90210 'Life's a Drag': Delicious or Too Dramalicious? - Featured

After far too long a break, 90210 made its return this week with 'Life's a Drag,' and I'd say in some ways, it was better than ever, but in others, it was a disappointing return after where we left our characters.


I appreciate that the episode didn't revolve around Annie and Ethan because I've found Annie increasingly annoying and whiny, and Ethan not so bad, but not that interesting. I don't hate that they got together so soon, but I do hate that Annie's pretending to have such a dramatic life.


But this week, she deserved to be a little bit of a drama queen as she was feeling very confused about what Ethan wanted, so she tried to make changes for the good of their relationship like quitting the play - only to discover the Rhonda had kissed Ethan at the Valentine's Day dance... oohhh no she didn't!!


This led to more of Annie being overdramatic, though yes, your boyfriend not telling you another girl kissed him and then allowing you to apologize for something else around that girl for days, not cool. And at the point after Annie yelled at Rhonda for all this, I was done with it all, and didn't care too much when Ethan finally broke things off to be on his own to figure things out... good for him? I guess we'll see how it all goes.


I was most disappointed by only having Adrianna involved in the episode for the sake of being called Juno for her pregnant belly, and to be the bearer of the bad news of Rhonda's kiss to Annie. Sure, the show doesn't have to be taken over by her pregnancy, but she's a much more interesting character than Annie with a much cuter relationship, so I'd much rather see what she's up to!


Other than Adrianna, I've been loving more Naomi time which we did get this week. Sure, the new bad boy in town being a drag racer and great kisser is not so unique and fascinating, but Naomi could use a little fun in her life, so I'll take it, wherever it may go.


Now, of course, onto the overwhelming focus of the episode - Silver's complete and utter breakdown! Wow. I was not expecting that, even after she was going a little nuts by getting Dixon's name tattooed. Watching Silver fall apart was odd since anyone's been in high school knows full-well that hormones and other pressures of high school can make people do ridiculous emotional things they later can hopefully laugh about, but Silver got very, very over-the-top.


Are they trying to hint that something's actually mentally wrong with Silver, or just that she's just an overly emotional high schooler? It looks as if after we saw her freak out to Dixon, set a fire outside his house, then appear as a super-creepy person breaking windows and throwing bottles at Mr. Matthews, that they're leading to her being suicidal.


So do they really want to take out Silver? Are we going to have a teen pregnancy and teen suicide on our hands very soon on 90210 (not to mention we've already hit up rehab)? Or is this just all juicy drama we'll see play out, maybe love it, maybe hate it, but at least feel like 90210 is "sooo going there?"


What did you think? I can't decide if I do love that they're going there with Silver going so crazy or if it really is just too much for the sake of OMG moments, so what did you think of Silver's freak out and 90210's return in general?


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Apr 1, 2009 8:06PM EDT

I'm not from america but isn't the whole angles of triangles a little too 5th grade? Also, in the pilot they had to define a haiku i think..With Silver's freak out i'm going with "let's see" but i hope she has some serious mental issues that explain the crazyness!Great review btw!

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Apr 1, 2009 8:57PM EDT

Ok, I'm guessing that a lot of people that watch the show now didn't watch the original. Kelly and Silver's mom was an unstable alcoholic and Silver may have inherited her mother's bi-polar disorder. So I've been waiting for her to snap and go all crazy pants:P
This new guy may be a bit of a cliche', but i'm hoping he's the new Dylan. One of the things I like about this show is it's capacity to evoke the original characters in the new ones. I'm not saying that they have the same characters, but they have their equivalents.....
Brenda = Annie => drama queen with no real drama
Kelly = Naomi => you might not see it now, but Kelly use to be the queen bee at West Beverly
Brandon = Dixon => your all American good guy that always tries to do the right thing
David = Navid => (not really a stretch here ppl) your quirky, little bit dorky, cutie
You get the idea. The one character we haven't really seen is a new Dylan. I love the Dylan character of the bad boy...hope this guy is it.

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Apr 1, 2009 9:37PM EDT

Hi,
I don't usually post comments but i thought you wrote a great review! I totally agree that Annie is super-annoying, and I love seeing more of Naomi's character-she is fabulous-and wish there was more of Adrianna's storyline (w/ Navid & her mother) in this episode. It would certainly be more interesting than watching Annie hyperventilate over and over.
Also-lolibut-I hope this guy is the new Dylan, too.
Thank goodness there is still a show on the CW with good plot developments now that Gossip Girl has gotten frustratingly less interesting in the past few episodes.

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Apr 2, 2009 6:02AM EDT

Well, for starters, I have seen the original show that most of the younger generation hasn't really seen. When the original show's characters developed into people you could relate to or feel attached to you knew it was going to be a long term feeling for these people. The show kept you wanting more and more every week. However, as most would agree it definitely doesn't compare to today's more edgier storyline. When I first caught the pilot of the new 90210 I felt like it could have given more as far as storyline and character development was concerned. I haven't yet felt a connection to today's characters like I did to the 90's characters, until this episode premiered. For one thing the new guy seems like someone who can bring 90210 closer to it's roots. Silver setting something on fire at Dixon's house reminded me of when Emily Valentine set a fire in front of the Walsh's house in the original show. So my point is I think, and hope that this episode sparks some more realistic and edgier storyline rather than seeing the same old boring relationship drama, like she kissed him, he kissed her crap! I mean come on! Anyways, lets see how things go from here.

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Apr 2, 2009 12:20PM EDT

WOW! gr8 review !poor silver,i thought the whole her blowing up at Mathews thing was unpredictable....im really excited about seeing where the new guy and nayomi are heading[= ....im glad Annie and Ethan finally broke up...i doubt theyre getting back 2gether soon....

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Apr 3, 2009 11:29PM EDT

I completely agree, Annie is soo annoying..i think she needs to stop overacting so much. And yes they do need to focus more on the other characters rather than Annie and Ethan coz Annie is such a drama queen. I hate the faces she makes and just the way she over reacts everytime is quite ridiculous. She does not know how to act. Naomi and Adrianna on the other hand are much more convincing as actresses. I think they overdid the Silver psychoness and it really looks like they are going to show her develop a mental disorder. Liam is very good looking and the whole bad boy thing is fun and exciting. I liked that the best about the new episode.

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Apr 5, 2009 6:49PM EDT

I find Ethan vapid; he's such a banal jock type. So boring! I find Annie annoying. Silver's breakdown was over-the-top. The only thing I found interesting was the Naomi subplot, but the whole Liam anger issue was yet another over-used personality trait in teen dramas. Yes, Liam is a super-smart math guy, but please his too fast too furious bad boy routine needs to be done. I would love to find an intelligent character without stereotypical flaws.

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Apr 6, 2009 1:48PM EDT

I loved it, it was over the top, but its tv, its purpose is to entertain us. Annie and Ethan wont be getting back together he isnt coming back season two, hes gonna try being a "bad boy" like Liam, and someone is gonna die in the finale, I'm assuming him.

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Apr 6, 2009 7:21PM EDT

I agree completely with your review. Annie is annoying and a un-inspiring character. At least Shannon Doherty brought some substance to her character in the original show, but Annie offers nothing other than an annoying girl you want to kick in the face. I don't mean to be cruel but she doesn't really have a talent and I saw her in Degrassi and she's played this character before, making the same "Concerned" faces over and over again. I think the cast for Annie was very poorly done.As for Naomi, I was never a fan until this episode. The kiss with her and Liam against the lockers in the beginning was very hot and got me intrigued in their characters, even though Liam is kind of a typical character put into teen dramas. Naomi fits her character perfectly with her sinister grin and I'm excited for what happens next with her.I think Silver's freak out was WAY over the top. It was un-realistic and I found myself laughing throughout her whole scene. While I think she is one of the better actors of the group I think the role she is now given is going to be an eye rolling experience.I hope the next episode is better.

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Apr 7, 2009 8:57AM EDT

silvers reaction at the end was seriously scary and way too over the top. silver's my favourite character and her and dixon are the best couple but her freak-out thing was way too weird and freaky. I get that her character is kind of abnormal and out-there but i definatley think that her reaction was a bit of over-kill and completely unnecessary. Its really gonna annoy me if she keeps going on like that.

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Apr 7, 2009 5:31PM EDT

Silver brings to mind the name Emily Valentine.
Another love-obsessed 90210 character from the 90's series, who coincidentally set a fire in Brandon Walsh's driveway.

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