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HBO Max’s Genera+ion is NOT Worth Your Watch

Nathan, Chester, and Riley on Genera+ion. Credit: HBO Max

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Earlier this July, HBO Max came out with its new show Genera+ion. It positioned itself as Gen Z’s modern take on relationships, sexuality, and coming-of-age in an era when older generations don’t understand that identities are ever-changing.

The story follows a cast of about seven different characters, which shouldn’t have been too hard to follow, but as the connections between the characters became blurred amid a serious lack of chemistry, I became lost immediately.

A show that had the true potential of being great instead ended in tragic mediocrity. Due to a mix of poor editing, writing, and filming choices, alongside some less-than-average acting, I can say with full certainty this show is not worth your watch.

Editing Inconsistency:
Genera+ion is Not Worth your watch

Riley and Chester on Genera+ion. Credit: HBO Max

At the beginning of each character jump, a title typically popped up to help with transitions, but the inconsistency of this editing choice was really annoying.

Most of the time, it displayed the names of characters, but during Episode 14, it displayed a countdown of hours.

Unless there had been a more defined formulaic choice when character titles were displayed, then this could’ve been a good option stylistically, but having it so random made it feel like an offhand choice.

Filming Choices:

Haley Sanchez, Chase Sui Wonders, and Justice Smith on
Genera+ion. Credit: Warrick Page / HBO Max

A continuous shot is a bold choice used to provide a deeper analysis of the scene or create a more dramatic effect. But Genera+ion seemed to use it randomly throughout the show. Sometimes when a pair of characters were speaking, the camera would pan back and forth rather than clean-cut between each character, and more often than not, I found it distracting and dizzying.

My only thought is that they perhaps chose this to create a more realistic and loose feel rather than super cinematic. However, this show could’ve benefited from some beautiful cinematography and editing.

It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t recognize the shots that were beautifully produced, but poorly thought-out shots overshadowed those scenes.

Poor Character Development:

Ariana and her two dads on Genera+ion.
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While most of the characters were horribly written, Ariana was the worst-developed character by far. Her problematic statements about the LGBTQ+ community, excused by the fact that she has gay dads, were not funny.

There are occasional times when homophobic jokes can be made lightly and in good taste. But every time Ariana made a rash comment, it was more embarrassing than humorous.

The best TV shows offer a decent backstory that helps shed light on the psyche of their characters. Genera+ion’s attempts fall flat.

There was nothing in Ariana’s history that suggested why she was problematic and dramatic, so there’s no opportunity to feel sympathetic for her.

Chester and Sam?

Sam and Chester on Genera+ion. Credit: HBO Max

The entire first half of the season attempted to hint at sexual tension between Chester and Sam. Certainly not the first series to fall into the teacher-student trope, albeit Sam and Chester’s supposed connection felt super inappropriate and icky.

Chester’s obsession with his guidance counselor was over the top and then it wasn’t. After the big fire alarm blow up, Chester immediately found a boyfriend and there was no resolution to Chester and Sam.

The cliffhanger of the season hinted at a reunion between the two, but if the writers have any hope of increasing their Rotten Tomatoes score, they better not follow through on a relationship.

Chester’s the only half-decent character, so his characterization better not be harmed.

Greta, Luz, and Riley

Riley and Greta on Genera+ion. Credit: HBO Max

The budding crush between Riley and Greta was genuinely adorable, but Luz was thrown in haphazardly to increase conflict. There was no chemistry between Luz and Greta, or Luz and Riley, so it was a total waste of a storyline to try and bring in a third character to wedge a gap.

We all know Greta and Riley are endgame, so why try and complicate that?

Overall, the show gave a deconstructed Euphoria vibe. It attempted elements that Euphoria excelled at, including the boy’s locker room scene. Euphoria made waves when it showed an unfiltered scene of naked boys, but Genera+ion’s explicit locker room scene simply felt forced and frivolous.

Unfortunately, HBO Max’s content is a hit or miss, and this show was a downright miss. So warning, watch at your own risk! As for now, the future of Genera+ion is left unknown, but I would be surprised if there was a Season 2.

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Inga is an avid TV watcher and critic, focusing a majority of her articles around LGBTQ+ representation in the media.

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Only Murders in the Building Review – The Last Day of Bunny Folger (2×03)

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Only Murders in the Building Review - The Last Day of Bunny Folger Season 2 Episode 3

When Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Episode 3 kicked off, Bunny Folger was celebrating her last day as Arconia Board President. Little did she know, it was important for an entirely different reason as the events of the day concluded in her death.

It was Bunny’s last day on earth, so every single moment, no matter how small or trivial, could have been a clue. 

Unfortunately, the episode was also slightly stale offering up nothing new or refreshing to the investigation. There was nothing that pointed it in a new direction, which is a shame when the series only consists of a handful of episodes, to begin with. 

A few characters that already landed on the “suspects” list came into focus a bit more, but there’s no definitive answer as to who had it out for Bunny.

Furthermore, we didn’t get any additional insight about the painting with Charles’ nude father, nor did we get confirmation that Bunny is Charles’ half-sister.

What we did get, however, was a deeper look at Nina, the pregnant woman who was to succeed Bunny in the role. 

Their relationship didn’t start off rocky. Like anyone heading towards retirement who has devoted a large chunk of their life towards a job, Bunny was taking the whole “it’s your last day” thing to heart. She wasn’t entirely sure that she wanted to step down as Board President, but she also acknowledged that the Arconia would be in the right hands with Nina at the helm. 

Bunny seemingly mentored Nina, who knew exactly what to do at any given time. She wasn’t phased by the workload or the fact that Bunny had eyes and ears everywhere. Nina was up for the challenge, but she wasn’t interested in being challenged. So, when Bunny declared that she was reversing her decision and would stay on as Board President for a little longer, Nina wasn’t having any of it.

Their friendly relationship quickly soured as Nina called out Bunny for being a “relic” who wanted to hold the Arconia hostage until she was dead. 

Bunny, on the other hand, didn’t agree with Nina’s vision to move the building into the 21st century or modernize and monetize it, thus calling the “baby bumpy bitch,” ungrateful. 

It was ugly, and it gave Nina plenty of motive to take Bunny out. 

But could a pregnant woman nearing her delivery date really have it in her to take down an older lady? Typically, I’d say no, but I can’t help but think the series emphasized just how much Nina knew about her body, including all the parts that reportedly helped induce labor, I’m starting to think that it’s possible.

Of course, Bunny rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, so the list of suspects grew by the minute.

She offended Lester and threatened to fire him, she upset all of the murder podcast fans in one fell swoop, she signed some documents for Ursula without reading them over first, and, most importantly, she ignored a caller asking about her painting.

I would honestly say the person who killed Bunny had to be someone who knew the hotel as well as she did — including all the hidden doorways and exits, which leads me to Nina, Ursula, Bunny’s mother Leonora, or Charles and Oliver. No one else has as much insight as them. 

The moments leading up to her death were a perfect storm as she walked over to Mabel’s apartment to hand over an expensive bottle of champagne as thanks for saving the Arconia.

But when Charles, Mabel, and Oliver didn’t invite her in — slamming the door in her face — she broke down crying. Well, wailing would actually be more accurate. The trio considered inviting her in, but when they eventually opened the door, Bunny was gone. She retreated back to her home where she was eventually murdered.

Who was the mysterious person wearing black boots and navy pants that knocked on Bunny’s door?

And why did Bunny run to Mabel’s apartment right after she was stabbed? Also what were her last words “14” and “Savage.” Was she trying to warn Mabel that the answer to the murderer’s identity would be connected to some grave conspiracy surrounding Charles Savage from 14C? Or is she saying Charles was somehow the murderer? Maybe his father is still alive and coming back to get what’s his?

Could Oliver, Charles, and Mabel have spared her by extending a simple act of neighborly kindness?

While I enjoyed seeing the day from Bunny’s perspective, I hope the following episode offers up more clarity. 

What did you think of the episode?


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Only Murders in the Building Review – Framed (2×02)

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Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Episode 2 Recap Framed

Mrs. Gambolini needs to tell us everything she knows!

Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Episode 2 ended with the talking parrot dropping quite a cliffhanger: she knows “who did it.” Is the “it” she’s referring to Bunny’s death? If so, we need her to spill the tea! 

But that wasn’t the only jaw-dropping moment throughout the episode. As Charles, Oliver, and Mabel began to investigate Bunny’s death for the podcast in an attempt to clear their own names, they unraveled a mystery within a mystery with Charles Savage at the center of it all. 

When Mabel found Bunny impaled, she heard her say “savage,” which either referred to Charles or the painting that had his last name written on the back likely referring to the fact that Charles’ father was the subject in the pricy piece of Rose Cooper erotica that went missing and turned up in his apartment shortly after. 

After stating that the killer is likely in possession of the painting on the podcast, the trio knew they needed to get rid of the art so that they didn’t look like murderers, but by trying to sneak the painting back into Bunny’s apartment during a neighborly memorial for her, they simply managed to draw more attention to themselves.

Of course, the plan got totally botched forcing them to leave behind the painting in the dumpster, after which it ended up in Amy Schumer’s penthouse. Oliver learned that she wanted to turn the first season of the podcast into a movie starring in the role of Jan.

To be quite honest, Schumer’s addition might provide some slight comical relief, and I know she’s supposed to be over-exaggerated, but in comparison to the rest of the trio who are just naturally funny, it comes off too forced.  

The real treat was Leonora, Bunny’s mother, who arrived at the memorial declaring that the Rose Cooper painting belonged to her.

Leonora was a wild spirit who loved coconut liquor and could literally sniff out the killer… or, better yet, who wasn’t the killer. And Charles, Oliver, and Mabel were not killers — though, they did know something. I wish that held up with the police! 

She confided in Charles, and a heart-to-heart between the two tapped into some of his childhood trauma involving his father. The painting was such a distraction for him that it was nice he got some answers, even if they weren’t the ones he was looking for. 

Turns out, this whole time, he thought his father was an aspiring actor who could never land a role, but instead, his dad was paying off a bellhop to watch his son while he was stepping out on his wife with other women, including Rose Cooper and Leonora.

Rose’s story ended in a “mysterious death,” and though it’s unclear what actually happened to her, Charles recalls his father getting arrested outside of her apartment building. As he emerges from the building in a bloody tank, it’s a fair assumption that he was somehow involved with Rose’s death. That is unless Rose and Leonora are the same person. My gut tells me they might be. 

The fear and confusion on young Charles’ face is heartbreaking, but it also explains why he has held onto his dreams of living at the Arconia and acting for all these years. His whole life was based on a lie. 

 While none of this explains why Bunny was murdered outright, it does paint a deeper and more painful picture of Charles. It also connects him to Bunny more intimately as they may have been siblings this whole time! Leonora married a Folger, so it’s possible that Bunny was a love child between her and Charles’ father, but she kept it a secret from her husband. 

Charles may be the reason why they are all getting framed! 

Another character I’m not too keen about is Alice Bank, but I think that has to do more with my personal indifference towards Cara Delevigne than anything else because I don’t mind Mabel finding someone she connects with who also wants to help her work through her trauma and provide her an outlet from all this darkness.

I’m even rooting for Mabel to find love, so yeah, I just don’t feel the chemistry between Delevigne and Selena Gomez.

The episode also introduces us briefly to Nina Lin, the new board president, but we don’t know much about her aside from Howard’s interpretation that she’s even worse than Bunny was.

Other clues that will likely come into play at some point

  • The painting is a reproduction and not the original so either Bunny or the killer had it made. 
  • Ursula dumping a ton of paper into the dumpster. I’m not sure if there’s any significance, but it definitely seemed like she was trying to get rid of a trail.
  • Charles says his father died when he was young, but did he?
  • Why did Howard have a black eye? I don’t buy the cat story at all! 
  • Bunny’s grandfather was the architect of the Arconia, and he created a bunch of secret entrances and exits because he was a peeping tom. Men.. 

What did you think of the second episode? Do you have a theory? If so, drop it in the comments below!

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Superman & Lois Season Finale Review – Waiting for Superman (2×15)

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Superman may have been rendered powerless, but it was never going to keep him down for long.

The world’s savior went to great lengths to restore his abilities on Superman & Lois Season 2 Episode 15 because, without him, Ally Alston and her lesser-half would have likely completed the merge and destroyed both worlds as we know it. 

Everyone did their best to save the planet, but no one was as powerful or as skilled as Superman.

Now, that’s not to say that they didn’t hold things down until he recharged either.

Hope is a powerful thing when you have nothing left. While it would have been easy for everyone to just give up and accept their fate, that’s not the kind of approach that creates heroes.

Tal decided to make up for all the damage that he did in the past — including his attempt to also destroy the world — by trying to save it this time.

When he quickly learned that he was foolish for thinking he could ever be a match for the all-powerful Ally, Jordan lent a hand and saved his life. And honestly, it was impressive considering Jordan is just coming into his powers. 

Nat and John Henry were also willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good as the former followed her father into the void to help stop Ally. 

Since John Henry’s message from the void came through a bit choppy, Nat didn’t realize that her father wanted her to bring X-K into the pod, so they improvised and depleted all the energy from their exosuits to power the pod and allow it to blow up Ally’s tether between world’s, which left them powerless. 

Thankfully, at that exact moment, Superman gained full power by throwing himself directly into the sun (talk about a sunburn) to recharge his cells.

It may have been an extreme measure, but it was once that effectively allowed him to save both worlds from Ally’s madness.

And everyone, even Ally’s devoted followers, were grateful for it.

There’s something so captivating about apocalyptic shows and storylines, and Superman & Lois approached it with a fresh take as we saw the worlds bleeding into each other. 

Lois was sadly pulled into the Bizarro world and never blipped out, which was terrifying and lonely. She encountered a few people along the way, including her father and Kyle, who all made it back to their worlds eventually. Kyle, in particular, felt as though this was karma for cheating on Lana and breaking up the family, which was heartbreaking. Yes, he may have made some bad choices, but no one deserves to be alone and scared.

I was worried that Lois would end up stranded in the Bizarro version of Smallville when she was standing on the street all alone, but thankfully, that wasn’t the case.

Once Superman regained his abilities, everything we back to normal.

Kyle, unfortunately, didn’t get his happy ending. When you’re on the verge of losing someone, it puts a lot of things into perspective. While Lana spent much of her “final moments” looking for Kyle, who blipped out into the other reality, it made her realize that she’s not over the hurt he caused her and likely never would be. Admittedly, I was a little stunned by this realization as I thought it would help them patch things up, but I acknowledge that Lana has enough self-respect to stand her ground and follow her gut.

Superman & Lois Season 2 Finale Review Episode 15 Waiting for Superman S

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It would make it a lot easier to forgive Kyle and reconcile the family, but if she’s not ready to trust him, it won’t make either of them happy in the long run. Sometimes, there’s no going back to how things were, there’s just moving forward, and at least these two are mature enough to remain friends and co-parent. 

Superman’s identity is still the world’s biggest secret, but the circle of people who are privy to it has grown just a smidge. Of course, Lana and Sarah are both aware, but Lois also confided in Chrissy, who was completely floored by the realization. As a journalist, you’d think she would put two and two together or see the resemblance, but she was sure that Lois was kidding at first. 

The way she stared at Clark Kent after was hilarious. But I’m glad she’s in the circle of trust. After Lois visited the Bizarro world, we learned that Chrissy is a good person on every planet. She’s someone you can trust and confide in. Superman’s secret has come between her and Lois one too many times, and if they are going to work together, she deserves to know. Why is this the only moment that made me truly emotional?

I’m happy that the series arrived at the point where all the people that have always deserved to know the truth about Superman are finally clued in.

The world may have been ending, but it also gave Sarah a lot of time to process. When she finally had a moment to talk to Jordan about it, they both acknowledged that there wasn’t one issue that led to their failed romance — it was on both of them. Sarah never thought about Jordan’s feelings, while Jordan never shared his feelings with Sarah. They weren’t ready to give everything up just yet, but they were ready to press “reset” and start over. And opening up that line of communication will make a world of difference for them. Sarah won’t have to doubt if Jordan is telling her the truth, and he won’t have to hide who he is or what he’s doing anymore. I’m excited for what their future holds! I’m also happy Sarah acknowledged the weight of the secret that Jordan had to carry.

Post-Armageddon, everyone decided to catch a break. The Lane family patched things up, which was so awesome. They finally got their Lucy back — not brainwashed by Ally. I’m surprised Lucy didn’t want to see Ally one last time to chew her out, but it’s for the best. Lois made the visit instead simply to understand if Ally ever accomplished her goal of feeling complete. The two Ally’s informed her that they did not, but I’ll be honest, there was something eerie about that whole interaction. It seemed as though Lois was feeling empty and wanting answers as to how to fill the void, and when the two Ally’s held hands, it made me think there was yet another part of the plan that they hadn’t tried yet. 

Maybe I’m just being overly cautious about the whole situation because John Diggle arrived to introduce the next season’s new mystery/villain: Bruno Mannheim.

Burno is the Intergang crime boss and one of Superman’s enemies who dabbles in money launder and human trafficking. He’s also the man who killed this planet’s John Henry, and Diggle wants to know why.

There’s no better man for the job than John Henry! And after such a stellar season that really ramped things up in the final episode, I have full confidence in the writers for whatever they have planned next.

And it’s probably a good thing that Superman, clad in a hygge white chunky sweater, has rebuilt his fortress for his family. If this near-Armaggedon has taught us anything, it’s that dangers loom at every corner and they need to be able to find a place of solace, solitude, and safety.

Jordan needs somewhere to train, Jonathan deserves to get to know his grandmother and experience some of the super perks even without powers, and Lois, well, she deserves the world for enduring all that stress day-in-and-day-out. 

Other sweet moments:

  • Nat referring to Jon and Jordan as her “brothers” was everything. She finally found a place for herself here, and I hope the series hones in on this special relationship because Nat and John feel like natural inclusions in the superfamily. 
  • Tal turning over a new leaf, thanking and apologizing by getting the boys new trucks that Clark was absolutely against, and Tal looking for his wife in the other world. 
  • Also, Tal and Clark’s brotherly moment. The brother’s bond is strong! I’ll miss him!

What did you think of the season finale? Are you happy the Ally Alston storyline was put to rest? Do you think it is the last we’ve seen of her?

Share your thoughts and comments below — and I’ll see you all back here next season!

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