Final Thoughts on the “BH90210” Reboot on Fox: Fun Nostalgia Served at the Peach Pit

So of course my favorite zip code will always be 90210, but I had some mixed feelings going into the premiere of the reboot.  After watching all six episodes, I am happy that I stuck it out because although the reboot was different than I had expected, it provided us with some fun nostalgia while giving us a different take on reboots.

Beverly Hills, 90210 is one of my favorite series of all time and I am a proud owner of the entire DVD set!

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If you do attempt a re-watch of the original show (and why wouldn’t you), I do recommend to space it out because there are so many episodes.  Remember when this show actually gave us summer episodes? So much fun, but it’s a huge time investment!

When I heard about the reboot, I guess I was initially under the impression that it would follow our favorite characters in the future, so I was slightly disappointed when I discovered that it would actually be a sort of reality/drama/parody following the actors as they attempt to get a reboot of their show off the ground.

Sounds complicated?  It sort of was, but I’m glad that I continued watching because once I got over that initial shock, I was pleasantly surprised with what came next.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.

What I liked…

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The flashbacks and dream sequences.

Each episode featured a fun take on a flashback, giving 90210 fans everywhere a lot of Easter eggs, throwing it back to some of our favorite episodes.  For example, I loved seeing Steve and Andrea meeting up at the Peach Pit and asking if they could exchange an egg (throwback to episode U4EA).

We also got to see Jennie dreaming about being Kelly Taylor in the hallways, the girls re-creating their “Addicted to Clothes” group, Steve mentioning the Legacy Key, and David Silver performing “Forever,” which I surprisingly still know all the words to.  Don’t judge!

These Easter eggs and flashback/dream sequences were genius and they kept me invested throughout the entire show.  I mean, that’s why we are watching, right?  Because we’re fans!  So this was very much appreciated!

The tasteful tribute to Luke Perry was perfect. 

It wasn’t over-the-top, but it was done seamlessly, as the cast made a toast to Luke in the series premiere.  At the end of the episode, Jennie and Tori watch Luke and Jason’s scene from the start of the show, which brought tears to my eyes.

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Fun guest-stars.

I won’t spoil them all, but let’s just say that I was pleasantly surprised with some of the guest stars and I was super excited to see them all back in action.  I personally would have liked to see a few other cast members join in on the fun, but I appreciate that we were able to get a few surprises and twists here and there!

What I didn’t like…

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Some of the real life drama just didn’t work.

Sure, it was kind of fun to see Brian Austin Green married to a pop singer and some unresolved chemistry between Jennie and Jason, but it also just sort of confused me since this drama is loosely based on their real lives.  I appreciate that the cast was willing to make fun of themselves, but sometimes I just wanted to leave that drama behind and focus more on the nostalgia and some of the twists.

For example, the stalker mystery and the creepy stuff with Brian’s assistant was entertaining enough, so I didn’t necessarily need the rest of the extra drama on top of it.  Perhaps that just comes down to personal preference, however.

So am I in or out? 

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The 90210 fan in me is in because I would pretty much watch anything with this cast.  Overall, I was thoroughly entertained with the reboot, but I also wanted a lot more.  I guess I just saw so much potential and I wanted to see other things explored more, but I am completely supportive of this show.

BH90210 was the perfect summer show to binge-watch, reminding me why I fell in love with Beverly Hills, 90210 in the first place!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on BH90210 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 12 Season Finale: “I Think There’s Another Way”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 12 season finale, I realized that Charles got it absolutely right when he said that “you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.”  This basically means that it’s difficult to achieve something truly significant without causing some unpleasant effects along the way.  But is it worth it in the end?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it looks like some of our characters may be paving the way for their very own happy ending.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Lizability,” Liza takes the next steps to accept Cheryl’s offer, but starts to have second thoughts when she hears what is going on at Empirical.  Meanwhile, Kelsey learns the truth about Zane’s actions, Josh goes on a spiritual journey with Lauren’s help to find out if he is ready for fatherhood, and Diana has second thoughts about her relationship with Enzo.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 12 season finale are:

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“It’s not going to end well.”

In the beginning of the episode, Liza takes a tour with Cheryl at her potential new place of work and discovers that she would be running her own imprint called “Chick(y).”  Don’t forget the “y” in parentheses, which symbolizes that they are not entirely excluding the male gender.  While the name of the imprint leaves something to be desired, Liza starts to see all of the benefits of leaving her current job, especially when she sees the salary offer.  While it would be great for Liza to start over and not have to lie anymore, things get a little more complicated when she finds out that Quinn is planning on investing in Empirical, but making Millennial the primary focus, which would be a huge opportunity for both Kelsey and Liza.  Liza tries to warn Kelsey and Charles that she is a liability and a “ticking time bomb,” but it’s clear that she is having second thoughts about leaving as well.

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“I told you it was dangerous.”

Everything has been going somewhat smoothly between Diana and Enzo, but Enzo gets upset when Diana laughs at his new opportunity, which involves working on a “Fatberg,” which is basically a huge lump of sewage.  Sure it sounds absolutely disgusting, but Enzo is clearly very excited about his new opportunity and is hurt when Diana makes light of it.  Diana confides in Liza about the argument and points out that “two things I am not are 1:  sweet and 2:  compatible with a plumber.”  While Diana may have a point, Liza reminds her about what’s more important when she says, “who cares what he does if the feelings are there?”  Later in the episode, it is broadcasted on the news that Enzo is trapped while working on the “fatberg” and Diana leaves everything to be there.  When Enzo is finally retrieved, Diana rushes over to him to embrace him and is finally all in…sewage and all.  While Enzo definitely needs a shower at this point, Diana proves that she wants to be with Enzo just as he is, which is a huge step for her.

3

“Because I was in love with you.”

Kelsey is shocked to find out that Jake doesn’t want her in Washington D.C. at his party and Charles explains the reasoning.  After Kelsey admits to having a “moment” with Jake, Charles points out that Zane was the one who refused to take over the book.  Kelsey later confronts Zane about this, asking him why he would do this, not believing that it was just because he didn’t want his name on a book he didn’t edit.  The truth finally comes out when Zane admits that it was “because I was in love with you,” completely shocking Kelsey.  While Kelsey does not reveal her feelings to Zane just yet, things are about to change even further when Zane quits.  Kelsey rushes toward him in the elevator and realizes that he already has a new job offer, explaining that he could never work for Kelsey.  With Zane’s departure, is this the end of the blossoming relationship between him and Kelsey?  Will Kelsey finally be able to tell Zane how she truly feels?  We’ll have to stay tuned for next season, but I really hope that these two can finally get the chance to be together.

2

“Did you get your answer?”

Maggie approaches Josh about considering Malky’s offer about using his sperm for the baby, even though she is not ready to be a parent yet.  Josh actually really considers it and in a sweet moment, he tells Maggie that he would have done it for her.  Josh enlists the help of Lauren to find out if he is ready for this and she pulls out all the stops by creating a ritual for him to meditate and call on “Mother Cacao.”  In a dream, Josh sees himself with a baby, but he has Liza right by his side.  While we don’t know if a relationship is in the cards yet for Liza and Josh, this helps Josh realize that he wants to raise his own child and he would not be able to go through with what Malky is asking.  However, it’s clear that “Mother Cacao” has other plans when Josh’s ex, Claire, shows up at his door…extremely pregnant.  Perhaps Josh will get the chance to try out fatherhood after all, but why did Claire wait so long to tell him?  We’ll have to wait and see what happens next, but I have so many questions already.

1

“I’m happy.”

Liza is still not sure what to do yet and she ends up telling Quinn about her real age and the lie.  Liza ultimately turns down Cheryl’s offer, hoping she made the right decision.  Quinn is confident that she can spin Liza’s age to her advantage, but Cheryl threatens to leak a photo of Liza and Charles and Quinn recognizes that she can’t afford the liability of a scandalous affair like this.  Charles thinks that there is another way and announces that Kelsey will be the new publisher and that he will be the chairman of the board.  While this is presented as a promotion, Liza learns from Diana that this basically means that they are putting Charles “out to pasture.”  Liza confronts Charles about his decision, understanding that this company was his life.  Charles explains that, “Maybe it’s time for a new one…with you.”  The freedom would give Charles the chance to explore a real relationship with Liza and he would have more time for his kids as well.  Even though his father’s company is important to him, he did help ultimately save it and is ready for the next chapter of his life.  First chapter:  holding hands with Liza in public.  The two share a sweet kiss and Liza confidently takes Charles’s hand, as the fantasy has now truly become a reality.  It’s about time!  Team Charles fans rejoice!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Younger below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 9: “I Just Want To Live A Different Life”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I realized that it is never too late to try and change our own story.  Alison Bailey is proof of that.  Over the years, Alison has been broken, like a wounded bird, desperately trying to cling to some kind of temporary moment of bliss.  Even though Alison began to make real changes in her life, her true metamorphosis occurred when she took Helen’s advice and decided to change her narrative, refusing to let men treat her a certain way.  That made this episode even more tragic, dark, and heartbreaking for me.  I was so proud of Alison’s strength here, but sometimes there is a darkness in others that tries to stifle even the faintest light, dragging it deep into the ocean.  But not everything stays beneath the surface for long.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “409,” Alison prepares for her conversation with Ben and confronts him about his lie.  While the temptation remains, Alison focuses all of her energy on doing the right thing and finding out the truth.  Alison’s fate is finally revealed to the audience, which is both shocking and devastating.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 9 are:

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“All I want is to somehow be forgiven.”

Part one of the episode is from Alison’s perspective, as she anxiously waits for Ben to arrive.  When he shows up, Alison does her best to keep the conversation going and explains that she has some things she wants to address with Ben.  Before she can get a chance, Ben reveals to Alison that he is married and that he has just left his wife.  Alison explains that she already knew this information and that she is “done being a woman you lie to your wife about.”  After all, Alison has already lived through this before and she knows that “it doesn’t end well.”  Ben opens up to Alison and tells her about his time as a soldier in Afghanistan and how he killed a kid by mistake, which has left him with a never-ending hole of guilt, weighing down on his conscience constantly.  He explains that he was not the same person when he returned and this impacted everything, including his marriage.  Alison compassionately listens to him, understanding what it means to walk around with that pain every day.

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“Don’t mess with my heart, OK?”

Ben agrees to fix Alison’s sink even after she tells him she can’t see him anymore and then she agrees to make him dinner.  It seems like their break-up is amenable and I instantly began to question everything since we know that this is not the story that Ben told Cole and Noah.  Ben asks Alison to dance with him and Alison asks him, “What happens to us?  The ones who can’t be forgiven.”  Ben answers that he wants to live and the two share a kiss.  He asks Alison what she wants and she gives in to Ben and begins kissing him back.  This leads to them making love and it seems like everything is perfect between them now.  Only it’s too perfect and now we know why.

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“Tell me the truth.”

Alison is cleaning up in the kitchen and hears a knock at the door.  The rain is still pouring outside and she looks down at the sink, which is now broken again.  When she opens the door, Ben is standing there and part two from Alison’s perspective begins.  One of the reasons why I adore this show so much is because we get to see things from different perspectives.  Usually each story has its own version or variation of the truth, but we ultimately get to peek into the hearts and minds of our favorite characters.  When part two opened up with Alison again, I realized that the first part was merely a dream or a fantasy of what could be.  Reality was now at the door and I was on the edge of my seat, fearing for the worst.  When Alison tells Ben she needs to talk to him, he is no longer kind and gentle like in the first part.  He tells her never to stand him up again and is clearly angry and on edge.  Ben begins drinking when he tells Alison about his time in Afghanistan, which now reveals that Ben knew that the kid he killed was not holding a real weapon.  Alison tries to ask him why he would do this and his anger begins to escalate even further.

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“I don’t owe you a thing.”

We know that Ben has a problem with drinking and his behavior begins to become erratic.  He breaks down when Alison tells him to leave and cries in her lap and begs her to be with him.  Alison has had enough; however, and is ready to embrace the strong woman within.  She tells Ben she knows that he is married and it’s like a new darkness comes over Ben.  He is now suddenly calmer, but the danger is nowhere near gone.  He tells Alison that she better not tell his wife, threatening her.  Alison tells him that she won’t if he leaves and he turns everything around on her.  Ben tells Alison that she broke up other marriages and that he will only leave if she admits that this is her fault.  Alison stays strong and tells Ben, “I don’t owe you a thing.”  While I was so proud of Alison in this moment, I feared what would happen next.  Ben attacks Alison and hits her over the head.  As the blood rushes down on Alison’s face, her life began pouring out of her.  While I was hoping to be wrong about Ben, the reality of him being Alison’s murderer became painfully obvious when I realized that there were no other characters in this episode at the beginning of part two.

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“I just want to live a different life.  I want to live a different story.”

At the end of the episode, we see Ben dumping Alison’s body into the ocean by the rocks.  Alison’s last monologue is heard, which is beyond heartbreaking.  Alison talks about wanting to live a different life or story so that she could be someone who could be happy.  She took Helen’s advice and finally tried to be strong and stand up for herself, but Ben refused to allow her the chance at a fresh start.  We see Alison’s body sinking to the bottom of the ocean, as this life is over for her.  In this moment, I wanted nothing more for Alison than for her to get another chance.  She has been through so much loss and pain along the way and it seems beyond unfair that her story ends just when she was starting to fight for the spark of life that had been trapped away for so long.  This episode was compelling and dark, revealing the ugliness that can lurk beneath the surface.  Alison was not perfect and she was completely aware of this, but she didn’t deserve what happened to her and I am hoping that Cole gets the chance to bring Ben to justice.  While Alison’s story may be over, Cole’s love for her will not burn out, keeping her memory alive.  Farewell Alison.  You deserved better.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Affair below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 1 episode 6: Bridgette’s Purpose

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 1 episode 6 last night, I am left with the spot-on advice from Dr. Seuss who said that “you know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”  For Bridgette, Tutu, Ally, and Rafi, it initially seems like their dreams are something to cling to, giving them a glimmer of hope that they aren’t trapped in their routine lives forever.  However, their dreams don’t exactly pan out the way they thought they would.  But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope or meaning in their lives.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, Bridgette is psyched to receive an invitation letter to try out for the WNBA, her golden ticket to something she has always dreamed about.  Meanwhile, Tutu hunts down her former lover on Yelp and Rafi attempts to help his mother out while dealing with his own inner demons. My top 5 moments from SMILF season 1 episode 6 are:

5

Larry says “bye bye” to the IRS. 

In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette is going through a sea of bills and cringes at one from the IRS.  Larry innocently says “bye bye” and throws it off the table, causing Bridgette and viewers everywhere to smile as a result.  Bridgette is surrounded by never-ending bills, but is ecstatic when she receives an invitation letter to try out for the WNBA.  It seems like there is a glimmer of hope for Bridgette after all, allowing her to dive head-first into her hopes and dreams.

4

Ally has a 911.

As Bridgette is trying to prepare for her basketball tryouts, she is dealing with distractions left and right.  Ally begins texting her frantically, saying “911” and it’s “URGENT.”  Bridgette swings over there, hoping for something quick and easy, but discovers that Ally is covered head to toe in a cast as she has just went through every plastic surgery she possibly could at once.  Ally looks ridiculous, unable to even put a straw in her own mouth, but Bridgette has to put this on hold to go pursue her own dreams.  When Bridgette tells Ally that she was beautiful already, Ally points to the picture on her nightstand, explaining to Bridgette her own dream to look that young and beautiful again at a time when she was truly happy and in love.

3

Rafi has a moment of weakness.

Rafi is initially feeling happy and at peace.  He has been successfully sober for a while now and starts discussing all of the good things going on in his life with his priest sponsor, including putting together Ikea furniture with his girlfriend.  However, the priest warns him that every day is not going to be a perfect one and he has to cope with what will happen when he doesn’t feel this great.  As if he was foreshadowing what the day held for Rafi, he gets a call from his mother and goes to help her move some stuff and feed the dogs.  Rafi can’t handle the stress and begins taking his dog’s medication to numb the pain.  He goes to see his priest sponsor, who kisses him unexpectedly, leaving Rafi to flee, just needing to escape it all.  In a moment of weakness, he falls back into old habits, unable to deal with the chaos surrounding him.  We sympathize with what Rafi is going through and hope that he can put it behind him to start fresh and embrace the reality that not everything will work out perfectly.  Rather, he needs to focus on the supporting people in his life who will help him get there.

2

Tutu tracks down her lost love.

Tutu finds her past love on Yelp and decides to go and surprise him, posing as one of his patients at the dentist’s office.  While they do have a fleeting moment together, Tutu is horrified to see that he has had his tattoo removed, which is the other half of her heart, snapping her back into reality that their love maybe wasn’t this everlasting and epic story, but that perhaps they just outgrew each other.  They swap stories about their lives and families, and Tutu realizes that she is lucky to have Bridgette and Larry in her life, even though it turned out differently than she expected it to.

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Bridgette tries out for the WNBA.

Bridgette is clearly nervous to try out for the WNBA, as it’s been about 10 years since she has played competitively.  However, this doesn’t stop her from trying out for her dream.  Although Bridgette is enthused and passionate, she is clearly outmatched.  Bridgette doesn’t want to lose any momentum, but reality starts to sink in when she asks if everyone she is playing against can dunk.  When one of the coaches says he has seen all he needs to for today and she can leave, Bridgette is begging for another chance.  While her dreams of playing for the WNBA are put on hold at least for today, Bridgette confides in Tutu and is reminded that Larry is her purpose in life.  Bridgette desperately wants something for herself, but comes to realize that being a mother is something truly special even if it doesn’t always seem like it.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF below.  Also, congrats to the show on its Golden Globe nominations! Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl