Monday, 3 October 2016

This Is Us - First Impressions

My, my, my, I have well and truly fallen in love with this brand new series! I came across the trailer for this series on the 27th September, 7 days after the pilot episode was released and at first I thought this was actually a movie. To then hear it was a TV show got me super excited and I immediately watched the first episode! 

A group of people with the same birthday, including Rebecca and Jack, a married couple expecting triplets in Pittsburgh, Kevin, a handsome television actor growing bored of his fly bachelor lifestyle, and Kate, his funny and sweet heavyset twin. 

Let's start off with this extraordinary cast... Mandy Moore (Rebecca), the mean girl in 'Princess Diaries' and the girl who broke everybody's hearts in 'A Walk To Remember', Milo Ventimiglia (Jack), every fan of the show 'Heroes' 100% had a crush on him and he's very well known in 'Gilmore Girls'. Sterling K Brown (Randall), bagged himself a glorious place in one of the most talked about series this year; American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simspon. Chrissy Metz (Kate), was what I thought a brand new face in the TV world, however, after doing my research, she has made an appearance in American Horror Story: Freak Show as 'The Fat Lady'. Justin Hartley (Kevin), is a brand new face to me, I've never watched anything hes been in before, however, he has starred as Oliver Queen in 'Smallville' and has previously played Aquaman. 

How does one talk about this hour-long masterpiece without giving out any spoilers? I have no clue, but I'm going to try! When you first watch this show, you will have the idea in your head that it is about three separate families, what you don't know is, the crew behind this shows are MASTERS of creating plot twist, after plot twist, after plot twist. The pilot episode of This Is Us tracks four random individuals on the day they all turn 36 years old. Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), celebrates his birthday in hospital, as his wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) has gone in to labour with her triplets. Randall (Sterling K Brown) is a well off businessman who is searching for his birth father. Kevin (Justin Hartley) is not feeling the birthday spirit. Lastly, Kate, is a woman struggling with her weight and decides to do something about it. 

Jack and Rebecca are such a beautiful couple and go through a lot of stress and heartbreak throughout this episode as they struggle holding on to all three of their babies. They have previously been told that the babies are positioned in a way in which a baby can become harmed during the labour process and Jack is determined to take all three home, as he has three cribs waiting for their presence. Randall's story is a heart warming one as he becomes reunited with his birth father and although he is furious with the man who left him outside a fire station 36 years ago, he allows him in to his life as time is just too short. Kate and Kevin's story line happens to be connected as they are twins, Kevin's life revolves around Kate, he always wonders how he ever survived without her for those first two minutes of his life and he battles with the lifestyle of an actor, being trapped in a TV show that he knows is complete crap. Kate is a rather heavyset woman who finally realises it's time to get rid of the junk food and hit the gym. Kate's story is really inspiring to those who struggle with weight loss no matter how hard they try, she joins a group therapy session where they talk about their weight and meets a funny and accepting man, Toby, who motivates her but also admires her for the way she is now.

From the second the pilot begins, it's difficult not to wonder if these characters are connected or if they will somehow will be connected in the near future. It's suffice to say that the answer to these questions are revealed at the end and damn, it's a bloody good answer. I, was one of many who took a while to understand what the hell just happened, where others may have guessed it quite early on, heck some of you reading this review might even guess all their connections before even watching it! All I'm going to say though regarding the endings plot twist, if you're going to watch this, keep an extra eye on Jack and Rebecca's story line... Look around at their surroundings, the people they talk too, the actions they make, and you'll soon be as mind blown as I was! This TV show at first will probably seem real cliche and unoriginal, but I beg you to watch until the end because every ending this show has had so far has made me go "WHAT!!?" 

I watch many, many shows and whilst I love how they're completely jam packed with drama, I feel like I really needed this show in my life as it is so incredibly light-hearted and family orientated. It isn't filled with unrealistic moments that probably will never happen to anybody in their entire lives, it shows you a very realistic view of what people go through in their day to day lives... Jack and Kate had to face the thought of losing one or more of their babies, so many people go through this and while it is devastatingly heartbreaking, Jack and Kate turned the situation in to a positive. Kate has issues with her body weight, which again is a really important issue and she turns this in to a positive by finding a man going through exactly what she is, therefore they begin supporting one another. Randall is also another heartbreaking but realistic story when his father decided he wasn't ready to be a father and left him with no real parents. Like I said, this show is very light-hearted but so many people can relate and be inspired to be as strong as these characters. So, I hope you give it a chance and enjoy! :)

- Shelby xxx


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