Season 6, Episode 2, “A Giant Leap”

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“Are you going to be a problem, sir?” “

“Absoutely.”

The Pearsons are numerous. This is one of the reasons It’s us is a polarizing spectacle. If you are not able to getting on board with the exaggerated way they show love, the series can be off-putting in its grand, melodramatic gestures. It’s hard to empathize with characters who do objectively insane things like Google hunt down old adventures from the 1960s and then show up in their homes in totally unexpected ways. But, to its credit, “One Giant Leap” uses its two central romantic routes trips to undermine the series’ usual storytelling style.

With the exception of a brief introduction by Randall, the Big Three are almost entirely absent from this episode, both in the past and in the present. Instead, Nicky, Rebecca, and Miguel take center stage in one script and Deja and Malik in the other. It gives “One Giant Leap” a different feeling than your average It’s us episode. Deja’s secret journey to visit Malik sets us up for melodrama to instead serve something wonderfully understated. And Nicky’s impulsive road trip to see Sally promises rom-com whimsy only to deliver a much more realistic take on romance and romance.

On paper, there’s a lot to love about “One Giant Leap” and the way it pits young love against mature romance in order to celebrate the beauty of the two. In practice, however, this is an episode that never completely freezes.ed for me. This could simply be because I spent most of her execution reeling from the sheer madness of Nicky, Rebecca, and Miguel showing up at Sally’s door after finding her address online. (That’s impressive internet harassment from Nicky considering how often her name is common and her limited technical skills.) But I think so too. “A giant leap” struggles to strike the right balance between showing and telling when it comes to exploring his central themes of age and romance.

Let’s start with Deja’s scenario, which is the simpler of the two.. While Deja pulls off the classic teenage twist of telling her parents she’s staying with a friend while she goes to visit her boyfriend, it’s otherwise an episode that emphasizes maturity. by Deja. She doesn’t lose her temper when Malik’s ex-girlfriend Jennifer greets her with a passive and aggressive cold shoulder. And she is kind and understanding when it comes to the fact that Malik has to spend part of his visit finishing. his classwork at Harvard.

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Overall, Deja’s guideline is a wonderfully mature story about a teenage girl taking a tentative but deliberate step into adulthood, including deciding to have sex for the first time. For a show with so many different coming-of-age stories, I’ve always found it curious that It’s us never really focused on this particular step before. Here, the show does Deja’s experience justice by downplaying it. rather than overdoing it. I remembered the soft ease of the road of Jack and Rebecca back in “Occasionally, although the simplicity of Deja’s story it’s a bit strange contrast with the highest Great stuff.

While the teenager Deja is to grow, Nicky, 70, is in full teenage love mode. Although “One Giant Leap” is a spiritual sequel to the Nicky-centric episode “A small step” he competes “Dinner And Tit dates” in terms of It’s us squeaky comedy. After their surprise arrival, Nicky, Rebecca, and Miguel quickly learn that Nicky’s memories of Sally are fuzzy at best and that she is married to a man named Eric. Nonetheless, the Pearson cohort is invited to stay for “the most embarrassing meal ever,” where a conversation about the mental burden of “sweating the little things” turns into a painfully raw sharing of long-suppressed feelings and frustrations. .

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I enjoyed how Nicky’s adventure is sort of hijacked by Rebecca, who ends up bonding with Sally about the struggles of aging. They were both glamorous women from the 60s and 70s who struggled to maintain the same sense of self-worth as they grew older in older, more reserved versions of themselves. With the link of a shared experience but the franchise for foreigners, Rebecca and Sally are able to inspire each other to overcome their insecurities and start doing things like taking selfies and salsa dancing again. Again while it’s nice to see this kind of empathetic portrayal of aging portrayed On the screen, I strugged to fully invest in the emotions of a scenario with such a strange implement.

At least “One Giant Leap” Doesn’t Make Sally and Nicky an Ideal decade-long crossover love story, which might have been just a little too sweet even for this show. Instead, the trip grants Nicky another feeling of peace and closure. He realizes that the years he spent pining for Sally gave him a silver lining in his darkest moments. And the fact that he made his wall out of old photographs is quite significant. Ffinally released from the burden of unrequited love, Nicky finds herself open to a spark with a flight attendant named Edie, who Is it that end up being the person he’s married to in the future—aanother solid endpoint that feels slightly spoiled by the awkward path it took to get us there.

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Where this episode really skyrockets, however, is in its low-key celebration of Miguel, pretty much the only man in the Pearson family’s orbit who is not a lot of things to deal with. Miguel really puts Rebecca first in a way that even Jack, with his overtly performative love, never really did. This is why Miguel can barely handle Rebecca’s fear that instead of getting the “showroom model” from her, he got the “used classic with a lot of kilometers”. Rebecca is afraid that she to become a burdens she begins to lose her memories. But for Miguel, this is just another part of the life and love they’ve built together, one part where he still is. happy to be the stable support system it always has been. Creator Dan Fogelman promised that we will finally see The complete love story of Rebecca and Miguel in this final season. Now it’s a road trip that I can’t wait to take.


Stray observations

  • This episode made me realize that I have totally lost track of how old Deja is supposed to be at this point. I’m also a little confused about Rebecca’s age too. She talks about being ‘in her sixties’ like it was a long time ago, but if she was supposed to be around 30 when she and Jack had the triplets in 1980, wouldn’t she just be 71 or 72 today?
  • “How was breakfast at Tiffany’s?” haha “is absolutely perfect Text from Papa Randall.
  • Poster in Deja’s bedroom suggests she’s a fan of the Freeform TV series Good boredom, and I just want to congratulate her on her excellent taste. This is one of my favorites too much.
  • I like what can you say Tess knows Deja’s true travel plan from the way she hugs her and wishes her good luck.
  • It’s weird to have Sally in this big fight with her husband in the same episode which also confirms that Nicky is married to Edie in the future. Are we supposed to be wondering if Sally is always going to come back into Nicky’s life somehow?

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