Sunday, April 4, 2021

What I’m Watching: Generation (Mid-Season Finale)

Generation: Season 1, Episode 8 “The Last Shall Be First” (B+)

It’s good to know that this show will be back for more episodes since its first season is split into two halves, and sixteen episodes feels like a very generous and worthwhile count that will only be increased once this show is hopefully renewed for a second season. I like that we got a quick fast-forward from the main events we had been seeing to the quick flashes to the future bathroom birth rather than go through all of the time that happened in between. Chester really did not seem like himself, wearing traditional clothing and walking around understandably dejected after Sam told him that he would be working with a new guidance counselor, and it was very sweet to see his teammates rally for an International Chester Day by taking their shirts off and getting him to smile and do the same. He made a new friend who is unfortunately going to distract him from looking at Nathan in the way that he sees him, and I’m not sure if listening to that long, meandering voicemail is going to change any of that. Nathan did do a formidable job of standing up to his mother when she saw the video and called to proclaim her intent to go “Old Testament,” and I’m eager to see how his newfound confidence changes him. We only saw a few lingering shots of Greta in the rearview mirror, but it seems that Riley isn’t ready to move on and there may be hope yet for a romance between the two of them. This show is very well-done and has terrific characters, and I look forward to its return at some point in the near future.

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