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DVD Review: Beverly Hills 90210 – The Seventh Season

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The drama continues in Beverly Hills 90210: The Seventh Season as everyone's favorite drama crew begins their senior year of college at California University. The dramatic characters of 90210 return for another season of soap opera-quality teen drama: Val Malone (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestly), Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), Donna Martin (Tori Spelling), David Silver (Brian Austin Green), Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), and Clare Arnold (Kathleen Robertson).

Season seven picks up during the summer just before the beginning of senior year at C.U. Brandon and Steve are in the middle of a cross-country drive before returning to Beverly Hills for the school year. Once school begins, Brandon engrosses himself in the campus television station (as well as a new, Kelly-free relationship) while Steve fights to stay in school and land a job… all while still keeping Clare and her father, the C.U. chancellor, happy with him.

Meanwhile, Val struggles with financial trouble at her club, After Dark. She decides to seek out help from a family friend, but things get out of hand when when an unexpected pregnancy creates friction between Val and the other 90210-ers.

Clare continues to struggle in her relationship with Steve while trying to balance her goals and issues with adjusting to new challenges. Even though Clare is known for keeping Steve in a relationship the longest in the show's history, there is constant trouble between the two as Steve falls back into his carefree ways.

Donna and David's tempestuous relationship continues throughout the season, ranging from perfectly calm to breakup. Both characters try to encourage their friends and one another to finish up college, but things become difficult when David decides to drop out of college and suffers serious mental problems while Donna's former attacker and near-rapist begins stalking her again.

Kelly revisits her past with Brandon and struggles with lingering feelings that collide with other characters. She also attempts to become friends with her long-time nemesis, Val, but the two girls seem to be more prone to fighting than being friends.

Season seven ends with a highly satisfying college graduation for all of the cast members, but it leaves the audience wondering: what's going to happen next? How can we possibly keep following all these characters as they grow up, get jobs, and move on with their careers? Even though the series still feels like it has some life left in it, the two-part graduation special made the story seemed a little final.

But by the far the best part of this DVD set is being able to experience all of your favorite Beverly Hills 90210 drama in the privacy of your own home (complete with tissue box) in a complete and newly restored, remastered version that looks unlike any other version of the series out there. While non-fans may have a little trouble getting into the constantly intense drama of the series, long-time fans will be delighted with the quality and completeness of this 7-disc collectible DVD set.

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