90210!

Today we are talking all things 90210.
If you guys follow me on Twitter then you know that over this past week I have been binge-watching 90210 on Netflix. And oh boy do I have a lot of thoughts on this show. As usual, my main instinct when watching a TV show is to tweet every thought about the show. While I did a lot of tweeting about the show I still have a lot of thoughts that I need to get out about it. So here are my final thoughts on 90210.
I have decided to talk about each season individually. That way, I can hopefully cover everything I need to say. And then I can move on to another TV show, and you know how the cycle goes. Watch a TV show, fall in love, binge-watch it, obsess about it and then start a new TV show, and so on and so forth. Anyway, moving right along.

Season One
A new TV show. New characters. New setting. This show definitely took me a few episodes to get into not going to lie. It wasn’t until Adrianna overdosed that I got really interested. It doesn’t always take that long to get into a show but for this one I was pretty close to giving up. I’m really glad I stuck with it though because this is definitely my type of show.
Naomi Clark

My first impressions of all the characters were pretty minimal and I had no idea what these characters were capable of. When I first met Naomi I thought she would be a Serena van der Woodsen type character. An It Girl. But it seems that’s not a thing in Beverly Hills. There’s just a group of kids that are deemed popular. But there’s no real Queen Bee. I wasn’t expecting that.

Not going to lie I did compare this show with Gossip Girl for a while at the beginning but only because I thought it would be the same. Turns out Beverly Hills and New York do things completely different. And I couldn’t be happier.
To be honest for me, season one was just a mix-match of different storylines. None of which I thought were explored enough. I mean that whole thing with Naomi and Annie’s half-brother could have been a lot better. It just seemed to end abruptly and then was never really brought up again.
This seems to be a theme on the show. Big things happen and then they are just never talked about again. Like the drug raid at the school with the undercover cop, the whole ordeal with Naomi’s dad and also Kelly’s feelings for her ex…all these things kind of just disappeared and people forgot about them…However when you binge-watch a show it’s hard not to forget.
While the show had its rocky start there were two storylines I really enjoyed in season one. Adrianna’s and Silver’s. Adrianna went through so much in season one with the drugs, pregnancy and romance with Navid. Her storyline was the one that kept me watching the show after I was ready to give up. And Silver’s story may have taken a while to develop but her whirlwind love with Dixon was insane. But it definitely kept me interested and it wasn’t long before the show became binge-watch worthy to me.

Adrianna and Silver

Season Two
Coming into season two I had problems with the show. I did read they changed the direction of the show after the first season. Mainly because the show was originally paying tribute to the show Beverly Hills 90210 which aired years before. After season one, they changed the show up because of ratings. I didn’t mind that they changed the direction the show was going in but I did have an issue with some of the things they changed.
Ethan Ward

A major problem I had was the disappearance of Ethan. I read the show just never asked the character
to return after the first season. Which really sucked because he was a main character in season one. And to have him disappear was just wrong. Especially when he had unfinished business with Silver. Although with the addition of Teddy and Liam to the show I didn’t miss Ethan that much. I just wished he had a better reason for leaving other than he just decided to stay in Montana with his dad.

Also with the disappearance of Ethan, the lacrosse team also disappeared. Not that I minded that lacrosse was replaced with surfing. Because I couldn’t imagine Liam and Teddy playing lacrosse.
The other thing I really missed in season two was the Peach Pit. I liked that hangout spot and was not that fond of the beach club. I also thought it was interesting how Dixon stopped working at the Peach Pit and it was never mentioned again. It’s the little things.
Season two was one of the most dramatic seasons for me. What with Annie killing the homeless guy and then dealing with Jasper. I was not expecting that at all. I also don’t think people seemed to make a big deal about Annie killing that guy. I mean she served house arrest and had her punishment but I mean…it was a huge deal. Yet she seemed to be able to move on with her life with virtually no problems. Although it’s a TV show so maybe I shouldn’t be taking it so seriously.

Another story I thought would have been interesting if it was expanded on was Adrianna’s relationship with Gia. Can we please talk about how Ade explored her sexuality in this season? I wanted more on that. I really loved the way the show went with it but then it just seemed to stop and Adrianna went back to Navid.

Jen Clark

Season two also saw the introduction to Jen, Naomi’s sister. She was crazy and I didn’t like her very much. She was one of the most annoying characters on the show. If she was in Gossip Girl she would be Georgina Sparks. But Georgina was more likeable.

The only other thing I wondered about in season two was Dixon’s mum. She kind of showed up for one season and then never appeared again. And after that, it seemed Dixon tried to stop trying to find a connection to his family. This only bothered me because I thought Dixon wanted to keep his real mum in his life. So I thought we’d see more of her. I also thought it was weird how Dixon’s gambling addiction magically disappeared. Although I suppose he got scared out of it after he got in trouble for breaking into the school. Still…he seemed to get over it pretty fast. There was also that whole thing between Dixon and Sasha which I just thought was crazy. I didn’t like it at all and I am so glad Dixon was able to get over that.

Dixon and his birth mother
Season Three
This season had me feeling for almost every character. Starting with Naomi. When she got raped by Mr Cannon at the end of season two I freaked out. I needed to know that she was going to get her justice. I had such strong feelings about the whole thing. I wanted Naomi to tell people and get help and I wanted to see Mr Cannon taken down. It took a while but Naomi was able to get the justice she deserved. It was definitely a storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Then there was the whole Adrianna ordeal. Her career was one thing but then the way she went after Silver and Navid was too much. I didn’t know if I could forgive Adrianna after she replaced Silver’s medication with a placebo. It was crazy. Although given everything Adrianna has been through on the show I suppose she can get away with doing crazy things like that. After all, she did steal that dead guy’s song book and use the songs as her own…
Two storylines in season three I needed more information on were Liam’s and Oscar’s.
Charlie (Liam’s half-brother) and Liam

Liam and his half-brother needed more time together. I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if Liam’s half-brother had stayed around a little longer. Other than the fact that it would have been a bit awkward because of the love triangle that they had with Annie.

As for the whole Oscar thing…I thought there would have been way more explanation on what Ivy’s mum did to his family. Mainly because Oscar went through a lot to get his revenge. Sleeping with Ivy and her mother was just a bit weird. And then Oscar just left. And people never thought about him after that.
Ivy, however, went through a lot this season. With her relationship with Dixon, sleeping with Oscar, fighting with her mum, getting addicted to weed and meeting Raj. Girl had a lot going on. I just wish people paid more attention to her. Maybe then the whole weed thing wouldn’t have happened.
Teddy Montgomery

On top of all of this, we also had Teddy dealing with his sexuality. Naturally all I wanted was for
Teddy to come out. I have watched several TV shows where a gay character has been trying to keep his sexuality a secret and it is always so great when they finally tell everyone. And Teddy’s story was no exception.

I really enjoyed the guys’ attempt at showing Teddy they were comfortable with his sexuality by taking him to a gay bar. It made me appreciate Liam and Teddy’s friendship a lot more because they are real bros. I also loved how supportive Silver was and how she and Teddy were best friends.
And the last couple of things to talk about in season three are Annie’s cousin who was insane and Annie and Dixon’s mum dating Ryan.
The Wilsons

I hated Annie’s cousin. Especially because she was isolating Annie from her friends. And I couldn’t handle that after how Annie was isolated in season two. And I was never really sure of why her cousin was doing all of it? There didn’t seem to be a point. At least to me the reasons behind it didn’t seem strong enough to justify what went down. Which is something I could say about quite a few things that happened on the show.

And then there was the divorce of Annie and Dixon’s parents. This saw the disappearance of their father completely from the show. Which bothered me because I’m sure their father would have had a lot to say about Dixon’s drug addiction and Annie’s book from season five. As for their mother, she gets a job working for Jen and somehow ends up dating Ryan. I never saw that as a good couple pairing but that apparently works. And to top that off Ryan was the father of Jen’s child. As if Naomi and Annie’s families couldn’t get more twisted.
Season Four
Time for college! Although it seems no one in Beverly Hills actually gets a degree. They seem to take up and drop classes at college as if that’s normal. I’m not sure how college works in America but I’m pretty sure that’s not okay. It doesn’t look well to employers anyway.
Not that these characters have problems with getting their own jobs. What with Naomi starting her event planning business, Adrianna’s singing career, Dixon’s music career, Navid’s production career and Liam buying a bar. Not to mention everyone seems to just have money. Either their families are wealthy or they inherit it or something. Oh to be on a TV show. Seems like a great life.
This season didn’t seem to have as much drama going on as last season. I guess things seemed to be a lot less dramatic after high school. All I remember about this season is Naomi getting arrested a lot, Liam proposing to Annie twice and Annie becoming an escort.
I suppose these are things we never thought would happen. First of all, Naomi went head to head against sorority leader Holly. That I enjoyed. I love a good girl fight. I never really figured out what happened with Naomi and the sorority she joined. Did she quit? Did she drop out of CU? Because after she stopped fighting with Holly and focused on her event planning business the whole sorority talk just seemed to stop.
Austin and Naomi

There was also that whole thing with Austin and Naomi. And I guess the whole Austin thing in general. Austin just seemed to be one of those random characters that appeared on the show for only a season. But I wish he had stayed a lot longer he was nice. And he only ever had good intentions. Even if it seemed like he didn’t.

Next, Liam proposing to Annie. Damn. I would

Vanessa and Liam

have said yes. I mean how to reject someone like Liam? He’s too perfect. Well, he had his faults, but who doesn’t on this show? One thing I will say though is he was crazy to trust Vanessa who hit him with her car.

Although it was Vanessa that made Liam into a great actor she was shady. I never trusted her and I really didn’t like her. Even though I love Arielle Kebbel. She’s a great actress. And I think she might have had the biggest guest star role. Next to Jen.
Then there was Annie and her fight for her inheritance money. Okay, so it surprised me how fast Annie turned into a money-hungry bitch. I mean I know she deserved the inheritance money but she just came off as a spoilt brat during that whole ordeal. It bothered me that she didn’t try to earn money by getting a job. I know that wouldn’t have earned her enough money to pay for Dixon’s rehab but it would have been a start.
The whole escort thing was a shock. It surprised me that Annie was able to keep it a secret for so long. I was sure it was going to come out quickly considering how fast most things get out on this show. But she was able to keep it under wraps for a long time.
Oh and then Annie randomly dating a priest? Yeah, let’s not forget that was once a thing…
Adrianna and Dixon

Side note, Dixon’s drug addiction. Wow. Wasn’t expecting that. Again surprised no one noticed sooner. But I am so glad that Adrianna was there for him. As for Dixon and Adrianna’s relationship? I was not a fan. It seems like Dixon forgot how to be romantic when it came to dating Ade. Which was such a shame because Dixon was one of the most romantic guys on the show.

He just became obsessed with his music career. Which was a slippery slope.
Meanwhile, Silver is worrying about her future as she may or may not have a cancer gene. Scary. It’s also crazy how she turned to Liam to deal with the whole thing. I was not expecting that. Although Teddy was off to DC with his boyfriend so I guess she needed someone else to talk to. And she was on the outs with Navid. So many complicated relationships.
This season also was the last time that we saw Ivy. Who really needed more attention. I mean her husband died of cancer and then she got involved with a guy who was in the country illegally. Ivy definitely doesn’t have a lot of luck with boys. I kind of wish she had stayed around. But she decided to go to Mexico to be with her boyfriend. She just seemed to disappear without mentioning it to anyone. Naomi mentioned it once in season five and it seemed people didn’t seem to miss her much.
Season Five
The finale. Honestly with the way this season was going it didn’t feel like the last season. There was something about the end that suggests the show wasn’t ready to end and that they unexpectedly got cancelled. But I’ll talk more about that later.
First of all, Dixon didn’t die. Hallelujah. This show likes to put its characters in car accidents. Dixon’s was the third of the series. And while he didn’t die he did have a disability he had to work through. This caused problems with his relationship with Adrianna. Mostly because of his music career.
Riley

Due to Dixon’s disability we got introduced to Riley. He was pretty cool. I got excited to see Riley Smith on the show because I’ve been watching him on Nashville. I was so sad when his character died. I thought he and Annie had a real shot together.

Speaking of Annie, she became the Dan Humphrey of Beverly Hills by writing a tell-all book about her days as an escort and her romance with Liam. From watching Gossip Girl and seeing how everyone reacted to Dan’s book, I could tell this wasn’t going to go well for Annie. I wasn’t sure how to feel about Annie’s book. To me, it seemed so random. Like, I still don’t think I’ll get over how fast Annie gave up on acting. I thought she would have kept up the acting thing. I guess she didn’t want to be an actress that badly.
Also Patrick’s attempt at getting revenge on Annie was pretty lame. I was expecting some huge blow-up but planting drugs on her half brother just seemed lackluster. Just saying.
The other characters on the show seemed to go through a lot more than Annie did this season. For example Liam. Liam just seemed to fall into a bunch of random careers. I feel like he was the most successful out of everyone. I mean he owned a bar, became an actor, started running a club briefly and then started a surfboard shop. I don’t know how he did it. I mean the surfboard thing might not have worked out, neither did the acting thing but he still worked hard and had pretty good results.
I mean there was the whole thing with Vanessa and the police officer who kidnapped him but he got out of that. Thankfully.
Max and Naomi

Meanwhile, Naomi was getting married to Max and then getting divorced from Max. I really hoped
their relationship would have lasted. They were cute together. Sadly it wasn’t happening for them. And then Naomi tried to get her event planning career off the ground again. It never really worked out for her. She’d plan one good event and then something bad would happen so she would just stop her business. I don’t know if she ever established it as a proper company but she did end up with a new boyfriend at the end.

Then Naomi decided to bring her and Annie’s real half-brother into the picture which I thought was so random. We went through three seasons without it being brought up and then this guy just showed up. Again, he was just one of those random characters to only appear for one season. As always I was sad he didn’t stay longer but he did get a happy ending which was good.
As for Navid, he got caught up in a secret society thing? I wasn’t paying enough attention to the scene where Navid talked about the club. So I’m not sure how it came about. I just sort of went with it. Mainly because Grant Gustin is great. I also can’t believe Navid dropped out of Princeton after two months to come back to Beverly Hills. It was pretty pointless of him to leave.
Moving on to someone who couldn’t seem to catch a break this season…Silver. I had no idea how big a deal it would be for her to have a baby. Plus I thought it was heartbreaking that Teddy didn’t want her to carry the baby. That just made things even more complicated. Even though it was already pretty complicated since she decided to have a baby with her gay best friend.
Michaela, Silver’s surrogate

Silver got obsessive over the whole surrogate mother thing and I had a bad feeling that she was going to lose the baby. Not that I could see Silver being a mother anyway. I know she really wanted to have a baby but I thought that her thinking she was ready to have a baby and actually having one would be very different for her. So I guess I am glad the baby thing didn’t work out.

I’m just heartbroken that the writers decided to actually give Silver cancer. I mean no. I don’t accept that. Especially since we don’t even find out if she beats it or not. At least, she has Dixon to help her through it.
And then there was Adrianna. It always seems like no matter what she does everyone assumes the worst. Which I can understand given her history on the show. But it was still sad when everyone was assuming the worst of her when she only had good intentions.
Navid and Adrianna

Next thing you know Ade is trapped on stage after a collapse at the theatre. Which seemed very
random but I guess had something to do with the bag that Campbell gave to Liam which he left backstage. I’m just glad she was okay. And I didn’t even mind that Adrianna and Navid came full circle ad got back together.

I always thought they were good together.
And so it seemed everyone got their happy ending.I have to admit the last episode had me very emotional. I needed to know Ade and Navid would be okay. I needed to know that Liam and Annie would get together…I wanted Silver to be cancer free.
It was good to see that everyone got their happy ending but like I said, it seemed like that wasn’t the ending of the show. I think they wanted to have another season but the show got cancelled after season five. Which is a shame. I want to know if Naomi stayed with that guy, I want to see Silver fight cancer, I want to know if Dixon got his music career…I guess these are things I’ll just never know.

And so those were all my thoughts on 90210! It’s been a long journey but I am so glad we are at the end. Overall I really did enjoy this show and while yes it did have some flaws it was a great way to kickstart my Netflix subscription.
I’m not really sure what TV show I will be watching next but I think it’s good if I take a break before starting a new show. Maybe try to fix my sleeping pattern and start being productive again. It always takes me a while to find another show I really like. But y’all will be the first to know when I find that new show.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on 90210. Let me know what you guys thought about the show in the comments below. Maybe you can relate to some of the things I was feeling. Also leave comments for good TV show suggestions, and maybe I’ll check them out. 🙂
~ Courtney x
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