90210 Round 3: The Impenetrable Bubble

After last week's 90210, I was feeling disappointed with the show, though not ready to completely judge it a few episodes in.


This week's episode delivered some decent storylines that felt more "natural" and in place with the proper progression of the show, as opposed to last week's enormous jump into the drama of Silver and Kelly's alcoholic mother, including Silver hiding for mere moments (for us) that she'd been staying in a women's shelter.


That kind of drama needs much more build up for us to care, right along with the dramatic revelation that Naomi's dad is a big cheater. Yawn. Sure I would have cared if we'd gotten to know Naomi and her family better, but just a few episodes in, none of this felt very interesting. Instead it was just there for the sake of drumming up some "scandal" for this show that's supposed to have that kind of thing.


This episode continued with the Naomi family story, though it got a little more interesting as we saw Naomi trying to lean on Ethan, but getting his resistance. We also saw that not only does Naomi feel very connected to this issue of her dad cheating, but she's going to harass her mom to have a better life and not put up with this (what spoiled rich girl really thinks that way? this doesn't seem to fit with how we first met Naomi). Also, she cares enough to track down the tramp her dad's having the affair with, only to discover that this woman is moving into their beach house!


And guess what? This is the straw that's going to break the camel's back. Apparently rich mama doesn't want to break up the family (or lose her money), but she will not accept her husband going so far as to move his mistress close by and, extra slap in the face, into their beach home.


Yeah, that's pretty ridiculous and I have to say Naomi's mom had a bit of bad acting there, but I did actually start to care about the situation.


I also started to get Naomi and Ethan as we saw the "softer side" of their relationship from Naomi watching an old video of their "good old days."


So, just as the episode was cleverly named, Annie found out she couldn't break into the "Naomi-Ethan bubble," leading Annie to give up on Ethan and move back to Ty, and Naomi and Ethan to be back on.


Meanwhile, we had the baby-papa revealed - whoo!! So, yes, Kelly's absent baby-dad is indeed Dylan! Drama, drama. It sounds like we just might be seeing Dylan appear on the show (if he gets paid enough and can find the time), but I'm really not sure that would be that exciting. It's fun to have some of the old cast, but it seems a little awkward to bring much more of that back.


I think it'd be great to see more of Kelly and Ryan, so hopefully after a little bit of drama there, they can actually start to have a real relationship that we can adore.


This episode didn't make me fall in love completely with this show, but I enjoyed it more than last week's that left me a little dry. Maybe as we further establish our characters, the drama will make more sense and this can truly deliver as we were hoping this hyped spinoff could!


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Sep 17, 2008 4:01PM EDT

my jaws dropped when Brenda said the name of Kelly's baby daddy.i liked this episode...WWWAAAAYYYY better than the last one.and am still in awe whenever i see Nat at the Peach Pit.Good times....

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Sep 17, 2008 6:16PM EDT

I don't really know how to judge 'The Bubble' episode, i felt slightly disappointed... but i think the producers are trying to put more of a storyline rather than just base the show on just full on scandals. I know it's only being the the fourth episode and we need to give it some time...but in comparison to Beverly Hills 90210 it's and the anticipation and expectation of how the spinoff's going to be, it's proven to be below expectation. However i'm certain the storylines and scandals are soon going to appear annd surprise us all! I hope!
On the subject on Ethan and Naomi; I tried my very best to understand their relationship, but i just feel as though the acting between the 2 characters is completely forced and that there's hardly any chemistry between them! I just feel they're both completely mismatched! However the development of Dixon and Silver's relationship is far more interesting and enjoyable to watch! The chemistry's great and the flirtatious behaviour is cool to watch...so i'll keep an eye on them.
PS. Where was Navid in this episode? I'm not sure if i even saw him in this episode. Oh and i find the whole Kelly storyline completely pointless and predictable...the father should've been Steve because in the third epiosde she told Mr Matthews that the father is someone who she's had history with and a one night stand...but you don't have one night stand with a person who you've had a whole lotta history with! I guess they focused on the history! Plus the kid looks more like Steve than Dylan. But i guess the producers of the show are in desperate need to get Luke Perry to feature in an episode! But i hate that Dylans storyline is going to be based on this storyline and with Kelly! BORING!!!I LOVE DYLAN AND BRENDA TOGETHER!!!DYLAN + BRENDA = TRUE LOVE!!!

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Sep 18, 2008 5:25AM EDT

Okay, I just got done watching the fourth episode and well, I enjoyed it.
I liked that we get to see a little bit more about Naomi. Although her situation is nothing that original (TV show-wise), but nonetheless, it's good that she isn't just another two-dimensional character. I've never been a fan of Naomi's mum, and this episode didn't exactly alter my opinion of her. Also, I've always thought that Naomi and Ethan were really good together, even though some probably won't agree with me here. And I'm really really glad that Annie got back together with Ty. I hope Ty doesn't turn out to be a jerk and end up hurting Annie. And I'd really like if he becomes a regular cast member. But I'm biased, so...
Anyway, about the Dylan/Kelly/Ryan situation: I just wish Kelly opened up a bit more to Ryan in this episode. But I guess she will, gradually. I think their relationship would be really sweet, and I just really like Ryan. He's adorable whenever he's in Kelly's presence- all awkward and shy. I never watched a single episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 in my life so I was pretty much indifferent about the whole Dylan being little Sammy's father thing. But maybe he'll appear in an episode or too and I can sort of get clued in about Kelly and Dylan's supposed long history.
Oh, one last thing: I really enjoy the flirtatious banter that Silver and Dixon have going on. They are just a relationship waiting to happen. And I can't wait till it does.

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