90210 Season Two Report Card: C

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We had so much hope for 90210 this season. The show narrowed its focus to its new, core characters; it set up a storyline that would take Annie to a dark place; and brought in Jen Clark to serve as the show's resident villain.

In the end, though, these developments didn't add up to a particularly exciting season. We examine why in this TV Fanatic Report Card (previous site evaluations include The Vampire Diaries and The Good Wife)...

Best character: Naomi. She's still written too inconsistently, as the show either portrays her as an outright bitch or a a total humanitarian. It needs to find a nuanced balance. But producers made the right decision in shifting the focus from the boring Wilsons to the more interesting Clarks, at least.

Worst character: Annie. She was too sunny in season one, too dour in season two. The hit-and-run angle never came together, and Shenae Grimes never sold her character's state of mind. She over-acted in every scene, an especially troubling fact because this lengthy storyline required subtle, ongoing pain, something Grimes most definitely does not specialize in.

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Best episode: To Thine Own Self Be True. Silver and Kelly buried their mother during this installment. We got a glimpse at some seriously heartfelt acting by Jennie Garth and Jessica Stroup.

Best storyline: Gia and Adrianna... at least for a couple episodes. We were happily proven wrong about this relationship, as it came across as more than a ratings stunt. At first, 90210 treated the gals with the same time and respect as any other relationship. But it then made Gia out to be an insecure cheater and quickly jettisoned her from the cast. It would have been nice to really dedicate many months to this unique dating arrangement.

Hopes for 2010-2011: Slow things down, couples break up and get back together on an almost-weekly basis. Viewers need reasons to care about relationships, which can only happen if they remain steady. Also, give us some actual bad boys or girls. There's very little conflict between friends and characters. We need some trouble makers to stir things up.

Grade for season two: C. Look, we don't need this to be as extreme as Gossip Girl. But we do need more original, suspenseful storytelling. Teddy's father doesn't want his son seeing Silver? Liam's birth dad shows up for five seconds, then leaves? Deb barely smooches her Yoga instructor? This is boring, mundane, cliched material.

The one supposedly significant storyline, Annie's hit-and-run, resulted in absolutely no pay-off. The show has a lot riding on Naomi's season-concluding rape now, as fans won't stick around for much longer if this risky situation is not handled well.

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90210 sucks.
cept for the naomi rape thingo,
thats the only reason im sticking around.
and they should take annie off the cast.
she sucks.


Naomi is the worst actress in the show.


what i didnt like about the end of the season was liam becoming a nice guy, it makes no sense
plus teddy is so one sided and his relationship with silver is so boring
the season finale wasnt shocking at all because it was way too spoilered, even in the promo! everything was so explicit


Annie was the best character for me because apart from this whole hit and run thing been dragged out way too long i think her story lines were the best. some of the other characters are bores


i completely agree with the writers of this "report card"


How could even Shanae get the role as Annie?


wow naomi as best character?!!! really???!!!!! wow ur dumb then!!!! as far as i know if we have to pick 90210 best character that would be ade or ivy!!!!! they bring the show to us!!!!!! i agree on annie as worst! shes flirt and annoying! but ill give this show a b+ COME ON ITS BETTER THAN THE LAST ONE!


bleh this is crap.
according to me 90210 REALLY became interesting this season...i LOVED every minute of it. and i know MANY other people who felt the same.
but i agree the finale was VERY bland compared to the whole season. But now i'm initially hooked to 90210.


to be honnest, Silver and Adrianna rules the show, Naomi's character is okay but the rest of the crew makes me feel sleepy


I don't like Annie as a character, but I son't think that Sheane is a bad actrice. I don't think that at all. I think she is much more believable in her role (which sucks, all right) than Naomi. Even a spoiled rich girl doesn't act like Naomi does. She's wayyyyy over the top and I don't like her acting. With the role she has, she could do way better,
But again, I think that the show was so lame this season because the storylines were boring. The think with Jen that lasted for half season, I was seriously fed up with it in the end. The hit and run was kinda interesting in the way that it always desappeared and suddenly emerged, I was glad it just did't magically solve itself, it was this stressing element like it would be in real life but still, lasted too long and wasn't made interesting int he end.
The show was too slow and too messy.

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