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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