Random Gripe

7 02 2009

One of the things 90210 uses for promotion is the ties it has to the original series, including featuring and mentioning original characters.

But those things end up being so unsatisfying because the show seems to do them half-assed (which isn’t surprising giving the LA Times piece from earlier this week). They mention or feature a character but don’t provide information for the new storyline to make sense with the old.

So the question is: why don’t they fill in the holes?

Example 1: Dylan is the father of Kelly’s son, Sammy, who was born sometime since 2000 but not after 2005. So when exactly did that happen? And why didn’t Kelly and Dylan marry when she got pregnant? And why did they split up?

Example 2: In the pilot episode, Hannah Zuckerman-Vasquez was giving the morning news at West Bev. But since when does Hannah (and her parents, Andrea and Jesse) live in Beverly Hills and if they do, where are they? We haven’t seen Hannah since that first episode!

Example 3: Brandon, we’re told, is traveling the world, covering wars and like. Or so it seems. So he’s still a journalist? Where is he based out of? Is he married?

Example 4: When and why did The Peach Pit change locations and names? And where has Nat been lately?

Example 5: According to spoilers/rumors, Donna is living in Japan with David but may move back to Beverly Hills–or at least returns to help Silver as she goes through a tough time. But didn’t Brenda say, early in the season, that she saw Donna and her “cute” baby? How, if they are living in Japan? And what happened to Now Wear This? (And Kelly’s PR firm?!) And how can Donna come/move back without David and their kid? And why would Donna come back to help Silver but David, her own brother, wouldn’t?

These bones that the writers throw to us end up being worth very little because they lack so much information. There isn’t a genuine effort to reward, respect or even keep viewers of the original.

What are your thoughts?

90210 Locations Pt. 7

26 01 2009

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

I spent a small portion of my 90210 journey traveling to secondary sites.  That is, locations that appeared on the show but weren’t primary or all that significant.

This included Melrose Place and 7250 (where Now Wear This and Matt’s law office were located).

As you can see below, they both look a bit different than how they appeared on the show.  To be fair, though, that was more than nine years ago!

Melrose Place

7250 Interior

As you may notice, I didn’t include The Peach Pit After Dark on my journey.  The After Dark–outside and inside–was shot on the 90210 lot in Van Nuys.  We drove by and you could clearly tell where the iconic After Dark awning was but it wasn’t easy to take a picture.  Swingtown, recently canceled, has been filming on the lot recently and I do regret not taking a picture of that sign.

So there you have it: 90210 up close and personal.

I did skip a number of secondary sites, such as Andrea and Jesse’s apartment, a few of the hotels and a bunch of places only seen in one episode.  The purpose of the trip was to visit the main places where 90210 was filmed, places I’ve seen on TV hundreds of times since I was 9 years old.  I think we can all agree: mission accomplished!

Remember, you can find out how to create your own 90210 journey here!

To find out more about LA in general and see my pictures, click here!

Breaking News: Tori Spelling “Close” to 90210 Deal

7 01 2009

It’s the news many have been waiting for.  A deal will be finalized soon for Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) to appear on 90210 for multiple episodes, according to the LA Times.

I didn’t (and still don’t) want Donna back without David (Brian Austin Green) because I fear it will be revealed that they’re no longer together.  I don’t know how the execs could do that in good conscious considering how much of the original series was built around their relationship, especially the series finale.

Before Spelling’s first appearance deal fell apart over the summer, the plan was to have Donna be the owner of her own boutique.  My question: isn’t she already?  Anyone remember Now Wear This?  But like Kelly (Jennie Garth) was so far from where we last saw her, who knows what Donna will be up to?

Are you okay with a Donna return even if the storyline isn’t true to the original series?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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