Welcome to my weekly review of This Is Us. Today: Season 2, Episode 18, The Wedding. (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….
Kate and Toby got married! And we saw very little of the actual wedding, which I liked. There was much about the season finale (!) that I liked. Like…
Randall and Beth
- Struggling with Deja, who’s angry that her mother is giving her up
- Playing Worst Case Scenario, where they state the worst thoughts running through their heads and then feel better after they both admit what they’re worried about
- Looking for something to replace her dad’s T-shirt as something old for her wedding, which was forgotten to be packed
- Realizing that she didn’t need anything to remember her dad on that day
- Walking down the aisle alone, because there was no one else who could or should have in Jack’s place
- Finally letting go of a lot of what she was holding onto about/with her dad and moving forward
- Kate dancing with Miguel at her wedding — are the kids finally letting Miguel in a little?
- Present Randall saying raising an angry combative Deja is like raising Russell Crowe
- Randall’s toast at the wedding — he mentioned how he’s learned the only thing you can control is the people you choose, and while that is personal to him, he made it about Kate and Toby and how they chose each other (unlike Kevin’s toast which was all.about.Kevin, as usual)
One never sits back and expects an episode will be simple. The ending of the episode shows:
- Not-too-distant Future Kevin on a plane headed for Vietnam, where his father was in the military (with his own brother), with Zoe, Beth’s cool cousin, whom he met at the wedding
- Not-too-distant Kate sitting on the edge of the bed with a very depressed Toby
- More-distant Future Randall on that visit first hinted at a few weeks ago with Grown-up Tess, who’s a social worker, and he says it’s time to go see her… WHO? Beth? Deja? Why wasn’t Beth with him? The Internet posits: Is Beth alive in the future?
I thought the moment when Kate, Kevin, Randall, and Beck all let a big breath out as they move forward fully from Jack’s death would have been better served as a private moment, not a public one during Kevin’s toast. On a non-creative note, I absolutely can’t stand how many commercials there are during this show. It’s almost enough to make me stop watching.
3 stars out of 4 for a great episode in a great season of a great show. We learned a lot about the Pearsons this season, and apparently, there’s much more to be revealed. Season 3 starts in September, 6 long months away. How on earth will I survive? Worst case scenario: This Is Us never returns and we never learn more about the Pearson family. Also, worst case scenario, I lose my mind of boredom whilst waiting for them to return. Wait! I can use the time to rewatch all the episodes from the past 2 seasons! Worst case scenario: I have to watch them more than once because 6 months is a long time.
Tune in here after the next episode for another This Is Us: Review for You. Read all of my reviews for season 2 here.