There was a lot of focus on pregnant former-punk Dawn (Kelli Garner), who is struggling with the wrong turns her life has taken, and the pressure of expecting a baby while her husband Rolly (Mehcad Brooks - Eggs from True Blood) fights a war in the Middle East. I am looking forward to the introduction of her younger brother, whom she raised since she was a teenager.
The storyline of Steven and Caroline and their prom-night-conceived son is both interesting and infuriating. She didn't tell him about their son for ten years, but when he awkwardly struggles to adjust to his new role as a father, somehow he is portrayed as a bad guy. I'd like to see this storyline take a positive turn.
So, I can see why a lot of people don't like this show. It moves a bit slowly and relies on some heavy-handed insertion of real events to force relatability on the audience. But I think if it takes a half-step back from the documentary format and just lets the characters breathe and interact as they would in a typical drama, this could turn into a memorable time capsule of a show.
|My Generation, Thursdays at 8pm on ABC|