Belgium’s pristine financial rating of “A” has dropped to a “B-“. Chaos ensues, class divide solidifies and soon its baby boomers vs millennials. The Ancient Powers struggling to keep what remains, while new revolutionaries demand a piece for themselves. Polished and shined to be a gem of our times, Generation B, mines collective anxieties from both sides of the spectrum to hilariously absurd ends.
The Belgian tv miniseries spans six half hour episodes, manages to deliver a lot in its brief run. Told mostly through the eyes of Jonas — a jobless, homeless, and most recently, girlfriend-less twenty-something — as he attempts to get a job and navigate through society. Shady-ass call centers, the luxurious extravagance of renting a couch (laying position only), and navigating the minefield that is asking relatives for money and so much more are part of Jonas’ journey towards anything remotely like a normal life.
Constantly shifting on the bizarre scale and yet, consistently hilarious, Generation B is a prescient view into how a society reacts when the mirror it uses to admire itself shatters. Highly recommended, I sincerely hope it comes to a streaming platform soon. Should that day come, it is best ingested in a single sitting, preferably early afternoon. You will likely spend the rest of the day thinking and discussing the points it hit oh so right.