Hello gorgeous dolls, and happy end of summer! I’m sorry I had to leave you temporarily, I promise you it wasn’t by choice, but if there’s one thing that could get my ass back to you it’s the new Beverly Hills 90210!
I remember when the original 90210 first premiered. I had seen commercials, and was immediately taken in. I remember telling my Mom, my partner in mindless television, about it. She had seen the previews too, and immediately agreed, “It’s our kind of show.” Oh yes, we’ve always been ahead of our time.
I remember being very late to my surprise high school graduation party to watch the Beverly Hills prom (that makes me thirty-five my dears, you can stop doing math) – I remember finally showing up to a bunch of pissed off high school friends who had never even heard of 90210 . Obviously, those losers were cut off the moment I hit college. I also remember the neon orange shorts, big black belt and tie-dyed top I wore to that party, but that’s another story. And I remember their high school graduation, getting drunk on strawberry daiquiris with my college friends, sobbing as they linked arms and stared up at the Hollywood sign, wondering why the eve of my high school graduation was spent getting drunk in the woods in the back of someone’s pick-up truck.
I did what I could to be like them, mostly in the form of – and nobody die of shock here – wardrobe. Remember the sparkly black dress with the big white bow that Brenda and Kelly both wore to the prom? I own it. Remember the baby doll dresses with the Doc Martens? I had a closet full of that crap. The one-piece blue tank suit Brenda wore at the beach club made me want to donate my bikinis to charity. The way Kelly matched her headbands to her car? Genius.
The 90210 gang embodied the life I wanted – California sunshine with just enough darkness to make it really fabulous. Cruising LA in Kelly Taylor’s Beemer looked like heaven from my used Honda Accord. Brenda’s first time with Dylan was only my dream first time – I had always thought losing it after junior prom was the perfect way to go. Mine wasn’t nearly as…er, romantic, so I prefer to remember theirs.
I wished that I was a Kelly, a cute, blonde queen bee, but I was a Brenda – brunette, difficult and full of angst. I only dated the bad boys, and suffered the inevitable tragedy of one of them cheating on me with one of my friends. When it came time to go to college, I got as far away as I could, and as soon as I was done, I pranced off to see the rest of the world. I even rocked the bangs, although my hair was never as gorgeously lustrous as Shannen’s.
So I can honestly say I got chills when I heard the show was coming back…and with the addition of Brenda and Kelly to the cast, I flat out hyperventilated. It’s like reuniting with long lost friends all these years later, seeing what everyone’s been up to, musing on the path life has taken. That’s the beauty of this show – I didn’t live it, but I feel like I did.
I have been told by someone involved with the new 90210 that the returning cast members are kind of just the frosting on the cupcake, and that I need to learn to love the new kids. So here’s how I’m seeing it…Gossip Girl West. Although let’s be honest, would there even be a televised Blair and Serena had Brenda and Kelly not blazed the trail before them? Either way, the playing field’s changed, so fingers crossed for a character as inspired and brilliantly dressed as Chuck Bass.
So, what are your thoughts on the new 90210? Theories on how the hell the new girl Silver is related to David? Favorite moments from the past? I call “I hate you both don’t ever speak to me again!”, but I could compare 90210 notes all day long. Kisses, and don’t forget to tune in on Tuesday 9/2 so we can discuss!
***Pachita will be covering 90210 for TVgasm this year, so check back later in the week for recaps. Chickbomb will return for Rock of Love Charm School!!