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PostSubject: This is Us   Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:08 am

I love this show. Anyone else watching? I finally got caught up on last week which was a beautifully edited show. The sequence with Goodnight Moon was brilliant and would speak to any parent.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:11 am

I'm not watching it yet, but with all the praise it's been getting, I'll marathon it one of these evenings. Brdmom, if you had to compare it to another older show, what would you compare it to?
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:46 pm

I love this show. It's deeply emotional but somehow the characters mostly stay true and the stories themselves are mostly solid.

I really liked the episode brdmom referenced. It was a direction the show wanted to follow more than felt obligated to follow. The ending bugged me a little because there was another solution but from a dramatic pov I understood it.

What show is it like? Any family drama I guess but this one pulls out all the stops. I'm watching it on Hulu.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:12 pm

@Zaphod wrote:
I'm not watching it yet, but with all the praise it's been getting, I'll marathon it one of these evenings. Brdmom, if you had to compare it to another older show, what would you compare it to?

Z - try to watch the pilot, in particular, knowing as little about the show as possible. It was so powerful when I saw it the first time.

I'm not sure what it's like - it's a family show like Family or Parenthood (which I never watched...), but it incorporates flashbacks and surprises in a way that is a little reminiscent of LOST (but not in the annoying ways :goof: ) - there are some big questions, but they get answered eventually.

It has something for everybody who has ever been part of a family - and it will make you cry or at least feel moved.

It's just good. It's one of the few shows I watch that has the "No talking during the show" rule. LOST was like that too.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:14 pm

The one question I have (this is a little tiny bit spoilerish) is why in Randall and Beth's apparently big house is there no guest room?? Surely that house has at least four bedrooms, and I'd think it might even have five. Just something I've wondered about since the first season.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:25 pm

Also a little tiny bit spoilerish, but don't Randall and Beth have that apartment building? There may be no room in that inn, but you'd think they'd mention it. My guess is that after that night Randall and Beth were going to try to work something out somehow anyway. But...
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:14 pm

There might be room at the apartment building, but there are also people living there! I don't know if Shauna can turn things around for herself.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:25 am

I think Shauna, from her pov, had a moment of clarity. Of course Deja smiling more with the girls and with Randall and Beth might have solidified an already evolving decision. Dramatically, it all makes sense. But the show conveniently skips over resources. I think Randall and Beth would have offered or arranged for something, but maybe Shauna preempted all that.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:19 am

@davidalan wrote:
I love this show. It's deeply emotional but somehow the characters mostly stay true and the stories themselves are mostly solid.

I really liked the episode brdmom referenced. It was a direction the show wanted to follow more than felt obligated to follow. The ending bugged me a little because there was another solution but from a dramatic pov I understood it.

What show is it like? Any family drama I guess but this one pulls out all the stops. I'm watching it on Hulu.

I mostly agree with this. Dunno about the 'pulling all the stops', tho. I'd say that this show is kinda on level with Parenthood in it's better days, but occasionally plays it safe/pulls punches too. I've heard some say that it's the 'best family show ever' (er whatever). Far fewer even said that about Parenthood. For me they both pale in comparison to the inimitable Once & Again. While season two seems to be finishing strong, I think that season one was better overall.

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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:03 am

@davidalan wrote:
I think Shauna, from her pov, had a moment of clarity. Of course Deja smiling more with the girls and with Randall and Beth might have solidified an already evolving decision. Dramatically, it all makes sense. But the show conveniently skips over resources. I think Randall and Beth would have offered or arranged for something, but maybe Shauna preempted all that.

Remember how Randall offered Deja an account with a monthly payment and she said her mom would never accept that? I think Shauna, like many people, has an aversion to accepting "charity". Also, she's also made it clear that she puts her boyfriend above her daughter. She used money to pay the rent to bail out that deadbeat. Who leaves their daughter alone with all those strange men? That scene made me really worried, but I'm glad it wasokay.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:05 pm

I agree brdmom. I forgot that Shauna felt this impulse to bail out her loser boyfriend. When there's a kid, the kid comes first. No exceptions. At least in my I've never been a father experience!
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:30 pm

I wanna try this show, but I so do not need something so heavy it's going to eff my emotions more than they already are (I am in a stupid weird place now, long story, nobody needs to hear it, i will figure it out.) I think it sounds great and look forward to watching it, but need to stick to stupid lighter watching stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:40 pm

This is one of my favorite shows right now. The acting is great, the stories are great, the editing and directing are very well done.

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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:37 pm

Just watched the season finale. A multi kleenex box episode, for sure! It was so good. And new complexities are introduced.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:04 pm

I didn't realize it was the finale. It was a good place to end. Everyone at various stages of life and resolution.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:08 pm

davidalan - did you have any favorite parts? I cried at the scene with Kate and her mom while she's getting dressed.
I'm not sure "Worst Case Scenario" would make me feel better, but maybe I should try it with my husband because he'd be really good at it. I loved when Randall said to Kevin something like "You are too good at this."
Dan Lauria looks really old. I loved Wonder Years when it was in its first few seasons.
I know some people will be mad at Deja, but I am so filled with sympathy for her. She must be devastated that her mother gave her up after all Deja had done for her. She must feel so betrayed and rejected. No wonder she is so angry. I think she also must have feelings of inadequacy - What did I do? I must have done something wrong. Okay, I'll do something really bad to prove how awful I am since even my own mother doesn't want me.
Somebody, please, get her a really good therapist who can support her.

And that's all I have off the top of my head. smile
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:44 pm



hmmmm

I did enjoy that moment when Kate and Rebecca spoke. I think Kate through her episodic journey had major revelations.

The Worst Case Scenario didn't bother me as much as it made me chuckle at all as a neurotic defense mechanism.

I think Deja was who I meant by various stages of life and resolution. I mean look at how long it took for Kate and Kevin and Randall and even Rebecca to reach some sort of place where clarity can even happen. The destruction of Randall's car was of course symbolic but in so many ways. Against Randall himself and his success. And a black man who was raised by a white family. Against a successful black family. Against a successful black family who have the resources to "lower" themselves to help others, but even more than that, that family's success allowed the opportunity for Deja's mother to leave Deja at their house. Of course, in terms of Deja's mother, they both ended up living in a car because of Shauna's own decisions and there was nothing that Deja could really do about that. Also the gun that started all the problems was stashed in the car. Also it was interesting that the bat was the weapon of choice because that in a different circumstance could have been young Kevin's own weapon of choice. As for Randall's and Rebecca's response, goodness I just don't know what that'll be. There's a difference between yelling and bashing a family symbol with a baseball bat. I now recall the genesis of the bat: that Deja favored Randall. That freaked Deja out. Her identity totally disappears. Deja's journey will be interesting.

One part of the show I liked very much was the bouncing through time. We see some elements in the future. Toby's crisis and Kate's helping him and then the implication that Toby himself for his own reasons is susceptible to depression.

I also liked Kate's dreamy visions which I thought at first was just a directorial presentation of an alternative reality: if Jack had lived. It was sweet and mysterious.

I also liked Beth's cousin (?). I liked that she walked right up to Kevin and basically made a move.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Us   Yesterday at 9:35 am

Woohoo!!!

Season three premieres tomorrow!! Set your DVR!! Get your kleenex ready.
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