I'm continuing to watch episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210, and continuing to take notes as preparation for gnap! Theater's upcoming run of improvised 90210. This time, I watched episodes 1x08-1x15.
This is probably not of general interest.
* Man, Darren Starr has worse taste in pop music than Joss Whedon. * [Ah, but this may be a DVD licensing issue.] * Always take an opportunity to blame a problem on Beverly Hills. * ... *any* problem. * The twins' stilted 'casual bickering' is always amusing. * Oh, please tell me we can do montages! * Sometimes a setting can lead directly to morally-wrong things for the good kids to be tempted to. * If one of the leads does something wrong, the consequences might not be immediate. * You might let it slide once or twice, to build tension. * ... and instead, build up guilt. * Is David Silver going to rap in our show? * Yes, right? * So how do we play to the top of our intelligence when so much of this dialog is so bad? * At some point, we have to refer to sex as "doing it". * Maybe we could learn some surfing terminology? * Useful dialog: * [patronizing] "I hate to break this to you, Mom...." * "Everybody's so 'Beverly Hills' here!" * We must master the parent-child cheek air-kiss. * Okay, now we've got episodes hitting serious! issues!, which is useful for lending the show a bit of gravity. * Def. need a few teenage/parent shouting matches. * 90210: where the second time you get drunk, you drunk-drive, wreck the car, and get arrested. * Useful parent dialog: "Believe it or not, I was once your age." * Useful for Dylan to reveal huge unknown things about his life * e.g. he's an alcoholic who still attends AA * I think the rule is "Dylan can be evasive about anything." * More of 'the days before tech': * Handing in handwritten papers * Looking up a student's number in a book-form student directory * City phone books exist and are used. * Fax machines are not pointless & quaint * All the dance numbers have music added in post * Slightly out-of-sync dancing = v. amusing * [again, this may be a licensing issue] * All phone numbers must start with 555- * All written material must be read aloud. * Useful Brandon dialog: "Scout's honor." With the hand gesture. * These characters tell each other jokes a lot. * And laugh at each other's jokes, no matter how lame said jokes are. * Brandon has a habit of licking a finger and running it over his eyebrows. * It's going to be tricky capturing this show's predilection for "smash cut to:" jokes. * It seems like some episodes are based on some teen problem -- somebody does something a little wrong and there are mounting consequences -- whereas others are based around an event, such as the trip out to Palm Springs. * It seems like it's okay to telegraph an obvious complication ahead without having the characters even slightly worry about it. * They can go along with their storylines, and the complication can show up as an act out. * "Amorous elderly people" seem to be a recurring comic motif. * ... as is the assumption that Brandon and Andrea are a couple. * A lot of these plotlines center on setting up, and then realizing, a character's worst fear. * A- and B- stories don't always seem to match up, timeline-wise. * OMG Brandon's S1 car is called Mondale. This is glorious.
Mood: contemplative · Music: none