Beverly Hills 90210, reboot

First, I have a confession to make: I’ve never been a true fan of Beverly Hills 90210. I was about 10 years old when the show became huge in France so I couldn’t identify to the main characters. My biggest problem at that time was to pick up some clothes for my Barbie doll. So rich girls’ problems with boys… I didn’t get it and I wasn’t interested.

When I was older, I decided to watch the whole show again from the beginning… I liked it overall but it never became my favourite serie.

When I heard they were preparing a 2nd reboot with the original cast (the 1st reboot happened in 2008 and only featured Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty in season 1 and 2) I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, especially when Luke Perry (Dylan) died the same year this reboot was announced.

Fox ordered 6 episodes, aired the first one last Wednesday and I managed to see it on friday. Click here to see the new opening intro.

So let me tell you straight away: this isn’t an actual reboot, it’s the story on how the reboot is going to be made. Are you confused? Great, me too.

The dream team play a satirical version of themselves inspired by their real lives.

In this pilot, the gang finally reunites at a fan convention in Las Vegas. So Tori Spelling plays Tori, a married mother of 6 whose TV reality show is about to be cancelled, and she has to find a way to pay the bills. Brian is slightly jealous of his much more famous wife and Shannen is away, taking care of the planet. Jennie is going through a divorce, Gabrielle is a new grandmother, Jason tries to make it as a director and Ian is a successful businessman, taking every chance he gets to promote his project.

It reminds me a little of “Episodes”, the serie where Matt LeBlanc plays Matt LeBlanc, who is desperately trying to get back into the spotlight.

Anyway, halfway through the episode, I still wasn’t sure I understood what I was watching.

I can’t deny that it is a very creative idea as they don’t have to come up with an explanation about Dylan’s death for instance, but I don’t know how I feel about it after watching it.

BH 20910 is clever for sure as there are a lot of references to the original show.

Shannen Doherty doesn’t come to the BH90210 reunion with the journalists but still manages to steal the whole cast’s thunder with an Instagram live appearance on a huge screen. We all remember that Shannen and the rest of the team had their share of drama back in the 90’s to the point she got fired, to the great disappointment of the fans.

Speaking about them, they always thought Andrea, played by Gabrielle Carteris, was gay. So Gabrielle explores her sexuality in this reboot and kisses a woman in a bar.

Donna and David have always cared for each other throughout the original series, whether they were dating or not. Tori and Brian still have this close bond in the reboot, even if they haven’t seen each other for years.

So to sum it up, this new reboot is inspired by the actual lives of the actors, the lives of their character in the show and sometimes also by what happened backstage in the 90’s. Yeah I know, I told you this is very confusing.

If I’m being honest, I didn’t laugh a lot, even if it’s supposed to be satirical. I think something is missing and the first part of the episode is kind of awkward. I didn’t feel any chemistry between the actors when they met up at the airport. It seemed pretty hypocritical and I felt like the magic was lost. The second half gets a little better and the tribute to Luke Perry in the end in truly moving.

So for now, let’s just say I’m not entirely convinced this reboot is necessary. Yes, there are some good ideas and it’s weirdly funny sometimes but it’s also very messy.

It’s only going to be 6 episodes (that’s what we know so far), but will they be able to build a good storyline? I will watch the next episodes anyway and see what it brings!

Have you seen this new reboot? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!

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