This is Us Season Premiere Review: This Is How Jack Pearson Dies

TVOvermind | 9/27/2017 | Araceli Aviles
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This Is Us is finally back and we, in addition to Kleenex, are extremely pleased. The show that put heart back into network television a year ago has returned to make us feel everything. Yes this is the family that has the power to make the most stalwart of individuals turn into complete puddles, which I’m certain happened again in the last five minutes of the season premiere. But this show, this family, and these stories also made us smile, made us laugh, and made us want to reach out to the person nearest us and ask how they were. This is the show that made us care again, and boy, do we care about the Pearson family. And so we pick up exactly a year after we first met Kevin, Kate, and Randall, this time on their 37th birthday. Last year they were lost, and found what they were looking for just by looking to each other. Now they must look within themselves, and yes, Jack Pearson is with them every step of the way–except for the one moment that he isn’t.

In the present day, Kate, Kevin, and Randall are all in good places. Kate is miles away from the person she was last year. She is engaged to Toby, and that has given her the courage to pursue her dream of singing. Kevin may be in the same physical space that he was in last year, but this time he’s going after his dreams on his terms, and with the support of the love of his life. Randall is making peace with losing his father because he had the courage to reconnect with him before he died. All the while William narrates his final words to his son, and to us, that though it is better to have...
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