Dave and I are watching the second season of This is Us. I think one of the reasons I enjoy the show so much is that although it is set in the present it keeps going back to the past. This means we are given new insights each week into the lives and experiences of the main characters and so with each episode we come to know and understand them more richly.
In the last three episodes we watched, the set of triplets at the heart of the show are each facing a crisis. The show takes us back to when the three were learning to walk, when they were youngsters discovering their passions and interests, and finally the year they graduated from high school. We see many of the same scenes over in each episode but each time we see those scenes from only one of the triplet’s perspectives. It is surprising how each episode is so different.
It really makes me think about events in my own family’s life. I am sure individual family members perceived them very differently. It also makes me think about things that have happened in my past and how they may have shaped the person I became.
I suspect This is Us a popular television series because as people watch it they are thinking about their own families and wondering how is this like us?