This was my reaction to the new 90210. I should preface this by saying that I was in no way predisposed to dislike the program. In fact, I loved Beverly Hills 90210 (it's predecessor) and all of the trashiness that it entailed.
I should clarify, though, that I didn't dislike this new show. It just left me feeling...uninspired.
Who's who in the Class of Beverly Hills?
Meet Annie and Dixon. They're the newest 90210 transplants from Kansas, which means that they're naive. Really really naive (Because there's not things like blogs and plagiarism in Kansas...but more on that later). Conveniently though, they're both pretty (and so very skinny). They even look like they could have lived in Beverly Hills all along.
Meet Silver. Erin Silver, sister (technically, half-sister) to Kelly Taylor, is the outcast. She operates a blog, The Vicious Circle (yep, there's a real one, though it's different on the show), where she writes mean things about the cool kids. Edgy.
Meet Naomi. She's beautiful and rich. But being beautiful and rich is sooo difficult. She struggles with being underestimated by her own mother and being cheated on by her boyfriend. How unique.
Meet Ethan. Ethan is hot(ish) and plays lacrosse. What a catch (such a catch that random sluts give him BJs in cars)!
Meet Navid. OMG, this 90210 has people that aren't white! Did I mention also that Dixon is black? Diversity rocks!
But what about the hip adults?
Meet Harry and Debbie. Upon moving to the 90210 (where he grew up), Harry conveniently snags the job of principal of West Beverly High. Good for him. Awkward for his kids. Debbie is only marginally important thus far.
Meet Kelly Taylor. Oh, we already know her. See 10 seasons of Beverly Hills 90210 for reference.
Meet Ryan. Hot. Teacher. Is he even older than the students? Who cares?
Meet Tabitha. Alcoholic. Catalyst for the family's move to the new zip. Only source of funny lines in the entire pilot (due more to Jessica Walter's (Arrested Development) delivery than the actual lines).