Privileged introduces us to Megan Smith (Joanna Garcia), a recent Yale grad who, like many recent grads, is struggling in her career endeavors. Megan wants to "write about people that matter" (what a sweet, naive thought), yet is working at a tabloid magazine in New York.
An apartment fire here (and please, a moratorium on the use of "vajayjay"; that phrase has been killed) and a lucky connection there and Megan is back where she came from...Florida.
Megan will be tutoring some spoiled, rich brats who live with their billionaire grandmother (who looks surprisingly young) for $1500 a week plus room/board and a sweet car. Problem is, Megan has to get the girls into Duke (because billionaires can't just donate a library, it seems), but they are more interested in photo shoots and core work than some good old F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Power struggles and shenanigans ensue, including Megan's very own family troubles (a boyfriend-stealing younger sister), who conveniently live in some yet-to-be determined location that is likely around the corner.
-I watched this entire episode thinking it was taking place somewhere in southern California only to learn afterwords that it was supposedly in West Palm Beach, Florida (apparently somebody mentioned this during the pilot). Ummm, I'm from Florida. That was no East Coast.
-The best supporting role was definitely the chef (and are gay chefs the new trend character or what?...see True Blood)...who proclaimed himself Megan's fairy when she had to get ready for the ball. He also was mouthing hilarious things in the background when she was meeting hot neighbor, Will.
-I think Lucy "sometimes Kate" Hale (the short-lived Bionic Woman, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) is a star in the making. Not only is she completely adorable, but I think she has definitely demonstrated some acting chops.
-The sappy interjections by Megan ("I love you, room") need to be toned down. Too cutesy...kinda excruciating.
-Poor Michael Cassidy. Always a groomsman never a groom (not a saying, but maybe it should be)? This dude seems to have gotten pigeon-holed as the "go-to guy for supporting roles on young people shows" (see The O.C., Smallville, the short-lived Hidden Palms). Also, I noticed some other people commenting that they thought he was gay until the end. I tend to agree.
-Megan's sister looked like she was 30. Sage also looked to be identical in age to Megan.
So why'd I like it more than 90210?
I think one element that is a different spin is the whole "relationship between sisters" angle. This is something that isn't present in sister shows 90210, Gossip Girl, etc. There's obviously the interesting dynamic between Sage and Rose (good spices, as Megan pointed out) as well as the tension between Megan and her own sister, Lily.
Perhaps it's also because the show is written by Rina Mimoun, who is one of the brains behind one of my all-time underrated favorites, Everwood, that I have faith the show will grow and avoid the 'totally predictable' route in future episodes (plagiarism on papers, drunken parties that Megan must take responsibility for).