Friday, June 18, 2021

What I’m Watching: Generation

Generation: Season 1, Episode 9 “Deepfake” (B+)

I’m so glad that this show returned so quickly for the back half of its first season since I was worried that, in this new age of tremendously delayed production delays and reversed renewals, we wouldn’t actually get to see more new episodes. I like that the same characters are still in focus but what they’re going through is a bit different, starting with Chester. He was so excited about and overinvested in hiss date with Bo, who was interested in completely different things and then went ahead and vomited while Chester was talking to him and after Chester made a big scene falling into vomit on the rink. When he finally got to the party and Nathan apologized for the voicemail, I thought he was going to say that he had never heard it, but instead he acknowledged right away that he did but that he didn’t feel that way about him. Why he thought it would be a good idea not only to accept Nathan’s request to pretend to be his boyfriend but to go as far as making out with him in front of his mom is a mystery, since there’s no way Nathan will be able to leave all that as just him being a friend. We did get to see a bit more of Riley’s mom, played by Alicia Coppola from “Jericho,” and how fractured their relationship is, explained in part by her father’s much younger girlfriend. Riley and Greta almost had a moment to talk but that’s obviously going to be far off, and Riley is doing her best to make waves with her schoolwork and ensure that she spends plenty of time with Sam now that Chester is no longer seeing him.

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