Generations: The Legacy trends for all the wrong reasons

SOUTH Africans all over the country tuned in for the first episode of the revamped soap Generations: The Legacy.

Whether it is from fear and dislike of change or exposure to better shows, South Africans were less than impressed with Mfundi Vundla’s sequel to the much-loved soap.

The first episode of the show was aired on Monday night featuring a majority of new actors with a couple of familiar faces to give it a boost.

Mfundi Vundla

Mfundi Vundla

The complaints started pouring just five minutes into the show, with people expressing discontent at the quality of the show and the acting skills displayed.

@khayadlanga tweeted: “I thought the new #Generations was set in 1999, but they have iPads . . . (sic).”

@FistazMixwell wrote: “Don’t normally watch #Generations, but I must agree it looked like a ‘sketch’.”

@myopinionkim tweeted: “It’s like I’m watching a low budget Muvhango #Generations #talkingpoint.”

Others warned against insults aimed at the new cast.

@dmejelo tweeted: “Do we really hav 2 throw insults at the new actors on Generations? Rented, cheap and sellouts? They professionals too (sic).”

Ranjeni Munusamy tweeted that the new show was doomed to fail regardless of who was at the helm.

“Y’all crying at the wrong funeral again? #Generations reloaded was never going to compete with parly channel no matter who it resurrected (sic),” she tweeted.

Some twitter users vowed to never watch the programme again.

@MbuleloFalakhe tweeted: “Totally boring, Mfundi Vundla should have paid his actors n stick with them. I’m done with Generations 4Gud! #talkingpoint.”

The hashtag #BringBackSkeemSaam was even created, with one of the 16 axed Generations actors, Atandwa Kani, joining in the fun.

Other members of the axed 16 such as Sophie Ndaba simply preferred to retweet all the bad reviews of the show.

Sophie Ndaba

Sophie Ndaba

Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi stood up for the canned actors: “I am not watching Generations ever again — in solidarity with dismissed actors.”

Eusebius McKaiser believed that there was an important lesson to be learned from all this.

@Eusebius: “The lesson of this #Generations disappointment — DON’T TAKE TALENT FOR GRANTED!”

Sphiwe Dhewa complained: “I didn’t quite understand the new Generations. I don’t know where it’s going or coming from; the only familiar faces were Karabo and Tau. I didn’t understand the storyline at all. I loved all the old characters, especially Ngamla and Choppa.”

Lorraine Dube said: “I won’t watch Generations again. I liked the old characters Sibusiso and Dineo. I watched Generations daily and I’m not sure of the new characters. I didn’t like the comeback at all; maybe if they bring back the old characters I will watch.

Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi

Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi

Dumisani Shumba said: “They changed all the characters even Sibusiso and Queen whom I loved so much. They changed the name to Generations: The Legacy. I was fascinated by some new characters that I have seen in other South African movies like Rapulana Seiphemo (Tau) who acted Jerusalema, who is now in the Moroka family. I think they took the saopie back; it was good and I enjoyed it.”

Mela Gapara said: “When you are used to watching something and something new comes, it’s hard to adjust. Those I was watching with are saying it was taken back to the old times hence the scene of Paul Moroka’s tombstone unveiling. I was failing to understand what was going on. I cannot judge at the moment whether it is worth watching or not; I will just give it some time.”

Hate it or love it, Generations: The Legacy is here to stay and judging from past experience, South Africans will still tune in every night at 8pm.

— Sowetan Live/Own Correpondent

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