- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 4
- Genre: Comedy,Romance,Family Drama
- Starring: Justin Hartley
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- Release Date: 2018
What’s it about
When ¡°This Is Us¡± premiered, it not only took the nation by storm, but quickly established a reputation for being a twist-driven family drama. The pilot pulled off a major last-second reveal ¡ª that Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Kevin (Justin Hartley) were all children of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) ¡ª and permanently hooked an audience who was already wooed by the emotional melodrama driving each individual story. With each new episode came the expectation for another twist, another secret, another layer to be revealed.
But as the season progressed, that expectation grew tiring. The characters were so full of life, the plots didn¡¯t need to depend on any flashback reveals or present-day shocks. The best episodes played out naturally, like ¡°Memphis,¡± when Randall¡¯s biological father passed away during a road trip to his hometown. Viewers came to understand William¡¯s (Ron Cephas Jones, who made a nice cameo in the Season 2 premiere) backstory, but it wasn¡¯t shared to pull the rug out from the present; just to enhance it.
The Season 2 premiere arrived Tuesday night, for better or worse, with light pressure to recreate the magic from Season 1 ¡ª including the final twist ¡ª but there¡¯s only one big question left: How did Jack die? We¡¯ve known he passed away when the kids were young for a long time, and the persistent query has been pushed again and again by fans and the media. Though Episode 1 didn¡¯t answer the big question in its entirety, ¡°This Is Us¡± flashed forward to the day Jack died and gave just enough of a taste that maybe people will stop asking for a bit. Better yet, the episode showed greater maturity in setting up multiple upcoming stories, all of which look ready to play out without manipulation.