shows he becomes an addict. Also, Kate walking down an aisle that said Vitamins and Weight Loss. That combined with her “almost obsessive” working out, according to Toby (p.s. Kate, STOP CALLING HIM TOBE), made one think she was going for diet pills, not vitamins because she’s pregnant. WHAT?!?!
3) Kevin’s watching of the tape of his father cheering on his teen football self, which then makes him contemplate then take a pain pill that apparently leads him to becoming addicted — totally not earned (see previously mentioned overstuffed episode that doesn’t allow depth). I don’t feel Kevin’s struggle the way I did Randall’s, and I sincerely believe it’s the pace that’s ruining it.
Will Kate lose her baby, allowing her and Mom to bond over the fact they’ve both lost a child?
Will Sophie and Kevin ever be in the same town again?
Will the writers overuse the Toby/Kevin bromance to the point that I can’t stand to see them in the same room together anymore?
Was young Kevin always that whiny and annoying? He acts like the Jan Brady of the group, but he’s the oldest!
Will Rebecca learn not to chew the scenery, like when she called her mother a racist (which, Bec, I totes feel you on that, but your saying it twice, with force that just didn’t come through my screen as authentic… for that I’ll blame the writing and the directing).
I’m Randalling 2 stars out of 4, for the love I still have for these people, but the disappointment that this episode just didn’t live up to what I’m used to with these fine folks. But hey, every week can’t be perfect, right, Randall?
What say you?
Tune in here after the next episode for another This Is Us: Review for You. Read all of my reviews for this season here.