This Is Us Season 3’s Vietnam Episode Focuses On Milo Ventimiglia’s Jack
NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ was never a piece of cake to swallow. Right from the first season the cast and crew had to encounter several time periods and diverse challenges together. Now Season three is calling for another big experiment: Vietnam which features the amazing acting skills of Milo Ventimiglia once again.
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Dan Fogelman has designed an abrasive yet Challenging Episode of ‘This Is Us season 3’. This features Vietnam War settings. This Is Us’ 4th episode of season 3 has driven the audience back into Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) formative years and his 1971 military service. More episodes for Vietnam are still in the queue.
This time Milo Ventimiglia took out his limbs from the conventional fatherly character he played in the previous seasons. The episode highlights Jack’s past spent in Vietnam. Later it unveiled the death mystery of Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) younger brother Nicky. The episode has also underlined Nickey’s birth.
The Tale Of Nick And Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) Childhood
Flashbacks have spun most of the episodic scenes. The story begins showcasing the reunion of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) with his younger brother Nickey (Michael Angarano). Subsequently, the reminiscence stressed upon the miserable lifestyle of the two siblings. The real reason behind this desolation is their obnoxious father. The wretched lifestyle has embarked negative shades in Nicky’s personality who rose up aggressively. Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) had always been a father figure towards his brother. Nickey also served in the Army and later shown dead in a war fight. His father put all the blame on Jack of being careless towards his brother. The belief in the Birthdate curse also demonstrates the superstitious mindset of that era. In fact, the climax is that Nickey was alive and was drafted in the war which jack was completely aware of.
Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) put no stone unturned to meet his brother. This happens when he realizes that he was a few miles away from his drafted sibling. The reunion scenes were simply splendid.
To supplement reality in the Vietnam War backdrops, the shooting took place at several locations including Lake Piru (North of LA). These serve as a duplicate landscape for Vietnam. The most credible part is that the director has shot some iconic scenes straight in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam overcoming the gruesome defies.
Tim O’Brien, the literary expert who was known for his experiences in the Vietnam War was requested to assist the episodes as a consulting writer. He beautifully narrated the deadly combats and well-painted the dreadful feelings of the recruited soldiers.
It is understandable that the episode demands critical attention. After all, it displays two completely different time periods and lifestyles in single episodes. Besides the 1971 combating atmosphere, the episode centres around Kevin, (Justin Hartley) the son of jacks troop mate in present-day situation. Kevin reviews the war story to dig out the facts. The team of ‘This Is Us’ effectively manages to create a harmony between the 1971 Vietnam war background and the current settings.
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