I watched the penultimate episode of This Is Us, entitled "The Train." It left me a bit of a sobbing mess, so much so that when I was trying to tell Isaias about it afterwards, I had difficulty composing myself.
Without spoiling too much, the episode is about children saying goodbye to their mother, and that same mother reflecting on the life she has lived, the family she has raised, mistakes she may have made, and the legacy she has left.
A train is used as the metaphor for the life she has led and the ultimate end of that life. It was such a beautiful, moving episode, it could have been a very satisfying finale, so I am quite interested to see what the finale itself we be like. I have a feeling it will be quite satifying; this show never seems to disappoint me.
There were also some cameos in the episode which I thought were perfect bookends to how it began and also good representations of some of the most pivotal moments in the show. There were so many callbacks to some of the greatest moments of this show.
As the dying mother, Rebecca, faces the end of her life, she says to another character, "This is quite sad, isn't it? The end?"
The other character responds, "The way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. Truth be told, I always felt it a bit lazy to just think of the world as sad, because so much of it is. Because everything ends. Everything dies. But if you step back, if you step back and look at the whole picture, if you're brave enough to allow yourself the gift of a really wide perspective, if you do that, you'll see that the end is not sad, Rebecca. It's just the start of the next incredibly beautiful thing."
I thought that was just beautiful. And profound. And accurate.