There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes.
We pay taxes regularly, whether it is sales tax at the register or when we go to our accountant every spring. But death is unpredictable. Some die in their golden years, having lived a long life. Others are unfortunately taken during their prime.
Luke Perry died today from a stroke. He was 52.
For a certain generation, Perry was their TV boyfriend. Playing the James Dean-esque Dylan McKay on the ground breaking high school drama Beverly Hills, 90210. Created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling, the show set the standard for every high school based, teen drama that has been on television for the last thirty years. Coming full circle, Perry joined the cast of Riverdale in 2016, playing the father of Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa).
Perry is survived by his children, his fiance, his family and those who loved him as both a human being and an actor.
RIP, sir. May your memory be a blessing.
The cross class divide is a story as old as humanity itself. The question, then begs, when a writer uses this very basic story as the skeleton of their narrative, is there enough to flesh out the story or is the writer relying on stereotypes?
In the short lives series Malibu Shores (1996), Zack Morrison (Tony Lucca) from the wrong sides of the tracks meets rich girl Chloe Walker (Keri Russell), it seems like a match made in heaven. But only to them, that is. Everyone else around them thinks that this relationship is a bad idea. Then Zack’s school is destroyed in an earthquake and he, along with the rest of his classmates, are forced to transfer to Chloe’s high school. The forced mingling between the two groups does not go over well.
Producer Aaron Spelling tried to replicate the success of his mega hit Beverly Hills 90210 with Malibu Shores. 90210, this show is not. It lasted only one season and was cancelled due to poor ratings. While I give the creative team an A for effort, this show, unfortunately, was not very good.
Do I recommend it? No.
A fish out of water is always a good place to start at the beginning of a story.
For a certain generation, Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000) is television. Everything the then young audience went through, their fictional counterparts experienced on-screen.
Brenda and Brandon Walsh (Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestley) are teenage twins from the mid-west who have recently moved to Beverley Hills, California. They’re certainly not in Kansas anymore. As the twins integrate into their new community, make friends and grow up, they become the people they were meant to be.
While some of the language, fashion and music may seem a little dated, being a teenager and growing up is a universal tale.
In 2008, 90210 was rebooted, but it did not have the success of its predecessor.
Do I recommend it? The original, I would say yes, for nostalgia’s sake. The second, well I tried, but I could do without.