90210 debuted Tuesday with some of the
best-ever ratings for a CW series debut and a new generation of questions to keep fans on-board: Who's the baby's daddy? Where's the principal's secret son? And why are there pigs on a porn set?
With no advance copies made available for critics, pretty much everyone saw the new show at the same time. And here's my rundown of what we saw:
Just like its
predecessor, the series starts out with a family arriving at their new home in Beverly Hills. Dad Harry Wilson (West Beverly High's new principal), mom Debbie, adopted son Dixon, and daughter Annie survey their swanky new mansion. We find out it belongs to Harry's booze-hound, former television star mother, Tabitha, when she tells them to move the "crapwagon" they drove up in.
We cut to the opening credits. The fact that the theme song stays true to the original made me smile. It pulls just enough from the classic theme (because clearly I would have had to draw the line at the Brandon air-punch).
As Dixon and Annie (who are ridiculously close friends) head off to their first day at West Bev High, Annie sees her old summer flame from a past visit to Beverly Hills, Ethan. The two seemed shocked to see each other, but that probably has to do with the fact that she catches him getting an early morning BJ in his car. Bold move for a pilot - bet the advertisers were thrilled with that one.
Dixon meets Navid, the head of the school's daily newscast (school papers are sooo '90s), who is setting up a segment featuring one Hannah Zuckerman-Vasquez! Did anyone else catch the comment Mr. Matthews made about her being 30 years old? Classic. She is, of course, the daughter of high school news-sleuth Andrea Zuckerman.
Next we meet Kelly - or should we now call her Ms. Taylor? - the school's guidance counselor. She went to high school with Harry, and though we don't know him from the original show, we see a picture as proof.
Annie meets some of her WBHS peers, starting with Naomi because Mr. Matthews assigns her to be Annie's "Beverly Buddy." Of course, Naomi's rich, spoiled and not exactly pleasant. Then there's Adrianna, the lead in the school's production of
Spring Awakening who has a bit of a pill-popping problem. Silver (aka Erin Silver) is another tie that binds the old and new. Former
90210 fans remember Erin as the daughter of Kelly's mom and David's dad. She's not quite into following the herd and has a pretty decent-sized fan base for her vlog that trashes people. (For those who are curious, her site,
The Vicious Circle, really does exist.)
Naomi is so swamped with planning her b-day bash that she completely forgets to write her paper for class. Her parents show up and it turns out her mom, Tracy, had a bit of a past with Harry. We learn more about it later.
In true "I'm the naïve new girl" fashion, Annie offers to give Naomi a copy of her old paper to use as a guideline for her own paper. This goes down at the Peach Pit. How good is it to see Nat futzing with the new coffee machine?
Dixon, a lacrosse star in his hometown, impresses Mr. Matthews (who's also the coach) on the field, but one of the jocks is threatened by his skills and starts a fight with him. Since no one saw it, it's up to Ethan to tell the truth as to who started it. Unfortunately for Dixon, Ethan lies to defend his teammate, and Dixon is kicked off the team as soon as he makes it on.
Annie becomes the target of Silver's latest vlog, and Kelly tries to warn her little sis to basically cut the crap or "she'll end up like mom." Naomi hands in Annie's paper as her own, barely remembering to erase Annie's name, but to make up for plagiarizing she buys Annie a new dress to wear to her bash. Of course's Naomi's caught, but Harry gives her another chance, and despite her mom's lack of confidence in her ability to formulate coherent sentences, Naomi rewrites the paper.
Silver, who sucks at apologies, tries to make up for a not-so-warm welcome of Annie by suggesting she be included in the play's chorus. Of course, she's got amazing chops, and drianna is pissed off to no end about having to share the spotlight.
Also trying to make amends is Ethan, who finally tells the truth about who started the fight. But he's a little late. Dixon, seeking revenge, has already texted Naomi that Ethan is cheating on her. (He knows this because Annie told him about the whole BJ ordeal.) Naomi gets the message right before her spotlight dance at her party. And there's more: Harry goes to retrieve his party-crashing kids from the event, and bumps into Naomi's mom, who reveals that the two have a son together.
Back at the Kelly Taylor abode, we learn she has a 4-year-old son - who's adorable with all those blond locks!
The second hour begins with West Beverly trashed by rival school Palisades Hall. Though Harry says it's a no-go on retaliation, Dixon wants in on the team prank. Leave it to grandma to give Dixon and Navid the idea to set pigs loose at Palisades (from the set of a porn movie Navid's dad is filming). Luckily Harry is understanding and lets his son off easy.
Annie is wooed by the male lead in the play, Ty, who is as rich and as good looking as they come. And what better way to impress a girl than to take her out on your private jet? She returns only to get word that her grandmother has been in a car accident, but luckily no one is hurt. So everything would be cool, except that Debbie finds the restaurant's matches in her daughter's possession and grounds her for her school-night rendezvous. (If I were that mom I'd probably be more concerned about what my daughter was lighting with said matches than where the matches came from.) By the end of her short stay in her new zip code, Annie has both Ty
and Ethan pining over her.
Meanwhile, Naomi is the target of Silver's latest vlog and bitch-slaps Ethan for telling people about his cheating. She then goes the mature route and hooks up with his lacrosse teammate to get back at him. After a heart-to-heart with Annie, Ethan comes to realize Naomi may not be the one he wants. Perhaps it's because he's starting to heart Annie!
We also learn Naomi and Silver got matching tattoos when they were BFFs back in eighth grade, but when Naomi told everyone at school about Silver's dad cheating on her mom with her mom's best friend, it was all over.
And then, the moment we've all been waiting for - the reunion! Kelly and Brenda finally meet up at the Peach Pit with Nat, and there are hugs all around. The two catch up about everything from Brenda's brother Brandon to Kelly's son Sammy. Brenda really must have changed during her travels because later in the evening, she offers to babysit while Kelly goes on a date with Mr. Matthews. Aw.
So there you have it, the premiere in a not-so-nutshell-sized nutshell. I didn't really know what to expect, but it wasn't bad and definitely has a lot of potential storyline-wise. The subtle tie-ins made the old
90210 fan in me happy, and there was one new element to the show that was awesome - the grandmother. I can't tell you how hilarious I thought she was between all her talk about "twisting jewels" in a fight and her granddaughter looking so good you could "crack an egg on her ass." The Brenda-Kelly reunion was pretty exciting to see, and I'm interested to see how that will progress. But enough of my thoughts, let's hear what you had to say about the episode. Do you think it will be the "phenomenon" the CW is hoping it will be?
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The new 90210 debuted Tuesday with some of the best-ever ratings for a CW series debut and a new generation of questions to keep fans on-board Whos the babys daddy Wheres the principals secret son And why are there pigs on a porn set With no advance copies made available for critics pretty much everyone saw the new show at the same time And heres my rundown of what we sawJust like its predecessor the series starts out with a family arriving at their new home in Beverly Hills Dad Harry Wilson West Beverly Highs new principal mom Debbie adopted son Dixon and daughter Annie survey their swanky new mansion We find out it belongs to Harrys booze-hound former television star mother Tabitha when she tells them to move the crapwagon they drove up in We cut to the opening credits The fact that the theme song stays true to the original made me smile It pulls just enough from the classic theme because clearly I would have had to draw the line at the Brandon air-p