Is there a way I can make the iconic Beverly Hills 90210 theme in words – ddddd, clap, clap… Nah, that doesn’t work. Brenda! Ok, I’m in a weird mood as I write this quick review of Beverly Hills 90210 or as the cool kids call it BH90210. What the hell is this show? It’s not a reboot, it’s not a mockumentaray, it’s not even and it’s not even a reality show. It’s one of the weirdest things I’ve seen and after I got over the initial shock of it, I kind of love it. Beverly Hills 90210 airs on the Fox Networks starting this week.
The show starts where we left off last week. Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) has Annie’s (Shenae Grimes) nude photos on her cell phone the problem is she doesn’t know how to send it anonymously so she flirts with a computer geek to get him to show her how. Her fellow mean girls, Silver (Jessica Stroup) and Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) interrupt before a deal is struck. Silver sees Dixon (Tristan Wilds) and is still upset over the breakup, once again vows to get him back. Meanwhile Navid (Michael Steger) is trying to restart the school newspaper and his jealousy of the new guy Teddy (Trevor Donovan) is growing. Liam (Matt Lanter) tells Naomi that he did sleep with someone but it wasn’t Annie but refuses to say who he did sleep with, so of course Naomi doesn’t believe him. Tracy (Christina Moore) goes over to Liam’s house and tells his mother to stay away from Naomi. His mother is the type who is scared to rock the boat so she tells Liam if he doesn’t stay away they will put him juvi. We finally meet Liam’s stepfather and it’s Smallville’s John Schneider playing a “domineering,” party/drunk guy who agrees with Liam’s mother that if he acts up again Liam’s going to juvi.
Last year I was skeptical of The CW’s remake of Beverly Hills 90210, but I decided to give it the three-episode rule anyway. It started off rough but by the fifth episode it started to gel. I lost all interest in CW programming towards the end of the season due to all the month long commercial breaks. They broke the flow of all of their programs and other than Supernatural and Smallville last year, nothing they air is must see television so once the habit is broken, it’s hard for me to continue to care. I decided to give last night’s season premiere a try and boy was it painful.
Recap – Season 2, Episode 1, Airdate 9.08.09
The episode starts with everyone getting out of Summer School. Turns out Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) spent the summer obsessing over going from one guy to the next. Her summer conquest turns out to be a married man, she immediately jumps to a new guy, Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan who looks like he’s 30 years old) the son of a famous actor and Adrianna ‘s former camp boyfriend. Dixon (Tristan Wilds) discovers that Ethan sent Silver (Jessica Stroup) a Text message saying that he’s going to stay in Montana, Teddy picks up Silver’s phone and tells Dixon who instantly breaks up with her. Annie (Shenae Grimes) has spent her summer being worried about the mysterious John Doe she hit earlier in the year who eventually dies. She tries to confide in Dixon about it but he blows up at her accusing her of not being able to apologize about sleeping with Liam. Silver vows to get Dixon back. She gets drunk and has sex with some Senior. Navid (Michael Steger) is becoming upset that Adrianna won’t sleep with him because she’s trying to become a normal girl.The episode ends with Naomi getting a video of Annie having sex with some drunken Senior and her and her mean girls Silver and Adrianna walking down the hallway. I just looked stupid.
The CW kicks off the Fall 09 TV Season this week. Tuesday night we have the season premiere of Beverly Hills 90210 and series premiere of Melrose Place. Wednesday, America’s Top Model, Thursday night The Vampire Diaries (Have I said lately how sick to death I am of Vampires?) and the season premiere of Supernatural. I’ll admit it, other than their reality programming, The CW Network is generally my go to channel of choice. So I’m ready for another round of Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill (even though I bailed on the show after one of their long breaks) and definitely Supernatural and Smallville.
In the upcoming movie “The Secret Life of Bees” (starring Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah) Tristan Wilds portrays Zack Taylor, a young, idealistic teen growing up in the tumultuous racially charged sixties during the height of the civil rights movement. As a young black man trying to find his way to becoming a lawyer, Zack works part-time for the Boatwright sisters who introduced him to a world of bee keeping, love, sisterhood and a forbidden friendship with Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning); a young white girl on a quest to find out the truth about her dead mother.
I had a chance to sit down and chat with Tristan about his role in this film, bringing “The Wire” to a close and his newest adventure on The CW’s smash hit remake of 90210 – which airs Tuesday nights at 8pm.