‘This is Us’: What the men of the show teach us about masculinity – GQ

This is Us: Randall, Toby, Miguel, Nikki and Kevin gather around a campfire (Image: Playback/NBC)

This is Us: Randall, Toby, Miguel, Nikki and Kevin gather around a campfire (Image: Playback/NBC)

last episode of ‘this is usIt premiered last Tuesday (24) to North American viewers, but here, in Brazil, fans will be able to watch from Thursday (26), until they finally shed their last tears with family. Pearson.

Over the course of six seasons, the series has been able to show the maturity of characters – especially brothers Kevin, Kate and Randall – and work on the most delicate aspects of human relationships. Sensitivity, including, that overflows in the penultimate episode, “The Train,” in a big homage to Rebecca Pearson.

The phrase “This Is Us” has also brought, along the journey, important reflections on aspects of masculinity in different life contexts and moments. Here we list some of them to warm the tear ducts before we say goodbye to this streak.

Notably, the final episode will be released on Star+, and it’s also possible to watch the series’ five seasons on Prime Video.

Warning: spoiler alert in the following paragraphs.

1. Maturity is essential

This is us: future older Kevin Pearson (Image: Disclosure)

This is us: future older Kevin Pearson (Image: Disclosure)

Of all the characters, Kevin Pearson is probably the one who will have the least reason to be dissatisfied with life. A Hollywood actor with a ripped body surrounded by women, he was all that many men wanted and yet he felt incomplete.

Seeing Kevin make it to the final series so well resolved and finally being a responsible son, father and husband is very satisfying. But you can’t help but remember that, in this process of maturation, he has hurt many people–including Sophie, his first great love who lasts with him, to the delight of romantics.

It’s important to look at yourself, invest in self-knowledge, and face your monsters to become the person you want to be – in Kevin’s case, an amazing father like Jack, his. And it would be nice not to hurt the people around us on this walk (but we can learn from Kevin’s mistakes).

2. We don’t have to handle everything alone

This is Us: Kevin helps Randall through an episode of Anxiety in season one (Image: Reproduction/NBC)

This is Us: Kevin helps Randall through an episode of Anxiety in season one (Image: Reproduction/NBC)

Since season one, we’ve seen Randall struggle with his anxiety. The most striking episode of this first moment is “Jack Pearson’s Son”, where Kevin leaves the stage where he is about to perform to help his brother in crisis.

The topic comes back in force in Season 4 when a criminal invades Randall’s house and notices he’s entered the couple’s bedroom to steal jewelry. Although he relies on the support of his wife, Beth, she breathes that she cannot bear all this emotional burden alone.

So Randall goes to therapy. At first, it goes against his will, but little by little he realizes how this helps him deal with his existential problems, such as adoption. At the start of Season 5, he even realizes the need to look for a black wizard when he faces all the questions raised by the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

In a society where most men do not seek professional support to take care of their mental health, despite experiencing psychological and emotional problems, it was important for the series to show that it was not necessary to face it all alone.

3. It’s never too late to be happy

This is Us: Nikki Pearson, younger brother of Jack Pearson (Image: Disclosure)

This is Us: Nikki Pearson, younger brother of Jack Pearson (Image: Disclosure)

In season three, we find out that Jack’s younger brother has been alive the whole time. This is because, after a major feud in Vietnam, he stopped talking to Nikki and cut all ties, so no one in his family knew of his existence.

We get to know Nikki as an older man, who leads a reclusive and self-destructive life, the result of all the traumas he endured in the war. Throughout the episodes, we follow his attempts to reconnect with his brother in the past and, in the present, difficult rehab process – accompanied by Kevin and Cassidy.

Last season, we saw Nikki overcome several of his ghosts and open up about a new love: Eddie, a flight attendant he meets on a flight. In the following episodes, the character becomes lighter and more open to life news, and we learn that it’s never too late to change old habits and start over.

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