The Beverly Hills 90210 reboot is everything a fan could hope for.
I avoided watching BH90210 for about as long as I could. I have been disappointed too many times by things like Gremlins 2, Ghostbusters 2, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and AfterMASH. I do not count on entertainers being able to reliably recreate their magic (Star Wars prequels.)
The Wild Wild West movie adaptation????
These days even the most popular shows can't get to the end of their series.
I watched Beverly Hills 90210 through my teens and 20s.
In high school, I remember my sister torturing me because I had a crush on Shannen Doherty.
My very first night with my terrible bad back was spent on flexoril, wine and watching Kelly and Matt irresponsibly snort coke.
During my start-up days, during the boom of dotcom, folks marveled at how my Tivo was nothing but 90210 and The Wild Wild West.
I keep the series on my media RAID array and often rewatch seasons. The College years are likely my favorite.
I used to drive a 1955 Speedster.
I had the fear and didn't want to watch this new reboot. I was scared it'd ruin the old show. Then I heard about the wacky reality tv-esque thing they were attempting and I was really reluctant to watch.
BH90210 is a scripted 'reality' view of the cast coming back together to try and reboot the show. Each actor plays a dramatized version of themself. Based loosely on their actual lives but embued with the essence of their character: each actor is now a caricature.
I could not imagine this show working.
This show works really, really well!
The series does a great job of setting up and introducing the idea, gathering the actors for a cast reunion at a pop culture convention. I do not think the dress they stole was the actual dress from the 'Donna get drunk' episode.
It takes two episodes for all of the actors to really find their groove and for the 'this is supposed to be Jason Priestly and not Brandon, but it is mostly Brandon' dissonance to settle in… but Wow! This is wonderful.
The old gang is together, and the problems are just as manufactured!
In addition to much of the core early cast, the show brings back a few guests you'll be thrilled to see. The cast drunkenly singing 'How Do You Talk To An Angel' with Jamie Walters is god damn brilliant and Carol Potter's therapy practice hilarious (she's actually a family therapist.)
It is a pleasure seeing the entire cast but Brian Austin Green really stands out. I especially enjoy some of the fan service jokes he makes. I hope he teaches a whole new generation to "Squash It".
Clearly, the cast is having a great time. If you enjoyed the OG series I think'll you have fun too.