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My Generation is focused on the lives of nine high school classmates from Austin, Texas. The story begins in 2000 when a documentary film crew starts following the nine students and then follows them again ten years later in present day. We find out what dreams they each had when they were graduating and where they are now.
By : CHAD KENNEDY
Before we dive into the pilot episode of ABC’s “My Generation” let me first give you a whose who and a brief rundown on the plot of the show. My Generation is focused on the lives of nine high school classmates from Austin, Texas. The story begins in 2000 when a documentary film crew starts following the nine students and then follows them again ten years later in present day. We find out what dreams they each had when they were graduating and where they are now.
I’ll begin with the “perfect couple” Jackie and Anders. These two are anything but perfect but they try to fit every mold that society has thrown their way. She has short blonde hair, picture the perfect trophy wife, and he is clean cut, wearing a nice suit. Their current mission in life seems to be finding the perfect wine for each meal. Next we have Steven who is a laid back guy living in Hawaii now just enjoying life, well until he gets a random phone call from fellow classmate and high school girlfriend, Caroline, telling him that he got her pregnant on prom night and they now have a 9 year old son who would like to meet him. Then we have Brenda who is a successful lawyer in Washington DC but since Anders broke her heart in high school she still hasn’t found the right guy. Back in Austin, we have Kenneth who has become a teacher at their old high school and is single and very awkward. Back in high school he used to date Dawn but now she just lives with him while she is preggers with another guy’s baby. Her baby daddy is Rolly who joined the military after 9/11 and is still serving in Afghanistan. Last but not least we have The Falcon, or so he is called, who always seems to be wearing a fedora and oozes cool, yet we don’t really know much about him yet.
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Now that you’re up to speed on all of that let’s jump into what happened in the first episode. As I mentioned, Dawn is living with Kenneth at the moment. She’s pregnant with Rolly’s baby but he is serving in Afghanistan. Kenneth comes home from work the one day to find Dawn sitting in front of the web cam showing what her momma gave her to Rolly. Ken is still in love with Dawn so this only makes things more awkward for him. His life doesn’t get any easier in the coming days. Back in high school Ken thought he and Dawn were going to get married and have a family. Neither of which happened and now 10 years later he feels like a failure. So, he goes to a sperm bank to donate some of his boys to help someone else start a family. He ends up finding out that he’s infertile and will never be able to have kids of his own. This of course sends him into a depression.
After Steven gets the call from Caroline that he has a 9 year old kid he never knew about, he jumps on a flight to Austin. He goes to see his friend Falcon first before telling Caroline he’s even in town. After this he heads to a local bar where he runs into depressed Ken. At first you think they will have a drink together but then Ken pushes Steven off his bar stool and runs out. As it turns out there is a bigger backstory to Steven and Ken, we find out that back in 2000 Steven and Ken were best friends. Steven’s father was a top exec at Enron and played a major role in the scams that Enron pulled off before the company’s collapse, meanwhile Ken’s dad had invested most of their life savings in Enron. When Enron collapsed, Ken’s dad lost everything and committed suicide because of it. Of course, Ken blames Steven and the two have never talked since the collapse.
In DC, Brenda goes on a horrible blind date that a co-worker arranged for her. The guy is a total bore talking about himself the entire time and thinking he’s cool because the documentary film crew is there to capture the whole thing. The last straw for Brenda is when the guy leans over and tells her that he has a small penis but knows how to use it. Who admits that, especially after just meeting?! Needless to say, she gets up and walks out. The next day she gets a call that her mom had a stroke so she heads back to Austin.
Dawn has a baby shower which brings most of the nine together, except Ken who is dealing with being infertile and Steven who apparently was a bit too fertile. After the shower Caroline just so happens to spot Steven in town, she has their nine year old son in the car as well. Steven immediately starts trying making up excuses for not calling her to let her know he was in town and then nervously starts talking to his kid. It doesn’t go so well, not at all actually. He blurts out that he ‘guesses’ he is the kid’s father and then says he’d like to hang out with him and teach him to be a ninja. Caroline is asian, Steven is white, so then he questions himself outloud whether the ninja thing was racist. Caroline can’t believe this is actually happening and just gets back in the car and drives off. I’m not sure how she expected him to react to being ambushed with the fact that he has a nine year old son. Maybe she should have called him say like nine years ago? The next day Steven calls Caroline and apologizes. I think so far Steven is my favorite because his character seems to be the popular guy but yet he’s strangely awkward.
So, all in all, I am interested to see where episode two takes us. I enjoyed this episode but I have yet to really embrace any of the characters or their storylines completely. I think the documentary film crew idea is neat to a point but the way the characters talk directly to the cameras is annoying at times and I’m not sure how they will continue this as the season continues.