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The Skinny on '90210'

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Annie, Momlogic's entertainment editor reviews 90210: Last night's premiere of the teen soap was full of sex, secrets, lies and eating disorders. But the eating disorders weren't part of the plot. Huh?


The long anticipated 90210 premiere had plenty of moments worth discussing, but it was hard to concentrate on the plot with two skeletal characters barely filling up the screen. The main character, Annie Wilson, and her new friend Silver are shockingly thin--their tight jeans are almost falling off them. It is reminiscent of Ally McBeal's super skinny cast, but at least that show targeted adults.

Super thin as super cool wasn't the only message in the show that was questionable. In the first scene, Kansas transplant Annie catches Ethan Ward (the hot lacrosse player played by Dustin Milligan) getting oral sex in his car outside the school from a girl whose name we never learn. He already has a girlfriend, so Annie keeps his secret. When it's accidently revealed, she apologizes to him as if she's the one who did something wrong. She then (of course) ends up liking him anyway. He is super cute though--so I guess it's okay to like a jerk as long as he's hot? Hmmm.

The token black character played by The Wire's Tristan Wilds is the adopted son of the main family (The Wilsons), so I was impressed--at first. Although he joined them eight years ago and his father is the principal of the school, in one of the first scenes he begins a sentence with "You was..." when talking to his white sister. And when she's excited at the end of the episode she speaks to him with an offensive "ebonics" twang.

There are some redeemable elements, however. The rich grandmother played by Jessica Walter is witty, wildly inappropriate and provided some of the only comic relief. Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor was exciting every time she came on the screen. In an art-imitating-life moment, she and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) reunited at the Peach Pit and discussed how they wasted too much time feuding. Although when Brenda introduced herself to Kelly's suitor saying, "I'm Brenda," I wanted to scream, "Duh! You're only the first bitch of behind-the-scenes teen soap drama!"

The clothes are fabulous, most of the acting is mediocre and the script is perfectly corny. Terms like "Hey, new girl" and adults calling each other "dude" are similar to the unrealistic campy dialogue that made us love the original 90210. Remember "Squash it!"?

I'm slightly embarrassed, but secretly excited to admit, I will watch it again.

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Nicole September 3, 2008, 3:49 PM

I briefly turned this on last night and the only scene I caught was one in the lunch room and it was one that really bothered me. I’m not familiar with these new characters but one of the girls was eating her “lunch” which consisted of a salad that you might find on a dollar menu. What’s wrong with a good sloppy joe or corn dog?! I found it funny to come across this article after having some of these same feelings last night.

sherry September 3, 2008, 4:17 PM

I loved it. It was everything I hoped it would be. Being older now, I find I’m more interested in the adults on the show, and I’m dying to know who Sammy’s father is. But I just generally liked the show.

Of course it’s full of sex, secrets, and disorders - it’s the same thing the original was about and it’s what made us love it the first time around.

Anonymous September 3, 2008, 4:36 PM

Well, they did get us talking about it, so maybe that’s why they casted them.

foxymama September 3, 2008, 5:03 PM

IT WAS AWFUL! I could not stand it. Unwatchable. The kids were entirely too thin and horrible actors. It had no point, no uniqueness. Spelling would be upset at how it turned out…dare I say he’s rolling in his grave.

Gwendolyn September 4, 2008, 12:27 PM

Someone go buy those girls a few hundred chicken sandwiches - with extra mayo. Sheesh.

CRH September 17, 2008, 12:38 PM

I thought I was the only one who noticed! After watching the second episode I realized how SKINNY these girls were. I found myself looking in disbelief that these girls were just THAT skinny. It’s unnatural!!

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