Posted by Melissa McEwan at Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Is anyone else watching the new NBC show This Is Us and keen to talk about it? I hope so! Because I have been watching it, and I have lots of thoughts about it!
(No major spoilers below, so anyone who is considering watching it won't have anything ruined for them.)
I'm not going to say I love the show, because it's only been a few episodes, but I think I could love it.
So far, I really like the way the story is unfolding, the way the timeline shifts to reveal how experiences in the siblings' childhood inform their adult lives and selves.
I am deeply connecting with Randall, played by Sterling K. Brown (who was sooooo good as Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), and also with Kate, played by Chrissy Metz. I could write an entire book on how I'm connecting with Kate, even though our own personal experiences with fatness are very different in many ways.
I've also been quite fond of the writing for Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, and how complex and complicated and conflicted and well-meaning but hurtful and stubborn and hard-loving she is.
Really, the only weak points for me so far have mostly been around Toby, played by Chris Sullivan, whose pushiness and passive-aggressiveness masquerading as romantic gestures is rubbing me the wrong way big time.
Anyway! Are you watching? What do you think?