I've started watching season three of Beverly Hills, 90210, and I've continued to take notes as preparation for gnap! Theater's current run of Totally Improvised, 90210. This time, I watched episodes 3x01-3x08.
This is probably not of general interest.
* Season three *opens* on a dream sequence. Boo-yah. * Immediately followed with Steve nailing down its relevance. * Better dialog in S3, compared to S1 * Another form of 'humor': tweaking commonplace sayings. * "Maybe absence will make his heart grow fonder." * Steve: "Hey, I'm not spoiled... I'm privileged." * Setting up a storyline with a bet = useful. * Steve Sanders never backs down on a bet. * Getting beach ambient sfx would be great for beach scenes. * Kissing should always get electrical guitar accompaniment. * Beach boss == all business. * Huh. A reference to the Rodney King riots. * As a parent, remember that every rhetorical quetsion you ask a teenager gives them a shot at a witty rejoinder. * Jim Walsh *can* be confrontational when need be. * Assuming Brandon and Andrea are bf/gf = comedy gold. * For the parents, confidently guessing wrong about what the kids are thinking/feeling is always a good move. * Remember that, as Mr. Walsh, you almost always have the option of hating Dylan. * Have we done many scenes of ~4-6 cast members sitting at the Peach Pit discussing things? * Andrea's unrequited affection for Brandon is also useful. * Again, cordless phones have antennae you extend. * Also, you turn on the handset. * Do we have any cheesy neo-swing we can play at the Peach Pit. * Always useful to give a character a secret. * And then all the other characters can pound on that secret. * Nickname alert: Brendan calls Dylan "chief". * There's a transition where they do the following: 1. Cut to Brandon. 2. Start the audio of Brandon's dialog from the next scene. 3. Cut to a reaction shot in the next scene. * Is there a way to do the equivalent of this onstage? * Seems like our central cast needs to have at least one big fight per episode. * Ha! Kelly philosophizes about the new baby, and *then* relates it to the upcoming Paris trip. * I wonder what the synthiest sounds we can get out of an electric guitar are. * Useful Dylan dialog: "I can't, man, there's a major principle involved here." * Could be easy to jump-and-justify with that... * (... that is, identify the 'principle' *afterwards*.) * Audio cassettes exist. * Useful Steve dialog: "There's a little proposition I'd like to float by you...." * Again, you can come up with the 'proposition' afterwards. * Teens can lean heavily on statements that will hold FOR ALL TIME. * Dylan even refers to his *own* father by name ("Jack"). * I suspect that any out-of-the-ordinary knowledge can be explained with "I read about it in a magazine." * Brenda seems to default to telling people what to do. * Oh wow, so we even get a stretch where Brandon is pining for Andrea, but she's having none of it. * Always great to allude to a random charity/etc that an event is supporting. * Dylan loves Casablanca. * We sooo need a sports-montage somewhere in this run. * Useful vocab: use "bugging" for "freaking out" * "I'm listed in Palos Verdes. Why don't you give me a call sometime?" * Hey, TWA existed back then. * OMG even Andrea and Brandon have a secret handshake. * I think any time we can force a teen to keep a secret, we've done well. * Any time we can have teens tell baldfaced lies, I think that can help. * Brandon: "Steve, the way I look at it, anything you can't do out in the open ain't worth doing." (on doing things you'd be ashamed of) * "Butthead."
Mood: contemplative · Music: none