Thursday, July 8, 2021

What I’m Watching: Generation (Season Finale)

Generation: Season 1, Episode 16 “V-Day” (B+)

As of this writing, this show has not yet been renewed for a second season, which makes me very sad given that it’s very possible this will be the last we’ll ever see of this show, though I hope not! I liked the pivot in this episode to fully narrative storytelling, dispensing with everyone’s perspectives to tell a full story that still got interrupted repeatedly by teenagers being idiots but at least managed to get us through a few conversations. Bo pinpointed Chester being more excited by the idea of being with him than actually liking him, and, after that prompted Chester to lose all of his inhibitions, I was proud of Nathan for standing up for himself and not just taking the opportunity to indulge in Chester’s drunken loneliness. He even defended himself to his mom when she told him that she knew the truth. I’m relieved that Sam picked up the phone when Chester called and that someone – presumably Sam, but we won’t know unless we get a second season – showed up to ensure that he didn’t let his strongly-felt misery overcome him. Mark and Megan have had problems, we know that, but he could not have picked a worse time to suggest that they separate, which is sure to make for an awkward car ride home and a tremendously uncomfortable process of figuring out what that looks like. It was sweet that Cooper was all in with Delilah, though that did mean some heartbreak for Naomi. The relationship that’s always been the most interesting is the one between Greta and Riley, and though Lucia tried to express her feelings to an unenthralled Riley, they finally got the chance to talk and say most of what they needed to. Greta acknowledging that she can’t do the physical stuff but that she loves Riley got a warm and receptive response, and I don’t think she’ll actually mind the one thing that Riley still didn’t get a chance to tell her if it ever does come up. I so hope that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of this show and that it earns some much-deserved Emmy attention for the first half of this season.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Justice Smith as Chester

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