90210 Review: Making Tissues Dance, Viewers Snore

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Before I get into this review of "I See London, I See France," allow me to call BS on a small aspect of the 90210 episode:

There's no way Annie would be chosen to co-host The Undies. I understand the show (and all viewers) want to forget her horrendously-handled hit-and-run storyline ever happened... but this is a girl who was a miserable mess all of last season, dated an outcast and had no friends at school. Now, after a summer in which she was under house arrest, we're meant to believe Annie is somehow popular enough to warrant this honor?

Yes, this is nit-picking. But it's also an example of how 90210 can be so frustratingly inconsistent.

Teddy and Friends

As for the rest of the episode, it was perfectly mediocre. Nothing especially bad or good stands out, as there were few surprises in any of the storylines.

Teddy continued to be confused over his sexuality, Ivy came clean about Oscar and Navid grew closer to Silver.

I like the possibility of the latter two getting together. First, their nickname could be "Nilver," which isn't bad. Second, neither has a lot to do these days, so coupling them up would at least feel fresh. Nice small touch to have Silver laugh at Navid's jokes, too. (Here's one for you, dude: A dyslexic man walks into a bra...)

I've also said many times that I'm glad the series is slow-playing Teddy's acceptance that he's gay - but the way it's handled his drinking and, this week, smoking has been insulting and lame. Ooh, he has a few beers a party. Oh, no, he smokes a joint and then gets behind the wheel an hour later!

I'm not advocating driving while under the control of any substance, but I am calling out 90210 for coming across like a PSA in these instances. High school students drink and light up ALL the time. It's not exactly a jarring example of Teddy's confused spiral to put a few beers and a joint in his hand.

If they want to prove how lost this guy is, let's hope the show has him act out in a more believable, extreme way one of these weeks.

Teddy and Silver at School

As for everything related to Mr. Canon, I have mixed reactions.

What worked: Incorporating Oscar into the plot. Let's definitely see more of this Brit, not just because he has a pretty face, but because he has an edge to him. Liam stopped being a bad boy a long time ago. The show definitely needs someone new to step up and take on this role.

Oscar plays it well, and there's clearly more to learn about him. It was a nice twist (and plug for Bing) to have him pick apart Mr. Canon's accent and work with Naomi to expose the teacher's shady past.

What didn't work: The conclusion of the episode. Did it feel like a suspenseful cliffhanger when Mr. Canon was discovered to have fled? Is anyone out there excited over what will happen next? Or did it just feel like a way to drag out this storyline a bit longer?

I'll leave viewers with a few more questions: are you rooting for Navid and Silver to hook up? How blatantly did 90210 rip-off The OC's Taylor Townsend by creating a character such as Harper? Did you see Laura's drug selling coming? Should Dixon forgive Ivy? Did you miss Charlie? How much would you pay to never see Annie on screen again?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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