Ted Wilson Reviews the World: The Greatest Generation

★★★★☆ (4 out of 5)

Hello, and welcome to my week-by-week review of the world. Today I am reviewing the Greatest Generation.

If I asked you what the greatest generation is, you would probably say millennials because they do seem quite popular. If you’re not a millennial yourself, you probably want to be one. I know I do. I’d love to be one if only to turn the clock back a few decades. There are so many things I haven’t done. Like make love in a helicopter.

Anyway, you’re wrong. The greatest generation is in fact a podcast called The Greatest Generation. The hosts of the show, Alvin and Blen, discuss episodes of the out-of-this-world sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Each episode of the podcast focuses on a single episode of the TV series. As a listener, this is a great way to learn about a show I never had the chance to watch when it aired almost 30 years ago. For the hosts of the show, this format may prove flawed — when the TV series runs out of episodes, so do Alvin and Blen. Then they’ll be out of jobs.

I like the hosts of the show a lot. They seem like two fun, friendly guys who are probably good huggers. But everyone has their secrets and I’m sure these guys do too. Perhaps one of them accidentally took a life when he was younger. He and a friend were just play-fighting but then the next thing you know someone falls off a bale of hay and their neck is all twisted up and things can never be the same.

Or maybe one of the hosts simply has a fetish for licking fruit at the supermarket and then putting it back. I don’t know what secrets these guys have and I don’t want to know. I prefer that they remain as voices coming out of the library computer. I don’t ever want to meet either of them.

If you enjoy listening to strangers speak, this show is for you! It’s like overhearing a conversation at the mall food court that is so compelling you stick around even though you finished your shake. (The show also accepts cash donations for people who like to pay to listen to strangers speak.)

I’m considering starting my own podcast where I review each episode of The Greatest Generation. I don’t have a podcast partner so I would have to record myself talking to myself, which would take twice as long as a normal podcast. Plus I don’t have any recording equipment and I’m generally not the strongest with technology, so it seems like there are a lot of obstacles in my way. Never mind. I’m not going to do it.

BEST FEATURE: The hosts have a side gig helping to support the memory of WWII veterans.
WORST FEATURE: I can’t see any of the things described on the show. Maybe they can improve that somehow. If they invent a new type of podcast with pictures they could really have something on their hands.

Please join me next week when I’ll be reviewing Clorox.

About the Author

More Like This

Thank You for Calling the Writer Envy Helpline

If a writer you know on Twitter has written an entire book in the time it’s taken you to call this number, press 4

Jul 19 - Julie Vick

A Good Samaritan and a Giant Meet on the Beach

"The First Day of What Remained for Tedman Ward" by Nell Hanley, about a moment of reprieve for two lonely middle-aged men

Jul 17 - Nell Hanley

All Nakedness Ends in Death

"i like to get naked" and "skeleton of glass and marmalade," two poems by Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi

Jul 15 - Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi