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‘This is Us’ – ending too soon

Chrissy Metz arrives at a season three premiere screening of

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Chrissy Metz arrives at a season three premiere screening of "This Is Us" on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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If you tuned into ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ recently, you might have witnessed an interview with no other than Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack Pearson in NBC’s hit show ‘This Is Us’. The interview revealed that after season six concludes, ‘This Is Us’ will be no more.

“We never know where we’re going to go. We never know what’s going to happen,” Milo admitted. “The show could have a huge spike in season six and everybody wants more beyond that, but I think creatively, they have an idea of what they’d like to do to kind of wrap it up in this nice story.”

‘This Is Us’ has been my favorite show since day one, as I have formed feelings for each of its characters. I experienced the birth of triplets, the adoption of an abandoned child, the childhood life of the Pearson children, the struggles of alcoholism regarding the father, and even the death of an innocent child in Vietnam. The plot of this show has kept me engaged episode after episode, the prime reason in which I express my disapproval of the show’s termination.

‘This Is Us’ is a show of potential. Yes, we are only on season three, so there is plenty of time for the plot to twist and turn, but in my opinion, the show is just too good to end so soon. The first episode aired on September 20th, 2016. I remember hearing about the show through my mom, but not showing any interest in it. Thank god she recorded the first episode, because during my free time, I hit play, a decision that allowed me to fall in love with idea of a show of the past, present, and future. Now, I have seen every episode, seasons one through three, and continue to watch with enjoyment on Tuesday nights at 9pm on NBC.

Three more seasons leaves room for a lot good content, but with all of the drama taking place within the show, I don’t think six seasons is enough to capture the true story of the Pearsons and those around them.

If you have kept up with the show as much as I have, you probably know what I am talking about. For instance, Kate Pearson, an overweight, pregnant woman. Will she have the baby? Will it be healthy? Will it be a boy or girl? So many questions just about one character. This means that there is so much room to expand the story, focusing on the growth of a child that required a great deal of dedication and and funding. Kate spent a heap load of effort attempting to get pregnant, and right after she is successful, she only has three more seasons to develop a relationship with her child? That doesn’t seem fair.

Another example is Randall Pearson, the adopted triplet. It has been made clear that he has good intentions when it comes to community service. He helps those around him, even taking in a foster child whose family history is heartbreaking, named Deja. Will Deja become a permanent member of Randall’s family? Will she stay out of trouble? Again, this specific part of the show has room for plot development. I don’t know about you, but three more seasons isn’t long enough to truly convey the transformation of Deja.

Not convinced that a total of six seasons isn’t enough? How about Kevin’s story? From what we have recently seen, he is sober, or is he? After traveling to find his long lost uncle, a scene shows him with a bottle of alcohol. Is the stress regarding his uncle’s mental state stressing him to the bridge of alcoholism again? Will he be able to resist the temptation of become an addict again? We need time to follow his journey in becoming a responsible, successful actor, which won’t be able to be projected within a three season span.

How about Jack? Yes, he is dead, but that doesn’t matter in a show like ‘This Is Us’. Most episodes are jam packed with flashbacks and foreshadowing, allowing the story of this dead father, brother, and veteran to expand. We know that he died due to the smoke he inhaled when his house was on fire due to this method of relaying information. And it took them an entire season to share that with us. Thank you for making us wait, because I think I would have stopped watching if the house fire scene was continuous. Instead, every episode flashed back to times that allowed the viewer to put together the pieces of the puzzle.

‘This Is Us’…if you are reading this, as a strong supporter of your show, I beg you to take your time. There is so much more that can be done with this show. There are so many questions that have been left unanswered thus far. Three more seasons just isn’t enough.

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