on July 7, 2010
I actually was late watching '90210' because I thought, "Hey, this seems like a stupid show." Having loved other tween shows such as 'Gossip Girl', 'Veronica Mars', and 'Glee', I figured I should give it a shot.
Let me say that I am GLAD that I discovered this series. Although it is highly campy, it matches the vitality of 'Gossip Girl' while still maintaining its own originality and flavor. The acting is so-so. I began watching this series because of one of my favorite actors Tristan Wilds ("The Wire", "Secret Life of Bees") stars in it, and he is actually one of the highlights of the show. He plays Dixon Wilson, an adopted African-American teen raised by a wealthy white family. His sister Annie Wilson, played by Shanae Grimes ("Degrassi"), is a lovable, yet indecisive teen trying to find solace in a new zip code alongside him.
The major plot of the series, to me, is acceptance: accepting what you have, accepting what you don't have, accepting what you want, and accepting what is to come. The location is brilliant because it spotlights on the lives of these kids and how great they have it when it comes to their financial stability. Here is a breakdown of the characters.
Annie Wilson - smart, lovable, fun.
Dixon Wilson - athletic, eager, romantic.
Naomi Clark - ruthless, indecisive, semi-romantic
Adrianna Tate-Duncan - starlet, abusive, overconfident
Ethan Ward - horny, caring, responsible
Navid Sharazi - active, geeky, heartfelt
Erin Silver - romantic, bipolar, gallant
More characters are on the show, including Rob Estes, Lori Loughlin, Jessica Walter, and Ryan Eggold, who play the adults on the series. They are a part of the main cast. There are guest and recurring roles of the original '90210' cast as well.
The show tackles major issues in today's society, including teen pregnancy, sexuality, drug and alcohol abuse, infidelity, rape, theft, and also murder.
Do not mistake this as one of those series that are idiotic and are genuinely lucky to still pull airtime, this is NOT ONE OF THOSE SERIES. The storylines are great, the characters are highly realistic (although rare), and the setting is prime. I hope this show stays on the air for at least another three seasons. It is highly entertaining.
The stars of this show, in my humble opinion, would be Tristan Wilds, Jessica Stroup, AnnaLynne McCord, and Jessic Lowndes. They have chemistry at what they do, and they leave us wanting more of them.
The extras are okay, nothing fancy. A few audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage on each disc. Best bet for this series is $25-$30, any more is ridiculous. Season Two will be released in August. This season includes all 24 episodes, both riveting and eclectic.
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