Sunday, October 5, 2008

What I'm Watching: 90210

90210: Season 1, Episode 6 "Model Behavior" (F)

One of my favorite things about shows like this, which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, is how all the characters can end up in exactly the same place pretty much the whole time. It's so utterly preposterous. I'm unconvinced by Silver's sudden decision that she might actually want to be a model, and I seriously doubt that someone who is a guidance counselor would allow her teenage sister to live in a house all by herself, unsupervised. That girl is going to throw parties up the wazoo. And everyone is going to be there, because of course they are. Annie's befriending of Adriana is just as forced as Dixon coming onto Silver, and Adriana's inevitable confession about Ty seems completely out of character. I suppose it's for the best that Ty is now out of the picture - anyone and everyone is rooting for Annie and Ethan, right? Naomi's frequent meddling with her parents' relationship is proof of why shows like this (I'm talking specifically about the worst show on television here, "One Tree Hill") should not focus on the parents. It's just not interesting; that's not what this show should be about. Then again, Shannon Doherty and Jennie Garth sort of straddle the generation gap. And without parents, we wouldn't get to see Dixon punching anyone in the face, channeling the brooding star of a former great television show.

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