‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Premiere: Births, COVID, Reunions and New Hopes

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The two-part season premiere of the beloved show aired yesterday. The premiere date was moved up from November 10 to Tuesday, October 27. This only added to the fans’ anticipation for the season premiere.  

The beloved NBC family drama speaks to the soul of the viewer. It has a fandom that is very deeply and emotionally invested in the lives of the characters. And though the show-runners never expected that, they are well aware of it. 

“In a million years, I never would have thought it would be how much they are crying watching the show.”

The creator Dan Fogelman has insisted time and again that the show-runners always try to present a version of the world that leaves “a feeling of optimism or hope.” 

A Walk down the Key Highlights of Season 4

After the season finale left viewers gasping for air with so many curiosity triggers. The highlight being the time-skip flash-forward scene, which teased my important plot lines. Be it the cosmically disruptive fight between Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) or the sneak into the future revealing Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby’s  (Chris Sullivan) soon to be adopted new baby growing up to be a young girl named Hailey. With so many happening fans have literally been on their toes to see the unfolding of the events that will lead to the time-skipped future teased in the finale. 

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New Doors Opened by the Season 5 Premiere

The two-hour long premiere topped the last season’s finale cliffhanger in many ways. The show-runners really wanted to explore the changed dynamics of the world and how it affected relationships after the COVID 19 break out. But that’s not the only relevant subject the creators chose to include in the premiere. 

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The episode put characters in fictional COIVD related situations thus increasing awareness and also making the series more relevant. Being relevant, engaging and heart touching is what the show has always been about.

George Floyd’s death, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter protests also had a significant impact on the world of This Is Us. But these events have taken a different kind of toll on Randall. Fogelman beautifully translates what every African-American is feeling onto the screen through Randall. 

“This isn’t the first Black man to be killed…”

With power dialogues like these, it’s quite evident that the writing has also been taken up by a notch with this season.

And as we head towards the end of the two hour long series premiere the audience is once again exposed to the series old tradition of ‘rebirths’ and ‘revelations’. A character that was introduced long back and presumed to be dead, is now shown to be alive. Thus hinting at a roller coaster of emotions for the characters and the viewers in the episodes to come. 

And this is just the tip of the iceberg, after all this season premiere was two hours long. At the end of which it has left viewers more woke about relationships, family, and how the political scenario around us affects us all in way we never thought it could.

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