Welcome to my weekly review of This Is Us. Today: Season 2, Episode 15, The Car. (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….
After the letdown that was the Super Bowl Sunday episode, revealing Jack’s death’s how and why, Tuesday’s funeral and moving on episode was back to This Is Us awesome.
I love the way they did this.
They could have just revolved around the funeral and showed it as it happened. But that’s not This Is Us. Instead, the entire episode including the funeral and flashbccks and all that This Is Us goodness revolved around the car. The Wagoneer. What a way to tell a story.
The family car.
The car of memories.
The car that so many conversations have already happened in.
The car that they showed us other things we hadn’t seen before.
The car that would take the family into their new and unwanted future.
I loved Jack taking Teen Kate to the music store to meet “Atlantis” Morissette, even though she was skipping school to do to. I loved the young kids in the car scenes, especially the spilling. I loved Jack convincing the dealer to give him a better price because he wants his family to be OK.
And at the funeral, I loved Dr. K. showing up, remarried!, and showing Rebecca the same kindness he showed Jack the day he delivered the babies (and Kyle died). And the hope of him being alive still and remarried. See, Rebecca, life goes on.
3 stars out of 4 for the funeral episode. And 4 stars out of 4 for the hint that we’ll learn more of Jack’s story in the seasons to come. We’ve only just begun…
Tune in here after the next episode for another This Is Us: Review for You. Read all of my reviews for season 2 here.