Beverly Hills 90210’s 11 Worst Storylines
Okay, ultimately Beverly Hills 90210 was a soap opera. A teen soap opera, but a soap opera nonetheless. In the very early going, though, the drama was pretty tame. But as the series went on and writers struggled to find ways to keep the drama fresh, things got crazier and crazier. Sometimes these crazy plotlines were so bad they were good. Sometimes they were just plain bad. Here are some of the plotlines that tried to straddle that line.
11. Emily Valentine Goes Insane
Emily Valentine was a character that was just begging to be liked, especially if you were looking for a female character a little less straight-edge than most of the students at West Beverly. When she arrived on the scene as school started in season two, she had rock and roll attitude and style in the midst of a decidedly Top 40s world. And, to be fair, she quickly showed that her edginess went beyond just her rebelliously messy hair and leather jacket. There were drugs and tire slashing and stalking episodes. It was kind of fun watching straight-edge Brandon figure out how to navigate life with a wild child. But then came that time she almost burned down a homecoming float and wound up in the loony bin. Why did she have to go insane? That seemed just a step too far into traditional soap opera territory. But it was only the first step too far for this show.
10. Brandon’s Racist Girlfriend
In the early years of the series, it was filled with “token” characters – characters who only existed to raise some sort of sociological issues. In some cases it was racism, in others it was steroid use or homophobia. During the season three summer episodes, we were introduced to our token racist, Brooke. She was a beach volleyball star who caught the eyes of both Steve and Brandon. Brandon’s blue-eyed charm won out and they dated for a while, over three episodes. But it was just so obvious that the only reason she was there was for Brandon to stand up to her racist ways, as she invoked offensive stereotype after offensive stereotype. Brandon’s last straw was when the object of the stereotyping was Andrea and her Judaism. And that was the end of Brandon and Token – er, Brooke.