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(Deadline)   Creator of This Is Us breaks down the heart-wrenching penultimate episode [warning: spoilers]   (deadline.com) divider line
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2022-05-18 12:49:03 PM  
Isn't "heart-wrenching," like, every episode?
 
2022-05-18 12:52:28 PM  
It's a soap-opera...It's the 30-something of today.  My wife watches it.  I can't.  I tried.  It's just dumb.
 
2022-05-18 1:05:45 PM  

Bslim: Isn't "heart-wrenching," like, every episode?


Seems like misery porn from the commercials.
 
2022-05-18 1:08:48 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Bslim: Isn't "heart-wrenching," like, every episode?

Seems like misery porn from the commercials.


It definitely is, the wife was into it for a bit. It surpassed her tolerance for that kinda sh*t.
 
2022-05-18 1:13:20 PM  
Please feel free to ignore me if you enjoy the show, or if you don't. But I wish it would just end already. I'm getting annoyed with all the commercials and features on my local news for the NBC affiliated station that keep pimping THIS episode as the one that will wreck you, dehydrate you, and leave you quivering in the corner searching for a blanket and a single drop of joy.

I keep thinking they are promoting the last episode, and I'll be rid of it. But no, they aren't quite done telling me about this amazingly entertaining tragic narrative. It's like the furniture store that installed a permanent going out of business sign.

/I feel like they are already writing the reunion show so they can get footage of the actor playing the dead dad before the actor is, like, dead.
 
2022-05-18 1:17:42 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Bslim: Isn't "heart-wrenching," like, every episode?

Seems like misery porn from the commercials.


It is at times, but the actors are great and the values it pushes are generally positive(if a bit optimistic in how that values influence outcomes).  I've gained a lot of respect for Justin Hartley, and I'm looking forward to whatever projects Sterling K Brown and Chris Sullivan do in the future
 
2022-05-18 1:18:28 PM  

Explodo: It's the 30-something of today


Literally. It has the same writers. I have tried to explain this to people but apparently I don't know anyone old enough to remember thirtysomething. It was a prime time soap opera then and is now.

/Kate "rushing" to her mom's side in last night's episode made me laugh out loud
 
2022-05-18 1:25:49 PM  

Explodo: It's a soap-opera...It's the 30-something of today.  My wife watches it.  I can't.  I tried.  It's just dumb.


I got 5 minutes into the first episode way back when.
 
2022-05-18 1:26:17 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Seems like misery porn from the commercials.


If you've ever watched "Beaches" or "Terms of Endearment" or any other movie from the 80s where someone gets cancer and dies - and you've watched the movie more than once - this is the show for you.
 
2022-05-18 1:28:02 PM  
Mrs. Guilty loves it, and she's asked me to watch it with her a few times.
The acting is very good, and often makes up for the ham-fisted writing.
But the music! The music sets my teeth on edge. It noped me right the hell out of watching it with her.
 
2022-05-18 1:51:26 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Bslim: Isn't "heart-wrenching," like, every episode?

Seems like misery porn from the commercials.


Also, it insists upon itself.
 
2022-05-18 1:54:26 PM  
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2022-05-18 2:00:39 PM  

Explodo: It's a soap-opera...It's the 30-something of today.  My wife watches it.  I can't.  I tried.  It's just dumb.


It looks like grief porn.
 
2022-05-18 2:01:55 PM  

Iworkformsn: Explodo: It's a soap-opera...It's the 30-something of today.  My wife watches it.  I can't.  I tried.  It's just dumb.

It looks like grief porn.


Oh... I see it's been covered.
 
2022-05-18 2:02:49 PM  

doctorguilty: Mrs. Guilty loves it, and she's asked me to watch it with her a few times.
The acting is very good, and often makes up for the ham-fisted writing.
But the music! The music sets my teeth on edge. It noped me right the hell out of watching it with her.


Are you saying that every dad doesn't have a series of situationally perfect, 90 second soliloquies queued up and ready to drop at JUST the right moment????
 
2022-05-18 2:10:58 PM  

doctorguilty: Mrs. Guilty loves it, and she's asked me to watch it with her a few times.
The acting is very good, and often makes up for the ham-fisted writing.
But the music! The music sets my teeth on edge. It noped me right the hell out of watching it with her.


It's self-aware of its treacle. There was an episode recently where the fat chick's husband was having some kind of problem, and someone asked if he wanted his in-laws to talk to him about it, and he was all, "yeah, I'm not really into having a family cry-it-out session" or something like that.

You're right about that sappy guitar music that plays under just about every scene. It's music better suited to wrapping up a scene, like maybe going into the end of the episode or at least at the half-hour break, but it plays ALL THE TIME. It's annoyingly weird.
 
2022-05-18 2:13:05 PM  

Bslim: Isn't "heart-wrenching," like, every episode?


Is this the one set in Boston? I figure it was the Bruins first round exit.
 
2022-05-18 2:14:03 PM  

Explodo: It's a soap-opera...It's the 30-something of today.  My wife watches it.  I can't.  I tried.  It's just dumb.


Oh, my mistake. It's the 2022 Red Sox.
 
2022-05-18 2:30:06 PM  

Darth Funjamin: doctorguilty: Mrs. Guilty loves it, and she's asked me to watch it with her a few times.
The acting is very good, and often makes up for the ham-fisted writing.
But the music! The music sets my teeth on edge. It noped me right the hell out of watching it with her.

It's self-aware of its treacle. There was an episode recently where the fat chick's husband was having some kind of problem, and someone asked if he wanted his in-laws to talk to him about it, and he was all, "yeah, I'm not really into having a family cry-it-out session" or something like that.

You're right about that sappy guitar music that plays under just about every scene. It's music better suited to wrapping up a scene, like maybe going into the end of the episode or at least at the half-hour break, but it plays ALL THE TIME. It's annoyingly weird.


I dislike any show that becomes way too reliant on music to set the tone/mood of the scene. You start to feel like you're being manipulated or gaslit.

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2022-05-18 2:31:42 PM  
I do note with relish that when Dan Fogelman tried bringing his particular brand of misery porn to theaters (the movie "Life Itself") it was a massive commercial and critical failure.  Didn't even make back it's $10 mil budget domestically.
 
2022-05-18 2:38:09 PM  
I told my wife the perfect ending for that series would be that they all get on a plane to go on vacation somewhere and it crashes and they're all dead...goodbye.
 
2022-05-18 2:46:47 PM  

Explodo: I told my wife the perfect ending for that series would be that they all get on a plane to go on vacation somewhere and it crashes and they're all dead...goodbye.


That was LOST. If it were This is Us they would all have to suffer through then come to grips with individual yet inextricably linked childhood trauma as the plane went down...OK wait maybe it is LOST...
 
2022-05-18 2:49:23 PM  
my wife loves this show. I have been making crock pot jokes for a while now. she doesnt appreciate it
 
2022-05-18 3:16:32 PM  
I assumed it would all end with an extended, Bollywood-style musical number.
 
2022-05-18 3:32:01 PM  

blackminded: Explodo: I told my wife the perfect ending for that series would be that they all get on a plane to go on vacation somewhere and it crashes and they're all dead...goodbye.

That was LOST. If it were This is Us they would all have to suffer through then come to grips with individual yet inextricably linked childhood trauma as the plane went down...OK wait maybe it is LOST...


It's all ends with a zoom out showing an autistic child staring into a snow globe.
 
2022-05-18 3:47:03 PM  

kindms: my wife loves this show. I have been making crock pot jokes for a while now. she doesnt appreciate it


maybe she could gather with other true fans for watch parties where they have a pitch in and folks can bring in croc... oh wait.

Maybe get her an Instant Pot.
 
2022-05-18 3:50:49 PM  

OkieDookie: blackminded: Explodo: I told my wife the perfect ending for that series would be that they all get on a plane to go on vacation somewhere and it crashes and they're all dead...goodbye.

That was LOST. If it were This is Us they would all have to suffer through then come to grips with individual yet inextricably linked childhood trauma as the plane went down...OK wait maybe it is LOST...

It's all ends with a zoom out showing an autistic child staring into a snow globe.


I remember sitting through 6 seasons of that show and getting to that ending, thinking WTF?!?

You were close though, there was a snow globe in last night's episode...
 
2022-05-18 3:52:17 PM  

OldRod: OkieDookie: blackminded: Explodo: I told my wife the perfect ending for that series would be that they all get on a plane to go on vacation somewhere and it crashes and they're all dead...goodbye.

That was LOST. If it were This is Us they would all have to suffer through then come to grips with individual yet inextricably linked childhood trauma as the plane went down...OK wait maybe it is LOST...

It's all ends with a zoom out showing an autistic child staring into a snow globe.

I remember sitting through 6 seasons of that show and getting to that ending, thinking WTF?!?

You were close though, there was a snow globe in last night's episode...


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2022-05-18 4:04:55 PM  

Explodo: I told my wife the perfect ending for that series would be that they all get on a plane to go on vacation somewhere and it crashes and they're all dead...goodbye.


Told my wife the same thing except it was a car crash. Maybe they could so something Sopranos style, like when they
 
2022-05-18 4:07:19 PM  

OldRod: OkieDookie: blackminded: Explodo: I told my wife the perfect ending for that series would be that they all get on a plane to go on vacation somewhere and it crashes and they're all dead...goodbye.

That was LOST. If it were This is Us they would all have to suffer through then come to grips with individual yet inextricably linked childhood trauma as the plane went down...OK wait maybe it is LOST...

It's all ends with a zoom out showing an autistic child staring into a snow globe.

I remember sitting through 6 seasons of that show and getting to that ending, thinking WTF?!?

You were close though, there was a snow globe in last night's episode...


I watched St. E, saw the ending and thought it was funny. I was supposed to be mad?

My wife liked thirtysomething and I watched it with her and thought it was OK. Neither of us have any interest in watching This Is Us. Even the name of the show bugs me. I think the last family based soap opera we watched was Parenthood and we only stuck with that for maybe 2 seasons.
 
2022-05-18 4:42:50 PM  
Seems that, in typical Fark fashion, the show isn't particularly well received here. No biggy. I kind of like the show, even though it is emotional torture porn. 

Wife and I enjoyed the show and were really hooked by the first season and the whole thing with a lost child. We lost our first kid so it was somehow masochistically cathartic to watch and get punched in the gut every episode. We got hooked on the mystery of Jack's death and once revealed stuck around to see where the story went from there. 

Flash forward to this latest season and I've more or less checked out for the first half and find there to be a lot of jarring things happening. Kate's new husband feels rushed and out of the blue. They did Toby dirty. The social commentary, when it rears its head, is incredibly hamfisted, and at times feels completely forgotten about after they do their grandstanding and posing.

All said, I'm excited for the show to be done with. Despite the last few episodes building up steam again, it's clear they can't keep this going forever and this season is basically their last chance to go out with some goodwill banked and low chances of a super disappointing finale.
 
2022-05-18 5:46:22 PM  
The finale is them crossing over into the Marvel MCU via a Watcher who cannot, will not interfere.
 
2022-05-18 6:14:54 PM  
Last night I mocked the This Is Us while my partner lovingly watched it. Tonight she will mock The Masked Singer as I enthusiastically watch the season finale. We deserve each other.
 
2022-05-18 7:04:23 PM  

Explodo: It's a soap-opera...It's the 30-something of today.  My wife watches it.  I can't.  I tried.  It's just dumb.


exact same situation with us. Wife watches it and I can not remotely stand it. The dialogue and storylines are so farking annoying. Ughhh
 
2022-05-18 8:16:07 PM  
I enjoyed it to begin with, but then became disgusted with the constant tugging on the heartstrings manipulation and bad writing. It just got ridiculous- something bad happened in nearly every farking episode. I started laughing at it instead of crying and realized it was time to stop watching.

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2022-05-19 6:41:34 AM  

steve_wmn: I watched St. E, saw the ending and thought it was funny. I was supposed to be mad?


My wife and I weren't mad, just more like "Really?"
 
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