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Melrose Place Pilot Recap and Review

Buzz In: What Did You Think of Melrose Place?

The '90s are back! Well, the '90s destination for guilty pleasure nighttime drama, anyway. The new Melrose Place premiered last night, and I'll just say it — I'm hooked.

It could be the murder mystery, the character intrigue, or the quick-moving plot, but I think the CW has captured the irresistible campiness of the original, even if the updating feels a little forced (all that tweet-talk was making my head spin).

To discuss the episode and see what I thought (spoilers ahead), just


  • I liked that each character is confronted with a dilemma right off the bat, and we're not just talking minor dilemmas either — the prostitution storyline for medical student Lauren tells you right away that this show isn't going to shy away from scandal.
  • We also know that Jonah and Riley's engagement is not going to be picture perfect, especially as long as they live at 4616 Melrose (see what Michael Rady has to say about it).
  • Ashlee Simpson's character Violet isn't making a huge impression on me yet, though her delivery of the line "That's a lot of money" gives away what's been hinted about her character — that the good girl thing isn't what it seems.
  • As a fan of the original series, the appearances of Thomas Calabro and Laura Leighton thrill me more than I thought they would. That's probably because their characters aren't just there for scenery; the dark pasts of both Michael and Sydney are mentioned, and I hope that we learn more about what their characters have been up to over the last 10 years.
  • Oh, and speaking of Sydney — girlfriend ends up dead in the pool surrounded by blood. Not a bad way to get me to watch next week.

So what did you think? And more importantly, who do you think the killer is?

Photo courtesy of The CW

tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Ashlee Simpson was so so bad, but I'll definitely keep watching. The other characters actually seem pretty compelling.
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
I thought it wsa a lot of fun. I just like that they're all my age and actually playing characters my age. I think Ashley did a swell job, she's definitely the star of the show for me--I mean, I can already tell she's going to turn out to be a crazy freak (the new Marcia Cross)--, and I love how two of the leads are minority actresses. That said, I expect this to be guilt free fun, and I'm totally on board for more fun episodes.
sellmecandies sellmecandies 8 years
i thought it was pretty okay.. but ashlee simpson.. what wooden acting! i felt like she was reading a teleprompter ? no emotions nothing.. but the rest of the cast acting wasnt that fantastic either.. will be catching next week's ep to see if this show grows on me or not
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
esmerb esmerb 8 years
I think I'm hooked on MP but Ashlee needs to go ASAP! Awful acting!
buggy18 buggy18 8 years
Hated Ashlee Simpson-Whatever. She wandered around the pool staring at people and muttering predictable lines in a shrill squeezy voice. Does she even live there or is she just sleeping on their lounge chairs? Seemed clear that her character has no place; she was dropped in at the last minute to bring a "name" to the show a la Heather Locklear, but Whats-her-face Wheres-her-nose is no Locklear. No talent.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Ooh, you're probably right, Sarah. I feel like they made the voice sound like no one so it'll be a huge shock, but I'd kind of love it if it was Jane. I'm trying to remember exactly how the original ended!
emms emms 8 years
I liked it way more than any episode of 90210! I never watched the original Melrose Place which I felt put me at a disadvantage because killing of a character that you've essentially seen in one conversation doesn't make you care too much about the plotline. I don't know anything about Sydney therefore her murder didn't shock or interest me as much as it probably should have. I don't know if Ashlee Simpson gets the most flack because of reputation or if she is really just bad. I think she plays the timid good girl poorly and would have excelled more in a bad girl role. Also, I can't believe I'm saying this but I think she needs to wear more makeup to go with her hair color. You can't have that unnatural red with a completely pale face, in my opinion. I will tune in next week...the storyline I thought was most intriguing was the med student/prostitution one. The guy who propositioned her was so cute (I have a think for black rimmed glasses)! I was disappointed he was so scummy...
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
I bet $10 Michaels wife is Jo
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I loved it, I'll definitely keep watching it.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I was actually pleasantly suprised. I love Katie Cassidy I think she does a great job with her charcter. That one girl (that gets engaged) was on 90210 last season (the undercover cop). I think this show is a lot better then 90210 (even though I am still watching that)I think because they are grown up and it's more csi type drama going on. I still think Sydney will come back sooner or later! :)
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I'll watch for a few weeks and see if it still holds my interest. Although seeing how the ratings weren't that great makes me wonder if I shouldn't get too invested in it. :)
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
It was alright. I was drawn in by the murder mystery. I'll have to see where that one goes. Having never watched the original series, however, none of the references/old characters meant anything to me.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i actually really enjoyed it...but i hate to say that's how i felt last year when 90210 came out...and that show didn't hold my interest for more than a week or 2. i did think that MP was good though - got you to think about a lot in the first show and that's great. it wasn't just bringing back characters that you thought you'd recognize like 90210 did.
kismekate kismekate 8 years
The acting couldn't have been worse.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
i can definitely see where most of the storylines will be based off of...the mystery of syndey's death and the back story of her and michael plus everyone elses involvement with sydney. lets see if they can continue. i got a desperate housewives story vehicle vibe...i heard the ratings werent' that great though. i found it entertaining and will more than likely tune in next week.
Daniela-Ramirez Daniela-Ramirez 8 years
it has to grow on me!.. there were many characters, but it looks like its going to get better next episode!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I was pleasantly surprised too. Nice and soapy, and the murder mystery definitely adds more intrigue. I think Violet did it because she found out Sydney is her real mother who abandoned her, and she will go after her real father, Thomas Calabero next. I also hope they replace Ashlee Simpson in this role asap because she is really the weakest link. Lastly, I thought it was kinda cool they made one of the characters bi without making a huge deal of it.
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