Randall’s Black rage fatigue is the realest thing ‘This Is Us’ has ever shown

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Randall's Black rage fatigue is the realest thing 'This Is Us' has ever shown

There was a lot that could have gone wrong with the Season 5 premiere of This Is Us. This season is set in fall 2020 and its characters are going through the gauntlet of this year alongside its viewers. No one expects a drama TV show to have all the answers to life at the best of times, let alone the literal worst of times, but This Is Us offered viewers something better than answers in its premiere. It offered truth and relatability for its best character, Randall Pearson.

This Is Us incorporated coronavirus into their plot mere seconds into the premiere and touched upon familiar covid-era moments to set up the Pearson family’s new normal. Beth and Randall learned Tom Hanks “got it” early on, Randall mentioned that getting personal protective equipment to his constituents was a challenge, and Kevin announced Madison’s pregnancy to Kate from a safe distance. Once those early beats established that This Is Us takes place in the Bad Place (reality), the episode had more space to examine Randall’s stunning personal growth. Read more…

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