Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Weekend etc.- March 26,1992
Beverly Hills 90210 is
not simple teen trash
by Sarah McCarthy
"Beverly Hills 90210" has undeniably put the pop back into pop culture.
No matter how young the target audience may be for the Fox Network, the
latest blockbuster, teenage drama has captured the attention of even the
Okay, so our generation has failed to make a significant mark on society,
but we have made our presence known as avid followers of some of the
worst shows ever to be broadcast on television. We have replaced apathy
with "objective materialism." As the ultimate reflection of the Reagan era,
Beverly Hills 90210 captures the lives of eight self-important teenagers who
solve issues of global proportion in under an hour.
"It's completely ridiculous to think that a small group of teenagers have
to deal with that many of today's problems," said Engineering sophomore
Reshma Pradhan. "It's like that show 'Murder, She Wrote.' There is no way
that lady has so many neighbors who get killed."
"90210" is a miniculture of materialism and pre-pubescent lust. It
exhibits an exaggeration of high school life that proves what many of us
failed to realize until after we've graduated - adolescence is absurd.
In the show, the Walshes, a wholesome family from Minnesota move to
Beverly Hills and encounter a glorious land of people with little depth and
too much money. But within this plastic population, the twins, Brenda and
Brandon, find alliances stronger than the union between Job and God.
It is the ultimate escape from a troubling existence. These teenagers indi-
rectly face such issues as AIDS, date rape, teen pregnancy, teenage suicide,
drugs and racism. The regular cast never seems to do anything wrong. To
address an issue, an outsider appears and by the next episode the character,
and the problem, are a faint memory.
But how can so many University college students, far from California
life, find enough in common with "90210" to rush to a television set every
Thursday night as religiously as the pope goes to Mass on Sunday?
"90210" has developed a cult-following close to that of the Dali-Lama
right here in middle America. It's difficult to find someone who doesn't
know the names, Dylan and Brenda. You'd be hard pressed to find a frater-
nity which didn't harbor at least one person with those famous sideburns
that adorn the cheeks of almost every male cast member of the show.
Students justify their attraction by pointing to the pure amusement of the
show. Understandably, it's a lot more amusing to watch attractive teenagers
drive cool cars around Southern California than sit through an episode of
Nova. For most, it is the perfect mindless escape from the academic world.
"I think people watch it because it's the way they want their high school
to be," said LSA sophomore Darin Wymer, who bears a striking
resemblance to Brandon.
"But I don't get it. These kids ,with unbelievably clear complexions for
people going through puberty, are standing around at a party that is packed,
without any beer, and they are all still smiling. Yeah, right."
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