September 3, 2008By Naomi Rabinowitz Posted: Sep 3, 2008
I was an unabashed fan of the original BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 (actually, I still am as I thoroughly enjoyed SOAPnet's Labor Day marathon). That said, I wasn't sure I'd like The CW's new version of the series (now simply called 90210). But I'm happy to report that I enjoyed the two-hour premiere.
It was great seeing some old faves back, like Brenda, Kelly and Nat and I was intrigued by the mystery surrounding who fathered Kelly's adorable blond-haired boy (personally, he looks like Steve Sanders's kid with all that curly hair). I also liked the "returns" of Kelly and David's now grown-up half-sister Erin Silver (who now goes by just Silver) and Andrea's daughter Hannah. Hannah only appeared in a brief, but amusing cameo, when she read the morning announcements at the high school, but Erin — uh, Silver — is turning out to be one of the more interesting characters. Though she's not an evil person, she's obviously been damaged by her strange family dynamics and has a mean streak a mile long (which she expresses through her blog).
Meanwhile, the other new characters were interesting, as well. The Wilsons, make a solid core family and the new group of teens are all likeable (though some more so in a "love to hate" kind of way).
My only quibble: why does the bitch have to be named *Naomi?*