Melissa Niksic | Chicago, IL United States | 06/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 4 of "Beverly Hills, 90210" brings the gang to California University, where they experience college life and face a new set of more adult challenges. Brandon gets involved in campus politics and begins an illicit affair with a 26-year-old anthropology professor. Brenda almost elopes in Las Vegas with a guy she barely knows, and eventually seeks solace in the theatre. Kelly is constantly frustrated by her relationship with Dylan, who loves playing the role of big brother to his newly-discovered eight-year-old sister. Donna and David's relationship hits some major bumps in the road, especially when David becomes addicted to drugs. Steve pledges a fraternity and winds up in all sorts of trouble, and Andrea shocks everyone by getting knocked up and married all in one season. Never a dull moment on "90210!"
Unfortunately, though, Season 4 was Shannen Doherty's final season playing Brenda. She never returned to the show, and the zip code was never the same without her. I've enjoyed watching the first four seasons on DVD, but I think I'm done...without Brenda Walsh, there's just no point."
I own them all, and this one is where i'm at thus far. BUT
W. freeman | fairmont, wv | 08/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes i'm a guilty watcher of 90210, thought to be all about the glam and glitz of living life in Beverly Hills. Well thats true to a very small extent. I just turned 34 so when the show came on in 1990 i was 15 and a sophomore in high schoo, so it really fit the bill for me. Well after watching the show for year upon year, the show became touch and go when they finally graduated, so i caught it when i could, and saw lots of episodes through the late 90's. Actually some of my favorite episodes came in the later seasons, when Valerie (Tiffani Theisenn) came into the picture, spicing things up a bit with a new kind of Vixen character. Here are some things i like(d) and dislike(d) about the main characters, sorry i'm not going season by season it would take forever.
Dylan-Luke Perry would have to be my favorite simply because he's the rebel who doesnt show much emotion, but is still an all around cool guy, and gives the show the much needed James Dean kind of edge. His battles with being car jacked, his father dying, being rich, and always seeming to find trouble made the show not your everyday teeny bopper high school tv series. To bad he left after the sixth season.
Kelly-I like Kelly simply because she was always thought to be a bit trampish but isnt, she's really the nicest down to earth girl on the show(and in real life). Also yes she's hot even to this day pushing 40 years old. She also added "good" drama to the show by not really letting anything stop her and always maintained a head strong attitude.
David- David is probably the least talented actor of the series, but he gives it kind of a boyish innocents and even in the later college years has all the temptation that he had in high school, just on a different level. Some of my favorite episodes are with him in this season are his battle with drugs, actually its the best he did probably in all the seasons that he's in.
Andrea-Enh, the Jewish girl from the poor part of town, i never really cared for her character because she's always to critical of every single little detail of life, also her poor me, and anti-semitism really gets old throughout. Also much like Brandon her goals for perfection wane on you a bit throughout the years of the show.
Steve-The good ole, big man(jock styled) guy on campus. Steve never seemed to have a steady girlfriend(except Celeste) but always had good intentions, sometimes thanks to his good buddy Brandon. Also he was always picked on and never really given a lot of credit, or a lot of episodes that really focused on just him. Very likable guy.
Donna-Don't get me started on Tori Spelling, lets put it this way, she never really made it on the show, just there as the other peoples friends and davids gf. To goofy for my taste and she really didnt bring anything to the table except that guys during the years mistreated her. So being the producers daughter didnt help, hense why she is still on the series today i'm sure.
Jim and Cindy-Ennh they have there moments as parents, but anything in the show that revolves around them seems to Seventh Heavenish for me. Thats where a lot of the shows like that, Felicity, and Dawsons Creek stemmed from, the good ole Walshes. As parents they were ok, but werent to pivetal in the success of the show itself.
Brenda-Oh my my, drama queen Brenda. She had more drama in her life than 4,000 amateur movie stars trying to make it in Hollywood at once. Wine wine wine, moan moan moan, argue, argue, argue, ask Brandon for advice, and yell. Other than that she was definately the most annoying and whoas me character on the show, could she act(yes), but in real life i hear she's even worse than Tori Spelling. But she did bring something to the show even though i hate to admit it.
Last but not least good ole, angel, perfectionist, womanizer Brandon Walsh-I like and hate his character a lot, if thats possible. I like the fact he is definitely the comic relief of the show and along with Dylan is one of the best actors on the series. BUT. He has probably kissed more girls than any guy in porn has had sex with them. I swear to god every other disc he finds some new girl that falls at his feet or wants to go to bed with him. The thing i do like about him, he does try to do things right, a little TO right soemtimes. But Brandon is definitely the center of attention for the whole show, and it probably would have never been as big without him. Much like Micheal J. Fox(Alex P Keaton) in family ties, brought the show stellar reviews and made it huge success.
Many more stars that were cast throughout were very good and brought a new flavor to the show. But my review would take 2 months to right if i tried to remember them all. I chose to review this season because its the one i'm on, and as i said i'm not reviewing every single one. The perks of this season, as mentioned were David getting into drugs, Andrea being pregnant, all the back and forth taboo relationships between Brandon and his women, and Dylans many issues that still prevail. I would suggest if you've never seen the show to start from the beginning, although if u know the story and have watched it from its inception, try starting from the middle of season 3 and going up. To me its best when they get out of high school and out into the real world. Also here's some data you maybe find interesting from when the show started in 1990 about the star's real ages, some hide it well, and some didnt. Enjoy all the seasons they are really addictive, heck some even pertanant to my life now at 34.
Luke Perry (Dylan)-Born 1965, in Mainsfield Ohio- About 25 when the show began.
Jason Priestly-(Brandon) Born 1969, in Vancouver British Columbia- About 20 when the show began.
Brian Austin Green-(David) Born 1973, Van Nuys California- Around 17 when the show began.
Jennie Garth(Kelly) Born 1972, in Urbana Illinois- Around 18 when the show began.
Ian Ziering (Steve) Born 1964, in Newark New Jersey- Around 26 when the show began.
Tori Spelling(Donna) Born 1973, in Los Angeles Cal.- Around 17 when the show began.
Gabrielle Carteris(Andrea) Born 1961- in Scottsdale Arizona-around 29 when the show started.
Tiffani Thiessen *main character in 1994*- Born 1974- Long Beach California- 20 at her start.
So this is just some interesting facts in case your new, or have never seen the show and thought they all really started out as teenagers. :D"