90210 is obviously a spin off of Beverly Hills 90210, a popular teen series of the 90's. Production is trying to aim at quite a few target audiences, teens, people who used to watch the original series (original characters featured), housewives (parents problems, active photographer mom), maybe grandmas (crazy grandma and friends, all the drama...)! They have done quite a bit of recycling there by including several characters of the original show, even thought they are secondary. As well as that you can find the actress who played Jessy's partner in Full House, Rob Estes from Melrose Place, the bit**y/unbearable teen from Nip/Tuck (really what other kind of parts could she play), and even an appearance of Edie's bad ass nephew from Desperate housewives...
As well as original characters, there is Erin (who became a real brunette, when she was blond in the original show like her mother and sister Kelly). There is no mention of the brother David Silver though, and Hannah Zuckermann-Vasquez (daughter of Andrea and Jessy from the original show) only appears briefly at the beginning of the first episode. The show started with other references to the original story, including a very brief appearance of Nat from the Peach Pit, and also the fact that Dixon becomes part of the report/journal team (like Brandon did), and he gets a job at the Peach Pit (Nat makes a reference to Brandon, again). But all this vanishes after the first couple of episodes.
The most ironic line of the show (to which I refer in the title) is when Mrs Wilson comments on her husbands yearbook picture showing him and Naomi's mother and mentioning how he has aged but she hasn't changed. Well, isn't that just spot on what we could say about all the former characters of the show and the actress who actually said this line? Really (apart from maybe putting on a bit of weight and giving them normal bodies) do their faces look so different?
What is shocking I think is that teens are influenced a lot by trends, commercials and what they see on TV, so is this really what you'd want your kids to see? Teens who are as skinny as anorexics (and that is supposed to be a symbol of beauty, even ""ugly"" people are ""beautiful"" in the show...), who wear Channel and other haute couture brands, who communicate only with SmartPhones, who go to fancy dinners (on a private jet) at 16, ... Those kids dress and behave like 30-year-olds (I think most of the characters are far more witty than they would be in real life). There isn't a skirt (or shorts) that is longer than the upper half of the thigh, and the heels they wear can't be good for their backs! Is this really what a teen should wear?
They also tried to kill a few birds in one stone with the character of Dixon who is one of the few black people on the show. On top of that he is the adoptive son of a white family, and his father is none other than the principal of the school... Him, the cheerleader, Navid and barely a couple more are the only non-white portrayed in the show. Does this really reflect reality? There isn't a single Asian person and yet Chinese are the most numerous on the planet... Another character who also bears all the problems is Adriana, on top of the issues she has with her mother, she gets into heavy drugs and ends up in rehab, and straight after that (bam!) she's a pregnant teen. I'm not saying this couldn't happen, but they could have spread a bit on other characters... And the most annoying is the way it is portrayed it's almost like it's a cool thing, as if it makes you somebody and puts you on the map...(I'm not saying that about the performance of the actress which fine above all compared to the rest of the cast!)
There are so many things that are wrong in this show primarily watched by teenagers that I don't know how to include everything, but I think those of you who were interested in reading this got the point. If this show is popular, maybe direction and production should rethink the contents and make it more realistic. The original show was much more, the extravagant lifestyle applied only to some and was justified by the fact that it takes place in Beverly Hills. As for the overall acting, it's hard to judge given the mediocre script. Most of them are OK except from the actress who plays Annie, her performance is really awful as she is not at all credible as a 16 year old. Even AnnaLynne McCord (who can't play anything else) fits better in her role. The cast of the original show was more charismatic, for example the equivalent of Brenda would be Annie who is quite plain to be the lead in comparison.
To conclude, fans of the original show will be disappointed, not recommended for easily influenced teenagers (plus there are better teen shows), what does it leave? Gossipy grown up women who dream of a surrealist luxurious life, you are going to love this.
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