Morning After Report: 9-0-2-1-OMG! (Episodes 1 & 2)
Eight years ago, loyal fans (because after 10 years on the air, that's all that were left) watched onetime geek David Silver marry longtime love Donna Martin on the series finale of Beverly Hills, 90210. The zip code was silenced, along with the eternal and rotating love triangles, the token bitch, the--gasp!--shocking family secrets, and the pulpy remains of what began as an edgy teen drama about fraternal twins from Minnesota trying to fit in at West Beverly Hills High.
But in a culture obsessed with instant nostalgia, and possibly run dry of originality, we have gone there. We have packed up our bags--this time with Kansas as our starting point--and have set up shop in what is thought to be the swankiest 5 digits in America. That's right, children of Generation X, we've gone back to 90210. It's a faster, raunchier, more technological world now, but before the first sweeping aerial shots (reminiscent of Fox's own attempt at 90210 resuscitation, The OC) could grace our HD teevee sets, the show was destined to have an identity crisis: Is it a remake, a spinoff, or a sequel?
Does that matter? Frankly, yes. Ratings are likely to be high for last night's 2 hour premiere, if only because looky-loos who came of age on the original just couldn't help but set their Tivos to get the intel. Die hards looking to focus in on the old characters were teased mercilessly, with glimpses of old favorites and hint bombs dropping left and right. But if the show is hoping to catch on with a whole new demo and generation, that might prove to be problematic.