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"A Father's Advice" continues to build tension around the same perfectly imperfect characters, revealing their authentic selves.
Lots of tension.
This Is Us remains an occasionally cloying melodrama, but the Season 2 premiere exhibited honest emotional reactions much more than manipulated ones.
A Father's Advice is a decent episode.
A bittersweet rumination on relationship give-and-take
Oh. Oh, show. You really broke my heart. Yes, This is Us: This is me, sobbing, writing the Season 2 premiere recap.
When [Kate] comes back and tells the boys she didn't get the part, she's even more renewed in her drive to do her thing.
Like most big occasions, drama ensues. But in the spirit of this show, there are plenty revelations and reflections revealing just how "perfectly imperfect" each character truly is.
This is not the pulse-pounding, heart-wrenching season premiere that was marketed, but it is something a little more assured and subtle: a chance to get back into the This Is Us rhythm, check in on the characters, and grapple with some of the bigger ideas
There is so much in the past to mine, I sincerely hope people aren't just sitting around with bated breath waiting for Kevin to break his leg and signal that the end is nigh. Let Jack live, so to speak. Let the show live.
I'm happy to report that This Is Us feels very much like the same show it was before. If there's a sophomore slump in this show's future, "A Father's Advice" shows no signs of it yet.