So last night I caught the season premier to CW11's new 90210 spin off. I was highly anticipating this series because I grew up having a crush on Dylan, Brandon, and David Silver. I adored Kelly, loved Brenda, Donna was sweet, and heck, even Andrea was cool.
When I learned early on that some of 90210's originals would be starring in the new series I was pretty excited.
So what did the season premier have in store for fans?
Well, we got to see Kelly again, and we even met up with Brenda. A few
of the new main character's who are in the school are related to some
of our originals. Kelly and David Silvers mom and pop got together in
the original series and had a child. You get to meet her as one of the
new main characters.
Kelly also has a 4 year old son, who may or may not belong to Brandon?
The mystery is still yet to unfold on who the father of the 4 year old
Andrea Zuckerman's daughter is also conveniently the schools news
spokesperson, and a stupid joke cracked by a teacher brought back a very
old joke. Andrea was always considered the old lady in the original,
and a teacher who saw Andreas daughter speaking on the schools
television says 'What is she like 30?', as he clicks off the TV.
I must say though Aundrea's daughters character pretty much vanishes
for the remainder of the premier, and the focus is on Annie and her
adopted brother Dixon who recently move out to Beverly Hills to live
with their grandmother.
Quickly Annie makes friends, or I should say frenemies with a few of
the schools popular and not so popular crowd. Immediately she takes a
liking to the schools 'mean girl' Naomi, who actually would of
been a better if played as Andrea Zuckermans daughter, seeing how they
style her with puffy poodle hair, and a way about her that reeks of
older woman. Naomi does not resemble a high-schooler at all.
Annie is the only one in the series so far who looks like shes 17. The
rest of the cast all look much older than what they are portraying. This
also plays true though to the original 90210 though.
Anyhow, Ethan who is an old time friend of Annie's is also dating
Naomi. Ethan also has the reputation of being Mr. Popular, and is the
schools hot guy. For me he has the bad boy Dylan vibe, but a sporto version. Not a bike rider bad version.
The clothing, and hair styles though are as equally tacky as they were
back when the original 90210 began to air. You will be seeing Andrea
Zuckerman's classic poodle hair, hair styles we seen in Pulp Fiction,
and horrible one piece jumpsuits, feather earrings which tried hard to
be in, yet never were, and necklaces that look like they came out of a
25 cent machine.
Channel is a name brand that you will see popping up in every other
scene, with either a bag, or a pair of earrings. Sidekick also must of
paid a lot to be shown in quite a few scenes.
Anyhow, the spin-off of 90210 started off a little strange, with music
that did not fit what was going on in the scene, and a complete and
utter rush into drama and action that threw me off.
Immediately the two newbies Annie and Dixon are thrown into drama, and every 5 minutes something unbelievable happens that makes you scratch your head.
On Annie's second or 3rd day of school and she is jet setting to San
Fransisco with a guy she just met, to have dinner. Dixon is playing
pranks on a rival school with his lacrosse team. Naomi is cheated on.
Annie becomes the laughing stock of Silvers blog. Annie and Dixon's
father discovers he has an adopted son with another woman just a few
days after moving back into Beverly Hills. Annie and Dixon's Grandmother
gets into an accident. Dixon is roughed up by another lacrosse player
Annie and Naomi get caught cheating on some written exam...
I mean I liked the premier, don't get me wrong, but the action and drama were just too much making the whole thing far to hard to swallow, especially seeing how they just freakin moved there.
For me the new 90210 has way too much of an OC and Gossip Girl vibe to
it. I like the series so far enough though that I do hope it is able to
stick around for a few seasons.
Kelly and Brenda also have a few roles in the premier, with Brenda
having a less of a role than Kelly, still though, it was nice seeing the
two back in the show. Nat is also still in charge at the Peach Pit,
which was also very nice to see.
I personally like how the new cast has been knitted in with the
original cast of 90210 as well. I do hope though that by weaving
originals in with new main characters the show is able to hold the
stitches together and succeed. It would be a shame to see the show flop,
ruining the excellent reputation of the original 90210.
So far I'm on the fence with this one. We shall see what twists and
turns next weeks show takes us on. By show two or three, you would
pretty much be able to determine if the show will continue or fade out
after just one or two seasons.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed though, I imagine over time more and
more of the originals will make special guest appearances, and stuff
like that could really pull a show along, allowing it to hopefully
succeed and become one of those phenomenal shows people just cannot get
enough of, just like the original was.