I could not be more excited about SoapNet’s post-Thanksgiving marathon: Chillin’ with Dylan – a day of Dylan McKay themed 90210 episodes!
I was late to the 90210 train and didn’t actually start watching it until college. But then, whoooo boy did I make up time. My friends and I – and many of our housemates (no dorms at my alma mater – we lived in “houses” like proper ladies!) had a pretty severe addiction to the Magical World of Aaron Spelling’s Cheesy Teen Dramas.
There were 90210 repeats on at dinner which meant we’d get our trays of food and go eat in front of the TV. This got us a bad reputation in the house since we did not participate in the evening ritual of eating with the rest of our house and discussing intellectual pursuits and political actions. We were too busy debating what was wrong with Shannen Doherty’s face, mocking the activities of Social Issues Brandon, trying to estimate Andrea Zuckerman’s actual age, and laughing at David Silver’s “music career.”
I think we did put some of our education to good use though – for one thing we loved to deconstruct the Spellingverse’s designations for working class folk: they lived in trailers, they smoked cigarettes, they ran their own seasonal businesses, they pushed their girlfriends down stairs.
But ohhhhh Dylan. We luuuuvvvved Dylan. We loved his pompadour and his sideburns; we loved his poor little rich boy suite at the Bel Age; we loved his drama-filled relationship with Brenda; we loved when he took her to donate blood on Valentine’s Day; we loved his Downward Spiral and the awesome Dreams of Dylan McKay and when he wandered around his bungalow high and carrying a gun; we loved his homoerotic bromance with Brandon; we loved his pick-up of Valerie; we loved when his dad blew up and then he fought and reconciled with his honest-to-god-inner-child at the funeral; we loved when he showed up to Donna’s debutante ball with cowboy boots and an attitude; we did not love anything about him and Kelly Taylor.
I even had this poster on my door:
So you know where I’ll be 11/27 from 1-9PM!