Ya, this is the only part of the show which is weird to me.
On one hand, I can see the idea of “Make the characters more like young folks, to have broader appeal, and not just Gen X sci-fi nerds like me”, but then if I think about it for more than 5 seconds, i have to think that it’s a fairly insulting depiction of Gen Z folks.
I mean, I have to assume that if you’re going to be selected to be the crew for a fucking spaceship to go talk to aliens, even if they are picking fairly young people, they’re still going to pick people who have some basic notion of professionalism.
Some of the characters act like, literally, dumb ass college students. Just, doing dumb shit without thinking at all.
While this may be somewhat fitting for some of the characters if they were truely random 22 year old people, it doesn’t seem to fit with the idea of their mission, which you’d think would be performed by the top people in their field… probably military people. And I’ve known guys in the military who were 10 years my junior, but who were so professional and composed that I often thought they were older than me.
I could see them choosing to send younger folks into space… Buzz Aldrin was 39 when he walked on the moon. I could so them going younger than that.
But I don’t see them acting like idiots, as they do on the show sometimes.
All that being said, the show itself STILL works. It’s just that one aspect which seems like a really strange direction.