I've finished watching season one of Beverly Hills, 90210, and I've continued to take notes as preparation for gnap! Theater's upcoming run of Totally Improvised, 90210. This time, I watched episodes 1x16-1x22.
This is probably not of general interest.
* "Schmuck bait" is okay -- that is, threatening an event that will in no way happen in the show continuity. * The central characters are really good at spinning sensible-sounding justifications for really stupid choices. * We could use a list of politicians from 1991. * Probably similar lists for other go-to things. (movies? albums? advertising slogans?) * Again, all wit seems to be "repeating the last line of dialog with some sort of twist". * Indeed, Kelly does flirt to get what she wants. * This show has a high frequency of visible boom mics. * We might do well to just list the A- and B-stories for a bunch of episodes, just to get a feel for how they relate to each other. * Useful dialog: "When Brenda gets it in her head to do something, trying to stop her just makes it all the more attractive." * Any time we have any excuse to video something, , bring in David. * Brenda bursts into tears: "I don't even think I want to *vote* [in the school election]" * We need to remember that we can take absolutely *anything* incredibly seriously. * Another example: Brandon shaking Andrea, shouting, "We're talking about a test [the SAT] you can retake twice if you want to!" * Brenda may be the best at getting angry when complimented. * She just can't smile and say, "Thanks." * You can always introduce new, random family members/friends that central characters have known for years & years. * It looks like, for our Serious Teen Issue, we want excuses (teens reading an article about it; a doctor coming by with a speech; etc.) to just info-dump explosition about the Issue and the 'right'/acceptable attitude to have towards it. * We need a big list of Brandon nicknames * He occasionally calls Andrea "chief" * Teenagers telling secrets, "But promise you won't tell *anybody*" = useful. * Ah, the dream sequences are becoming more frequent. * How do we cue a dream sequence to the rest of the cast? * It seems like, for Brenda, the game is to notice all the things you let roll off your back, and deliberately freak out about them. * She fights really hard for autonomy, even whe nobody is threatening it. * More ancient tech: * Extending the antenna on a cordless phone after you pick it up and turn it on. * Another source of evil: CIGARETTES! * If we feel like a choice has broken the story in a bad way, there is show-precedent for retroactively making it a dream sequence. * It's okay to explicitly call out the parallelism between the A- and B-stories. * Can we use the "Rap Line", or is that just a season-one thing? * Is Brenda ever wrong about anything? * ... or does she ever lose an argument? * We need Steve drunk at some point. * Brandon: totally reluctant to dance. * At any dance, we need to segue from the fast pop song to the slow-dance number. * If you ever don't know what to say next, it might be useful to open a line with "I have a confession to make..." and then see what happens. * Have we played 'kiss or kill' yet? We need to be sure most kisses are drawn out to maximum tension, no? * We can always jump-and-justify an emotion. * If you're unsure what to do, just pick a mood and run with it. * We can discover why you feel that way later on. * With a reveal. * Bringing most/all of the principals together for a conversation at the end of an episode feels really right. * Jim's office has a speakerphone and a secretary. * More of Dylan's nicknames for Brandon: "B", "Slim". * Useful Brandon dialog: "You gotta see both sides of it." * Not only did they have watches, their watches had *alarms*! * Useful Steve dialog: "Thanks, Brandon, for making me the great guy that I am." * 90210 lingo: "We have to leave." = "We gotta jam!" * I will take any excuse to get Jim and Cindy dancing together.
Mood: contemplative · Music: none