90210 Round 2: Striking Out

Well, 90210-ers, I have to say after expecting a predictable and slightly boring show after getting so hyped up for the premiere and then actually finding the premiere quite lovable... well, I was down right disappointed with the second episode this week. (Looks like I might have to start agreeing with our resident critic RachelL's premiere review!)


I didn't hate it, but it was not unique like I was really hoping for after the set up last week. While it wasn't crazy clever with the storylines in the premiere, the characters seemed different and interesting and the plot very possibly addictive.


But this week we got a sappy, badly acted drunken mom scene from Kelly and Silver's mom after the "suspense" around why Silver was sneaking around and sleeping at a women's shelter.


We also got, yawn, one of our main Beverly Hills princesses, Naomi, seeing her dad with another woman. And to make it what it seems the writers thought was less predictable, the mom knows all about it, it's been going on for years, and she's going to continue to stay married and live her rich life anyway. Sorry, but last I checked, that's been done too.


And of course, we have a love triangle for our main gal - will it be the cute summer crush Ethan or the new pretty-boy crush of Ty? Let me guess - Ty for a little while and then finally Annie and Ethan will become the new "It" couple.


Also, last night's episode was awfully suspiciously falling into the ways of The O.C. as the "cool" parents, Harry and Debbie, insisted upon a family night which of course went awry because their kids were embarrassed, but then, ohh sweet conclusion, the kids realize they're really quite lucky to have such great parents and they all walk off to do chores together with their arms around each other.


Not The O.C. you say? Well, let's see - we have two cool parents with their own issues going on, one kid who's the real child of the parents and is clearly privileged but has her feet on the ground, then the adopted kid who was taken in after having a rough life, and now he gets to enjoy the good life while still very well aware of where he came from.


And these cool parents are always there to help out other kids like Silver when their families are falling apart because, hey, they're just that cool and understanding and have power in just the right places to help.


I loved The O.C., so none of this is particularly bad, but it's just not getting that unique and interesting feeling the pilot teased and we'll hopefully be seeing again after this second episode. Maybe this episode was meant to be a bit of a catch-up to get to know the characters after all the big drama of the pilot, and we'll get back on the track of the pilot next week.


What did you think? Was this week a disappointment or are you all about the new 90210?


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Sep 10, 2008 5:39PM EDT

I thought it was awesome i like that they are taking it slow . Next week's trailer seems very promising too. But I totally agree, it's a little too much like the O.C. , at least for now .

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Sep 11, 2008 9:45AM EDT

It feels like a cheesy version of the OC so far... a foster kid with a social conscience, jaded rich girls with not so perfect family structures. I guess the only problem with 90210 playing the wholesome card is that its characters don't look all that wholesome to me. It feels like everyone's camping it up a little & so as a result even the dramatic realisation of your parents affair seems to appear contrived.

Besides, is it just me or do all the female cast under 30 need a sandwich? I'm not saying hire tubby socialites, but theres a difference between sexy athletic knock outs & malnourished stick insects that look weighed down by their hair extensions.

Just a thought.

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Sep 12, 2008 2:00AM EDT

I agree with how cheesy you thought the 'drunken mom scene' was. There were some laughable performances! I don't like how perfect the family seems either, that's just not realistic. I wasn't that impressed either, but I was still intrigued. I haven't been put off the show completely just yet!

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Sep 12, 2008 9:20PM EDT

I didn't realize how similar to the O.C. it actually was. The plot line is pretty much identical now that you point it out. And I did enjoy the first episode alot more than the second..hopefully it kicks up. I'm a prior 90210 fan and hope it lives up to its name.

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Sep 13, 2008 2:03AM EDT

Never in a million years would a group of kids hang out with friends' parents (let alone the principal of their school) in a bowling alley. This is just one of the many elements of this episode that bothered me (many of the others already touched upon by Kendra).Also - if you thought the scene from Kelly's mom was sappy and unoriginal - well, she performed this scene many a-times in the original 90210 (sometimes there was cocaine in that one, too...so just wait).I agree that this episode was even less original than last week. Yawn. Yawn. Yawn. And where was Brenda?!I will say that I continued to love the music though...

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