Randall's Black rage fatigue is the realest thing 'This Is Us' has ever shown

October 28, 2020 at 21:10

There was a lot that could have gone wrong with the Season 5 premiere of This Is Us.
This season is set in fall 2020 and its characters are going through the gauntlet of this year alongside its viewers.
Once those early beats established that This Is Us takes place in the Bad Place (reality), the episode had more space to examine Randall’s stunning personal growth.
The Season 5 premiere showed what happens when Randall reaches the natural conclusion of his experience: the fuck-’em plateau.
It is a giving, fixing job that benefits everyone except Black people, and Randall handing in his notice is monumental for him.
Sad things happen, and happen, and happen until sadness is just a part of our lives, running in the background like a forgotten laptop program using up a chunk of our CPU.
Later in the episode, Beth expresses concern that Randall is on the verge of another anxiety attack.
“I’m not falling apart, I’m not having a breakdown, I’m just really really sad,” he says.
It’s the sadness that comes with the incomprehensible volume of terrible things that Black people deal with.
Sad things happen, and happen, and happen until sadness is just a part of our lives, running in the background like a forgotten laptop program using up a chunk of our CPU.
This Is Us hasn’t always handled Randall well, even if Brown has always played him excellently.
Acknowledging that Randall is fed up, exhausted, and sad seems like a simple step, but it’s everything for his character.
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