[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for "This Is Us” Season 2, Episode 18, "The Wedding.”]
Is… is it over? No, not Season 2. Clearly, that has come to a close. But are we really, truly, 100 percent done fixating on Jack’s death? After an entire season built around revealing, in excruciating detail, exactly how the Pearson family patriarch met his early end, as well as teaser trailers for the finale that showed Jack aged well beyond his actual lifespan, the Season 2 finale wrapped up with what feels like finality.
It’s hard to trust — after all, we’ve been duped before — but it seems like Dan Fogelman’s NBC drama is ready to move forward. The episode itself, ostensibly built around Kate and “The Wedding,” was far from a smooth ride. (Far too often we covered our eyes like Rebecca crossing a bridge.) But if in a year we’re not talking about the explicit details of a father and husband’s untimely demise, this is an hour worth remembering as fondly as possible.
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So let’s start with the best, which is, as always, Randall (Sterling K. Brown). From the moment Kevin revealed it was his brother being chastised on the other end of the phone — why haven’t you started the gift bags yet, Randall?! — it was clear this would be another great hour of dad jokes and obsessive planning. Between “worst case scenarios” and a pit stop for ice cream, Brown balanced comedy and drama well, delivering memorable moments and clever quips. (Best quote: “I think she did, Kev, because this room is full of a whole lot of damn.”)
And honestly, it was a pretty good episode for Kevin (Justin Hartley), too. A lot of drama was put on his shoulders this season with mixed success, but letting him stress over Toby’s parents airport pickup and finding a semi-runaway bride let him take it easy and have some much-needed fun. Oddly, only Kate (Chrissy Metz) came across as a bit bland. Her dialogue with her dad’s urn played out about as well as that scenario could, but she was hamstrung by the bait-and-switch Old Jack dreams.
It’s not that we wanted or even expected Jack to …read more