90210: A Zip Code Away From Reality
This Monday sees the return of the 90s drama series set in Beverly Hills. Having seen the first two episodes, it’s evident the new spin-off is a world away from the original series, which made stars of Shannon Doherty and Luke Perry.
The series opens with Harry Wilson, the new principal of West Beverly Hills High, moving his family to the neighbourhood from small-town Kansas. As the two children, daughter Annie and adoptive son Dixon, adjust to life at their new school it becomes apparent that Beverly Hills is in another league to their hometown.
First of all, the local kids are rich and spoilt rotten. By the second episode, Annie’s being taken on a date by some pretty boy with a private jet! A plane ride on the first date? That beats a slap up meal any day! The school children are all annoyingly good-looking, of course, and can even break out into song and dance on occasion. Sorry, did someone say Britannia High? No? Ok then…
The good thing about this new series, however, is that it will probably be as addictive as all the other teen dramas. Think of it as Gossip Girl meets Clueless…with a bit of Mean Girls thrown in. One thing that seems to distinguish it from the others is that the storyline follows the trials and tribulations of the adults as much as the kids. Shannon Doherty and Jennie Garth reprise their roles as Brenda and Kelly respectively, which should attract some of the older generation to the show.
By the end of the first two episodes, there was already a love triangle brewing (Annie, Ethan and bloke with plane), a kid with a drugs problem and the principal discovering a secret about his past! A perfect cocktail of scenarios to have the viewer hooked. I even found some elements of the show touching, yes – touching. The Wilson children are actually nice to their parents! When does that happen nowadays? Rather than being abusive and moody, like all other kids their age, they actually seem to have a bond with their parents. Ah, to be a small-town kid. Well, until Beverly Hills changes them forever, I’m quite impressed with their humble views on life and respect for their elders; it’s what makes them different from the rest.
90210 starts on E4 on Monday.