3 Reasons ‘This Is Us’ Fans Are Ticked With This Year’s Super Bowl
Superbowl LIV is on the horizon and there’s one thing on the mind of many: This Is Us. The hit NBC series has special ties to the annual event and it’s stirring up a lot of emotions. In fact, there are a few reasons fans of the show are downright ticked.
[Warning: Spoilers for This Is Us Season 4 ahead]
The next new episode of ‘This Is Us’ is two weeks out
Two pieces of a three-part trilogy focused on the Big Three have aired. The first followed Randall (Sterling K. Brown) after that haunting home invasion, his impending breakdown, and his lifelong stress of being so on top of things.
Next, Kevin (Justin Hartley) dove back into his hometown for first love Sophie’s mom’s funeral. That whole “will-they-won’t-they” is ongoing, though it wasn’t Sophie who ended up in Kevin’s bed.
The third and final episode of the trilogy is set to focus on Kate (Chrissy Metz) and her toxic relationship with boyfriend Marc (Austin Abrams) when she was a teen.
All is well and good except for one thing: Kate’s episode won’t air for two weeks. Some fans blame the Superbowl for another This Is Us hiatus (even though State of the Union is another factor in the timing).
“TWO WEEKS??? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT THAT LONG?” one eager fan tweeted. “Please no. Not two weeks. We’re all begging. Two weeks in tv time is like an eternity. Being such a phenomenal show, two weeks is an eternity in hell.” another said. “In two weeks though. Who’s paying my wine bill?!!” another viewer added.
And finally, another similar sentiment that’s echoed all over Twitter, according to one devoted fan.
“If #NewAmsterdam & #ThisIsUs is off for 2 weeks because of the Super Bowl on Sunday, I’m going to be pissed. If anything we need a SECOND episode this week to honor the death day of Jack Pearson.”
Fans of This Is Us want the show, and they want it now.
Kevin didn’t watch the Superbowl with Jack and fans aren’t over it
Along with the added wait time until the next new episode of This Is Us, some fans are upset with one of the Big Three. On the Jan. 28 episode, teen Kevin left home on Superbowl Sunday to go to Sophie’s house. This much has been known since season 1 and further explored in season 2.
However, the details of what exactly happened while his father, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) was inhaling smoke from their house fire weren’t revealed — until now.
It’s one thing for Kevin to ditch his family on game day to be with his girlfriend. It’s quite another for him to do it with such disrespect.
“I was supposed to end up in the super bowl, not watch it like you guys.” I still can’t believe those were Kevin’s last words to his dad,” this viewer tweeted.
Others pointed out that Kevin had no idea his father had forgiven him, and how sad it is to know Kevin will search for that feeling of being forgiven by Jack, forever.
Can we talk about the slow cooker yet?
It’s been two years since the iconic “Superbowl Sunday” episode from season 2 and the pain still runs deep among fans. The series broke barriers by teasing Jack’s death from early on, only to reveal how he died, the day of the Superbowl, on an actual Superbowl Sunday.
A mere mention of Superbowl LIV triggers a social media meltdown of epic proportions.
“NOT THE SUPERBOWL!” this fan exclaimed.
Another said, “Oh no, next week is the Superbowl? Oh god, that does not bode well for This Is Us, all their most heartbreaking bits happen on Superbowl.”
“You know what was traumatic? When they had the Super Bowl and then the This is Us episode w the house going up in flames right after,” this fan tweeted.
And finally, one viewer is ready to bring attention to the least talked about part of “Superbowl Sunday.”
“Also the day we lost him. If only they purchased a new crockpot for Super Bowl Sunday.”
If only writers could touch on the murderous slow cooker and explain why it was never spoken of again, maybe those of us with the trauma of Jack’s death can move on already.
This Is Us returns Tuesday, Feb., 11 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.