'Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Second Season'
(Jason Priestley, Shannon Doherty, et al / 8-Disc DVD / NR / (1990) 2007 / Paramount)
Overview: One of the definitive, landmark shows of the 1990s, 90210 quickly became an important fixture on the FOX and in the popular discourse of adolescents and young adults. The second season’s main characters, Dylan, Kelly, Donna, Steve, David, Andrea and twins Brandon and Brenda all attended West Beverly Hills High School. Brandon and Brenda Walsh and their parents, transplants from Minneapolis were the stable nuclear family with strong values; their home was a safe haven for the whole gang and the center of much of the drama. The show dealt with a steady stream of love triangles and other romantic entanglements and occasionally touched on more serious issues as well.
DVD Verdict: 'Beverly Hills 90210' is one of the most beloved teen drama's in television history. Fans of the late Aaron Spelling produced drama had been waiting for the show to arrive on DVD for years. And then, finally, the shows first season was made available ... and now closely following its lead is season two.
'Beverly Hills 90210' premiered on the Fox network in the fall of 1990. The show was a breakout success with teens all around the world and really was one of the first huge one hour hits for the network.
As a huge fan of 'Beverly Hills 90210,' I have been waiting for season 2 since the day after season 1 was released! Overall this is a good season, although not as good as season 1 or season 3. The show tried to remain true to its roots by tackling tough issues, and although this act is pulled off well, it leaves the viewer feeling like every typical high school cliche is touched upon.
The biggest disappointments for me in this season were in the following areas: At times the transfer to DVD appears incredibly grainy and in poor quality. The soundtrack: To me, this issue makes the show a lot worse off. Music by Seal, R.E.M., Monie Love, Garth Brooks, Chris Isaak, Roxette, Robert Palmer, Janis Joplin, The Bangles, Color Me Badd, The Pretenders, and many other artists has all been replaced by forgetfully bland tracks. I realize that it's not always possible for all of the original music rights to be obtained for a series, but the omission of every noteworthy song affects the overall quality and experience of the show.
For me, the two episodes where this is most evident is in 'Chuckie's Back', when Steve pulls away from the gang on a bus, the song '2000 Miles' from The Pretenders is played, resulting in a heart-tugging ending. The episode of 'The Next Fifty Years' starts out with 'Friends In Low Places' by Garth Brooks and hypes up to 'Work It Out' by Monie Love as the gang teaches Scott how to dance.
Great cast all around ... well, we all know the Tori Spelling element is another story! '90210' was the first show that opened my eyes that even rich, beautiful people can be just as messed up as a middle or lower class individual. I highly recommend this groundbreaking and smart show. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
All 28 episodes from the 1991-1992
Our Favorite Valentine
Everything You Need to Know About "Beverly Hills 90210: Season 2"
Meet the Walshes