Friday, September 5, 2008

I Must Be Old ...

Because when I watched 90210 last night (sue me, it got preempted by Cubs on Tuesday and I was too tired to stay up and watch it that night), I didn't get it.

Growing up, I loved Beverly Hills 90210. I didn't watch every episode, but I certainly watched many of them. It resonated with me for the most part. I really only remember one quibble I had with the show, and that was the town Brenda and Brandon had moved from. You all remember that they were from Minnesota. In one episode they mentioned the town. They called it WAY-zatta.


Really, you're writing for a huge tv show; can't you afford to do some research? I know it looks like that when you see it on a map -- Wayzata and all. However, it's actually pronounced Why-zhetta. And how do I know this? Well, that happens to be the town I lived in at the time. Sorta like how it drives me nuts now to see movies that take place in Chicago and watch roads that are nowhere near each other appear to be the same road.

But back to the new version.

A friend of mine was suppose to have a viewing party at her house. Unfortunately the preemption messed that up. And the reschedule didn't happen on Wednesday because she somehow Tivo'd only the first 23 minutes of it. Fortunately, she discovered this before we all showed up. Needless to say, I was on my own to watch it Thursday.

And I don't know if I'll watch it again.

I really feel like the show didn't know who it wanted to watch it. Were they going after today's teens or the adults who were teens when the original version was on?

It kept Brenda and Kelly (and may I just ask what happened to Shannen? I don't remember that huge gap between her front teeth before, and every time she opened her mouth to talk, that was all I could stare at). I'm not sure what Brenda's role is exactly. She sort of showed up near the end to visit with Kelly (or is it Kelli?). And Kelly has a child, which means that she's going to play a decent sized role in the show. I assume anyway. That or the kid will be the one to drive her off.

I think they also have Kelly's mom on next week. Because of course we all remember the sweet little Erin she had while on the show. Perfect mirroring, Erin is now in high school, and of course there's the triangle between the three ladies -- or so it appears.

It's odd the large role that adults play on the show altogether. The principal is the new Jim Walsh who moved from Kansas to take care of his mom who is quite the caricature, including being a drunk. His wife is a photographer, and both are playing a large role in the show. One of the high school girls' mom was apparently a high school girlfriend of the principal and is now hitting on him. Apparently because they had a son together that the principal never knew about. Yep, lots of adults in the stories, which seems like something the teens wouldn't care about. Just saying.

But my biggest issues were with the teens. My wee ones would not be watching this if they were of age -- unless it were with me to discuss the show and how very wrong it it.

Erin insists on being called Silver and has an incredibly mean-spirited blog where she attacks whoever she decides to. And since the whole campus at West Beverly is now wireless, everyone and their laptop sees the skewerings and buys into them, making that person the talked about outcast of the day.

The actresses also look so much older to me than even they did in the original version (Andrea and Dylan notwithstanding). And they're so skinny that they look unhealthy. In fact, pretty much all the representations of the teens (and adults for that matter) are ones that I can only pray my wee ones never emulate.

The houses are far, far larger than they were before. The cars the students drive are that much more expensive. Nat's Peach Pit is a way upscale charcuterie and coffeehouse. One boy flies the new girl to San Francisco on his private jet for dinner. To have anyone think that this is reasonable or attainable or even a good fantasy... it sets people up to be miserable later in life.

Interestingly, the "new" children on the show aren't twins. There's a girl and an adopted boy. I'm sure they're going to bring race into the show at some point, as the boy is black. He's also a rocking lacrosse player (anyone else see lacrosse's popularity becoming even more popular after this?) who gets kicked off the team because he is goaded into a fight with the previous star and someone on the team lies and says the new kid started it (is it sad that I have no idea what most of the names are on the show? I think that's probably a bad sign).

Lucky for him, the kid has a change of heart and the new boy is back on the team. But when they are pranked by the rival team, there's a huge show of "you have to be part of the team" which means the new kid devises a reciprocating prank even after being warned not to retaliate. Yep, being part of the team means never giving up your buddies, and this is celebrated by the dad/principal. Apparently my morals need adjusting since I'd fully expect my child to a) not retaliate after being told by the principal not to and b) to give up himself and others if he made the stupid choice to do so and got caught.

There's also the "not so sweet sixteen" party that one of the girls has which I wouldn't attend myself, let alone allow a child of mine to attend. Hugely over the top and lavish and insane. The new girl is grounded because she gave her term paper to the birthday girl and got caught, but she snuck out to the party anyway. Her parents found out, but no apparent punishment for that was doled out.

And don't forget the girls who go to the nightclub with a huge cover and drink. Oh and are on pills and steal purses to pay for said pills.

The disrespect they all show their teachers is also appalling, and I feel for my husband is people start to act this way in real life. I know the parents are already there with the excuses as to why Little Johnny should get a take home makeup exam or why a paper should be regraded or why an extension should be granted because I hear about it from my husband, but the mom on the show who wanted an extra week's extension for a paper because of the upcoming birthday party and the stress of that and the fittings needed, etc. If my wee ones started acting this way, there would be hell to pay.

And the girls are all so vicious towards each other. I remember the original having catty girls on it, but this was just horrible horrible behavior all around. I can only hope that people are a little more normal when the wee ones go to high school.

I don't watch a ton of tv, so maybe this is par for the course. You always have to top the one that came before you, right? I never watched most of the recent popular shows -- Dawson's Creek, The OC, Gossip Girl. To be honest, I had to think long and hard to come up with just those few.

So umm yeah, I'm a curmudgeon before my time. Did anyone else watch the new 90210?


leezee52 September 5, 2008 at 4:21 PM  

Thanks so much for visiting me on my special day when I was the featured blogger at SITS…I could hardly sleep the night before I was so excited!

Lee :)

anymommy September 5, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

Nope, but I will admit, guiltily, that I adore Gossip Girls.

Jeff September 5, 2008 at 10:24 PM  

When I lived in Excelsior we used to tease our friends who moved to Wayzata, as if they suddenly became snobs for living there. We started pronouncing the spelling "Y-A, Z-A, T-A" like the Howells would from Gilligan's Island or something. Did you ever hear anyone else do that or was that just my dumb friends?

Mrs. S September 5, 2008 at 11:26 PM  

Ok I watched it right along with you (ok maybe not on Tuesday but on Thursday).
I felt the same way. I mean, I was WAY too young to watch 90210 the first time around, but I'm not too old now I don't think (22?). BUT I have issues with the actors/resses. They look too thin, too old. And I could relate a lot better to the old characters (Donna, Kelly) than the new ones.
And this principal used to go to West Beverly? Where was in in the original?
And I don't know who the daddy of Kelly's kid is? Brandon? Dylan? Where are they!
And didn't Brenda and Kelly hate one another? Why are they being besties now? And did you see Brenda eyeing the guy who stopped by Kelly's...does she want to relive the whole Dylan thing again? She'll cause a scene and get kicked off the show just like the original and Charmed.

Love your blog sorry to go on and on.

Angie's Spot September 6, 2008 at 8:37 AM  

I watched the old 90210 religiously. The new one is on my DVR, but I just haven't had a chance to sit down and watch it yet. And after reading your synopsis, I might just delete it and thank you for saving me 2 hours. It sounds like I might do well to leave 90210 in the past, where it belongs.

Michelle September 6, 2008 at 12:06 PM  

Lee - Welcome! I can imagine how excited you must have been. Here's hoping you had a great day with it!

Anymommy - You're allowed. Honestly, I've never seen it so I don't even know if the people on the show are like that or not. It's just one of the ones that sort of seemed to fit into that genre that I could think of. And hey, I've seen EVERY episode of Charmed (most more than once). Beat that ;)

Jeff - Yeah... lotsa snobs there, but I swear we weren't among them. And I think it may have been your dumb friends. That or I was just really sheltered when living there, which is also a possibility! Did you ever eat at Albions (the boat) in Excelsior?

Mrs. S - Welcome! I have to say that I'm glad you agree with me. I talked this morning with my friend about it, she LOVED it. And told me that I'm smoking crack and Shannen Doherty's always had that gap. Huh. The kid, remember is only 4 1/2 so no Brandon or Dylan - I'm sure that will be a story yet to come. Harry the principal was not on the original that I know of (ditto with the chick he had the son with). When 90210 was on originally, he was Kyle on Melrose. And YES I was going to comment on Brenda hitting on Kelly's date. Totally didn't know what direction that was going to take. Ok, so I'll probably watch it again this week. *sigh*

Angie - Again, my friend liked it. And I'm probably suckered in for another week. Sorry if I ruined any of the stories, etc for you. I should have put a spoiler warning on there. Oops. I would be interested in knowing what you thought of it though!

Mabunny September 7, 2008 at 12:06 PM  

I didn't watch it, hubby did though. We used to both like the original. I didn't want to watch this version, for fear it would spoil the original... does that make sense?

Angela September 8, 2008 at 7:25 PM  

You're not as old as me, because I didn't even know there WAS a new 90210! Whoa!

Irene September 9, 2008 at 11:58 AM  

I watched the old 90210, but even then, I was too old for it. But it was something I quickly got addicted to, even at 23 years old!

I did not watch the new one. I was planning on it, in spite of my hubby's jeers, but forgot. And now, after reading reviews such as yours, I probably won't. I liked the old version that, although they had issues and "modern day" problems, they were still good, respectful, intelligent kids. We see too much garbage on TV.

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