7. More Sibling Bonding Time
If we’re being honest, the dynamic between the three Pearson siblings is fine, but it could be better. They work great in pairs, but we’re hoping to see some more interesting stuff between The Big Three all together. Sometimes, it’s hard not to compare the show with Parenthood, which perfected the big, chaotic, family-scenes, especially between all the siblings. This Is Us has yet to find it’s footing in that regard, but we think with a little more practice, the group scenes will come off more naturally.
8. Rebecca’s Life Present-Day
We haven’t gotten much of a chance to see Rebecca’s life in the present day. She mostly serves as the mother in her adult children’s scenes, and besides being married to Miguel, we don’t know much else about her. We’d love to see her get an actual storyline in this timeline, especially since we spend so much time on her during her youth. Let’s switch it up.
9. More Teenage Kate
How about this cutie, huh? We get a true sense of who Kate was growing up based on her adolescent portrayal. Teenage Kate had an edginess that is coupled with her sweet, vulnerable temperament.
We could definitely have an entire episode dedicated to her teen angst, showcased in the time frame of mid 90’s glory, and giving us all the My So-Called Life feels and nostalgia. Our teenage years are some of the most formative years in our lives, and it’ll be cool to see what the young, impressionable, and sarcastic Kate was like in school, with friends, and around boys.
10. Less Toby
We hate to say it, but Toby sometimes brought the show down. While initially, the character brought some great comic-relief to Kate’s story, he also brought Kate down. His intentions might have been good, but he often pressured Kate, when really, she probably just needed more space to herself. We hope the show can find a balance between utilizing Toby’s humor on the show and giving him a presence that isn’t solely dependent on Kate.
11. Kevin’s Continued Growth
Kevin, who started off as a shallow, self-absorbed actor, began showing levels of depth in his character as we learned more about his role in the family and the feelings of resentment that come with his past. It was a nice surprise to see how many layers Kevin was capable of having, and we hope This is Us Season 2 follows in the same trajectory and continues to show Kevin evolve. We don’t necessarily want to see Kevin as a perfectly functioning and responsible adult — we do love seeing him act out from time to time — but baby steps are good.
12. Jack and Rebecca Being Adorable
One of the best parts of the show is watching the love between these two bloom. As the central love story on the show, Jack and Rebecca are far from perfect. They have their downs as much as they have their ups, but that’s what makes them so real and identifiable.
Jack and Rebecca don’t need to be perfect to be a beautiful couple. We see how deeply they love and care for each other, through big gestures and small. And we can’t wait to see more of them being in love in the different stages of their marriage and of their lives.
This is Us returns on NBC on Tuesday, September 26 at 9/8c.
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