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This Is Us uses his latest twist to complicate the legacy of Jack Pearson
Having relieved us again in the season with the missing stroll of last week, It's us finally going around this great revelation of the mid- : Nicolas Pearson is alive and lives on a trailer in Bradford, Pennsylvania. As I wrote in my review of this episode, it's a twist that threatens to break the structure of the show. The Pearsons have already gone through so many twists and turns over the years that you catch something in the past threatening to be the straw that breaks the camels back. The worst is that it can also open the locks of a world in which It's just who continues to add more and more secret relatives as time passes Gray's Anatomy ]. But given that That's us engaging with this "nicky is a living" storyline, all that remains to be seen is how well the handle of the show. And when it comes to "Songbird Road: Part One", the answer is … pretty good?
This episode makes at least the clever choice to use Nicky reveal as a chance to question Jack Pearson as a hero. It's something that This Is Us has been doing since its first season, putting Jack as too much an imperfect saint. But "Songbird Road: Part One" is the most open criticism of Jack Pearson's show. Since today's Big Three is about to visit Nicky, Jack does the same in 1992. Both storylines give a chance to This Is Us to judge the flaws under the perfect facade of Jack. “/>
A great part of this episode is just to fill our logistics: despite the semi-posting of their fraternal postcards, their meeting in 1992 was the first time Jack and Nikki talked to each other after the war, and they talked the last time. In fact, the Big Three must be the one that tells Nick that Jack is dead. And while it means that Nikki never had the chance to tell Jack what actually happened in Vietnam, he could tell the story of Jack's kids. It turns out that the mid-season mid-season boom is not an act of malice or suicide attempt. It was just stupid, really irresponsible. Again, after Jack's attempts to clear it, Nicky cautiously approached a local child (the woman's son from a mysterious village in Jack's picture). Then he decides to take the small grenade, which leads to an accident in which a grenade is thrown out and Niki can not tell that the child should jump out of the boat. After all, Nikki survives and the child is not. As is the case throughout the season, things in the Vietnam War seem to come from a better, more mature, more cinematic version of this show. Michael Angarano is really awesome in surrendering insulting affection
Niki develops for the child as well as the general squad Nicky
feels – both because he is tall and because he is so disappointed by
war. It is almost immediately clear what will happen after Nicky invites to the boat's grenade box, and the episode generates an impressive tension that accumulates to the inevitable. Jack's great heroic swimming and the mother's mother's heart reaction are also beautifully shaped. And the show creates a complicated moral situation where the boy's death is an accident for which Niki is very guilty, but a man, without the malicious intent, thinks he has.
Jack never learns the full truth about the situation, however, because the boy's death becomes a constant break point in his relationship with Nikki. Since this episode trains at home, the Jack's ghost, which can be done, which often presents itself as a force, also has its drawbacks. He sees the world in black and white to the point where he can not even recognize that there are shades of gray. As Nick says, Jack chooses the direction to move, and never looks back. The fact that Jack is willing to go so long to save Nikki – including the appointment of the war first – just to be able to cut him so hard out of his life, talks about some rather intense psychological problems on Jack's part . This also applies to the way Jack maintains all the lengthy lie about Nikki's death instead of confronting the truth about the situation. It's us dancing around the idea of repression as Jack's biggest flaw for a while, but it's really brought forward and center here. And Songbird Road: Part One (nicknamed Nikki's street) is the nicest way he watches how Jack's bullying commitment to repression creates a situation where everyone around him is forced to follow this example. Both with Nicki and Rebecca have moments in which they are trying to start a tough conversation with Jack before he closes them with the power they think is impossible to refute. This is a real day when Rebecca just struggles with her when she realizes how much her husband cares. Because Jack could be warm and caring, his emotional suppression had far-reaching consequences on the people around him. Much of the way Rebecca's parents after his death (and much of the way the Big Three act as adults) seems to have been shaped by the legacy of emotional repression that Jack left.
To his credit, however, Jack is somewhat aware of his shortcomings. Before leaving Nikki, Jack advises young Kevin that there are many things that are wrong and that sons should strive to be better than their fathers. That's why when Kevin pulls out of the same parking lot for convenience in the stores decades later, Kevin makes the opposite choice of his father. He does not accept Nikki's recklessness, but instead decides to help him, even when Nikki claims he does not want help. (This is a time to confront Jack's behavior, although she still reflects Rebecca in the second season premiere when she refused to let Jack sway in self-pity.)
Was it Was it we are, The big three goes into a situation where Niki is the lowest, with a pistol standing on the table beside him. The fact that they arrive just in time to prevent Nikki from being hurt is a mistaken choice to tell stories, but the ultimate scene rises from the fact that this story of Nikki may be the most emotionally hard material it's us ever dealt. As long as this show likes to explore the tragedy, it usually offers its heroes a decent amount of emotional closure. But Nikki's story is different. No matter what Nicky's cover from Pearson will be, nothing will change the fact that his beloved older brother died, thinking he was a killer. This is an intriguing dark material for the show. Jack and Nikki are men formed by the Vietnam war – Nikki because he could not leave behind Jack and because he refused to recognize the life he was leading before and during the war. I'm still not sure that the pros of this "Nikki is alive" storyline will outweigh the minuses, but it's good to know that "It's Us" there's something to offer except just a twist.
Griffin Dunne is seamlessly based on Michael Angarano's work to create an older, even sadder version of Nikki. Re-publishing Nicky with an older actor is a decision that works very well when he is in a pair with the big three, but I will be curious to see how he feels when he plays against Mandy Moore and John Huertas in the makeup of the age. In connection with this, I am very, very curious to see Rebecca and Miguel deal with Nikki.
I understand Jack is lying to Rebecca and his kids for Nikki's death, but my bigger logistics questions relate to everyone else in his life. Jack's parents must have known that Nikki survived, did not he? Does that mean that Rebecca never met Jack's mother (she says in Brothers that she never met Jack's father before being on the deathbed)? Or did they meet and Jack told his mother to lie about Nicky?
One extremely delightful detail of this episode is that Randall is totally immune from Nicky's entire job because he has a lot of firsthand experience to find long-lost relatives and dealing with parents who have kept great secrets from him .
Primary School (I guess the average age, now) The Big Three look much older! I will be curious to see what the show is doing, as its brochure is getting older. Will we get stories in high school with these actors, while the original high school high school is up to college and then? Will we get a new kid if the show wants to return to the primary schools of the Big Three again?
This gag is all I can think of in the scene where the Big Three tells Nick how Jack is dying: